EDINA has just launched a new service, Digimap for Schools. This does exactly what it says, provides Ordnance Survey maps to Schools across a Digimap platform. The look, feel and functionality of the site has been customised to make it easier to use and accessible to children of all ages.
Digimap for Schools helps the Ordnance Survey to increase their support of geography in schools. The OS have had a scheme whereby 11 year olds are entitled to a free map of their local area. Digimap for Schools extends this by giving the same children access to all national coverage of all OS products. Using maps encourages pupils to explore the landscape as it is represented on the map, and then hopefully to use the map to explore the real landscape it represents. It is also hoped that the service will be used in lessons other than just geography. For example you could integrate it into a history class to look at battle sites or the location of standing stones.
The launch took place at Graveney School in Wandsworth, London and was attended by Baroness Joan Hanham CBE, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (CLG) and Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB, Director General and Chief Executive of the Ordnance Survey. Further information on this can be found on the OS website