Tag Archives: Geography

Sharing our thinking with AirPlay 

AirPlay is a fantastic way for students to share small examples of work with the whole class and explain their thinking.

In this activity, students evaluate geographic factors to choose a location for a new chocolate factory in Pully then explain their thinking by displaying their choice on the board for all to see. 


Exploring physical and human geography through digital storytelling

In Year 8 bilingual geography, students are exploring the physical and human geography of South America. Online content gives students access to a rich supply of information, images and maps that they can explore at their own pace.

Puppet Edu is a great app for digital storytelling. Students can add images, video and record their voice explaining the story, which also gives them extra practice for their speaking skills in English.



Using slow motion video to illustrate geographical processes

Students always struggle with the difference between weathering (the breakdown of rock in situ) and erosion (the breakdown and removal of material by water and wind) in geography. I like to use some simple technology to model this process – sugar cubes and water.

Today one of our students used the slow motion camera feature on the iPhone 5S to film the water absorbing into the sugar cube. This is the first time I’ve seen the use of this camera feature in class (not available on iPhone 4, 5C or iPad unfortunately) and provides so many possibilities for supporting learning concerning things that normally happen too quickly to fully comprehend e.g. techniques in sport, chemical reactions and experiments in physics.


Using photos to remember learning

At the beginning of each school year all of my students work on learning and remembering key command words used in tests and exams, this is the area where most marks are lost.

In the last lesson, students hadn’t finished matching the words and definitions when suddenly the bell rang. What should you do? Start from the beginning next lesson? Why not take a picture and begin where you left off!?


Creating digital books in geography

In Year 10 Pre-IB geography we have been learning about coastal environments and their processes and landforms. Students created an ebook describing and explaining different forms of coastal protection, enabling them to share the many photos of real examples we can find online. Book Creator helped make the books, eLockers helped students to submit their work electronically.


Créer des lives numériques en Géographie

Avec les élèves de 10e Pré-BI, nous avons étudié les environnements de la côte et leurs processus de formation. Les étudiants ont créé un eBook décrivant et expliquant les différentes formes de protection des côtes. Cela leur a permis de partager beaucoup d’images qu’ils ont pu trouver en ligne. Book Creator les a aidés à créer le livre et eLockers leur permis de soumettre leur travail numériquement.

Storytelling with iMovie in Geography

In Year 10 Maturity geography we are examining the problems connected with living in informal settlements developing countries. Students analysed the problems related to bustees in Kolkata and prepared a text describing these. They then selected images to illustrate their text and added them to iMovie. Finally, they recorded themselves narrating the story over the top.


Raconter des histoires avec iMovie en Géographie

Virtual field trips in Geography

Google Earth on the iPad is simply stunning. This week I asked students to review their knowledge and understanding of glacial landforms by finding and capturing examples in Switzerland. Here is a screen shot of a U-Shaped valley in Lauterbrunnen, found by a student.


Des voyages virtuels sur le terrain en Géographie

Google Earth sur l’iPad est tout simplement bluffant. Cette semaine, j’ai demandé aux étudiants de réviser leurs connaissances et compréhension des reliefs de glaciers en cherchant des exemples en Suisse. Voici un exemple d’une vallée en U à Lauterbrunnen trouvé par un étudiant.

My textbook is already out of date

I believe in textbooks. However it disappoints me when I see data in a book bought this year that dates from 2008. How can we defend paper based textbooks if online information is more valid?


Je crois en les manuels de classe. Cependant, cela me désole lorsque je vois les données d’un livre acheté cette année datées de 2008. Comment pouvons-nous défendre les manuels papier si les informations en ligne sont plus concluantes ?