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Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
« Reply #15 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.
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« Reply #16 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. :-\
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Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2009, 09:22:22 PM »
Thanks for adding it to the document.

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« Reply #18 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

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Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
« Reply #19 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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« Reply #20 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

Now, if someone can tellme how to insert Flash properly into this I could do that :)
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Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
« Reply #21 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. 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...


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« Reply #22 on: May 05, 2009, 09:12:13 PM »
Thanks for adding the two ideas- 39 so far...
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« Reply #23 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.


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« Reply #24 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.
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Re: 100 (or 1000!) fab geography teaching ideas...
« Reply #25 on: May 06, 2009, 09:30:14 PM »
Terry, drop me your email via the personal messages.

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« Reply #26 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

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« Reply #27 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.
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« Reply #28 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


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« Reply #29 on: May 09, 2009, 08:34:45 AM »
Thanks Paul, great ideas, wonder if we'll hit fifty by this weekend.
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