Across America there are groups of new Americans brought together for courses on learning English and learning about the American way of life. One such group recently had the chance to learn some English through an exposure to orienteering. Apparently they loved the getting outdoors the fun of finding their way and finding the markers. Now the teacher would like to take it a step further. I quote, "She said it would be great if they could learn to make a simple map of the neighborhood they live, not for orienteering but for developing a sense of place more generally since they are all newcomers .....I'll search around and see if the free version would be suitable for that simplified purpose or if there's some other program. I think we need something free since there'll be 40+ kids using it! "
I told her about Open Orienteering Mapper and that is a free option for sure. But is there anything else anyone can suggest?
Of course there is just the option of clipping the map from Open Street Map but I suspect the teacher would like the students to have a bit more involvement in the process.
How old are the kids?
I might encourage good ol' hand drawn maps, especially if the maps are of neighborhoods where they live. It would be interesting to see how they depict locations important to them! I'd rather the kids have a fun and meaningful project to teach them some basic geographic literacy skills rather than a bunch of rote, screen-based, symbol-set maps.
Or they could print out line maps from https://oomap.co.uk/
and add lots by hand—edit them for accuracy, annotate with important landmarks, draw in routes between favorite places, etc.
Pink Socks that reminds me of a weekend several years back when we and a handful of other families were camping in adjacent campsites during an A meet. There were a bunch of kids all maybe 8-10 years or so of age. We gave them paper and colored pencils and they drew their own maps of the area, added courses to them, and then traded and ran each others' courses. They had all orienteered enough by that point that it was largely self-directed once the materials were provided.