Fortunately, it has long been realised that this is a false dichotomy. In this case, I am pleased to say that one can have one’s cake and eat it! The knowledge In the example given here, my Year 9 Geography class (8th grade) studied the migration flows from Central America. We covered the basic theories of … More Skills or knowledge? You don’t need to ask the question!
It’s now happens on a fairly regular basis. A look through a twitter timeline and out pops a useful comment, link or image. The next thing, I am referring to it in a lesson. Is this bad planning or opportunistic luck or is this a new wave of that takes the famous 5 minute lesson … More Is social media planning my lessons?
The teacher imparting information or the students actively acquiring knowledge and skills. Most would agree that the latter is more desirable. In the geography classroom knowing where a topic refers to is very important. Geographers are not so interested in abstract knowledge, we want to know the location, the times the details. Teaching students ‘where … More How to gather information actively using the iPad
The trials and tribulations of the two senior years in secondary school (aged 16-18) are vital and challenging. They are quite a ride, as everyone with first-hand experience of managing the curriculum, teaching or studying in these years will testify. However, and sadly in my opinion, there are pressures that tend to well-up even earlier … More Are our schools missing the point?
Giving an open-ended task is always an interesting issue for teachers. There is a risk involved. Will the students run with the task? Will they stay on track? Will they handle the technology or be distracted by it? For more suggestions on how to use iPads in geography, follow this lnk The task set was … More Learning and engagement with iPads – the finished project