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Naughty Learning in Geography at #bmoble2011

Here are some of the session details as promised.  The screencast below is not of the best quality, so expect it to be replaced as soon as I can get around to it.  I’ve posted it here now though so that readers can get the general gist.

The session explored a number of naughty learning strategies within a secondary school context. All of these can be scaled according to your location. You could take the risky, whole school approach or create micro-naughtiness in your own classroom.

1. Matching music to locations / photographs or creating a soundtrack for a walk.

This activity allows young people to explore how they feel about spaces and places.  Their descriptive and persuasive writing can be extended. It’s about the conversations around the selection of music rather than the act of listening that’s important.

2. Little Notices

This is all about getting young people to communicate their feelings about space to wider audiences.  Mobile devices could be used to capture the location.  For example, an audioboo justifying and explaining both the notice and location, or a simple photograph.

3. Take 5 (photos)

Use mobile devices to capture five photographs of a place.  These could be focused. For example, 5 features of the school that you love / hate / are proud of.  You could collage these (maybe using Microsoft’s free AutoCollage) and use them to analyse the images for patterns. 

4. Photosynth

Not necessarily naughty this one, and blogged about here and here.

5. Chalk Graffiti

We wanted to map what young people got up to in their social time (breaks) in school.  The tool we decided to use was chalk.  See the images in the presentation for examples. This is linked to a wider project that is still on going. Update to follow at the appropriate moment.

6. Mission Explore

My friends at the Geography Collective provide a wealth of mini-missions that could provide a springboard to developing children’s understanding of their spaces.  At our school, we have embedded some of these opportunities into the curriculum.

If you’d like to know more, feel free to get in touch using the Contact Me button.

Useful Links:

Mission Explore

The Geography Collective

My Walks Project

Noel Jenkins’ Wellington Planning Project


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