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June 2010: Volume 15 Issue 2

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Digimap for Schools

Screenshot of Digimap for schools

Screenshot of Digimap for Schools interface showing large-scale map, search and print functions.

Digimap has been a great success for researchers and students, and now it is being customised for use in schools. This is advance notice that future recruits into universities and colleges will be putting Digimap for Schools on their CV!

Developed with encouragement from JISC Collections and Ordnance Survey, Digimap for Schools provides mapping and printing facilities for a full range of Ordnance Survey products, including the most detailed, but does not allow the data to be downloaded. It is designed for use by pupils as well as teachers, from primary through to secondary levels. The online mapping service offers search functions to locate places of interest by postcode, grid reference and place name. Map scales range from GB-wide overviews to the most detailed OS MasterMap mapping. Printed maps are available in different sizes and orientations with their owner's name and map title also specified. No fighting over which printout is whose!

Digimap is not just for geographers but Digimap for Schools will of course play a key role in the school Geography curriculum.

In England and Wales, use of maps at a range of scales is mandatory at Key Stage 2 and use of Ordnance Survey maps at 1:25,000 and 1:50,000 scales is specified for Key Stage 3. GCSE Geography usually includes map skills questions based on a supplied Ordnance Survey map extract.

At primary level, the detailed, large-scale mapping available in Digimap for Schools supports locality studies in Geography, as well as being useful for History and cross-curricular projects.

In Scotland, use of maps is relevant to the Curriculum for Excellence at every level, and particularly for the People, place and environment section of the Social Studies curriculum.

The Digimap for Schools service is now live and a free trial is available.

Subscription information can be found on the JISC Collections for Schools website.