New Scoilnet Maps Website
The new Scoilnet Maps website is now live! It features a comprehensive range of Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) maps, world maps and lots of GIS data that can be viewed as "layers" over the maps. It's freely available in all primary and post-primary schools on the Schools Broadband Network.
Some restrictions apply to viewing the OSi maps outside of school -- teachers can use their Scoilnet Account to log-in and view those maps from non-school locations. The World mapping has no restrictions and is openly accessible both within and outside of school.
What is Scoilnet Maps?
- The Scoilnet Maps website provides all primary and post-primary schools on the Schools Broadband Network with access to very high quality, digital Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) maps, World maps and aerial photographs.
- It is a highly interactive, visual and engaging tool to bring maps to life within the classroom.
- It is fast, responsive and has a simple interface that is suitable for students of all ages.
- It contains a suite of tools for use with the maps that support a wide variety of subjects, including Geography, History and Maths.
- It contains historical mapping from 1829 through to 2010 offers plenty of opportunities to look at change over time.
- It brings together a subset of curriculum-relevant, public sector data in a manner that is appropriate for teaching and learning.
- Facilitates cross-curricular teaching and learning within the primary classroom. Specifically, it can support students’ skills development in terms of a sense of place and space, the use of maps and geographical investigation skills (Geography), change and continuity, time and chronology (History) and the use of draw and measure tools to support mathematical activities with regard to area, length, shape and space.
- For post-primary teachers and students, it features the highly detailed, 1:50,000 OSi Discovery mapping and aerial photography, both of which are directly relevant to the Junior and Leaving Certificate Geography curricula.
- It directly supports the teaching and application of geographical skills as specified in the curriculum, i.e., map and aerial photograph interpretation, the use of satellite imagery in the examination of large areas of the physical and cultural landscape, census of population data and GIS.
- It offers opportunities to support students undertaking GIS investigations, for example, the use of aerial photographs, census material and maps in the study of urban sprawl, or the use of maps, aerial photographs, and the record of monuments and places in the study of the destruction of archaeological sites.
The website has been developed as a collaboration between the Professional Development Service for Teachers and the Forward Planning Unit of the Department of Education and Skills. Thanks to the Dept of Environment, Community and Local Government who have permitted access to hosted public sector data, HEAnet, OPW and Ordnance Survey Ireland.