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!
Happy birthday Digimap for Schools!