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3rd October 2009
An ‘A – Z’* of ICT in the Geography

A = Animoto: – cool slideshows with

pop video transitions: free accounts available for

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:

C = Class Tools: - 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:
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

D = Dumpr : – turns your images into

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

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:

E = Etherpad – a collaborative online document which up

to 8 people can work on simultaneously if they know its
address –

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 and

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:

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:

G =

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 - 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...”:
N = Noel Jenkins: AST in Somerset – – some classics here,
as well as Noel’s stunning photography and VR work

O = Osocio – – 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

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) :

S = Scribd and Slideshare – 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 -

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 for links
to Tony’s online empire
T = Twitter - microblogging tool : register at – 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


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: –
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)
Wordle contains text of this handout...

W = Wordle – – 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 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

Z = – 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

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: – site since 2001 – my work related
travels since September 2008 – over 1000 posts on
all things geographical (and a bit of jazz and malt
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