Fudgie the Hamster
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Fudgie the Hamster
GIS (ArcView) training
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
November 19, 2008 is ESRI’s international GIS day. To mark this, three innovative geography departments are offering training in their school, suitable for teachers at any level of experience with GIS. You will have a chance to see how they use ArcGIS software with pupils and to receive hands on training with GIS.
The day will run from 10am – 3.30pm and is free. To register for the event, please email the appropriate teacher.
Hertfordshire Dr Peter O’Connor, Bishop’s Stortford College email@example.com
Herefordshire Jenny Barlow, Lady Hawkins School, Herefordshire firstname.lastname@example.org
SAGT 2008: the REPORT
A day of travelling today to get ready for the SAGT Conference.
Labels: The Action Plan for Geography
I videoed some of the student work, and some of the Action Planning presentations that took place at the end of the day.
The link with Poverty is that some of the other workshops tackled this issue, and Christian Aid were presenting at the event.
More to come tomorrow, but it's late and still got a few other bits to do...
Last week, I had a very useful chance to discuss the various aspects of the 2nd phase of the Action Plan for Geography with a range of people from Primary Headteachers to OFSTED / HMI.
Labels: Action Plan for Geography
Just watching Bruce Parry's 'Amazon', on gold mining and drinking a glass of Glenmorangie.
Labels: 800 up
Stephen Fry is following me...
Ollie Bray has just completed a series of 5 posts on the use of the iPhone in education.
Just packed the annual Samaritans Purse shoe-boxes full of toys and stuff for my two children's school donations...
Labels: Samaritans Purse
Blogging as Professional Development (Self Evaluation)
Labels: Self Evaluation
Just had an e-mail from Rick Cope, who teaches at a school near Bristol, but also writes software for the company GeoPacks. The COASTAL MANAGER resource is worth exploring.
A slideshare presentation by my Primary colleague Wendy North. Designed for Primary teachers, but a lot of transferable ideas for KS3 too... Apart from anything else, it's a quality piece of work, and it has been shared. Two reasons to commend it to you...
Since I started all this blogging and social networking thing, various people have questioned its value, and although I knew that it made a difference it was hard to 'quantify' that difference...
The reports found that young learners are prolific users of Web 2.0 technologies in their leisure time but that the use of Web 2.0 in the classroom was limited. However, schools and teachers who are innovating in this area have found benefits, such as:
The research also found that over half of teachers surveyed believe that Web 2.0 resources should be used more often in the classroom. However, the majority of teachers questioned had never used Web 2.0 applications in lessons, despite being frequent users of technology in their personal and professional lives. Their main concerns involved a lack of time to familiarise themselves with the technology and worries about managing the use of the internet in class.
The reports recommended that teachers should be encouraged to help learners to develop more sophisticated use of Web 2.0 technology and to give them the skills to navigate this space.
Tony Richardson, Executive Director Strategy and Communications, said:
"Some schools and individual teachers have been very innovative in developing their use of Web 2.0 to support learning. However, clearly teachers need the support, time and space to develop skills and practices that will allow them to integrate Web 2.0 into lessons. The report shows that the impact that Web 2.0 can have on the motivation and engagement of pupils. We need to ensure that these benefits are extended to all learners."All very encouraging, and in many Scottish schools, as was apparent at last week's Scottish Learning Festival, this was flourishing...
Little social media quiz for an obscure reason...
Labels: Social web
Back in June, at my interview for the GA post, I suggested that social networking tools could be used to supplement existing networks of geography teachers, and the role of GA branches. One platform which seemed to offer a range of features in one easy to use, attractive package was that offered by NINGS, which I used last year with my 'A' level students, and then for preparations for the new 'A' LEVEL specifications: my EDEXCEL NING now has over 300 members and there is some real quality geography being discussed. To my mind, if teachers are sharing their ideas in this forum, that's CPD !
Elonex: the only one in town ?Here's my little machine at Teachmeet08 picking up the free WIFI at the SECC 'Armadillo'.
Open Wide...Image under Creative Commons license by Flickr user ktpupp (actually taken while sitting in the dentist's chair...)