A Slideshare presentation from an INSET I led today. Etherpad proved the most popular; after a few minutes of virtual anarchy, colleagues quickly began to see the limitless potential.
A quick for Mark Warner’s Ideas To Inspire mini-site. Collaborative presentations of good teaching ideas contributed by educators around the world have been neatly organized into a really useful reference resource that’s bound to grow over time. Cheers Mark!
There’s an archive of yesterday’s meeting on the Geography FM wiki. We discussed the Secondary Quality Geography Mark and Chartered Geographer initiatives, as well as using Google Docs for collaboration and the idea of an Open Source textbook.
New participants are very welcome. The next meeting is Thursday 21st May. To take part please request permission to edit the wiki. Then add your name to the list of attendees.
“Can we do neo-geography this lesson?” asked a student today. Well no because it was supposed to be History. Nevertheless I’ve decided that I’d like my Year 7 students to be able to create an original map by the end of the term using Google Earth/Maps. The kind of map I envisage could include for example:
Hazards on way to school
Land-use in a rural area
Affective mapping of local area
Geo-located poems photos or artwork
Guide for local visitors
A parkour / BMX / skate map
A “know-where” hang out map
A best dog walking route
Thinking about the skill progression required to elevate younger students into fully qualified neo-geographers would go something like this: (some of the steps require just a few minutes to consolidate, others would need a lesson or two) Google Earth / Maps required!
- Find a place / use postcode look-up / search box
- Create a placemark / select appropriate icon
- Measure distance using ruler – e.g from home to school
- Create a path e.g from home to school
- Collaborate with others e.g. save placemarks / paths to a shared folder / collaboration tool in My Maps
- Organise the Places folder
- Use layers to add information to the map e.g roads / Wikipedia / Panoramio / 3d buildings / real-time data e.g weather / earthquakes
- Be able to turn terrain on and off and adjust exaggeration
- Take a photo with a phone / digital camera and upload to Flickr (issues in some schools – need for parent’s permission?)
- Add photos to a place mark (from FlickrÂ etc) using img tag (from Flickr)Â <img src=” replace this text with the link to the photo “>Â and use You Tube embed code to add video
- Create multimedia tours / be able to adjust tour settings
- Add polygons to represent land use / data etc. Be able to adjust colour and opacity
- Be able to import data from GPS (optional)
- Create simple geo-located graphs usingÂ Google Spreadsheets or even easier, Rich Chart LiveÂ (see this post)
- Complete a decision-making exercise using multiple data sources e.g my San Francisco lesson
- Understand relative advantages / disadvantages of different mapping systems for example by using Where’s The Path?
- Create a Google account (with parent’s permission) and be familiar with My Maps
- Create an original map as a final assignment. More able students could create Sketch Up models / use GE Graph / create overlays to demonstrate advanced neo-geography skills.
The core geographical concepts are based on location, scale and place. Students should be able to collect field data and create a map for a real audience. The learning sequence offers the opportunity for some highly personalised, participatory geography. The best outcomes would see students sharing their work on a blog or some other public community. Any thoughts?