September 8, 2009
Over the holidays I came across the Learning Event Generator by John Davitt, which generates over 2500 permutations of topic and activity, for example: “Do the concept of gravity as a blow by blow sports commentary” or one of my favourites: “Do the history of the Olympics as a mime”.
I then decided to create my own slightly more colourful version aimed at Primary teachers, to randomise choice of ICT activities. You can see the Activity Generator here. Type in your own topic at the top, press the button and it randomly generates an ICT activity.
To make it even more useful to teachers, it is in the form of a template, whereby you can edit a text file with your own options, to create a bespoke list of activities. If this template would be useful to you, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll send it along.
September 4, 2009
The Ordnance Survey have announced their scheme to provide a free OS Explorer Map to every year 7 pupil in the country.
“The scheme not only supports learning about geography and the environment but also helps encourage children and their families to get out and about and explore their local area. It has been praised by teachers, pupils and parents alike.”
Teachers must place their order for maps by 30 November 2009 on the Ordnance Survey free maps website: www.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/freemapsfor11yearolds.
An additional resource will also be available to teachers, a booklet called The Language of Landscape, created with help from the Geographical Association.
For more information about this initiative, see the press release here.
Incidentally, the Geographical Association‘s new website is now live, with lots of resources for geography teaching, primary and secondary: