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Title: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Victoria on April 30, 2009, 10:07:37 PM
Following on from Rob and Tony's comments on a different thread...  How about a place to collect simple but fab ideas?

To get the ball rolling...

-mystery feely box/jars a la Noel Jenkins - variety of mystery objects connected to the new topic to be studied, either all together in a big box, or in separate plastic jars (useful for things like water, soil)... students have 10 seconds to feel around and try to identify the topic

-Google Earth trip a la Ollie Bray - box/tub/bucket full of slips of paper, each with a world city, landmark or destination... first student to pack away gets to pick out a slip of paper, and you fly there as a class in GE

-countries/capitals register - instead of "yes miss/sir" students answer the register with a  country and its capital city... British Isles ones are banned, there can't be repetition, and when the class get used to doing it, they can be timed (competition against themselves and other classes)...
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: David Rogers on May 01, 2009, 07:32:31 AM
The geography of cheese and toast  ;)

Use photo orienteering getting pupils to explore their local places http://daviderogers.blogspot.com/2008/12/on-site-fieldwork-part-1.html

or Doorstep Geography - lots of simple ideas designed to get your pupils out and about http://doorstepgeography.blogspot.com
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Blue Square Thing on May 01, 2009, 05:51:12 PM
Hmm, here's an idea. No idea if it works, but I think there might be mileage in it (it might also be an old idea I just haven't come across before...).

Start from somewhere - ideally your house. Walk for five minutes - not 4, not 6, but 5. When you get whereever you get to, stop and take a photo of whatever it is that's there. Whatever it is.

As a way of understanding local geography it's interesting, perhaps. Photos could be mapped, individually or in a class, or using some sort of mapping software (dunno what). I imagine it can be done for a school as well - send groups of kids out with a digi camera to walk (five minutes, three hours - you decide ;-)) and take photos. Or as an interesting homework, perhaps. Assuming they have cameras (on phones?).

As I say, no idea if it'll work, but here's four that I took earlier heading in different directions from my house:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3553/3491895062_9bf7c88e74_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/bluesquarething/3491895062/)
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: David Rogers on May 01, 2009, 07:13:26 PM
BST - like it!
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Plene on May 02, 2009, 08:57:43 AM
David - I really like the photo orienteering  and using the satellite image
 
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Post by: Dannyoc on May 02, 2009, 08:33:19 PM
using DUMPR http://www.dumpr.net/sketch.php turn photographs into sketches
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: aberrantbee on May 02, 2009, 11:05:56 PM
Using Freemind a lot in revision http://freemind.sourceforge.net/wiki/index.php/Download
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Tony Cassidy on May 03, 2009, 06:45:51 AM
I've started a Google Docs presentation to collate these ideas

http://docs.google.com/Present?docid=dfc7f644_3f5bwqcgv&skipauth=true

The nice thing about Google Docs is they can be downloaded as a pdf and ppt.

Please email/pm/twitter dm me with your email address, so I can add you to the collaborators and you can edit the document. Very easy to do, just like PowerPoint, but you will have to sign up for a free google account. Hopefully it could make a stunning document with a bit of selfless collaboration.

I hope the presentation reflects the ideas above/their origin. Dave I thought you would be happy to summarise your ideas on the presentation. BST- is this a correct summary of your idea?

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Post by: Noel Jenkins on May 03, 2009, 08:07:16 AM
Hey - great idea Tony and others.
The presentation can also be embedded in blogs/web pages to spread the word.
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Tony Cassidy on May 03, 2009, 09:02:02 AM
Hopefully people will contribute and we can have a creative document.
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Paul on May 03, 2009, 09:13:01 AM
I dont know if this is simple enough for this list!

I get pupils to use www.screentoaster.com to record their GIS work from Googleearth or other software. The website software works online so now downloads are needed, is not blocked at school, and all videos made can be embedded on blogs. Here is an example  http://www.thegeographer.co.uk/showcase/?p=41

Paul

Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Tony Cassidy on May 03, 2009, 09:19:23 AM
Sounds good to me. Paul, please add it to the presentation.
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Post by: aberrantbee on May 03, 2009, 09:46:34 AM
Create an alter ego in twitter, ask to children to follow you and tweet revision facts daily.  I have promised one per day for a topic but I may tweet more than one per tpic if it is successful. New Idea so we'll see how it goes.  working on the theory that as it accessible by phone they may read when commuting to school and I can get aroun the issue of twitter being blocked.  I can, of course, also add my own tweeets by phone.
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Post by: Tony Cassidy on May 03, 2009, 09:55:56 AM
Great idea on the revision twitter- are you going to add to the presentation?
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Post by: ValVannet on May 03, 2009, 10:35:47 AM
Adopt a webcam!  Users of this forum have long been familiar with my favourite one http://www.sgisland.gs/index.php/%28h%29South_Georgia_webcam?useskin= which, strangely, is masterminded from here in Dundee.  Regular 'visits' to the same location give pupils an excellent impression of the changing seasons and a real familiarity with distant location.  I have just 'been' to South Georgis this morning - seals and penguins are gone, the snows have started and it is a glorious autumn day there.  It certainly beats the bundle of marking in front of me!!
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Blue Square Thing on May 03, 2009, 04:16:48 PM
Tweet facts is a really good idea. How many of your kids even have the faintest clue what Twitter is though?

Even the geekiest (i.e. A2 level grade A/B ICT kids who found flash animations and complex spreadsheets a breeze) and the coolest (i.e. Year 11 who live on social networking sites) of mine don't really understand it/use it/get it. I'm not sure if it'd be used by enough kiddies or if there'd be enough interest.

I will suggest it in school and see what the come back is though - it has shed loads of mileage.
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: aberrantbee on May 03, 2009, 08:23:16 PM
To be honest I thought the QR codes would be beyond them but the yr7 + 8 students led the way.  I only have four so far on the yr 11 Ning but to simply add the discussion ' see who can invite the most friends - they must be from school and yr 11' has provided really good results in the lower yrs.  Only two yr 8s are not on the Ning. 

I think you may need to lead them through it initally, I have saved the page as a html file so I can use it off line, homework will be to open a twitter account and set as your home page, and then I will start a list of the students who have joined on the edge of my whiteboard.  Give it a week and I'll demonstrate how to add tweet to your phone.  As ever I am all for giving it a go and seeing; if it dosen't work then I'll move on but I could potentially cover alot of facts in the next few weeks. :-\
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Tony Cassidy on May 03, 2009, 09:22:22 PM
Thanks for adding it to the document.

Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: meg on May 04, 2009, 08:48:00 PM
The one I use most frequently is linking O.S. maps with an image from Geograph www.geograph.org.uk - nothing complicated just very quickly can give a really good feel of what the area is like.

Val's "My Patch" exercise takes it a step further when a specific are is being chosen
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Tony Cassidy on May 04, 2009, 09:46:45 PM
Sounds great Meg, are you doing to add it?

We now have 33 ideas and fifteen contributors, including a colleague in the U.S. .

http://docs.google.com/Present?docid=dfc7f644_3f5bwqcgv

Mark Warner, great website, do check it out, asked whether he could use the presentation on his site, I thought people would be happy with this

http://www.ideastoinspire.co.uk/geography.htm

Thanks for the contributors so far.
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Post by: Blue Square Thing on May 05, 2009, 09:41:02 AM
I'll add this to the whatsit and find an example later on, but does anyone use e-cards as a presentation technique?

Basically a single ppt slide (or alternative methods are just as easy) - the idea being sent as an e-card to someone, a bit like a postcard. Could be about a place (tourism, myplace sorta stuff) or could be about an issue (fair trade perhaps?). We aim for 3-4 images on the slide and very little text - one or two sentences and a heading. Sound - either recorded by themselves or freebie music that's appropriate (hmm, I'm thinking pan pipes for the Andes all of a sudden...) can be added easily.

The aim is to make it all cool with animated images coming in and out - all on the one slide. Then converted to flash using iSpring (which is free and excellent). It can work static as well, but moving is cooler. Converting to flash means it's e-mailable or embeddable in a more standard compliant sorta way than sending a ppt. Better IT...

Double whammy is that this is good IT - e-cards are on the current DiDA unit 1 spb for example - so you'll either be helping out your IT department (which is **good** and much appreciated, especially if you get them to plan it an devaluate it) or building on their IT skills.

Or does everyone use this and I just didn't know?

Example e-card on Australia (http://bluesquarething.googlepages.com/aussieflash.swf)

Now, if someone can tellme how to insert Flash properly into this I could do that :)
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Blue Square Thing on May 05, 2009, 03:48:03 PM
Oh, another one (yes, I'll add it...)

Wordle as a stereotype viewer. Not rocket surgery I know - I collect about five things from each kiddie and type them into wordle (http://www.wordle.net). Works well when you're picking up a new topic or country or something - we did it for Italy but I managed to delete the files last week :)

Here's one my year 9 class came up with earlier to present their views on England...

(http://pages.google.com/edit/bluesquarething/englandwordle.PNG/englandwordle-full;init:.PNG)
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Tony Cassidy on May 05, 2009, 09:12:13 PM
Thanks for adding the two ideas- 39 so far...
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Plene on May 05, 2009, 11:04:15 PM
Make 3D maps. divide the class into groups of  4 or 5 and give them 2 tables pushed together or an area of the floor. You then ask them to make a 3D map of the physical features of the country/area you are just starting to study. Give them one atlas as a reference ( or if is at the end of a unit you could make them do it as a revision exercise from memory)
Rules - they are allowed to use anything they can find in the classroom but at the end of the session it must be returned undamaged. They can use scrap paper to make labels. They use books scissors counters pens ties calculators books jumpers shoes....
At the end of the session I stand on a chair and take an "aerial" photo which you can copy and stick in their books. Have used it with Yr 6 -8  and also with adults at our last KS3 geography meeting.

"Steal a fact" this amused me greatly today - my Yr 7s were using the internet and atlases to compile a factfile on Ghana for their work on Chocolate. After about 15 mins I asked them to get up and go and look at another computer in the room and "Steal a fact" - they then returned to their computers and incorporated it into their work. Their quick glimpse also gave inspiration to some about how they could set out their work.
I could have asked them to share but the idea of Stealing a fact seemed to amuse them more.

Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Terry Jones on May 06, 2009, 09:28:10 PM
 :)No Email address for Tony ? - I like the collaborative presentaton and have some ideas to post - please add me to get editing rights.
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Tony Cassidy on May 06, 2009, 09:30:14 PM
Terry, drop me your email via the personal messages.

Cheers,

T
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Marie Sweetlove on May 08, 2009, 09:08:20 PM
Hi Tony,

Thanks for the email link to the presentation, but I can't seem to find a way to edit it to add some more ideas! Any suggestions?

Many thanks

Marie ???
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Tony Cassidy on May 08, 2009, 09:43:23 PM
Hi Marie,

Thanks for wanting to contribute... try this...

Sign out of google.

Go to the link again, use the 'edit if you have permission' in the actions menu.

A new screen will appear, sign into google.

At which point the presentation appears again (!), use the edit if you have permission again (strange I know) and this should take you to the edit page.

Let me know how you do.

If no go, can you send me an alternate email address.
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Paul on May 09, 2009, 12:51:16 AM
Have added another couple of slides on creating location games with http://www.umapper.com/blog/?p=1088
and scrambling flickr images with http://befuddlr.com/

I have just made a umapper game for my year 11's to help them with their revision of case studies. They can be produced as a wiki so additions and alterations can be made by the pupils or other teachers. http://www.thegeographer.co.uk/years/gcse/?p=267


Paul
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Post by: Tony Cassidy on May 09, 2009, 08:34:45 AM
Thanks Paul, great ideas, wonder if we'll hit fifty by this weekend.
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Paul Williams on May 17, 2009, 11:38:14 AM
Tony
Can you send me details of the Google docs, so i can add to the collection.
Cheers
Paul W :)
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Tony Cassidy on May 17, 2009, 04:09:43 PM
Should now be sorted Paul, thanks  :)
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Post by: Tony Cassidy on May 18, 2009, 09:32:27 PM
http://docs.google.com/Present?docid=dfc7f644_3f5bwqcgv&skipauth=true

Now 75...
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Nik on May 18, 2009, 10:06:05 PM
Added my first slide.

Thanks for all the ideas.

Nik
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Post by: Tony Cassidy on May 19, 2009, 07:59:13 AM
Thanks, two great ideas there-

Anyone is welcome to contribute- please just email/pm or twitter me.
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Post by: crose on May 20, 2009, 12:40:38 PM
Games - these have been added to mainly from wonderful people here on SLN!
Shanty town game - 30 minutes to build a shack using scraps for work, if you have the insight to agree terms of payment beforehand, to protect your baby (pocket tissue) before the rains (watering can) comes. I have a comprehensive (!) lesson plan if needed.
Jelly baby game - initially designed for KS4 but I use it with KS5 as an introduction and refresher to population - get the students to sketch their population pyramids after each event gives some highly entertaining results

Quiz, Quiz, Trade - revision activity or can be used to teach a short case study.
Have a 10 question quiz, using white boards. Give out article, textbook page etc get students to find the answers to the questions. Score quiz. Give each student a number corresponding to a quiz question and get them to write the question and answer on a white board. Give 5-10 mins they have to quiz, quiz and trade boards as many times as they can in the time allocated. Sit the quiz again and mark up their progress.
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Tony Cassidy on May 20, 2009, 07:56:11 PM
Some nice ideas here, if you'd like to add them to the document please pm me your email address.

Best wishes,

T
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Marie Sweetlove on May 21, 2009, 06:01:43 PM
Hi Tony,

Have tried to access the 'editing option' a number of times on both links from both of my email accounts but still to no avail.  so thought I would add my tips on here for now:

Two Gun Texas

A simple game to encourage studnets to find places using an Atlas as fast as they can - great for getting them to understad that there is more than one way to use it!

Really simple: Tell students to make a gun shape with one hand, they are to find the place when said as fast as they can, then place the tip of thier gun (fingers on the place and be the fastest to put their other hand up to win)

Playing the game:

Students work in pairs - start off with Atals cosed on desk and they are both stadning up behind chairs.
Teacher says the name of a country, city, town etc depending how hard you want to make the task.
Studnets then have to quickly find the place in the Atalas, put thier gun (fingers) on it and sit down with thier other hand up.

Fastest pair wins!  Students love the game - have played it with all ages!

Marie  ;D
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Post by: Marie Sweetlove on May 21, 2009, 06:05:09 PM
And another good game...

Dizzy Directions:

Put each of the compass directions on a different wall in the class room
Students then have to stand up and turn as fast as they can to face the correct wall when a direction is called out by the teacher.
The slowest students or those that turn the wrong way are out, they then help to watch for who is out next.
Keep playing until you have one winner - you can make the game harder by using 8 point on the compass.

Great for spatial awareness

Marie
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Tony Cassidy on May 21, 2009, 07:25:50 PM
Sorry Marie that you have had problems-

I can't tell you why this is, I've added your suggestions to the document, thanks.

Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Tom Biebrach on May 21, 2009, 09:24:04 PM
I don't think I have permission to edit it but thought i would offer up something...

Role Play - I had forgotten how much fun these activities can be! My Year 8s really got into the trading trainers game (From ChristianAid - http://learn.christianaid.org.uk/YouthLeaderResources/trainers.aspx - also links to other simulations). Of course Noel developed this further, in the legendary 'Sweatshirts' - http://www.juicygeography.co.uk/sweatshirts.htm

A very powerful tool to encourage empathy and a critical understanding of complex issues.
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Post by: Tony Cassidy on May 21, 2009, 09:49:54 PM
Just added you to the permission list Tom,

Best wishes,

T
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Post by: Victoria on May 25, 2009, 10:55:13 AM
Upto 90 ideas on the presentation now - can we get 101 by the end of the day?!?!  ;D
Title: Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
Post by: Tony Cassidy on May 25, 2009, 03:59:26 PM
Not too many to go now- :)
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Post by: gilmoregirl on June 03, 2009, 06:53:46 PM
What about maps from memory, always a winner whatever the topic
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Post by: gilmoregirl on June 03, 2009, 09:40:10 PM
Just notice that on there and i missed it, so what about global links, great for understanding globalisation, pupils make a 3D globe and then add link on from place to place depending on topic e.g origin of all players in football team for sport topic, or where all the parts come from to make a .....