23 March 2016

A Perspective on Geography


Home. 

A place where one returns to when the day is done, a place which evokes childhoods and familiar environments. 

Home is also broader than the individual experience. It is our planet, in all its fragilities and strengths, its beauty, mysteries, cultures  and eco-systems. 

Geography is a wonderful way of discussing environmental issues, of learning about cultures, and thinking about solutions for problems which affect our planet. 

GeoGuessr and Smarty Pins are both free online games which learners can play either on their own or in pairs.

One can also link history with geography with games such as Which Hisotrical Civilization Do You Belong In, by the National Geographic Kids the world  ,
which offers a variety of games on animals, and other topics related to geography and our planet.

World Geography Games is another resource for games but better still, why not ask students to work in small groups and create their own geography games? Apester is free and simple to create polls and quizzes. Below is a simple example:



For the ESL/EFL classroom, learners need to think about the structure of questions, vocabulary and overall challenge they can pose to other groups.

Increasingly I cannot understand the purpose of classrooms if students are not actively creating and being engaged in their learning process. 

Increasingly I cannot understand why students are not using digital tools for learning, for sharing, for focusing on what they want to learn. 

The purpose is not the tool itself - learning with digital tools, is much more complex. It's about how the use of digital tools opens up new approaches to learning, to sense making and in the process, develops the skills and digital literacies which are so necessary for our contemporary world. 

More than merely preparing students to be obedient citizens who follow orders, learners need to be given the opportunity to really learn skills of decision making (even if it deciding on which image to use in a task), how to work in teams (being able to listen to different opinions,  for example), to find solutions. 

A learning home is one where creativity happens and participants engage in learning conversations. 

And perhaps, just perhaps, by learning more about different countries and cultures, by discovering how homes are different and the same, we may foster a more tolerant and respectful generation. 

Home from Future Of StoryTelling on Vimeo.



Further Suggestions:

Activities for Raising Cross-Cultural Awareness

Writing, Travelling, Quizzing

A Quiz to Delight Students

Digital Delights - Geography Resources

What Employers Want

Images

Home by gnato

thalassa by optiknerve-gr

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