Tag: Geography

Gaining Ground with Geocaching

Geocaching is a way to use mobile devices to engage learners with a geographical area – creating or finding hidden “caches” which can be found by solving clues to locate them. OpenCaching is a free source of geocaches which can be downloaded to a mobile device (there are free apps for mobile devices). This site …

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Connecting Characters Across Classrooms – Connecting classrooms across the world with travel buddies in literacy projects

So what are Classroom Travel Buddies? Well, a project which can help connect classrooms around the world, or which can help pupils make the connection with other parts of the world, can be one which involves a character which goes on a journey from the classroom. This can be a soft-toy character or one which …

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Primary Games for Learning Gains

Primary Games Arena is a site aimed specifically at pupils in primary schools and comprises free online games for all ages and stages, as well as all areas of the curriculum. There is a huge selection of high-quality games which have been identified to individually address the needs of the curriculum first and foremost to address the learning required for …

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Maths all around you – shining a mathematical spotlight on where you live

http://www.mathsinthecity.com/ Maths in the City (set up in 2011 and shut down in 2016) was an excellent website for helping in teaching about mathematics around us – in showing pupils the huge range of ways maths is used all around them wherever they live. Although the title is “Maths in the City,” the ideas shown here are …

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Exploring the Outdoor Classroom with Nature Detectives

Take your classroom outside! Nature Detectives http://www.naturedetectives.org.uk is run by The Woodland trust, whose mission is to create, protect and inspire people about woods and trees. So if you are looking to take your classroom outside then this is a very helpful resource full of ideas for making the experience fun, meaningful and full of …

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Geograph the British Isles – combining mapping, photography and gaming in the classroom

Geograph British Isles combines mapping with photography and gaming challenges  to encourage practical interaction with maps and of the British Isles.  Photographs for every square kilometre of the British Isles Users of Ordnance Survey maps will know that Ordnance Survey maps divide up the geographical area into squares for ease of reference by users sharing locations – called …

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Scrambling for cultural resources? Try SCRAN

Scran is a fantastic online resource – an archive of  over 360,000 images, movies and sounds from museums, galleries, archives and the media. And all of it comes with embedded attribution text so that schools using the material can be sure of the source of each resource. The rights to use of the resources allows for free use …

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What was it like in the olden days? See and add photographs of nearby streets then and now

So how often do teachers get asked: “What was it like in the olden days?” as if they lived through medieval times! What Was there? Well What Was There is a neat free online tool which lets you upload old pictures of any location, add the date, and then pinpoint the location on a map …

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Google Earth in the primary classroom

http://www.google.com/earth/index.html Google Earth allows you to travel the world through a virtual globe and view satellite imagery, maps, terrain, 3D buildings, and much more.  You can navigate to locations anywhere in the world.   And it is free to download. So you have Google Earth on your computer and you want to know how to use it?  Click the …

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