Digimap for Schools webinars are free, short online training sessions that you can attend from the comfort of your desk.  We demonstrate the service, give tips and suggestions and you can ask questions. You just need a computer (or tablet) connected to the internet with speakers. Our webinars are open to anyone interested in Digimap for Schools.

You must register to book your place. Please click the link for the webinar you want to attend and complete your details.

If you have any requests or suggestions for topics, please contact the Digimap for Schools Helpdesk – digimap.schools@ed.ac.uk

Upcoming Webinars

Webinars will last 20 – 30 mins.  Scroll down to read descriptions of the webinar topics.

  • Thursday, 7th December, 4:00pm to 4:30pm.  Digimap for Schools at Christmas  (register here)

Recordings of the webinars will be made available on the Digimap for Schools YouTube Channel


This one of webinar will cover a number of festive activities that can be undertaken with Digimap for Schools

  • Create Nativity scenes with maps
  • Festive jigsaws
  • 12 postcodes of Christmas
  • a few other surprises

Getting started with Digimap for Schools

Have you recently subscribed your school to Digimap for Schools? Are you wondering how to get started with viewing maps and using the various tools available? This webinar will provide an introduction to the service and show how to the get the best out of your subscription.

In this webinar you will learn:

• About the different maps available in Digimap for Schools
• How to search for locations
• How to navigate and change scale to view different maps
• How to view a map key
• How to measure distances and areas
• About the annotation tools
• How to save maps and create printable maps

Using Digimap for Schools for fieldwork

Digimap for Schools is an excellent resource for fieldwork at all levels. You can prepare for trips and use the annotation tools to present data finding once you and your pupils are back in class. In this webinar you will learn about maps and tools available in Digimap for Schools that can be used to help support your pupil’s fieldwork.

Using the Buffer tool and adding Annotations:

This webinar will concentrate on using the annotations and buffering tools.

— Using the line buffer (showing how the buffer tool can be used to anticipate flooding and areas effected)
— Using the point buffer (showing how the buffer tool can be used to present noise pollution or health concerns close to a school)
— Using the annotations and photos to supplement the maps

Adding fieldwork data to maps

This webinar will cover a number of topics relating to data presentation for Fieldwork. 

— Using Point files to present data
— Adding Graphs to your maps
— Adding Images and annotations to your maps
— Adding Map Keys to your maps


Creating Land Use Maps

In this webinar you will learn about using the maps and annotation tools in Digimap for Schools to map urban and rural land use. This webinar is aimed at secondary level field and course work e.g National 4/5, Higher/Advance higher, GCSE and A Level.  You will learn how to add shaded areas to the map to represent different types of land use and how to create a key for your map.

 Using historic mapping

Digimap for Schools offers fantastic historic mapping from the 1890s and 1950s. These wonderful maps are very valuable for looking at change over time of areas across Great Britain. The 1890s mapping shows the country at the height of the extensive rail network, supporting industry and urban growth.   1950s mapping is excellent for showing the growth of the road network, urban areas and the landscape before new towns were established.

Primary Specific: Quick ideas for using Digimap for Schools in the #Outdoorclassroom

This webinar is going to focus on how Digimap for Schools can be used in the Outdoor classroom. With the final term now upon us we are going to try and highlight some nice ideas for getting Primary School kids into the playground and undertaking some simple activities.

We are aware this term is traditionally when the majority of school trips occur. We would like to introduce some simple ideas on how you can use Digimap for Schools as a learning activities in conjunction with your school trip.

 Customising Maps with DFS

Digimap for Schools allows users to customise their maps, adding photographs, annotations measurements, buffers and text to their maps.  This webinar will showcase the potential of this functionality along with the ability to add ‘point’ files to your map.

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  4 Responses to “Webinars”

  1. Do you need to book onto these webinars? Or can you simply log in?
    Thanks Fiona

    • Yes, you need to register for the webinars using the ‘Book a place’ link. Links will be made available two weeks before the webinar.

  2. Will recordings of the webinars be available after they have taken place? Thanks. Rowena

    • Hi Rowena

      Not at the moment. As the webinars are quite short and are repeated on different dates, I wasn’t planning on recording them and making them available. But if you think that’s something that would be useful, I can look at recording them. In the past, we’ve made webinar recordings (from one off webinars) available on YouTube, do you think an archive of webinar recordings there would be useful?


      Edit (29/9/15) – Webinar recordings will now be made available on the Digimap for Schools YouTube Channel – https://www.youtube.com/user/digimapforschools

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