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Keeping pupils and students engaged in the digital era can be a struggle.

Maps have been used as teaching tools for centuries. Now they’re not just visual aids, but interactive experiences that engage and inspire.

Read on to find out how The Institute of Historical Research and the Association of Jewish Refugees are using Humap to create educational interactive maps that make an impact.

Getting creative in the classroom

Get your students making something unique with our user-generated content (UGC) system. 

Sick of PowerPoint, or looking to set your students some work that AI can’t do for them?

We get a lot of enquiries from educators who want to use maps in the classroom but don’t know where to start.

Whether it’s mapping hyperlocal history or using the platform to present existing data, our UGC system has several ways to get your students actively engage with curricula. Here are a few reasons you should consider getting your students creating their own maps today:

  • Interdisciplinary Learning: interactive map-making is a holistic learning experience. It might be a History class, but creating maps reinforces geographic knowledge, as well as computer literacy and communication.
  • Engaging, Accessible Learning: exploring and creating multimedia content on a map engages learners of all types, and the resources they create will be accessible from anywhere.
  • Problem-Solving: Students can analyse data, explore patterns, and solve problems by interacting with map overlays and visualisations and adding their own insights.
  • Real-World Connections: Maps connect classroom learning to the real world, helping students understand global issues, cultures, and the impact of geography on society.

Enrich learning

Educational tools need to be able to compete with a world of distractions. 

Interactive, multimedia learning tools that keep pupils and students engaged are the perfect complement to the classroom.

In 2019 the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) released several recommendations on the teaching of Holocaust history. Including local history in the conversation as one of them, and the Association of Jewish Refugees used Humap to create the UK Holocaust Map in response.

Designed to supplement existing school curriculums, the UK Holocaust Map brings together material from several different organisations to create a centralised, multimedia database of UK Holocaust history.

Layers of London, another project on the Humap platform, complements the curriculums for primary, secondary, and ESOL learners on the topics of History, Geography, PSHE, RE, and Design.

In collaboration with their partner institutions, the Layers team also:

  • Created the London-wide #HistoryOfMySchool – a mapping project ideal for extra curricula clubs and groups
  • Delivered outreach sessions to 11 primary schools, 8 secondary, and 5 others.


Image from Layers of London

“We have received the most wonderful, positive feedback about the U.K. Holocaust Map. Colleagues from across the remembrance and education sector and members of the Jewish community have commented about how much ‘hidden’ history they have had the opportunity to discover – often right at their own doorstep.”
Alex Maws Head of Educational Grants and Projects, Association of Jewish Refugees

Making education accessible

A great classroom resource can be accessed from anywhere and be useful for anyone.

Humap can be used to make resources that work for any age group, and our user-generated content feature is a great way to get pupils and students actively thinking.

In addition to their amazing work in the classroom, the Layers of London team has:

  • Created free downloadable classroom resources (KS3 & 4 Geography & ESOL)
  • Curated a collection of popular layers to explore in the classroom
  • Demonstrated how to create a class collection (KS2/3)
  • Ran 24 educational outreach sessions
  • Ran 20 teacher CPD sessions
  • Reached 11 primary schools, 8 secondary, and 5 others.

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