Digimap for Schools 5th birthday!

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Nov 102015

It is hard to believe, but Digimap for Schools is 5 years old today!

It is 5 years since the service was officially launched and we haven’t stopped growing in that time.

Back in 2010, Digimap for Schools looked a lot different! Despite it’s more limited functionality of only being able to view and print maps, it was quick to make it’s mark and was an instant success. This was recognised in early 2011 by the Geographical Association by being awarded Gold in the Publisher’s Awards at the GA conference.

How Digimap for Schools looked when it was launched

How Digimap for Schools looked when it was launched

The interface and functionality has constantly developed over the years in response to feedback from the users we meet at conferences, training sessions and email contact. User feedback is invaluable in guiding the development of the service.

We’ve added many notable enhancements since 2010 including: historical maps, annotation tools to add your own data, measurement tools, saving maps and a superb range of free resources written by curriculum experts.

The Digimap for Schools Community keeps on growing with over 2400 schools across Great Britain using the service. Millions of screen maps are generated every month, in June 2015 nearly 4,070,000 screen maps were generated making it the busiest month ever for Digimap for Schools. Just last month in October 2015, Macmillan Academy in Middlesbrough became a record breaking school generating over 116,000 screen maps, uploading 1199 images and saving 374 maps in one month – they were busy!

The Digimap for Schools team will enjoy celebrating this special anniversary, sorry we can’t send a piece of birthday cake to all of our wonderful subscribing schools!

Digimap for Schools’ 1st birthday!

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Nov 112011

Yesterday, 10th November, we celebrated Digimap for Schools first birthday.  It was a year since the official launch by Baroness Joan Hanham CBE, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (CLG) at Graveney School in Wandsworth, London (http://bit.ly/ul5Am1)

We’ve had an exciting year travelling up and down the country promoting Digimap for Schools and meeting lots of interesting and enthusiastic teachers.  In April, we were honoured to be awarded the Gold GA Publishers’ Award (http://bit.ly/uwcHum) which is given for materials associated with geography in schools which are considered to make a significant contribution to geographical education.

Digimap for Schools has continued to be developed and grow over the past year.  We added measuring and annotation tools which have been very well received by teachers and pupils.  The service will continue to grow with various ideas in the pipeline for features and learning materials.  Keep an eye out on here and our Twitter feed (@Digimap4Schools) for news and updates.

To mark Digimap for School’s first birthday, we’ve launched a Mystery Maps challenge here on the blog (http://digimapforschools.blogs.edina.ac.uk/mystery_maps/).  Each month we will post a map of interesting mystery locations which aim to encourage teachers and pupils to discuss geographical features and identify where the mystery location is.  The answer will then be revealed the following month on Twitter (@Digimap4Schools).

As another birthday treat, Ordnance Survey have made a video showing Year 5 pupils at St Marks Primary School in Southampton using Digimap for Schools and Geography teacher Mr Beare talking about why it’s so useful in their school.  If you haven’t seen the film yet, I highly recommend you watch it – with a cup of tea and a slice of birthday cake!

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Happy birthday Digimap for Schools!