Today (Thurs 20th March) I have been working with trainee Geography teachers at Homerton College, Cambridge, exploring the use of new technologies in enhancing the teaching and learning of geography. My seminar is based on that I gave at the SAGT conference back in October 2007 and I have been exploring the use of websites and Web 2.0 technologies.
ONLINE RESOURCES TO SUPPORT SESSION
If you have just sat through the session I hope it has been useful and has given you some food for thought! Perhaps even some ideas for trying out in your main placement school. Below are the promised links to help you follow up some of the ideas that we have discussed today.
A guide to setting up a WordPress Blog – “Starting your own Blog” – a teacher’s guide to setting up and running and educational blog using wordpress.” (pdf format)
A guide to setting up a Blogger Blog (many thanks to John Barlow for this) guide to setting a Blogger weblog
Virtual Learning Environments – Example of a VLE – Digital Brain Overview
Getting Started with a Website – To help get you started I have put together an overview of 10 things to start thinking about when setting up a website (it is a .pdf file and will require Adobe Acrobat). The links in the leaflet can also be accessed directly here.
For a detailed overview of the presentation including further links – see the electronic handout I produced when I first presented this at the SAGT 2007 conference back in October. Also use the page links at the top of the blog to explore other uses of new technologies – for example Interactive Whiteboards.
Feedback and Questions
Please feel free to email me or leave comments here if you have any further questions on anything covered in the conference seminar or would like any further information on anything shown during the presentation.
Links to the St Ivo School Geography Department online resources are as follows:
GeoBytes Website – the main portal homepage (with links to all resources)
GeoBytes – AS/A2 Online Learning Community (examples of VLE pages – some of these are login only and are for students at St Ivo – some pages are public) – this was set up as a trial for VLE use in the 2005-2006 academic year. (the department are looking to re-develop this to coincide with teaching the new AS/A2 specifications for teaching in September 2008).
GeoBytesGCSE – a blog to support the OCR A GCSE course – a post is added for each key concept with a summary of key ideas and links to background reading, animations, videos, presentations and revision materials where appropriate.
GeoBlogBytes – my personal teacher blog used to support the specific classes I teach
GeoBytesAdvancedExtension a blog set up to support students in preparation for the WJEC Advanced Extension Geography Paper
GeoBytesCoursework – a GCSE coursework support blog
GeoBytesTravelandTourism – a new blog, very much in its initial stages set up to support AS/A2 Travel and Tourism students following the Edexcel AS/A2 single and double award.