When your job as a geography teacher is to introduce young people to the world and help them understand it, it makes sense to use the available technology to show them the world, map the world, visualise the world, connect with the world and tell the story of the world.
Classroom activities should take students beyond the way they use their phones for social media or their laptop for gaming. Geographical tools such as GIS and VR offer creative opportunities for exploration, and GIS is a tool which offers the potential for future employment and a way in which to analyse data for fieldwork, as well as answering some of the world’s important challenges.
Young people are often keen to explore new technologies, but the teacher’s role is to see the pedagogical value in them and appreciate how they might be helpful in developing students’ geographical capabilities and subject knowledge. It is important to remind ourselves, as teachers, that often we act as a ‘gatekeeper’ between students and technology and, as such, we can decide to open as well as close the gate.
Here are five ideas from this resource:
You can see all 20 teaching ideas in the resource below.
Alan Parkinson runs the LivingGeography blog http://livinggeography.blogspot.com and is on Twitter @GeoBlogs.