Apps in the Geography lesson and classroom

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Teaching Geography is ably supported through ICT and there is a rapidly expanding range of apps to engage students in the application of geographical knowledge and skills. …

Teaching Geography is ably supported through ICT and there is a rapidly expanding range of apps to engage students in the application of geographical knowledge and skills.

This webinar introduced a range of free and low cost apps that will engage primary and secondary students whilst maximising learning opportunities through the use of mobile technologies.

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  • 1. Apps in the Geography lesson and classroom Dr Jennie Bales Adjunct Lecturer CSU Freelance editor and presenter © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 2. Housekeeping • Disclaimer – The views and opinions are those of the presenter and are provided as general information which will require further research to identify the application of the specific requirements to the participant. • Restrictions – Eduwebinar Pty Ltd does NOT give permission for any capture, recording or reproduction of this webinar in any format. © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 3. Jennie Bales email: jenbales@iprimus.com.au twitter: @JennieBales Jennie has worked in education for over 35 years. Her experience has encompassed primary and secondary teaching, teacher librarianship, university lecturing and departmental leadership in ICT integration. Jennie is currently contracted with Charles Sturt University as a subject coordinator and is exploring options in writing and editing. © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 4. Agenda 1. Introduction 2. Build awareness of the how apps can be used to support the teaching of Geography 3. Identify apps that support geographical inquiry 4. Harness mobile technologies to enrich geographical field trips 5. Embed ICT tools in teaching and learning © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 5. 1. Apps – value add mobile technologies “When new technologies come along it is the responsibility of educators to see past the hype and excitement of a new device or fad to determine whether or not it has potential in the learning setting…With more and more technologies competing for a place in learning spaces, educators need to be willing to explore the options, but to stay focused on student learning as the driving force behind any use of technology.” (Whitby, 2013, p. 124) © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 6. App downloads into to the future Year Free downloads Paid downloads 2011 22,000,000 2,900,000 2013 92,800,000 9,190,000 2015 (predicted) 167,050,000 12,570,000 2017 (predicted 253.910,000 14,780,000 Source: Gartner, Statista 2014, http://www.statista.com/ © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 7. Free vs Paid ‘Free apps may appear to be good, but are often limited in functionality and often have a lot of advertising or in-app purchasing required on them. More and more apps are available every day so it is impossible to keep up with what’s currently available.’ (Barlow, cited in Caruana, 2014, p.15) © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 8. Handy sources • App statistics – find out top free and purchased stats for: – iOS http://www.iosappstats.com/stocks/apptops.php – Android (A) http://www.edudemic.com/best-educationtechnology/the-best-education-apps-android/ • Apps Gone Free • Email subscription services – http://www.smartappsforandroid.com/ – http://www.funeducationalapps.com – http://www.smartappsforkids.com Apps Gone Free © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 9. 2. Build awareness of the how apps can be used to support the teaching of Geography Key: A = Android $ = Purchased $+$ = Purchase add ons © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 10. Prezi Professional development Evernote (A) Teaching Geography http://prezi.com/1xpvurokwb4z/teaching-geography/ Landforms and rivers http://prezi.com/fbpjsfblesjz/landforms-and-rivers/ Teaching Map Skills http://prezi.com/3ymaxj8x2rjy/map-skills/ Students demonstrating understandings Geography Rocks! http://prezi.com/jtmjvbvz1pc2/geography-rocks/ 7 Prezi alternatives: http://www.techshout.com/alternatives/2012/01/prezi-alternatives/ © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 11. Useful web resources to support Geography teaching • Teaching Appz http://www.teachingappz.co.uk/ • 48 ipad apps for teaching and learning geography / earth science http://tinyurl.com/au8twn3 (7-12) • 8 best apps for kids to learn geography and maps http://kidworldcitizen.org/2013/02/28/best-apps-for-kids-to-learngeography/ (K-6) • Geography http://www.ipadineducation.ianwilson.biz/iPad_in_Education/Geography.h tml (K-12) • 10 Best iOS Mapping Applications for Your iPhone or iPadhttp://tinyurl.com/kcx7d2m © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 12. 3. Identify apps that support geographical inquiry • Global Positioning System (GPS) - space-based system that provides time information in all weather conditions, anywhere on or near the Earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. • Geographical Information Systems (GIS) provide a variety of capabilities designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyse, manage, and present all types of geographical data. GIS use geospatial analysis in a variety of contexts, operations and applications. © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 13. Mapping– interrogating, annotating and building maps ArcGIS (A, W8) Tap map or use current location. Multiple views. Query the map, search and find information, measure distances and areas, share maps. Sign up and find community hosted maps. Authoring tool. Advanced features through subscription. Spotzi-Atlas (A) Goes beyond street and aerial maps to include, e.g. hurricanes, earthquake hazards, government debts, twitter users 500 maps available. © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 14. The power of GIS © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Earth Observer ($)
  • 15. Mapping - GPS CityMaps2Go (A$) Download maps to access offline international, includes Wikipedia notes and city features Free version has 5 free downloads © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 16. Space & Place (global) Globe for iPad Show countries on a 3D globe, manipulate size and rotate. Wiki information available with a tap. © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 17. Place and Space (local) Triposo Australia . © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 18. Place & Space (global) Triposo (A) Free world travel guide. Download city or country guides to view offline. Travel, tourist information and maps. CIA World Fact Book (A, $) Data is downloaded so no Internet connection required © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Atlas of the World News feed and images and information on famous sites around the world.
  • 19. Space & Place (global) Barefoot World Atlas ($$+$) Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =Z55L2xdcOyA © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 20. Using Data Australian government – free apps – http://australia.gov.au/news-and-media/apps ABS: Australian statistics with access to key economic indicators, location aware Census data and population clock. My Enviro lists environmental assets and heritage sites in your suburb or surrounds Soil Mapp identifies likely soil types with maps, photos, satellite images, tables and graphs about nearby soils and uncover your soil’s physical and chemical characteristics. Water Storage: Find how much water is available in Australia, your state, capital city and for individual storages. © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 21. Rocks HD ($) Explores key topics in Earth Sciences – rocks, minerals, soils and fossils Zanibooks (A, $) Interactive stories starring Lulu and her cat. Currently titles are set in Australian, Polynesia and the Amazon. Through story follow the map, interpret symbols, meet native animals and inhabitants and accept challenges that connect to the culture and environment, Run that town (A) Strategy game where you take control of any Australian neighbourhood. Use real Census data to make decisions that will sway popular opinion in your favour. Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rif1698fH2E © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 22. 4. Harness mobile technologies to enrich geographical field trips Field Trip (A) Read a review: http://allthingsd.com/20131203/oh-the-places-yourphone-will-find/ Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyRJG2rrw0E InstaCapture ($) Go-to record-pause-record video maker with effects, customizable sounds and frames! Camera Plus ($) Photographs, video, sound recording, filters, add text. © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 23. Pinbox Access maps, drop pins – label, address, URLs, latitude and longitude, add notes Field trips – annotating maps © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 24. Capture and report findings LoiLoNote ($) Collaboration, presentati on and classroom learning app. © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 25. Evernote Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watchv=XO9wQ3yP95w Skitch Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmTunEYTFWk Snap, mark up and send. Little Story Maker Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GH7FqXdm8B0 Add images, text and voice recording to create e-book. © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
  • 26. References • Caruana, A. (2014). Heading back to school. Macworld Australia, 2014,Feb, pp. 14-19. • Statista [2014]. Retrieved from http://www.statista.com/ • Whitby, G, 2013. Educating Gen Wi-Fi: How to make schools relevant to 21st-century learners. Sydney, Harper Collins. © EDUWEBINAR PTY LTD | ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
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