Geography is all about events that happen outside in the real world. As mentioned last week, Year 10 are currently exploring flooding and its effects. That means a slight juggle in the order of teaching in order to utilise the resources as they happen. I’m sure our young people can live without oxbow lakes for a few lessons .
- A solid curriculum, supported by lesson level Schemes of Work. We are always aware of the bigger picture and the requirements of the examination. This allows us to link current events easily to the specification, ensuring that we are developing geographers rather than exam passers.
- A sharing culture within the department and the wider geography world – this enables us to collaborate on ideas and develop them. The learning activity described below was inspired by Sam’s input earlier today: he emailed out some resources and weblinks.
I’ve created a short screencast that demonstrates the learning idea. Apologies for the poor sound quality and random rambling, but I hope you get the idea!
- My overview of LiveWeb.
- Partners in Learning post about LiveWeb.
- Partners in Learning post about Interactive Web Boxes.
The lesson goes on to explore the UK floods via a geographical enquiry (supplied by Sam Atkins) and uses a live Twitter feed to add further information. Getting young people to critically assess formal and informal sources of information is an important geographical and life skill (and with the BBC and other news channels using sources such as YouTube and Twitter more often this is even more important.)
The resources used are: