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General Discussion / Re: IPADs/Laptop/Ntebook/Other Tablet or????
« on: June 26, 2012, 03:53:56 PM »
Many thanks for your thoughts BST and Iron
The tech team are happy with both and actually quite keen on the IPADS
Booking rooms for 'normal' use is not usually toooo problematic
I'll keep pondering - I think it's one of those decisions where there is no right answer as they fulfil different functions

General Discussion / IPADs/Laptop/Ntebook/Other Tablet or????
« on: June 22, 2012, 11:56:39 AM »
I have been presented with an enviable connundrum for which I would invite opinion on which is the most useful way to go! We are being forced to move rooms and office etc over the summer to a significantly less desirable location but as a sweetener for the move I have bargained for a class set of 'something'. The buget is ring fenced but I need to decide what to purchase!

So the options are Ipad/Net book/Laptop/Other tablet but the purchase has to be made over the summer so no holding out for the next big thing!

+Got the funky factor, instant on, camera etc for movies/stop animation etc. Geography apps available - more so than on Android market etc
- Is is style over substance? We can run a virtual machine to get windows logon and programs to work but a bit clunky. Will Apple maps thing be any good? Are the Apps genuinely useful in teaching - do you use them because they are there or could you not do without them? Hassle to type on so limited use?

+ Fully functionality, run Google Earth and Maps no problem. Run ArcView and other GIS no worries
+ Not instant on, harder logistically to distribute etc, power issues, more easily broken? No 'wow' factor

Other Tablet
Asus EEE tablet
+ Got the tablet benefit, lightweight etc, got full keyboard so could use for more extensive written tasks, mouse pad good for those with motor control conditions
- Android market not got a lot of decent Apps on so does it just become a small computer?

Your thoughts on what to go for would be greatly appreciated!

General Discussion / Re: Dust off those O Level textbooks...
« on: June 22, 2012, 11:46:34 AM »
My suspicion is that this is a headline grabbing statement about 'sorting out' poor education standards and is unlikely to actually go anywhere given the time frame and that implementation would probably coincide with the next general election. HMC, NAHT are already up in arms and if those two are actually agreeing about something then the government really is up against it!

Re grammar schools/private/state - do we have to argue about it? Really? There are teachers on here from all sorts of schools from very exclusive, special schools, accademies, "bog standard" and everything else in between but I would like to think that's totally irrelevant. If you are a Geographer and have some good ideas then I would like to hear them, steal some of your ideas/lessons with pride and share some ideas back again. I frankly don't give two hoots what kind of school you teach in. Having experienced all three of the main types I recognise the good and bad in all of them - its not perfect but we couldn't afford to educate everyone if some parents didn't pay for education twice - once through tax and then again with school fees.

General Discussion / Re: Any help.
« on: June 20, 2012, 04:46:10 PM »
Right then

1. Go and talk to your line manager - the dept handbook can wait until the summer holidays - there is no conceivable reason why it MUST be ready by the end of term - show them what else you have to do and they must be reasonable
2. Is there any reason the yr9 scheme needs planning? Is it that broken? What's it on - I'm sure SLN come feed you some resources
3. GCSE - I would suggest you need to wait as all the specs are up in the air currently - again explain this to your line manager - how can you plan for something that doens't currently exist?
4. I don't do Edexcel but lots on here do and their ning is very active with lots of resources - join it!
5. Where in the country are you? - there may be a local SLN member who you could meet to discuss/steal resources from/share a cup of tea with

Few things in school are really that critical

General Discussion / Re: Apathy
« on: June 19, 2012, 05:29:00 PM »

Old but impressive! + Rio related

When students suggest they can't do anything to change the world I always ask them who can? After some disucssion about politicians/business leaders/charities etc we get to the point that at some stage in their life those people also sat in a classroom and learnt about the world

General Discussion / Re: Geocaching
« on: June 19, 2012, 05:23:30 PM »
I suspect you are going to need an app that you can input a series of lat and long coordinates into.
However I don't think many of the free apps will let you do this - as BST suggest just displays the nearest 3. It also seems a bit risky to rely on the students having the correct app for the phone and unless you can test it on every concievable operating system then the chances of it going wrong seem high!

I wonder if you should think more along the lines of an orienteering course with perhaps the QR codes at the locations for them to scan with the instructions for the next one? - QR codes can also be laminated and firmly attached to things whereas students have a habit of moving/hiding any kind of object so following groups can't find them......

General Discussion / Re: OCR Alevel
« on: June 18, 2012, 02:20:28 PM »
I believe it was a a grouply site which disappeared when grouply got bought up
I don't think anyone has resurrected it elsewhere but I may be wrong

General Discussion / Re: AQA A Physical Paper - I must protest.
« on: June 14, 2012, 11:31:20 PM »
I don't have the paper in front of me but was the phrase 'with reference to' used?
If it was then I suspect your complaint will fall on deaf ears

How many points do I get for writing my post in such a manner that Victoria thought I was BST?
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

My first points was partly in jest. It is very useful for the students but do make sure you get adequate staff support as the guidance and moderation is time consuming for large numbers

General Discussion / Re: Photo Starters
« on: June 11, 2012, 03:38:43 PM »
Thanks for these Stuart - those glacier ones are amazing
There are not many armies in the world who put their troops through glacier training!

Avoid it like the plague?

I only have experiece of OCT but more helpfully, perhaps
  • Students must focus their work down very tightly otherwise it becomes waffle and they are trying to answer ridiculously grandiose ideas
    Make sure it is their idea and title othewise they are scuppered on marks from the outset!
    They struggle with resources that are not obvious/web searches - I have found a practical session in a local university library to be very helpful!
    A well crafted email/letter from a student to local HE institutions will often elicit a remarkable amount of assistance and good will!
    They must must log everythign they do as they go along or it will become immensely tedious at the end filling out the evidence form
    Depending how many you have we have hosted a projects evening - they each produce a dispaly board/or few and stand by a table with their project and resources and staff/parents/colleagues circulate talking to them. Staff have sheets to fill in to feedback and shape their questionning. This helps to deal with the criteria of how they share their findings
Expect signficant drop-out when the hard work of actually writing it up kicks in!

General Discussion / Around the world in 800 days
« on: June 11, 2012, 02:08:12 AM »
Could be fun to follow, plot on a map in the classroom etc

General Discussion / Re: Want to compare two countries immediately?
« on: June 08, 2012, 10:19:34 PM »
Looks really good - the graph feature with some historical data is also nice
Is there any obvious way to do more than 2 countries side by side or am I being greedy?!

General Discussion / Re: If you use PPT to teach, please help
« on: June 08, 2012, 10:15:00 PM »
I'm only just going the other way after waiting an age for my IWB to be installed!
Make sure you nudge then in the right direction Paul - Smart not Promethean unless you want a 3rd OS!!
What you could do is use the Smartboard Viewer - free download on your computer just to run things like the picker and countdown etc
I have used "The Hat" as my name picker and a countdown clock I found my googling and downloaded as a flash thing whilst waiting for Smart

I agree with keeping the same software where you can - particularly if you want to share good ideas with other members of the dept - you need to make this as easy as you can!

General Discussion / Re: supply & demand, running out of Time.
« on: June 08, 2012, 10:11:21 PM »
Interesting article Stephen, perhaps taking some ideas to extremes but some good discussion starters
The book the author is just about to publish looks interesting as well

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