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The Social Web in the Geography Classroom


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The Social Web in the Geography Classroom

  1. 1. The Social Web New Tools in the Geography Classroom Alan Parkinson Secondary Curriculum Development Leader Geographical Association Image credit: Alan Parkinson
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>An outline of the some of the new tools and networks that are available to geography teachers as part of the growing &quot;SOCIAL WEB&quot;. </li></ul><ul><li>A range of web-based tools will be introduced and demonstrated, followed by a chance to discuss possible uses for them in the classroom, and the impact they might have on teaching and learning. </li></ul>
  3. 3. “ the only way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas...” Winston Churchill
  4. 4. The Social Web <ul><li>Read only web: information – images added as access - speeds increased then Flash animation </li></ul><ul><li>Read – write web: interactive – user generated content ( quality ? ) </li></ul><ul><li>Social web – moving from consumer to producer ( teachers and learners too ! ) & development of communities & streaming of media </li></ul><ul><li>Tapping into current ‘vogue’ for innovation... </li></ul>
  5. 6. “ Social networking”
  6. 7. Clay Shirky “ the best tool ever invented for improving communication is the table...”
  7. 8. Pub Quiz... Web 2.0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
  8. 9. The Networked teacher.... Then and Now (Alec Couros)
  9. 11. Student Experiences Geography: the subject Teacher Choices Living Geography
  10. 12. Living Geography: <ul><li>embraces young people’s geography and experiences </li></ul><ul><li>is current and future oriented </li></ul><ul><li>is local but set in wider ( global ) contexts </li></ul><ul><li>raises questions of change, sustainability and development </li></ul>
  11. 13. With thanks to Joe Dale (MFL – embrace cross-curricular !!)
  12. 15. Mobile Phones in the Classroom
  13. 16. The lesson doesn’t end when the lesson ends...
  14. 17. New KS3, 4 & 5 (plus Primary Review) Resourcing Dialogic pedagogy Social & geographical uncertainty Space for ‘floating topicality’ (Jeff Stanfield) It ain’t in the textbooks yet...
  15. 18. “ Digital technologies have revolutionised how creative works are made, distributed, and used .” CRICOS No. 00213J
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  18. 22. <ul><li>3 billion images, many Creative Commons licensed </li></ul><ul><li>Pro account at £17 a year allows unlimited uploads and hosting </li></ul><ul><li>Free accounts – up to 200 pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Movies from digital pictures </li></ul><ul><li>Comments and favourites and contacts </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  19. 23. Flickr Groups: GTE09 Photo competition... Ups Downs Beside the Seaside GTE @ Work Tagging
  20. 24. Big Huge Labs
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  23. 27. Slideshare / Slideboom / Sliderocket
  24. 28. Simon Renshaw: Google Maps
  25. 29. The Un Happy Planet Index Are you as happy as Lesotho or Turkey ?
  26. 31. Removing the ‘isolation’ and offering support ?? Image credit: BBC
  27. 32. Or, as Ewan McIntosh described on his blog... Image credit: Koert_van_Mensvoort The ‘Barackberry’.... “ He's doing what millions of teachers and students are obliged to do - use mobile devices to circumvent the slow-moving load of bureaucracy. ”
  28. 33. A whole new Wordle Beautiful tag clouds
  29. 36. <ul><li>In my Twitter network: </li></ul><ul><li>Futurelab / BECTa </li></ul><ul><li>News feeds: Environment and Science / Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Geography teachers & those who use ICT in other subjects, including primary teachers </li></ul><ul><li>Social web consultants </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers in other countries </li></ul><ul><li>GA Committee colleagues and other innovative online friends </li></ul><ul><li>Companies who are involved in technology in education </li></ul><ul><li>BBC / Independent etc. </li></ul>
  30. 37. <ul><li>Set up a group of teachers – each follows the other. </li></ul><ul><li>Arrange a time and a discussion point. </li></ul><ul><li>Install TWHIRL client, and watch the discussions flow... </li></ul>
  32. 40. Jack the Ripper witness...
  33. 41. CPD: reflecting on practice
  34. 42. Learning resources aren’t necessarily: THINGS e.g. books EVENTS e.g. Lessons, conferences they are ‘flows’ Immersive experiences User generated content From consumer to producer
  35. 43. My delicious tags, produced by WORDLE...
  36. 45. Ning N etwork ing Forums Discussions Hosting resources Chat Videos embedded Picture Galleries to view, share and embed Groups: public or private Templates to change and customise “ My favourite price”
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  40. 49. Blogging Geo Blogs (2003) Living Geography Geography and all that Jazz Cultural Geography “Look at it this Way” Google Earth Users Guide New Edexcel Geography
  41. 50. How can you help ? <ul><li>Encourage student cohort to join the GA Ning(s) – particularly the NQT Ning </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce student cohort to networks that are already in existence as a means of sharing and supporting each other </li></ul><ul><li>Pass details of students to me, so that I can add them to the lists of those “new to the Action Plan” and keep them updated as they start their teaching careers </li></ul><ul><li>As students make their way into schools, encourage them to identify colleagues who haven’t engaged with the Action Plan... </li></ul>
  42. 51. Have you been using the Action Plan for Geography materials ? YES NO Please join the NEW GA Network Please e-mail [email_address] with your school details
  43. 52. MEDIA LITERACY Teacher as ‘gatekeeper’...
  44. 53. Further reading...
  45. 54. “ Storycubes” Something you already use Something you will try to use What barrier(s) is preventing you using it ? (decision to use it) What will help over come the barriers to using it ? (one success) 2 questions that you have about the value / working of networks...
  46. 56. Acknowledgements If I have got to this room today, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants...and ripping off their ideas... Slides from