DigiMap for Schools

A number of schools in Edinburgh are embarking on the use of Digimap for Schools. This resource supports social studies outcomes at Primary level and geography at Secondary level.

The service includes:

  • Seamless Ordnance Survey mapping covering all of Great Britain
  • Historical 1-inch maps from the 1890s and 1950s with transparency sliders for comparing maps of different periods
  • Over 60 step-by-step teaching resources
  • A suite of annotation tools for GIS and mapping fieldwork results
  • Print maps at A4/A3 and save work online or to your local system
  • High resolution aerial imagery covering GB
  • Extensive annotation tools
  • Ability for students to interrogate, manipulate and save maps and upload fieldwork results from a CSV file
  • Follow up support for staff development

A simple single login means that pupils can access maps anytime, anywhere via an easy to use web interface. For more information and prices for your establishment visit Digimap for Schools.

Have you met the Adobe Spark family?

Have you seen the great free apps made by Adobe? They have been around a while but have recently been relaunched. They include Adobe Spark Video, Spark Post and Spark Page. The apps are really simple to use, include built in copyright-free icons and images and easy to follow instructions on how to use the apps.

These apps allow pupils and teachers to create beautiful content and are a great way to share learning and teaching. Spark in the Classroom provides inspiration, teacher and pupil created content and lesson plans to get you started. Please feel free to add comments about how you have/might use these in the classroom.


Online Safety Competition supported by Brainpop

To coincide with Safer Internet Day 2016, the Digital Learning Team are calling on Edinburgh pupils to use their creative powers to create a short video encouraging young people to stay safe online. The competition, supported by Brainpop, is open to primary and secondary schools and there are two Brainpop classroom subscriptions up for grabs for the winning videos.

To tie in with the competition, Brainpop have offered all Edinburgh schools an extended free trial of its services, running from now until the Easter holidays. If you are interested in finding out more about Brainpop and the hundreds of resources it offers both online and through apps, click here. To sign up for this, please email Rob Richardson at the address on the poster below. You do not need to enter the competition to sign up for the free trial.

See the poster below for details and check out the Brainpop video for inspiration or to use as a starting point for the activity with your students.

Online Safety Competition

See the Brainpop Online Safety materials here:

Download a PDF of the competition poster by clicking here.

Free trial of 2Simple Software for Edinburgh Schools

2Simple software is a UK-based company with over 15 years experience of making educational software for use in the primary classroom. Following on from a demonstration hosted by Hillwood PS this week, the company have offered a free trial for any Edinburgh school that would like to try out their online resources (Purple Mash) for free until Christmas.

What is Purple Mash and Serial Mash?

Purple Mash is a comprehensive, online suite of creative, cross-curricular resources. It contains more than 1000 ready-made writing frames with support built in, such as writing prompts, sentence starters, and check lists. Purple Mash also enables children to make graphs, spreadsheets, collaborative databases, animations, 3D computer games, mind-maps, design and print their own nets, etc. It can all be accessed from home as well as in school.
Serial Mash is a collection of gripping and fast paced fiction books, serialised into chapters. For each chapter, there are comprehension and writing activities for children to do on the computer and on paper.

What’s the offer?

All Edinburgh schools can register to access the materials for free from now until the Christmas holidays. After Christmas, schools who would like to keep up their subscription, will be offered a 50% discount until the end of June 2016.

As part of the promotion, Serial Mash will  be included for free (usually £200) and schools can  buy premium modules for half-price (usually £200). Please note – there is no obligation to continue your subscription after the free trial ends.

How do we apply to take part?

If your school is interested in taking part, please contact the Digital Learning Team ( and we will pass your details on to Anthony Wootten, our 2Simple representative.

Where can I find out more?

For more information about 2Simple, Purple Mash and Serial Mash, please see their website by clicking here.