Hi folks, we’ve added 2 new features to the service.
(NOTE: These enhancements can ONLY be done by the primary contact (i.e. the teacher who originally signed up) at the school who has the ‘PIN’ code.)
Firstly you now have the ability to customise the banner at the top of your screen, so you can personalise your version of the service.
Secondly, you can also turn ‘on’ and ‘off’ the ‘Saved maps’ functionality. Some teachers may have concerns about pupils being able to see each other maps so we have now put it at the discretion of you as teachers.
Simply click the drop down menu on the top right of the screen, enter your PIN and then you can change the sub-header to the name of your school and turn ‘on’ or ‘off’ the ‘Saved Maps’ section.
Kit Rackley, a former teacher and Geographical Association consultant recently delivered a fantastic webinar for us on Mapping your Walk using Digimap for Schools.
This is a fabulous webinar as it has Kit’s son Theo tangibly using the service to map and print their walk!
Click here to view the embedded video.
DIgimap for Schools is now FREE to All schools until 31st July!!!
This morning we learned that Flybe had gone into administration. Our thoughts and best wishes go out to all staff and businesses that are directly and indirectly effected.
Digimap for Schools has been a regular user of their flights for many years and often allowed us to get to some of the more remote parts of the country in a timely and hassle free manner.
I spent some time this morning mapping the flybe hubs and the major International airports of the UK to see what the likely impact and areas most effected will be. Its the more remote areas like Devon and Cornwall and the Highlands and Islands who will likely feel the impact most…
This week is National Story Telling Week and we wanted to take the opportunity to show some examples of how stories can be brought to life using maps.
Our first story is that of Charles Darwin and the voyage of the Beagle. The Beagle sailed in December 1831 until its return in October 1836. Charles Darwin was onboard and made notes on species which hinted at the fixity of species. Upon his return he developed his theories on evolution through common descent and natural selection. The map below brings to life the voyage that helped shape these theories.
We demonstrated how Digimap for Schools can be used to recount the story of an historic event. The historic event described was the sinking of HMS Iolaire near Stornoway on the 1st January 1919 with the loss of 205 local men returning from WWI, one of the worst maritime disasters in UK waters during the 20th century.
The example below uses Digimap for Schools to map a timeline of the tragic events on the night of the sinking of HMS Iolaire.
This weekend is the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch #RSPB #BigGardenBirdWatch.
We decided to have a go at mapping the birds in our garden in advance! We simply recorded the species with the number of times we’d spotted it.
This is a great tweet, highlighting the range of industries that geo-spatial data is used in.
Digimap for Schools was established with this goal in mind… to expose children to geo-spatial data at a young age so they could start developing these skills. These skills are becoming increasingly in demand as well! #nevertooyoungtostart #startmappingsearly
Just thought it was worth sharing this amazing testimonial we got this week from one of our amazing Primary Schools!