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LOOK AT IT THIS WAY

ICT IN THE GEOGRAPHY


CLASSROOM

ALAN PARKINSON
SECONDARY CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT
LEADER
GEOGRAPHICAL ASSOCIATION
http://livinggeography.blogspot.com
aparkinson@geography.org.uk
3rd October 2009
An ‘A – Z’* of ICT in the Geography
Classroom

A = Animoto: http://animoto.com – cool slideshows with


pop video transitions: free accounts available for
teachers

B = Blogs – a whole list of teachers who blog has been


collated by the Geographical Association, going back to
one of the first: my GeoBlogs project from 2003:
http://www.geography.org.uk/resources/geographyblogs

C = Class Tools: http://classtools.net - a range of


templates for common classroom activities which can be
turned into flash files or added to websites: includes the
famous random name generator, plus some new
generators including the Animated Book

C = Creative Commons – make sure that you use images


that you have permission for, and acknowledge sources
when using them – for more details see the website:
http://creativecommons.org/
D = Delicious and Diigo - social bookmarking allows for
website ‘favourites’ to be stored online rather than on a
particular computer, and shared with others – mine are
available at http://www.delicious.com/GeoBlogs

D = Dumpr : http://dumpr.net – turns your images into


‘fieldsketches’ by emphasising the outlines of the image
- a useful cheat for those wanting to represent an image
differently

D = Digital Explorer: a series of user guides to explain


how to make creative use of Google Earth in the
classroom, and in fieldwork in the school grounds: a
series of lesson resources are available for free
download, with thanks to Jamie Buchanan Dunlop:
http://www.digitalexplorer.co.uk

E = Etherpad – a collaborative online document which up


to 8 people can work on simultaneously if they know its
address – http://etherpad.com

F = Flickr and Flickr Toys – Flickr is a photo-sharing


website which hosts billions of images, and can be
searched for Creative Commons images – once an image
is available, use the Flickr Toys website (also called Big
Huge Labs) to transform it into a number of creative
resources including film posters, jigsaws, world maps
and magazine covers, plus image gallery creation

http://www.flickr.com and http://bighugelabs.com/


F = Flip Video – handheld camera (also HD version)
which has a very simple interface for transferring videos
to computer and also editing the movies

G = Geographical Association – the subject association


for geography teachers, with a mission to “further the
learning and teaching of geography” – now supported
by the Action Plan for Geography funding:
http://www.geography.org.uk

GeographyTeachingToday: the key site for the Action


Plan for Geography, contains a range of Flash
interactives to support a creative set of resources, plus
new online CPD courses:
http://www.geographyteachingtoday.org.uk

G = http://www.geographypages.co.uk

G = Google Earth and Street View: enough said ? – great


for ‘story-telling’ and alternative fieldwork

I = Infographics: a new version of the pie chart, and


vital for geographers:

Some examples include the classic Gapminder, and


Worldmapper sites

(also see Visualisations)

J = John Davitt – creator of the RAG and the wonderful


Learning Event Generator – loads of creative inspiration
for geographers at http://newtools.org/ - LEG now
available as an Excel file to create your own

N = Ning: your ‘virtual professional network’ platform –


the GA has taken up this method of contacting members
of the geographical community – create one to keep the
conversation flowing with students: “the lesson doesn’t
have to end when the lesson ends...”:
http://geographical.ning.com
N = Noel Jenkins: AST in Somerset –
http://www.juicygeography.co.uk – some classics here,
as well as Noel’s stunning photography and VR work

O = Osocio – http://osocio.org – a collection of images


and videos from social advertising campaigns: some
images are controversial and should be used with care –
particularly useful for provocative starters

P = Picasa – photo organisation software which also


includes an editing function, with the ability to do
creative image manipulation: a free download from
http://picasa.com

R = Richard Allaway: International School of Geneva:


makes use of a range of new web tools in his teaching.
Has taken some ideas of mine and developed them to
the ‘next level’ e.g. Trial of Alfred Wegener, and the ‘I
am a pebble’ activity... (see handouts) :
http://geographyalltheway.com

S = Scribd http://scribd.com and Slideshare


http://www.slideshare.com – share your work online –
embeddable code produced for blogs – can also be
turned into FLASH versions using iSpring

SLN Geography Forum – get your questions answered


here and share your resources -
http://learningnet.co.uk/geoforum/

S = Smart Notebook software: particularly the ability to


freehand capture images: place yourself anywhere you
want to be – student edition of the software available to
download free – can be used without a Smartboard

T = Tony Cassidy – friend and creative colleague from


Notts – check out http://www.tonycassidy.co.uk for links
to Tony’s online empire
T = Twitter - microblogging tool : register at
http://www.twitter.com – you can then follow people /
they follow you and a network of colleagues develops
who you can contact by broadcasting your thoughts and
actions – excellent for professional networking

Twalter Ego: @pensionerfrank @glacierjess


@farmerchalmers

U = Urban Earth – Dan Raven Ellison’s inspirational


urban explorations – check out the ‘mash-up’ of London,
Mumbai and Mexico City: images taken on walks across
the world’s urban centres: http://urbanearth.ning.com –
why not join a walk

V = Visualisations: a key geographical tool which has


been made possible using a range of new online tools
(see infographics)

V = Voicethread: some work by Simon Renshaw to show


– post work and gather contributions from other people
in the form of audio comments on the work

V = Vocaroo = no software required – record your voice


to create an embeddable mp3 file (will also work in a
Google Earth placemark) http://vocaroo.com
Wordle contains text of this handout...

W = Wordle – http://wordle.net – tag cloud generator:


the size of words is proportional to the frequency with
which they appear in the original text – can be used for
decoration, or as part of an analysis of a document or
student work – other tag clouds have appeared since the
launch of Wordle
Wordle produced by http://www.wordle.net/ Images of Wordles are
licensed .

X = I love Geography...

Y = Young People’s Geographies: one of the GA’s Action


Plan funded projects which involves students in
curriculum development. Sign up and see the latest
material at http://www.youngpeoplesgeographies.co.uk

Z = http://www.zattoo.com – watch TV on your laptop –


or catch-up on programmes using TV CatchUp (and
other channel specific sites) – ideal for showing clips of
relevant TV programmes (or download ones from
Teachers TV)

Agree or disagree with my choices ?

Please get in touch via aparkinson@geography.org.uk


and I’ll add your suggestions to the online version of the
handout that will go up once the TES Education Show
has finished.
For more online resources, go to:

http://www.geographypages.co.uk – site since 2001


http://livinggeography.blogspot.com – my work related
travels since September 2008
http://geographyjazz.blogspot.com – over 1000 posts on
all things geographical (and a bit of jazz and malt
whisky)
The GA Ning: http://geographical.ning.com
Follow me on Twitter: @GeoBlogs
My delicious bookmarks: GeoBlogs
My Slideshare presentations: GeoBlogs

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