Friday, April 8, 2016

wildlife competition add with Steve Blackshall and hashtag

In partnership with Ordnance Survey, EDINA has launched an exciting wildlife competition featuring Digimap for Schools.

Any school in Great Britain with primary aged children is eligible to enter the competition with the winning school receiving a visit from Steve Backshall, one of Ordnance Survey’s #GetOutside Champions.

The competition requires schools to use the annotation tools within Digimap for Schools to create a map annotated with photographs and text labels showing signs of wildlife around their school. Each photograph will be accompanied on the map with a question the pupils would like to ask Steve relating to the wildlife they have photographed.

If a school wishes to enter the competition but is not a current subscriber to Digimap for Schools they can register for 30 days free access to the service.

The competition is launched to coincide with the 2016 Geographical Association conference and runs until 10th June.

This is an excellent opportunity for schools to realise mapping is relevant to many parts of the curriculum (flora and fauna study, numeracy, history, ICT, outdoor learning, physical education and geography to name a few) and to find out what their school looked like in the 1950s and 1890s. Today’s national curricula have a focus upon pupils learning outside the classroom and initiatives such as The Daily Mile are taking pupils outside the classroom on a daily basis. For outdoor learning, Digimap for Schools is an excellent resource. Dr Simon Beames, Programme Director MSc Outdoor Education and MSc Outdoor Environmental & Sustainabilty Education, Moray House School of Education, The University of Edinburgh states:

"Digimap for Schools adds a potent dimension to my teaching. Beyond the immensely useful varying map scales available for each area, there is the ‘sliding date scale’ — my favourite feature! Once at the desired area (easily found with postcodes or the handy screen navigator), super-imposed Ordnance Survey maps from up to 125 years ago can be revealed with a click of a mouse. This illustrative tool has proven invaluable for helping students understand how the land has changed over time. The impact of these historical maps is powerful — especially for those who find it difficult to find their answers from books alone"