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General Discussion / Re: ipads within the Geography Classroom
« on: January 12, 2017, 03:36:45 PM »
We make a lot of use of Skitch on fieldwork for annotating images.
The OS Locate app is great on fieldwork too for generating 6 figure grid references and altitude information.
We have a subscription to EduCreations, but there is a free account too - it allows students to create narrated videos using images and text. The videos embed nicely in our VLE (Moodle) so its a great revision tool (works on fieldwork for recording methods and locations).
We also have an app called Learning tools which has things like traffic lights, A/B/C/D which is great for quick in class quizzes.
We use an atlas app, but I can't think what it is called and I'm at home not school, to check!
i-nigma for scanning QR codes.
Padlet for sharing ideas in a classroom.
Clickview (as we have a school subscription).
Collector for ArCGIS  and fieldwork.
Quiz apps; UK, World and USA - kids love these!

General Discussion / Re: Castle Head or Snowdonia FSC?
« on: September 23, 2016, 06:41:31 PM »
We've been going to Rhyd-y-creaua (spelling is off, there are too many vowels and I can never get them in the right order!) in Snowdonia for years. It's lovely, fantastic staff (office, kitchen, housekeeping), well kept property, excellent fieldwork locations and great food. Some rooms are. Dry small in the newer part of the building, but big enough for what they are - if that makes sense?! This of bathrooms and showers and almost all the staff rooms are now en suite. Where they can, they've always given us singles for staff too. It's worth giving them a call to chat through the specifics in terms of the taught course. They've always been very flexible too and used our resources (fieldwork booklets) with the kids, which makes my life easier back at school as everything is in one place. They accomodate us arriving late in the evening and provide a (paid) room for our coach driver - I really cannot fault them.  Looking forward to my next visit this July!

General Discussion / Re: GA KS3 Resource Packs
« on: September 22, 2016, 09:31:45 PM »
I've used the India pack, the lessons form part of our introductory unit for year 7.  I find the packs a great starting point but often require lots of copied resources, fairly easy to reduce copying demands though if you need to! A lot is covered in the ten lessons, so plenty to spark your creative juices too to extend the ideas.

General Discussion / Re: Final decision needs to be made
« on: August 17, 2016, 04:24:22 PM »
Map the new specs to your current one and see which has the most overlaps. As a one person department this will reduce planning and increase tweaking of existing content. Easier to deal with! Unless you hated your existing specs content!
We went with AQA because we liked the content and it suited our girls to have a pre-release and skills paper. We've historically done well on those.

Tesco value tin foil goes a really long way and is excellent for
 making models.

General Discussion / Re: New GCSE command words
« on: June 25, 2016, 03:50:20 AM »
AQA have a command words document - link is the first one on this page:

Our school asks us to contribute to the cost of fuel for the minibus. We use the estimate on Google Maps.  However, we have a large GCSE cohort so use coach more often and the cost is passed onto the students.  Check with your bursar. We have a flat rate for teaching staff out on trips which is a contribution to the cover costs, we also have to now include an admin fee to cover the coasts associated with ParentPay and bank charges for using cards. Make friends with the bursar!

General Discussion / Re: Interactive Whiteboards
« on: May 11, 2016, 09:47:54 PM »
They were all the rage, but our school purchased Activ Boards which require specialist software. It has resulted in them being used as glorified screens! As I prepare most lessons at home and my home computer doesn't have the Promethean software I never create resources which could be used.  We also share everything as a department and one of the four rooms (and teachers) doesn't have an IWB so it'd be pointless creating stuff we can't all use! 

General Discussion / Re: Easy Online OS Maps Access
« on: March 23, 2016, 09:56:05 PM »
I second Digimaps, well worth the very small subscription.

General Discussion / Re: Core Content overviews for new A level
« on: February 04, 2016, 10:37:45 PM »
Fab, thanks Steve.

General Discussion / Re: Core Content overviews for new A level
« on: February 03, 2016, 06:06:45 PM »
Thanks Steve, is there a general link to the full list of subject overviews - I'm struggling to find a page with them all on?!

General Discussion / Re: residential fieldtrip - evening activities?
« on: February 01, 2016, 06:34:46 PM »
On our Iceland trips we run a photo scavenger hunt. Kids work in teams and use phones to take pictures of items on a list. Teachers at a central base and sign each thing that's caught on camera before the time limit. Usually 45 mins or so. Be creative with the list and have different points values e.g. Something blue, the Italian flag, a family of five, a cloud etc. As easy ones, then go all out for other random images - how many people an fit in..., the whole team of students jumping at the same time (all airborne for points) etc. Ours love it! A souvenir purchase that day makes a great prize e.g. Sorrento pencils or something equally cheap but meaningful. Works really well in a relatively small area too, we play it at a remote Icelandic farm in the middle of nowhere and it always goes down well.

General Discussion / Re: Presenting Longshore Drift
« on: January 29, 2016, 07:29:27 PM »
What type of data have you got? Could you have located proportionally sized arrows, for speed and direction, on a base map?

General Discussion / Re: New specifications - GCSE Geography AQA spec A
« on: January 24, 2016, 07:24:28 PM »
In terms of resources, I fully intend to use SAMs and teacher resources from all the other boards in my teaching. As the content for all specs is now much more in line, there are plenty of diagrams, questions, activities, SOW etc. which should be interchangeable as lesson resources.

We are planning to start teaching a new GCSE unit to Year 9 from Easter time, largely this is to fit into everything in, but we've always done a water resources module anyway, so plan on beefing it up to cover the resource use bit of the spec.  Our kids all use simple cardboard folders - one per topic - so it's really easy for us to do this. We also attract a large cohort so have relatively little difficulty with those who 'switch off'. As we teach a whole half year group at a time we also have the flexibility to re-group them if needs be into GCSE groups and those not continuing.

I'm choosing to be excited by the changes, although am incredibly daunted by the workload!

General Discussion / Re: Iceland field trip tips!
« on: January 14, 2016, 07:57:52 PM »
If you are going to Heimaey, visit the new Pompeii of the north museum - its excellent.  Nice cafe and toilets too if you've just climbed Eldfell!  Take headphone splitters though, so you can borrow fewer of their interactive guides and plug groups of kids into just one.  Less of an issue with your numbers, but thats what we're doing this summer with 65!

Warn them in advance about Icelandic bathing routines so they are prepared!

Put a sticker not he back of everyone's passport with their name so you can quickly hand them out without having to open and check them each time.

Wear a tour hoody visibly upon return to LHR to get through passport control quickly - everytime we've returned with a group they've pulled us out the general line and opened separate desks just for us.  Way quicker than queuing normally!

Have fun!

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