Ordnance Survey has launched an online mapping service, designed to improve geography teaching.
Digimap for Schools, which was devised with help from Edinburgh University, should make it easy to find maps for the whole of Great Britain. For the first time, pupils will have access to maps showing individual building outlines, as well as familiar features of maps used by outdoor enthusiasts and on websites.
Maps can be printed as pdf files at A3 or A4 size and in landscape or portrait format. Search tools include postcode, place name or national grid reference and maps can be moved to centre on any chosen location within Great Britain.
Ordnance Survey has provided all 11-year-olds with a free OS Explorer map of their area for the past nine years, issuing more than 6 million paper maps. Schools with 11-year-olds are currently being given free access to Digimap for Schools until December 2011.