Teaching material - Primary level: Discover your environment

Based on the map viewer from geo.admin.ch, three teaching units for the primary level were compiled in 2014. These can be modified by teachers according to their needs in everyday school life. The development of the teaching aids took place within a pilot project with teachers/school classes from the cantons of Aargau and Solothurn, in collaboration with imedias, the Advisory Office for Digital Media in Schools and Classes (FHNW), educa.ch, the Swiss Education Server and OFCOM, the Federal Office of Communications. The goal was then to expand this project to all cantons. A national follow-up project was created: www.sCHoolmaps.ch.

Getting to know map.geo.admin.ch

In the first lesson, «Getting to know map.geo.admin.ch», the students learn the basic functions of the map viewer map.geo.admin.ch in a playful way. In the working materials section, the teacher will find documents that will be helpful in carrying out this teaching unit (Note: The document is from 2014 - some web links in the document, except map.geo.admin.ch, may no longer work!)

Getting to know map.geo.admin.ch (german) (Microsoft Word Dokument)

City Country Differences

In the second lesson, «Urban-rural», students learn to display and interpret the similarities and differences between urban and rural areas using the map viewer (Note: The document is from 2014 - some web links in the document, except map.geo.admin.ch, may no longer work!).

City Country Differences (german) (Microsoft Word Dokument)

Understanding the environment

In the context of a study excursion, students collect data from the environment in the third lesson, «Understanding the Environment», and try to relate and evaluate their observations with the geodata of the map viewer (Note: The document is from 2014 - some web links in the document, except map.geo.admin.ch, may no longer work!).

Verständnis für die Umwelt (Microsoft Word Dokument)

www.sCHoolmaps.ch - A project to promote federal digital maps in the classroom

sCHoolmaps.ch – The federal geoportal geo.admin.ch (swisstopo), OFCOM, and the consulting office for digital media of the PH FHNW - imedias launched the sCHoolmaps.ch project in the 2015/16 school year. Since then, teachers, geographers, didacticians and media educators have been working together to develop ideas for teaching based on map.geo.admin.ch and testing them in school classes.

In addition, the project provides valuable feedback for the development of the map viewer. This mutually valuable dialog is to be continued in the coming years.

Further Information

Kurzeinstieg für Lehrpersonen in sCHoolmaps.ch

sCHoolmaps.ch in brief for teachers (german) 
Here you can find a quick access to the lessons on sCHoolmaps.ch.PDF, 1 page, 39 KB