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The forward planning unit of the Department of Education and Skills yesterday launched the New Scoilnet Maps website, in collaboration with Scoilnet, the professional development service for teachers.

The new website, found at, will provide teachers and students across Ireland with online access to detailed Ordnance Survey Ireland maps as well as world mapping and aerial photographs. While the site as previously available to second level students only, it will now be available to students of both secondary and primary level.

Scoilnet Maps will assist students in learning about OSi Discovery mapping and aerial photography, both of which are relevant to the Junior and Leaving Certificate Geography curricula. It will also allow them to apply the skills they have learned in areas such as map and aerial photograph interpretation, the use of satellite imagery, the census of population data and GIS.

In addition to the mapping features, the website also provides assistance for both students and teachers across a range of other subjects including maths, history, biology, CSPE and languages. It does so by bringing together a range of curriculum-relevant public sector data that is appropriate for teaching and learning.

The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn TD, yesterday underlined the value of the new site saying: none the 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.”