Map It Picture It Write It Part 1


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Part 1 of a PowerPoint presentation that I gave at the TES Conference, London, 2nd October 2010: Discover a range of digital learning resources and internet sites which teacher's can use in innovative ways to develop children's creative writing, their geographical imaginations and personal geographies.

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Map It Picture It Write It Part 1

  1. 1. MapITPictureITWrite IT<br />Geography:an essential part of everyday living in the world<br />Part 1 of the presentation: MapITPictureITWriteIT (Wendy North - TES Conference 2.10.09)<br />Photograph: Sean Flannery, Children from Oyster Park Junior School, Castleford<br />
  2. 2. We navigate our way to the shop or the post box<br />Photographs: Wendy North<br />
  3. 3. ... or work. <br />Photograph: Wendy North Sheffield<br />
  4. 4. We get held up by traffic or have to drive for half an hour to the train station.<br />View from Foxhill looking towards Parsons Cross & Tenter street, Sheffield<br />Photographs: Wendy North<br />
  5. 5. We visit places that we like<br />Photograph: Wendy North Whitby Harbour<br />
  6. 6. Photograph: brighton/2248514764/<br />Photograph: chrisjohnbeckett/ 480298779/<br />...and avoid ones that we don’t <br />All photographs taken on the Euston Road are from the Flickr website (shared under a Creative Commons License)<br />Photograph: nicohogg/390394712/ <br />
  7. 7. Identity<br />Place<br />Photograph: Wendy North Crane Moor, South Yorkshire<br />We choose to buy a house in a particular location because of the way that we `feel’ about that location. <br />
  8. 8. So when our teaching is focused on geography how often do we start with children’s everyday experience?<br />
  9. 9. Map IT<br />Year 5 children at Methodist J & I in Wakefield started with their `everyday experiences’ of their local area and explored how they `felt’ about places that they know well. <br />Photograph: Wendy North<br />
  10. 10. Methodist, J & I - Wakefield<br />Methodist, J & I - Wakefield<br />
  11. 11. I feel great at my gran’s because she makes nice toast<br /><br />Map source = Google + Quikmaps<br />Methodist, J & I - Wakefield<br />
  12. 12. Rebekah’s mum runs the hairdressers – lots of children go here to get their hair cut.<br />This is Shelley First School – we are in Year 1<br />See the `Young Geographers Project on the GA website:<br /><br />Map source = Google + Quikmaps<br />
  13. 13. Mapping Everyday GeographiesPaula Owens<br />Hirwaun Primary School <br /><br />
  14. 14. Words from ‘MYWALKS ‘<br />It’s about voicing our own opinions on our neighbourhoods…  <br />It’s about exploring what you hear and/or notice yourself hearing as you walk through your local environment… <br />It’s about running your fingers along a wall, picking leaves off a hedge, walking barefoot in the summer…<br />It’s about the smells that take us back to very specific places and times in our past…<br />
  15. 15. MYWALKS<br />It’s about…<br />What flicks our switches? <br />What turns us on? <br />What tickles us? <br />What makes us look? <br />What makes us listen? <br />What makes us touch? <br />What disgusts us? <br />What makes us sigh? <br />What frustrates or irritates? <br />What intrigues us? <br />What makes us ask &apos;how&apos; or ‘why&apos;?<br /><br />If we are asking these questions about PLACES then it is geography.<br />
  16. 16. How does this help our children to make sense of their own locality?<br />What they know about their local area is essential geographical knowledge<br />Their everyday experience is valued<br />What they feel about particular places matters<br />They begin to learn the layout of their place which helps them to navigate their own locality <br />They begin to see that maps are a valuable means of representing the relationships between people and places, e.g. who lives where, where the swimming baths are located etc.<br />
  17. 17. We have the best maps in the world (OS). The development of internet mapping and satellite imagery means that we can now share places with children where maps are non-existent. <br />,77.500176&spn=0.005036,0.011222&t=h&z=17<br />