I was thrilled to be asked to present at Digimap for Schools’ first Teach Meet. The aim of this FREE online event was to enable teachers to learn about the variety of educational uses of Digimap for Schools. The two key speakers were selected to showcase how Digimap for Schools can support the whole school curriculum, both in and beyond the classroom. A Q&A session followed each presentation, allowing a degree of interaction too.
Darren Bailey, Schools Programme Manager at Ordnance Survey, kicked off the event with a hugely insightful overview to current and future users about using Digimap for Schools to support the development of key skills at both primary and secondary level. Afterwards, Darren answered questions posed by delegates both willingly and confidently. Some chose to use the chat feed to add comments and share best practice too.
Next, it was my turn. I had been asked to deliver a 15-minute presentation focusing on one of our virtual multi-schools events (‘Let’s go on an amazing Amazon adventure!’), which incorporated Digimap for Schools. I included a little background to our project (we were successful in receiving funding from the Geographical Association’s Initiatives Fund (GAIF), but then faced obstacles due to Covid-19 and had to think creatively as to how we could take this online using Zoom), linked to an article published in the Summer 2021 edition of Primary Geography and shared some pupil and staff voice following our first multi-schools event. This generated much interest, so we decided to spend some time creating a promotional movie clip and tweaking the original materials slightly to enable us to offer further events. After playing the short movie-clip, I took attendees on a whistle-stop, typical ‘amazing Amazon adventure’ and projected many images collated from the subsequent workshops that we have steered. ‘A picture says a thousand words’, and the ones selected certainly appeared to do so judging by the many positive comments that were inserted within the chat feed or contributed during the subsequent Q&A session. If anyone did not have an opportunity to have their question answered at the time, then do feel free to send me an e-mail and I will respond (firstname.lastname@example.org). Our next virtual multi-schools event only has a couple of spaces remaining, so do get in touch swiftly if you wish to be involved. Further details can be found by accessing the web-link below:
Emma Diffley, based at Edina and with a wealth of knowledge about and understanding of Digimap for Schools, concluded the Teach Meet with a review of Digimap for Schools this year and an outline of their future plans, before competently answering any questions from teachers.
I look forward to the next Teach Meet later this year.