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Geography & GIS in Scottish Schools 
Observations from a Service Provider 
31st October 2014 
Peter Burnhill & Anne Robert...
Overview 
• EDINA – Who we are & what we do 
– Geodata services @ EDINA 
– Schools services @ EDINA 
• Digimap for Schools...
EDINA: serving research & education across the UK 
@ the University of Edinburgh 
• @ the University of Edinburgh
Geodata services at EDINA
Digimap as Flagship Service
Launched January 2000: c.15 successful years 
2013-14 download stats 
20,000 users from 870 
departments across 120 
insti...
Services for Schools at EDINA 
http://digimapforschools.edina.ac.uk 
http://mapstream.edina.ac.uk 
http://edina.ac.uk/stat...
• Online mapping service 
1. Contemporary mapping using 8 Ordnance Survey map 
products inc. OS MasterMap®: at 12 zoom lev...
• Suitable for those schools wishing to use 
additional GIS software 
• Standards-compliant (WMS) data stream of 
same map...
Curriculum experts
Service(s) uptake 
• 126 Scottish secondaries ~34% 
(721 in England ~23%, 31 in Wales, 14%) 
• 47 Scottish primaries ~2% 
...
Promoting Digimap for Schools in Scotland 
Exhibited at: 
•Scottish Learning Festival 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 
•Scottish As...
… on the road 
CPD sessions held: 
•Dunblane High School, September 2012, organised by SAGT 
•Hamilton Academy, Hamilton, ...
Our key messages 
• Curriculum relevant as 
whole of school resource 
- History, 
- Biology, 
- PE, 
- Maths 
• cross curr...
Curr.forExcellence: experiences & outcomes 
• SOC 1-14a Through activities in my local area, I have developed my 
mental m...
Curr.forExcellence: experiences & outcomes 
• SOC 2-02a I can interpret historical evidence from a range of periods 
to he...
Curr.forExcellence: experiences & outcomes 
• SOC 3-14a I can use a range of maps and geographical information 
systems to...
Spatial analysis within Digimap for Schools 
[While not a GIS…] Digimap for Schools provides spatial analysis 
techniques ...
Examples of use in Secondary 
Figure 6: Land Use Map - Dunlop
Examples of use in Primary
Other potential uses in Primary
Reaching out to tomorrow’s teachers 
Already in use at: 
University of Edinburgh Moray House 
Dr Simon Beames, Programme D...
What we have noted: Primary 
• hardly any ‘traditional’ geography in primary 
– (doesn't need to be under CforE) 
• some p...
What we have noted: Secondary 
• Merger of Geography into Social Studies Dept 
– Department head may be teacher of history...
Ending on a high note: good news! 
Top Scottish school user in September 2014 was a primary 
(making 4 x as many maps as t...
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Geography & GIS in Scottish Schools: Observations from a Service Provider

An overview of Digimap for Schools given at the RSGS convened meeting on Geography and GIS in Scottish Schools on 31 October 2014.

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Geography & GIS in Scottish Schools: Observations from a Service Provider

  1. 1. Geography & GIS in Scottish Schools Observations from a Service Provider 31st October 2014 Peter Burnhill & Anne Robertson (Director & Geodata Services Manager) EDINA, University of Edinburgh
  2. 2. Overview • EDINA – Who we are & what we do – Geodata services @ EDINA – Schools services @ EDINA • Digimap for Schools & MapStream – Service take up • Promoting Digimap for Schools – Visits to schools/CPD sessions – Reaching tomorrow’s teachers • Forward Look – Primary & Secondary – Curriculum for Excellence: data handling
  3. 3. EDINA: serving research & education across the UK @ the University of Edinburgh • @ the University of Edinburgh
  4. 4. Geodata services at EDINA
  5. 5. Digimap as Flagship Service
  6. 6. Launched January 2000: c.15 successful years 2013-14 download stats 20,000 users from 870 departments across 120 institutions
  7. 7. Services for Schools at EDINA http://digimapforschools.edina.ac.uk http://mapstream.edina.ac.uk http://edina.ac.uk/stat-acc-scot
  8. 8. • Online mapping service 1. Contemporary mapping using 8 Ordnance Survey map products inc. OS MasterMap®: at 12 zoom levels 2. Historic mapping using Ordnance Survey 1 inch mapping published 1895-1899 (via National Library of Scotland) • Wide range of functions – Maps can be annotated, saved, printed, exported – Annotate with text, points, lines, areas, photos, images – Measure distances, areas, buffer from point and lines • Free learning resources, blog and twitter
  9. 9. • Suitable for those schools wishing to use additional GIS software • Standards-compliant (WMS) data stream of same mapping stack as DforS – Data updated regularly – No data management or storage issues • Free learning resources
  10. 10. Curriculum experts
  11. 11. Service(s) uptake • 126 Scottish secondaries ~34% (721 in England ~23%, 31 in Wales, 14%) • 47 Scottish primaries ~2% (999 in England 6%, 25 in Wales, 2%) • MapStream 0 (3 in England, 0 in Wales)
  12. 12. Promoting Digimap for Schools in Scotland Exhibited at: •Scottish Learning Festival 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 •Scottish Association of Geography Teachers 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Presented at: •Mapping the Nation, organised by Uni of Edinburgh and National Library of Scotland for Teachers of Scottish History, April 2014 •Year of Commemorations, organised by Education Scotland for primary teachers, March 2014 •Glasgow City Council Social Studies, Principal Teachers, October 2013 •North Lanarkshire Social Studies, Principal Teachers, November 2013 Ordnance Survey mail campaign
  13. 13. … on the road CPD sessions held: •Dunblane High School, September 2012, organised by SAGT •Hamilton Academy, Hamilton, February 2013 •Bellahouston Academy, November 2013, Glasgow City Council QIO •Pirie Park Primary, November 2013 org by Glasgow City Council QIO •Airdrie High School, Caldervale Computing C, North Lanarkshire QIO •St Charles Primary, Cathcart, November 2013 •Perth Academy, November 2013 •St Marks Primary, Rutherglen, January 2014 •Barrhead High School, Glasgow, February 2014 •Bell Baxter High School, Fife, May 2014 (primary and secondary) •Aberdeen City Council Primary and Secondary October 2014 •Broomhill Primary, Glasgow, October 2014 Let loose with: •2 classes of S4 pupils @ Balwearie High School, September 2014
  14. 14. Our key messages • Curriculum relevant as whole of school resource - History, - Biology, - PE, - Maths • cross curricular
  15. 15. Curr.forExcellence: experiences & outcomes • SOC 1-14a Through activities in my local area, I have developed my mental map and sense of place. I can create and use maps of the area. • SOC 1-13a Having explored the landscape of my local area, I can describe the various ways in which land has been used. • SOC 1-02a By exploring places, investigating artefacts and locating them in time, I have developed an awareness of the ways we remember and preserve Scotland’s history. • SOC 1-03a I can use evidence to recreate the story of a place or individual of local historical interest.
  16. 16. Curr.forExcellence: experiences & outcomes • SOC 2-02a I can interpret historical evidence from a range of periods to help to build a picture of Scotland’s heritage and my sense of chronology. • SOC 2-10 Having explored my local area, I can present information on different places to live, work and relax and interesting places to visit. • SOC 2–13a I can explain how the physical environment influences the ways in which people use land by comparing my local area with a contrasting area. • SOC 2-14a To extend my mental map and sense of place, I can interpret information from different types of maps and am beginning to locate key features within Scotland, UK, Europe or the wider world.
  17. 17. Curr.forExcellence: experiences & outcomes • SOC 3-14a I can use a range of maps and geographical information systems to gather, interpret and present conclusions and can locate a range of features within Scotland, UK, Europe and the wider world. • SOC 4-14a I can use specialized maps and geographical information systems to identify patterns of human activity and physical processes • MTH 2-17d Having investigated where, why and how scale is used and expressed, I can apply my understanding to interpret simple models, maps and plans.
  18. 18. Spatial analysis within Digimap for Schools [While not a GIS…] Digimap for Schools provides spatial analysis techniques such as buffering, presentation of data & data overlay
  19. 19. Examples of use in Secondary Figure 6: Land Use Map - Dunlop
  20. 20. Examples of use in Primary
  21. 21. Other potential uses in Primary
  22. 22. Reaching out to tomorrow’s teachers Already in use at: University of Edinburgh Moray House Dr Simon Beames, Programme Director MSc Outdoor Education About to be in use at: University of Strathclyde, HaSS, School of Education Clare McAlister, PGDE Geography Coordinator University of Aberdeen, School of Education Jim McCracken, Programme Director for MA/BSc with Education Degrees & Tutor for Social Subjects Looking for contacts at: University of Stirling University of Dundee
  23. 23. What we have noted: Primary • hardly any ‘traditional’ geography in primary – (doesn't need to be under CforE) • some primary teachers not comfortable with maps, or geography • new teachers from 1-year pg courses have small exposure to geography resources (compared to numeracy and literacy) • challenge of technology – need to be familiar with service before working with pupils – IT competencies especially digitising • access to ICT suite – need to book room or trolley!
  24. 24. What we have noted: Secondary • Merger of Geography into Social Studies Dept – Department head may be teacher of history/ modern studies – lone geography teacher may not get support • Limited time to plan how to integrate it into lessons – prescriptive lesson plan / wish to know how other use DforS • Technology / IT Challenge, e.g. digitising • Access to ICT – need to book rooms or trolley • [MapStream - don’t get it]
  25. 25. Ending on a high note: good news! Top Scottish school user in September 2014 was a primary (making 4 x as many maps as top Welsh secondary) Enthusiasm for DforS in National 4 & 5 added value units Starting to ask for more! • to have other data to overlay (esp. socio economic) • for multiple points on maps: gpx readings or postcodes • to select (turn on/off) features • to use the buffer tool to select other features A welcome challenge for us as service provider, as these demonstrate growing understanding of more advanced spatial techniques!

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