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Useful resources for pre-service and current geography teachers in Australia, particularly NSW. Resources aimed at understanding how and finding ways ICT can be successfully implemented in the Geography classroom. Set up specifically for students studying EDCZ25800 at Avondale College, but available for all geography educators.
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"Computer Technology in the Geography Classroom" by Tiani Page and Beverly J. Christian

Computer technology is influencing every area of our lives.
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An article written for TEACH journal. - Outlines some basic ways you can utilise and apply ICT in your classroom.

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Daniel Ratcliffe's comment, May 6, 2013 9:07 AM
I will be sure to save a copy of this article for a reference to some fantastic ICT ideas for the classroom and beyond. Many of these practices are becoming common place in many schools and institutions of higher learning now, and the value of the practices are high. As the computer is only as smart as its programer and user, we can say that the potential here is almost unlimited. Thank you for the examples of how to use ICT to engage the students.
Karen Breznikar's comment, May 6, 2014 9:00 PM
Love this article - for ideas using ICT in the classroom.
Peter Thomson's curator insight, May 31, 10:20 PM
A fantastic article explaining many ways to incorporate ICT into Australian Geography classrooms. The article provides a number of examples and tips to be used by Geography teachers teaching students from a number of different year levels.
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Teaching Geography in the Twenty-First Century | Esri Insider

Teaching Geography in the Twenty-First Century | Esri Insider | ICT in the Geography Classroom | Scoop.it
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Madeleine Carr's comment, November 9, 2015 11:18 PM
i really enjoy how relvant this article is to the stage 6 preliminary geography - population geography. I do agree with the concepts of criticle thinking and also the tools and skills and I appreciate that there is a number of links to site directly related to developing tools in geography such as mapping.
Matt Bond's comment, November 27, 2015 6:21 PM
This article was highly interesting as it showed the content in which is required to teaching in NSW, but also made highly relevant points. Such as how geography started in BC time period and how we must change the way we teach it so students can understand it in higher levels. Many teachers teach geography as if they were in the BC time period, which is having affects on the subject as it is not viewed by students as interesting, but it quite different as it is, and as teachers we need to start making it fun again, which was this article was about.
Matt Bond's comment, November 27, 2015 6:21 PM
This article was highly interesting as it showed the content in which is required to teaching in NSW, but also made highly relevant points. Such as how geography started in BC time period and how we must change the way we teach it so students can understand it in higher levels. Many teachers teach geography as if they were in the BC time period, which is having affects on the subject as it is not viewed by students as interesting, but it quite different as it is, and as teachers we need to start making it fun again, which was this article was about.
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5 Tech Tools to Encourage Critical Thinking

5 Tech Tools to Encourage Critical Thinking | ICT in the Geography Classroom | Scoop.it
Jessica Sanders from the online fundraising platform Learn2Earn introduces 5 amazing tools teachers can use to foster critical thinking in their classroom.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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For my EDCZ students, this is not a source you can use for your weekly comments, but a resource for your later and continued use.

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Jared's comment, October 20, 2015 12:51 AM
Awesome ICT tools to promote critical thinking! These can be very useful in a classroom and would also be engaging. This would bring the fun in critical thinking. I particularly like the MindMeister. It's a great tool for mind mapping and allows them to be able to see the bigger picture.
Madeleine Carr's comment, October 26, 2015 12:20 AM
This article has given me some great ideas for using ICT in my classroom. I really liked process on, which i believe will be useful and relevant in a stage 6 classroom. I feel as if the students will love the interaction in the classroom. I also believe they will assist in developing geographical skills.
Matt Bond's comment, November 27, 2015 6:07 PM
This Scoop It has opened new ways of including ICT into my classroom. The methods shown are inclusive of areas of Blooms taxonomy as well as being highly effective for students as we prepare them for life outside of school life where they have to work with a team and not individually and be able to problem solve different aspects, which is evident in these activities.
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Scale taught in Comics

Scale taught in Comics | ICT in the Geography Classroom | Scoop.it

Such as a simple, powerful comic strip to teach the importance of scale.   If you prefer an image with a 'paper' look to it, try this image of the April 19, 2015 post of Mutts. 

 

Tags: scale, K12, location, fun.


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Karen Breznikar's comment, October 13, 2015 2:36 AM
Simple but effective method of teaching scale to students. Great resource.
Madeleine Carr's comment, October 23, 2015 1:32 AM
I would love to let my students create one of these using the website or by drawing their own. It is a personal way of thinking and I believe that students will be able to retain/grasp the concept of scale through this simple method. It would also be really enjoyable and would allow for creative students to express themselves in geography. Students could then compare their scales with others in the class and you could ask students who have had different yards/towns/country in their lives to share and enhance the enjoyment and importance of multiculturalism.
Matt Bond's comment, November 27, 2015 6:10 PM
Students today are interacting with cartoons through all different mediums from The Simpsons, Family Guy or even those in the newspaper. Cartoons can provide short but affective content transfer in an interesting way. They can be highly emotional and effective in all mediums which is why they are so prone into today's society, which is why as teachers it is important to use cartoons in our classroom to change up the sources in which we use.
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Do Tablets in the Classroom Really Help Children Learn? - Gizmodo

Do Tablets in the Classroom Really Help Children Learn? - Gizmodo | ICT in the Geography Classroom | Scoop.it
Mobile devices as teaching tools are becoming a more and more common part of the American education experience in classrooms, from preschool through graduate school. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 58% of U.S.
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Karina Parker's comment, October 20, 2015 12:16 AM
Technology in the classroom always falls into a love it or hate it debate. They article highlights several benefits to integrating technology, but it also touches on some disadvantages to using it. My opinion on the ICT debate always comes down to one word: balance. Using ICT in the classroom is all about balance. Finding the right activities to use ICT with and where to enhance content with it. Too much can become ineffective.
Madeleine Carr's comment, October 22, 2015 11:48 PM
I really love incorporating ICT in a classroom, however throughout my previous practicals I have noticed that tablet use has been extremely distracting for a majority of students. Students either google search random things or play on apps that are used in a different context/have a different purpose then what you are trying to teach. There either needs to be a more up to date and productive monitoring system for students using tablets. Also, if you have a class of individuals who don't respond well to using tablets because they are too distracting, don't eliminate the use entirely, however, use it as a rewards system or something along those line to encourage hard work in other ways in the classroom
Ben Woodham's comment, November 27, 2015 9:33 PM
Technology in the classroom is becoming extremely popular. I believe that it can often stand or fall with the teacher. Students and teachers can be flooded with technology however if they don't know how to use it then that fancy new laptop can quickly become an expensive paper weight. For this reason it is important for schools to have infrastructure that provides teachers with professional development in regard to the technology so that then they can know how it is going to engage and develop student learning. Incorporating ICT into the classroom is very important however it needs to be monitored and used with a variety of teaching strategies. It all comes down to balance and finding effective use for the devices.
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Computer technology in the Geography Classroom. Quality teaching and learning

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Ben Woodham's comment, August 18, 2015 12:27 AM
The article demonstrates that technology is not simply a substitute for quality teaching. Educators are being introduced to new technology all the time. It is important to be able to decide if the technology is appropriate for the class and the curriculum. It might be the latest and greatest technology but is it going to work in the a bottom Yr 9 class? The article goes on the show some examples of ways in which students can get involved with online learning and new technology such as online forums, podcasting and video diaries. These all require students to engage deeply with the content and are effective tools in the classroom for the 21st Century learner
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EDtalks

EDtalks | ICT in the Geography Classroom | Scoop.it
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The concept of utilising virtual field studies may seem inadequate to some, yet for others it may be the only suitable or viable option for their classes. Either way, there is benefit in utilising well produced 'virtual fieldstudy' information. 

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Ashleigh Wrankmore's comment, April 8, 2014 1:02 AM
I didn't realise a site like this was available, what a great resource for teachers to be able to access and show their students videos from a range of different topics!
Karina Parker's comment, September 15, 2014 11:37 PM
This is a fantastic resource for teachers, it can be used to find videos to show students or can be used to inspire teachers for ideas.
Matt Bond's comment, November 27, 2015 6:12 PM
As a pre-service teacher this website make different aspects clearer, as it goes deep into different teaching areas which are vital to teaching. This is an excellent source for pre-servcie teachers as it makes different aspects of the job that much clearer.
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Using Social Media In The Classroom For Real-World Learning

Using Social Media In The Classroom For Real-World Learning | ICT in the Geography Classroom | Scoop.it
Using Social Media In The Classroom For Real-World Learning
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Rachel Goods's comment, November 3, 2013 11:11 PM
I think this is a great idea, if you can find a relevant way to use social media in the classroom I think your students would be very excited to come into your classroom. But there is always risk of distraction instead learning which is what you are aiming for. If you can master this then I would say go for it!
Zac Redman's comment, November 6, 2013 4:43 AM
Students would love this idea. However it would be a struggle to keep them on task. Also trying to find a way of making it work with what other content you have prepared for each class may be a issue.
Adelaide Parkin's comment, October 3, 2015 11:27 PM
This could be a great way to engage and connect with students, but i can also see it going wrong. For this to be implemented effectively supervised restrictions would have to be implemented to make sure students are not taking advantage like they so often can.
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GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!

GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world! | ICT in the Geography Classroom | Scoop.it
GeoGuessr is a geography game which takes you on a journey around the world and challenges your ability to recognize your surroundings.
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A resource you may choose to use in your classroom or on prac.

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Jordan Maua's comment, November 3, 2013 8:55 PM
Sites like this create a learning environment for the students where they do not want to stop learning. It is SO good to see people creating learning games so that students are able to enhance their learning abilities.
Karina Parker's comment, September 15, 2014 11:39 PM
This is a great way to integrate ICT into the classroom. It is relevant for students and engages them whilst still being on topic. It could be a lesson filler, a fast finishers activity or a lesson planned around it.
Madeleine Carr's comment, November 17, 2015 11:07 PM
What a cool site. Its really interesting because you have to look at small details such as the flora and the road sign and side of the roads cars are on. Really interesting to learn about different climatic conditions in he world and how far off your geographic awareness is. It is also cool that you get a score to then better the next time around. games are great and if you tell your student we are going to play a game, but you know it also benefits them with their skills, then its a win win situation
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On Being a Geography Teacher

On Being a Geography Teacher | ICT in the Geography Classroom | Scoop.it
I never imagined a year ago, that I would end up being a geography teacher (even though it was something I always had in mind as a career), and certainly never imagined trying to teach a British GC...
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Each Geography teacher has a unique experience and journey. As beginning teachers you may not yet be aware of the struggles you will face but this article will allow you a little insight as to some challenges you may face - hopefully because you are a teacher that cares!!!

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Jordan Maua's comment, September 2, 2013 7:20 PM
Passion can take you far in any career. It is very inspiring to see that a teacher can graduate and go somewhere that really pushes them to the next level. I have found that if you are uncomfortable in your environment then you will strive for greatness alongside with passion, but if you are in an environment that you are comfortable then you will not strive for greatness and just sit quiet. The thing I took from this is to be uncomfortable and have passion
Rachel Goods's comment, November 3, 2013 11:14 PM
These are all difficulties that as new teachers we may face, but being aware that others are going through the same thing can be reassuring and also inspirational. Passion is something that we as teachers should desire to have.
Frida Reierson's comment, September 14, 2015 11:44 PM
This blog post serves as a reflection and vent for "Arrancat", teaching GCSE Geography in Georgia. Despite the fact that she stays up till 4am to prepare her lessons for the next day, "Arrancat" feels as though her efforts are not paying off to the degree she would have expected. From reading about the challenges she has faced, I wonder if there are significant flaws in her strategies or whether the main reason for her despair stems from nearly unchangeable cultural differences. In my opinion, students' attitudes towards the subject greatly influences the effectiveness of lessons. Therefore, I believe that "Arrancat" should focus on improving her relationship with the students and adjust her methods accordingly. Moreover, she could reflect further on the appropriateness of her own teaching style, rather than blaming students for the ineffectiveness of her strategies.
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Using Technology to Discover Geography and Geology Outside the Classroom

Third graders become historians, writers, and videographers as they explore the geography and geology of their community. If you liked this video, consider s...
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How could you mofidy this concept to apply it in your secondary school geography classroom? 

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Zac Redman's comment, September 11, 2013 11:55 AM
Excursions or incursions are a great way for students to expand their knowledge on the current topic. However teachers must remember to cater for the different learning types. Also the excursion or incursion must be interactive and relevant otherwise the students will turn off and not pay attention.
Jordan Macpherson's comment, November 4, 2013 11:09 PM
Being a school student only a few years ago myself, i can guarantee students appreciate having external people come in to the class. It gives them a needed break from their usual teachers, especially if the person visiting knows exactly what they are talking about (which is USUALLY the case)
Matt Bond's comment, November 27, 2015 6:17 PM
Many students remember things that were different from the run of the mill teaching. So students being able to take their students on an excursion or an incursion allow students to make links and connections to the content they are learning. This is important to all students are they able to interact with the knowledge on different levels of Blooms taxonomy, which in turn the students will be able to learn greater and be able to recall information on higher levels. This is a great way to incorporate ICT in the classroom.
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What the Research Says About Using ICT in Geography.pdf

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Zac Redman's comment, May 30, 2013 10:17 PM
This article is about ICT and GIS in the geography class room. ICT use is extremely important as it opens a whole world of resources for the students. While GIS show predictive data, for example rising waters would take out certain buildings. This is a very practical use for a geography class.
Rachel Goods's comment, October 10, 2013 6:11 AM
ICT if used well can make the classroom more relevant then it has ever been before, but the teacher needs to be well educated for this to happen otherwise things might be used that are not completely relevant just because they are there and it is full of different resources. GIS is would be a very useful tool if you can use it to the best of its ability, meaning know your stuff!
Jordan Maua's comment, November 3, 2013 8:53 PM
This artuicle is amazing how it points out the benefits for students and teachers for ICT. I have found through reading this artuicle that ICT is a good form of learning for the students of the 21st century because the students are more visual learners. Through ICT it makes learning more fun for the students and it defiantely beats listening to a teacher lecture on about certain topics.
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The Effectiveness of Interactive Maps in Secondary Historical Geography Education (PDF Download Available)

The Effectiveness of Interactive Maps in Secondary Historical Geography Education (PDF Download Available) | ICT in the Geography Classroom | Scoop.it
Official Full-Text Publication: The Effectiveness of Interactive Maps in Secondary Historical Geography Education on ResearchGate, the professional network for scientists.
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Madeleine Carr's comment, November 17, 2015 8:38 PM
I think it is extremely interesting that social sciences such as geography are not a popular subject, especially when they are so relevant to life for everybody on earth. Throughout reading this article my understanding for the importance of ICT in a geography classroom has increased. I would love to use the GIS in my classroom, especially because it is directly related to building skills in spatial understanding and also gives students the opportunity to explore and analyse through mapping both nationally and globally. I want to use it.
Adelaide Parkin's comment, September 7, 8:34 PM
society and the people with it have changed dramatically over the past 20 years. Therefore our teaching needs to change with it, technology has become a intricate part of the 21st century therefore it should play the same role within our classrooms. I think the interactive maps are a great initiative and by the looks of it they seem to be very effective in engaging students. I will look forward to using GIS in my classroom and developing lessons around such maps will help engage my students.
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How Educators Teach Geography with Tech Tools

How Educators Teach Geography with Tech Tools | ICT in the Geography Classroom | Scoop.it
Find out what teachers and curriculum coordinators do to make geography relevant to their students.
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Nathaniel Amuimuia's comment, November 9, 2015 10:56 PM
I think it is important to use technology in the classroom but also important to use what the students know, their own home town before learning about other places. Technology is a great tool and can bring the world into the classroom. Tools like google earth, videos and various other tools are a great way to have students learn about things they may not really know about. Great for students who live inland and have never been to beach or even learning about the barrier reef. This was a good read
Madeleine Carr's comment, November 9, 2015 11:31 PM
I think its pretty incredible that a country that is so dedicated and respectful to their forces have produced the 37 % of college age students could locate Iraq on a map. i really liked the idea to change this and develop skills by using google maps and starting at their homes and working their way out into the world. this creates relevance for the students. Also google maps is a fantastic way to look at things such as the environment, buildings and size of an area the teacher or the students may be talking about. Next time a place is addressed or a student asks "Where is this place?" I would like to start from a view of our school and find the location of our classroom and work my way out to find where the place is and then question my students on what they see to develop observation skills. You could even ask them based on the latitudes and surronding environments, what do you think we will see?
Ben Woodham's comment, November 27, 2015 9:29 PM
I believe that technology can serve as a tool to engage students interest in the geography classroom. The most effective way to make students learn is to make them interested in the topic and asking questions about it like "where is that place?" or "what is the weather like there?" Through using technology as a mediator students can find the answers to these questions and begin to develop an understanding of geographical concepts. Programs like Google Earth are very useful in the classroom as they use updated GIS technology and are very interactive with the user. In order to make Geography relevant to students it is important to make it relatable to them and technology can certainly do this.
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Swanson_L.pdf

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Sustainability is a core theme in Geography as well as cross curricular as well. As 'leaders' in areas of understanding surrounding sustainability we should be at the fore in our schools to help support the teaching of this concept. Here is an idea for a cross-curricular sustainability project. Think how you could amend / implement this into your own classes. 

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Matt Bond's comment, May 26, 2015 3:19 AM
What are great power point, It is really important that as teachers we help our students make connections and show our students the connections between subjects and use other subjects to help build thought patterns in the students brain to help establish the importance of what we are attempting to teach and where it fits in the wide world
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Kids spend 6.5 hours a day in front of a TV, gaming console, smartphone, computer, tablet

Kids spend 6.5 hours a day in front of a TV, gaming console, smartphone, computer, tablet | ICT in the Geography Classroom | Scoop.it
A new study finds that children ages 5-16 spend an average of 6 1/2 hours a day in front of a TV, video game console, mobile phone, computer or tablet.

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Karen Breznikar's comment, October 13, 2015 2:49 AM
As a parent I see first hand the struggle between the devices and the real-life activities that takes place for students. There is definitely a need for balancing the use of ICT with hands on activities in the classroom
Michelle Waters's comment, October 13, 2015 8:12 PM
This article really highlighted the impact that technology has in this world. According to the article, in the space of 20 years, children have more than doubled their ‘screen time.’ With technology at our students’ fingertips, it is no wonder that students are in many ways more literate than their teachers in regards to technological devices. It is a big debate in the educational sector whether students should be exposed to more ‘screen time’ in the classroom, and/or use paper and pens. Technology is rapidly changing the way education functions, and as Geography teachers, we need to hop on the ‘bandwagon’ and figure out how to use technology in the classroom in a way that is not harming our students.
Madeleine Carr's comment, October 22, 2015 11:20 PM
It's quite a shocking statistic. I actually cannot believe that 6 and a half hours is spent in front of a screen, gaming console ect. From a generation of kids that have over half the amount of screen exposure, I can't fathom screen time taking up that much of my day. I would love to compare the amount of positive stimulation between our generation and the current kids. It has, however, put emphasis on the amount of ICT i need to be using in my classroom. The generation we will all be teaching will be so adjusted to ICT that it will borderline be an expectation. However. there is also opportunity to teach our students in a way that is stimulating I'm a completely different way such as outdoor practical/physical activity. Either way I believe we need to find a balance in our teaching strategies.
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10 Commandments of Innovative Teaching

10 Commandments of Innovative Teaching | ICT in the Geography Classroom | Scoop.it
As a new teacher I remember getting into my classroom for the first time.
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Great advice and points for teachers using technology in their classes.

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Karen Breznikar's comment, May 19, 2015 2:58 AM
This article is suggesting that learning can be fun. It is about being flexible, allowing students choice and to be involved in their learning. Even to the point of embracing failure. I love the suggestions and inventively working with technology to bring fun and challenge to the learning environment. Great article.
Adelaide Parkin's comment, August 18, 2015 7:02 PM
I couldn't agree more with this article teaching needs to be innovative! we live in a constantly changing world and so our teaching resources should be constantly changing. Research has shown that kids are less engaged, focused and there attention spans are practically non existent. So we as teachers need to compete with a constantly moving world. Engagement is key to student learning so we need to do everything we can to engage students. This article is awesome and i couldn't agree more!
Nathaniel Amuimuia's comment, November 9, 2015 10:45 PM
Classrooms are so different compared to when i was in school and i've been out of school for 6 years. How rapidly Technology changes and as teachers we need to be able to keep up with the ever changing world we live in. These "ten commandments" of innovative teaching are a great set of guidelines to help use technology in schools.
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WebQuest: Global Environmental Issues: created with Zunal WebQuest Maker

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Webquests are a great way to engage your students with geographic content while embracing the benefits of ICT in your classroom. This link prodive a well developed example of a geography themed webquest.  Be inspired to try creating your own.

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Ten Trends 2013: Virtual learning | EDtalks

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Relevant information about virtual learning in today's classroom. Consider how easily it can be applied to Geography and how relevant it is to this subject. 

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Jordan Macpherson's comment, November 4, 2013 11:46 PM
Being a country so very far away from much else, having the opportunity to head to another country to experience sites overseas is ridiculously hard. Having a virtual learning experience like this will allow students to see overseas historical areas that will hopefully fascinate and allow these students to experience these wonders.
Jennifer Scott's comment, September 29, 2015 2:23 AM
Virtual learning in the classroom is a great way to engage the students with their world around them and also on a global scale. This clip gives great insight and a better understanding of virtual learning.
Adelaide Parkin's comment, September 7, 8:38 PM
Virtual learning is a great initiative that can be used within the class room. It is not something that can be overlooked and placed in lessons just for the sake of it. It needs to be carefully thought out by the teacher and integrated into the lesson so the students gain maximum learning from it. It was an interesting clip and showed the learning experiences in which virtual learning can bring!
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50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About

50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About | ICT in the Geography Classroom | Scoop.it
Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier an...
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A great list of highly useful ICT resources that can be adapted to effectively teach geography.

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Michelle Waters's comment, September 15, 2015 8:12 PM
Technology is an integral element of the 21st Century. Students are literate in many technological devices, so why aren’t we as teachers using more ICT in the classroom? It is our students’ native language after all. The article lists some really creative tools that can be used in the classroom. I particularly like in the ‘learning’ section, the resource Khan Academy. This collection of online lectures presents ideas is such a creative and fun way that has the potential to expand students’ understanding of geography topics. Other resources such as Wordle, Timetoast, Dropbox, Evernote, Slideshare plus many more are great tools for teachers to use in their geography classrooms.
Frida Reierson's comment, September 17, 2015 11:01 PM
This is a great article, outlining a wide range of ICT tools which can be used in the classroom. Furthermore, it explains how each one can be used in an effective way. The list is undoubtedly valuable, hence I have "bookmarked" it in my browser for future reference!
Adelaide Parkin's comment, September 7, 8:40 PM
very relative article!! Technology is becoming a teachers biggest resource and knowing how to use it effectively is now out the for front of importance. This article outlined technology tools every teacher should know about and how to use it. I would love to see this being implemented into PD days and teachers using this as a basic tick of list with what technologies they are using in their classrooms
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Geographical Association - GIS Starts Here

Geographical Association - GIS Starts Here | ICT in the Geography Classroom | Scoop.it
The GA supports primary and secondary geography teachers through teaching resources, geography journals, CPD events, Barnaby Bear, Worldwise and more.
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Using GIS is an essential skill in today's Geography classroom. This link provides a 'workshop' to enlighten you on the basics of understanding and applying GIS.

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Zac Redman's comment, April 9, 2013 12:57 AM
GIS is a great tool to be used in an educational setting. It shows students data and locations of places around the world. However, I feel that it would be very time consuming and may take the teacher, as well as the students some time to fully understand the GIS program. In time it will be very beneficial and a great teaching resource.
Jordan Macpherson's comment, April 9, 2013 1:19 AM
My main concern with the GIS program is, as stated about, the amount of time that students will consume using it. It does show some relevance in the variety of options for localities, but i think there are other ways in which this can be taught. Certainly with less time to teach. I do like how it combines ICT in the classroom with layers and localities all throughout the world.
Rachel Goods's comment, October 10, 2013 6:07 AM
GIS would be a really good tool to use in the classroom, but I feel that if you as the teacher can not confidently use it well yourself then it can be quite confusing, especially when it comes to teaching the students in your class. Time may also be an issues, and if you don't know it well it may take even longer. If at all possible getting in an expert may be your best bet.
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How Educators Teach Geography with Tech Tools

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Find out what teachers and curriculum coordinators do to make geography relevant to their students.
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Gavin Bowyer's comment, April 16, 2013 1:38 AM
While focusing on the USA, this article and its data could be relatively applicable to Australian classrooms also. The primary argument seems to hover around a general wasting of geographical skills and interest that feed each other in a downward spiral. The solutions being attempted by various teachers are almost all centered around the use of technology in the classrooms to try and bring geography back to life and demonstrate a relevance and need for understanding. various applications of technology in the class such as student created resources and file sharing can even act to spark interest between students for geography where otherwise it may not have occurred,
Jordan Maua's comment, April 29, 2013 11:48 PM
'Students don't care about other people and places in this world so they zone out'. This is a quote that hit me hard because yes, it is true but it is our job as teachers to get them interested in other people and places. It doesn't matter how we do it it as long as we have the students involved in and learning what we are teaching. IT is a shame with the waste of geography skills in today's society. Even though this article is based around USA I do not think that Australia would be all that better. With teachers trying to revive the geographic spark in the students hearts, us new teachers can learn to make sure that we make geography interesting from the very beginning.
Gina Al-Ali's comment, May 5, 2013 12:16 AM
This article talks about how the knowledge of geography has not improved much over a ten year period which surpised me because technology has improved so much in that time and both taechers and students have access to unlimited rescources. It also surprised me that many American students couldn't loacte Iraq on a map when their country has been at war there for 10 years. The geography system in America (much like Australia) sounds as though it is disregarded and not deemed important enough as other subjects. Teaching locations and maps to students isn't going to excite them if they cannot relate or see how it is important to them. Using ICT's in the classroom such as Twitter as one teacher in the article used, can make the studetents keep up to date with technology and see how geography fits in well with modern techonology and not assume that the subjects is just mearning about making maps.
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lightbulb_tree's comment, April 9, 2013 8:01 PM
In 2004, Rodrigue made the interesting observation that ICT does not significantly improve the quality of education. Since then, we’ve experienced the rise of the app, in terms of power, accessibility, and usefulness. Media improves the educational experience by supporting visual and auditory learners, and provides opportunities for geographic visualisation that would not be readily accessible. It takes time and energy to establish and to maintain digital knowledge bases (case in point, this Scoop page), but how much more effective it is than ‘death by powerpoint’!
Jordan Macpherson's comment, November 4, 2013 11:12 PM
Admittedly i did not make it to the end of this article, but from what i read was interesting. I am a visual learner myself and really feel that something like this would really benefit me. As Kayle said above, this type of expression is a great communicator to those who are more inclined to work by 'the app' type method, rather than anything else.
Karen Breznikar's comment, May 4, 2015 5:41 AM
Technology is not a replacement for good teaching methods and class interaction. However, used in balance with good teaching ICT can be useful and complimentary allowing students to investigate the world in ways that were unavailable 10 years ago. The danger lies in repetition of learning styles such as continually using powerpoints or relying on programs to teach students rather than to complement learning.