Every school in Leitrim on the Schools Broadband Network scheme will now have free access to high quality digital Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSi) maps, world maps and aerial photographs.
The new Scoilnet website - maps.scoilnet.ie - will provide all schools on the scheme with access to these extremely useful learning tools. Students will be able to access interactive maps where they can access information on a variety of subjects from geographical information on individual countries to individual medal counts from each nation going back as far as the very first modern Olympics in 1896.
Welcoming this, Fine Gael Deputy Frank Feighan commented: “Up until last year, only second level schools could log onto a website to view OSi maps. Now all of the more than 4,000 primary and second level schools will be able to use these tools to assist in subjects like Geography, History and Maths.”
Scoilnet Maps will cost a total just €35,000 this year, compared to a price of €236,000 when it was last tendered in 2007. Mr Feighan enthused: “Most importantly, this website will mean that children of all ages will be able to access this brilliant resource to see maps dating back to 1829, satellite images, layers of geographical information, aerial photos and a whole host of other interactive tools which should be fun and assist learning.”