May 312018
 

Last week I ran a webinar on “Fieldwork and Simple GIS” with Digimap for Schools. During the webinar someone asked if they can upload data from the Survey 123 app into Digimap for Schools. At the time I wasn’t sure (as I’d never used Survey 123) so I asked the person to send me a copy of the data that they got from the app. I’m pleased to say that within a minute I was able to upload their data into Digimap for Schools!

I’ve since had a look at other app’s and the way they deliver their data and the good news is that Digimap fro Schools can easily handle this!

Rather than write loads about how I did it I thought it easier just to do a quick video to show you. (just click on the below to play)

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Also this is just a print out of what the CSV file looked like when I printed the locations on a map. (Click on the map for a better view)

 Posted by at 11:30 am
Apr 262018
 

Hi folks, yesterday (25th April) we ran a quick 30 minute webinar showcasing some of the activities you can undertake very quickly and easily using Digimap for Schools.

I recorded the session, so you can have a look below or go directly to our youtube page to find other useful webinars.

https://www.youtube.com/user/digimapforschools

The session below covers some simple concepts that help create a land use map; drawing area’s, using the colour palette to tailor your map, editing areas and text, adding images and also creating map keys.  We also do some very simple GIS using postcodes and buffers, and actually delve a little deeper and download some official crime stats and map them in Digimap for Schools.  Have a gander below, though you may want to expand the view to full page 😉

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 Posted by at 4:25 pm
Apr 172018
 

We’ve put together a series of 4 short guides on using Digimap for Schools. The guides are intended to be worked through over 4 weeks and new subscribers to the service will be sent one each week, post sign-up. Each guide takes just 10 minutes and by week 4, you’ll be making the most of the cross-curricular potential that Digimap for Schools offers.

We guide you sequentially through key features and provide short videos to demonstrate each function. A short practise exercise plus links to some of our lesson ideas are included.

Have a look and let us know what you think!

  • Week 1 Maps and Places Get to grips with the essentials of searching, zooming and viewing our range of maps – contemporary, historic and aerial.
  • Week 2 Making your mark Find out how to add text, shapes, symbols and images to your maps.  Create prints in different sizes and formats. Organise your maps into folders for different classes or projects.
  • Week 3 The numbers Check out how to find a grid reference and measure map features. Add measurement labels to any shapes and lines you create.
Week 3 - add measurement labels.

Week 3 – add measurement labels.

Lesson ideas

Remember we have lots of resources, written by curriculum experts,  with great ideas for using Digimap for Schools. Browse by subject and level at our resources site:

https://dfsresources.edina.ac.uk/

Keep in touch

We really value your feedback so let us know if we can improve these, or if there are any other resources that we can provide to help you get mapping!

Apr 102018
 

Over the Easter period Digimap for Schools made a trip to Sheffield for the GA Conference, which happened to be celebrating their 125th anniversary.  The conference itself was fantastic with lots of great ideas and plenty of excellent CPD for teachers and trainee teachers alike.

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We had our usual display and demo on the Ordnance Survey stand and it proved to be a busy few days with lots of interest from everyone, though we did find that most of the attendees where well aware of Digimap for Schools and quite avid users:-)

One of the most cited uses of Digimap for Schools was for illustrating the impact of coastal erosion.  A few people in particular highlighted Cowden Sands as a great example of displaying the tangible impact of coastal erosion.  I thought I would post up a few maps as examples of what is very quickly achievable by pupils.

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 Posted by at 3:08 pm
Mar 262018
 

We have a very useful resource in our Resources centre which highlights the common skills for GCSE Geography which can be developed using Digimap for Schools.  The resource was developed by the award winning geographer Alan Parkinson, who delves deep into the new GCSE Geography curriculums and highlights the exact GCSE map skills students need to develop and demonstrate.

Alan highlights the Map Interpretation Skills required in the new specifications and identifies how Digimap for Schools can fulfil them!  (We’ll be honest and tell you it doesn’t fulfil them all but it does cover a conservative 85% of the requirements 😉   i.e we currently don’t “demonstrate the understanding and construction of cross sections” – unfortunately you’re going to have to dig out the graph paper (or Excel) and do this manually.

Please come along and have a look, its a great way of ensuring that you are getting the most out of Digimap for Schools, and a good reminder of what exactly needs to be covered.

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The resources is available in our Resources centre or you can download it directly here: https://dfsresources.edina.ac.uk/resource/digimap-schools-support-gcse

 Posted by at 4:41 pm

Planning for Pupil Progress at Key Stage 3

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Mar 082018
 
Calling all Secondary KS3 Geography teachers!
 
“Mapwork skills continue to be poorly developed. It is not uncommon for students to be unfamiliar with Ordnance Survey maps. Maps are a basic tool of geography but students admit to being uncomfortable reading maps and have little opportunity to use maps in lessons. In far too many schools, map use is limited to specific examination requirements, rather than the progressive development of these specific geographical skills.”
Geography: a fragile environment? Leszek Iwaskow (Teaching Geography Summer 20132)
We have a fantastic resource in our resources centre written by David Gardner from the Ordnance Survey.
 
It highlights some of the issues around Mapwork and Mapskills in Secondary schools.
 
Its a fantastic resource at identifying EXACTLY where mapskills are required in the KS3 national curriculum and how best introduce and use them.
 
The resource allows teachers to plan for progression through years 5,6,7 and 8. There is also an incredible curriculum planner you can download and use to support you curriculum making process.
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 Posted by at 3:51 pm

Digimap for Schools in the Snow….

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Mar 022018
 

As we are experiencing one of the heaviest snowfalls in recent memory, many school kids are having their first snow days for a very long time.  So why not embrace the novelty and enthusiasm by giving the pupils a snow based mapping activity!

We did a very quick Story Map of our walk around the neighbourhood, talking a few pictures on my phone and adding them to the map…  Again you can tailor this to your own requirements.

Here’s my example: digimap_for_schools (71)

 

 

 Posted by at 11:35 am
Jan 222018
 

Have you checked out our free resources recently? We’ve updated this area of our website to make it easier for you to see what’s available. We have lots of high quality resources for each stage of the curriculum, written by geography experts such as Dr Paula Owens and Alan Parkinson. Have a look and get some fresh ideas for the new term!

https://dfsresources.edina.ac.uk/#

You can now browse and filter all of our resources by subject. We’ve added a subject page for all of the major curriculum areas – you can see some examples on this image of the starting screen:

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Starting screen

After selecting a subject, you can browse the available resources – each has a short description to help you decide which are most useful to you:

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Browsing resources

You also have the option to open a Filter Results panel, which allows you to select multiple stages and subjects – so for example you could look at Geography resources for Stage 2 and Stage 3, or Outdoor Learning resources for Primary levels:

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Filter by stage

For those who like to keep their options open, we’ve included a Primary and Secondary page so that you can browse and filter all resources available for those stages.

Your feedback

We think this is going to make life much easier for you. As always, it would be great to get your feedback. Does the new design work for you? Have you put any of the reources into practice? Get in touch and let us know!

@digimap4schools

https://www.facebook.com/digimap4schools/

digimap.schools@ed.ac.uk

 

Digimap for Schools at Christmas

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Dec 082017
 

As Christmas approaches we thought we’d pull together a few Christmas themed activities for Primary schools.

Activity 1: Whats the quickest route for Santa?

This is a whole class activity and involves the use of pupil postcodes.  The locations are plotted onto a map,  pupils will then have the ability to see all the locations Santa has to go in order to visit all the pupils in the class.  Pupils should then either work independently or in teams to identify the quickest route for SScreen Shot 2017-12-08 at 09.26.43anta to go.  The amount of combinations should make it an interesting little competition to see who identifies the quickest route!  (Perhaps a Christmas themed prize for the winner 🙂

 

Step 1: Create a excel spreadsheet with the pupils postcode and their name.  NOTE: Make sure the postcode column has ‘postcode’ at the top and the name column has ‘label’ at the top.  Please also ensure that you save the file as a .csv (comma separated value) rather than an .xls.

 

Step 2: Once you have saved your file in Excel, you need to upload it into Digimap for Schools.  Simply open the annotations toolbar and then go to the markers section and upload your file. step2Step 3: This is the stage at which you are able to start planning Santa’s route.  You will see all the locations with the pupils name beside it.  You then simply get the pupils to draw a line between the different pupils houses to see which is the quickest route.  You can use the measurement tool to get the length of the individual routes.  Remember you can add some photos to your map also!
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Activity 2: Digimap Christmas Jigsaw’s

This can be done either as an online Jigsaw or as a hard copy.  You can generate a series of maps with ‘secret’ Christmas phrases or words that correspond to places on your maps.  E.g.

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To create an online Jigsaw I’ve used Jigsaw planet https://www.jigsawplanet.com which is very simple to use and allows you to create your jigsaw.  Alternatively you can simply download a Jigsaw image from Google e.g. http://miamibox.us/puzzle-piece-template.html and place it over your map in Powerpoint.  Here are is an example of both:

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These are quite festive little activities which can be all done pretty quickly in Digimap fro Schools.  We wish you all the very best in the run up to Christmas and hope these activities can be of some help!

We’ve created a quick video to show you how to do these tasks above….

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Pete

 Posted by at 12:19 pm