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Handout for Seminar at the TES Education Show
3rd October 2009

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    3rd October 2009
    An ‘A – Z’* of ICT in the Geography Classroom
    A = Animoto: – cool slideshows with pop video transitions: free accounts available for teachers
    B = Blogs – a whole list of teachers who blog has been collated by the Geographical Association, going back to one of the first: my GeoBlogs project from 2003:
    C = Class Tools: - a range of templates for common classroom activities which can be turned into flash files or added to websites: includes the famous random name generator, plus some new generators including the Animated Book
    C = Creative Commons – make sure that you use images that you have permission for, and acknowledge sources when using them – for more details see the website:
    D = Delicious and Diigo - social bookmarking allows for website ‘favourites’ to be stored online rather than on a particular computer, and shared with others – mine are available at
    D = Dumpr : – turns your images into ‘fieldsketches’ by emphasising the outlines of the image - a useful cheat for those wanting to represent an image differently
    D = Digital Explorer: a series of user guides to explain how to make creative use of Google Earth in the classroom, and in fieldwork in the school grounds: a series of lesson resources are available for free download, with thanks to Jamie Buchanan Dunlop:
    E = Etherpad – a collaborative online document which up to 8 people can work on simultaneously if they know its address –
    F = Flickr and Flickr Toys – Flickr is a photo-sharing website which hosts billions of images, and can be searched for Creative Commons images – once an image is available, use the Flickr Toys website (also called Big Huge Labs) to transform it into a number of creative resources including film posters, jigsaws, world maps and magazine covers, plus image gallery creation and
    F = Flip Video – handheld camera (also HD version) which has a very simple interface for transferring videos to computer and also editing the movies
    G = Geographical Association – the subject association for geography teachers, with a mission to “further the learning and teaching of geography” – now supported by the Action Plan for Geography funding:
    GeographyTeachingToday: the key site for the Action Plan for Geography, contains a range of Flash interactives to support a creative set of resources, plus new online CPD courses:
    G =
    G = Google Earth and Street View: enough said ? – great for ‘story-telling’ and alternative fieldwork
    I = Infographics: a new version of the pie chart, and vital for geographers:
    Some examples include the classic Gapminder, and Worldmapper sites
    (also see Visualisations)
    J = John Davitt – creator of the RAG and the wonderful Learning Event Generator – loads of creative inspiration for geographers at - LEG now available as an Excel file to create your own
    N = Ning: your ‘virtual professional network’ platform – the GA has taken up this method of contacting members of the geographical community – create one to keep the conversation flowing with students: “the lesson doesn’t have to end when the lesson ends...”:
    N = Noel Jenkins: AST in Somerset – – some classics here, as well as Noel’s stunning photography and VR work
    O = Osocio – – a collection of images and videos from social advertising campaigns: some images are controversial and should be used with care – particularly useful for provocative starters
    P = Picasa – photo organisation software which also includes an editing function, with the ability to do creative image manipulation: a free download from
    R = Richard Allaway: International School of Geneva: makes use of a range of new web tools in his teaching. Has taken some ideas of mine and developed them to the ‘next level’ e.g. Trial of Alfred Wegener, and the ‘I am a pebble’ activity... (see handouts) :
    S = Scribd and Slideshare – share your work online – embeddable code produced for blogs – can also be turned into FLASH versions using iSpring
    SLN Geography Forum – get your questions answered here and share your resources -
    S = Smart Notebook software: particularly the ability to freehand capture images: place yourself anywhere you want to be – student edition of the software available to download free – can be used without a Smartboard
    T = Tony Cassidy – friend and creative colleague from Notts – check out for links to Tony’s online empire
    T = Twitter - microblogging tool : register at – you can then follow people / they follow you and a network of colleagues develops who you can contact by broadcasting your thoughts and actions – excellent for professional networking
    Twalter Ego: @pensionerfrank @glacierjess @farmerchalmers
    U = Urban Earth – Dan Raven Ellison’s inspirational urban explorations – check out the ‘mash-up’ of London, Mumbai and Mexico City: images taken on walks across the world’s urban centres: – why not join a walk
    V = Visualisations: a key geographical tool which has been made possible using a range of new online tools (see infographics)
    V = Voicethread: some work by Simon Renshaw to show – post work and gather contributions from other people in the form of audio comments on the work
    V = Vocaroo = no software required – record your voice to create an embeddable mp3 file (will also work in a Google Earth placemark)
    Wordle contains text of this handout...
    W = Wordle – – tag cloud generator: the size of words is proportional to the frequency with which they appear in the original text – can be used for decoration, or as part of an analysis of a document or student work – other tag clouds have appeared since the launch of Wordle
    Wordle produced by   HYPERLINK "" Images of Wordles are licensed .
    X = I love Geography...
    Y = Young People’s Geographies: one of the GA’s Action Plan funded projects which involves students in curriculum development. Sign up and see the latest material at
    Z = – watch TV on your laptop – or catch-up on programmes using TV CatchUp (and other channel specific sites) – ideal for showing clips of relevant TV programmes (or download ones from Teachers TV)
    Agree or disagree with my choices ?
    Please get in touch via and I’ll add your suggestions to the online version of the handout that will go up once the TES Education Show has finished.
    For more online resources, go to: – site since 2001 – my work related travels since September 2008 – over 1000 posts on all things geographical (and a bit of jazz and malt whisky)
    The GA Ning:
    Follow me on Twitter: @GeoBlogs
    My delicious bookmarks: GeoBlogs
    My Slideshare presentations: GeoBlogs
    *= with a few letters missing out