Thursday, March 10, 2011

A mixed bag!

Left image: AGTA Presidents from the past four decades - what a bunch!
Right image: Remnant sand dunes along the Adelaide coastline.

Related sites to the Spatialworlds project
Spatialworlds website
21st Century Geography Google Group
Australian Geography Teachers' Association website
'Towards a National Geography Curriculum' project website
Geography Teachers' Association of South Australia website
Email contact

Where am I??
Adelaide, Australia: S: 34º 55' E: 138º 36'

Seems to be that new sites and applications with the capacity to be used in the geography classroom are coming on-line all the time (or I have just come across them via searches or geogfriends in Oz and South Africa in particular). This posting just lists them for you to look at and consider.

* Mapping technology is helping underprivileged communities get better services — from education and transportation to health care and law enforcement — by showing exactly what discrimination looks like

* A TED Talks of interest: How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun.

* Breathing Earth is a real-time simulation that displays the CO2 emissions of every country in the world, as well as their birth rate and death rate.

* Spatial Source: Some good applications of GIS described. A good site to keep an eye or or even subscribe to

* Koordinates: A great site as an interacrtive GIS platform with the potential to add layers. In particular look at the Christchurch map

* Listen to a podcast of David Suzuki presenting The Legacy: an elder’s vision for our sustainable future. The Legacy is David Suzuki’s response to the question, If you had one last lecture to give, what would you say? In his much loved critical and candid presentation style, Dr. Suzuki explores his own life journey in an era that has experienced major social revolutions, scientific discoveries, cultural shifts and political upheaval. His focus also acknowledges the wisdom of his grandparents and moves forward through to the promise held in the birth of his new grandson.

* An amazing photograph of Cape Town. Drag your mouse up and down and to the left and can scroll 360 degrees and then look up at the moon and stars.

* An interactive animated map of human occupation of the earth is certainly an interesting spatial historical representation and would create some interesting topic starters in the class.

* From the Contour Education blog of Mick Law
Queensland floods
TC Yasi
Christchurch earthquake

* Spatial Education and careers resourcesdestination spatial website

* Discovery Earthlive website: Keeping up to date on the state of our planet using spatial technology/

* The Geospatial Revolution from Pennsylvania University
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Some useful applications to use with students in the geography classroom
* Saving Youtube Copy and paste the hyperlink from youtube to download the video on to your PC free and no account required
Useful to avoid viewing the ‘follow-on’ videos and comments

* Capturing video
Capture video of your computer screen free and no account required
Large range of options for embedding and downloading the finished video.

* Word clouds
Create word clouds from chunks of text free and no account required
A great way to get a flavour of what a piece of text (document, project speech, Wikipedia page, website etc) is about. Use the advanced area so that you or students can weight the size/importance of words themselves.

* Collaboration tool
Online collaboration pad - free and no account required. Multiple students can type on the same pad at the same time from anywhere in the world.

* If facebook had been invented by an educationalist - free and no account required. A cross between a social network and a learning platform.

* Online file conversion: Allows you to convert a file from one format to another. Especially useful for converting video files which come in a range of formats.

* Sends smoke-signal messages on a Google map: Choose the location then choose the message. Can make good lesson starters/plenaries.

* Blogging made easy. Easy to create posts. Good way of giving out information to students. Can be up and running within minutes. Allows embedding of screencasts demoing

* Online collaboration with a range of ways of communicating thoughts and ideas about a given topic. Allows documents, images etc to be uploaded and class collaboration via recording, text or drawing. Good tool for peer discussion. Requires careful planning to reap the benefits. Education accounts available but will need teacher-created accounts for under 13s.

* Latest Art offering from Google Google street view but in a range of world-wide galleries. Has the added bonus of being able to zoom in really close to a range of paintings. Good for starters, plenaries, discussions in history, science, English, art

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