Today I was asked to present to the PGDE students at the University of Strathclyde on ICT in Geography. I’ve done these presentations at Edinburgh and Strathclyde for the past few years and really enjoy doing them. It’s a great opportunity to get back and think about the subject that I trained in as a teacher.
I’m not going to post the slides from the talk as they are really a mix of slides from other recent presentations but I have posted the links that I referred to below. If you were in the audience today I would welcome feedback on the workshop either via the comments below or by email (contact details top right).
Use generators to liven up your lessons and to set learning / home learning objectives in a more creative way. Some good examples include:
Fodey – Includes the famous wizard text and the newspaper generator
Wordle – Turn paragraphs of text into beautiful work clouds (try it with your exam syllabus departmental development plan or anything else you can think of!)
Smoke Signal Generator - Make smoke signals come out of your location.
- The generator blog – thousands of generators
2. 21st Century Students
21st century students are a new bread of student. They exist in a high tech, multimedia and glamorized world. We need to be prepared for this in our classrooms.
- Think about your own on-line presence (social networking, ex-directory in the phonebook, be carful what you post etc…)
- Take some time to look at the excellent Think U Know website to get yourself up to speed on Internet Safety and Responsible Use. Digital literacy should be the responsibility for all teachers and school staff.
- More Internet Safety and Responsible Use training information here from a recent talk in East Lothian.
- Make sure you know what resources your students have at home. For example how many of them have a computer with Internet access? How many have the capacity to play an mp3 file? How many have a games consol? If you don’t know this information how will you set appropriate and imaginative home learning tasks and get a real understanding of prior learning?
- Knowing your students also means you can set appropriate assessment tasks.
3. The Basic Tools
Use the Advanced Google Search – remember you can use this to get specific file type returns such as just PowerPoint or shockwave flash (animation) files.
- – searches the most up-to-date news web sites
Don't forget Advanced Google Image Search
- can often provide really good and powerful images that can be used in education without breach of copyright.
Flickr Vision – a great Flickr / Yahoo Maps Mashup that gives s sense of place to images around the world.
- BigHugeLabs lets you do all sorts of things with images such as make motivational posters.
- The BBC Day in Pictures – great starter or discussion activity.
- The BBC 3 minute news bulletin – children like to watch the news if you give them the chance!
- Microsoft Deep Zoom - more information here
PowerPoint or PowerPointless
Seek advice from the children on the design of your slides.
Highlight key words
Think about hyper linking keywords to on-line dictionaries (often on-line dictionaries also allow children the opportunity to ‘play’ the word to them)
Put in catch up slides and consider using PowerPoint as a simple form of differentiation.
3. The audience tools
Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, podcasts and wikis allow you to quickly publish information to the Internet. Most importantly they can be used as an alternative to traditional assessment and give the children a real sense of audience. Use these tools to make your own World Wide Wall Display.
Audacity is a free audio editing piece of software that will also allow you to edit voice and audio recordings. It is also available as a Portable App – which means you can run it off a memory stick.
My Higher Geography MP4 and MP3 revision files are available here.
Think about getting your students to write Wikipedia articles.
5. The Creative Tools
Comic Brush – On-line comic book creator (a bit like Comic Life – but free!)
Pixton – Sophisticated on-line comic book creator
Go Animate – Robust on-line combined on-line / animation software
Movie Maker - Free video editing software for the PC
Good case studies of games based learning available on the LTS Consolarium website:
here are some examples of web based games that can be used for home learning:
- Classic Sim City – Useful for teaching about towns, cities and settlement.
- Ordnance Survey Map Games – Good for homework.
- Fantasy Famer – Manage a farm for a year
- Stop Disasters Simulator – Can you protect the world against floods, volcanoes, earthquakes and other nasty stuff?
- Sim Sweat Shop – What is it really like working in a sweat shop in a less economically developed country?
- An idea for setting web based games for homework activities
8. Don't stop learning
8. Don't stop learning
Find CPD opertunities using CPD Find
Record your CPD using CPD reflect
Download CPD from LTS iTunes U
Take part in a CPD event in GLOW (eg: Glowing Thursday’s?)
Develop your personal learning network by finding out more about:
Teachers TV – good classroom and professional development resources
Slideshare – A place to up-load and view PowerPoint and other presentations
Microsoft Innovative Teachers Network – join and collaborate with teachers globally
- A micro blogging service. You can follow me here.
Please leave any comments and feedback from the presentation below.