Gridlines in Google Earth – lesson updated

Google Earth

With the announcement that gridlines are available in Google Earth for Chrome it would seem time to update a rather old geographyalltheway.com lesson to make use of this new feature. “You can turn gridlines on and off in the Map Style panel, and they’ll appear in either decimal degrees or degrees, minutes and seconds, depending … Read more

10 things to cover when introducing somebody to Google Sites

Google Sites

Google Sites is Google’s website creation tool and is a key part of G Suite for Education. Google Sites helps students and educators to efficiently create websites that work equally as effectively on a whole range of device sizes – from smartphones to desktop computers. Some examples worth checking out of sites created by educators … Read more

A line around the world

A line around the world

This piece of digital technology goodness starts with a bit of a story. Recently, while busy ‘networking’ at the Practical Pedagogies Conference in Cologne, I discussed a set of lessons with Matt Podbury, of geographypods.com fame, that he was developing. The set of lessons were based upon the journey you would take if you left … Read more

Practical Pedagogies 2018 – Engaging older students with Google Geo Tools

Engaging older students with Google Geo Tools

I had the pleasure to attend the biennial Practical Pedagogies conference hosted by St. George’s International School Cologne, Germany. The focus of Practical Pedagogies is ‘REAL training for REAL classroom teachers’. I hope the session I presented upon ‘Engaging older students with Google Geo Tools’ was useful for the 20 or so ‘real’ teachers who … Read more

Focus on… Passwords

Focus on... Passwords

123456, Password, 12345678, qwerty, 12345, 123456789, letmein, 1234567, football and iloveyou. If you have just read your password – congratulations you are using one of the top ten most commonly used passwords – according to SplashData. Passwords and user credentials in general are an important and regularly overlooked element of somebodies online activities. If a … Read more

What on earth are Google Chrome Extensions, Google Docs Add-ons and Chrome Apps?

Google Chrome

You may have heard about Chrome extensions, Chrome Apps and Google Docs add-ons – you may already have some installed and running. This post will explore what they are, give some recommendations to try and discuss the digital citizenship angle on their use with students. What is a Chrome Extension Chrome extensions are small software … Read more

‘5 pieces of advice’ for parenting young people and their digital devices

Five

At the request of the Campus des Nations Parent-Teacher Association at a recent meeting, I am sharing ‘5 pieces of advice’ for parenting young people and their digital devices. I have tried to keep the advice general as the names of apps/games/devices change so regularly. Engagement, openness, discussion and understanding are the key to having … Read more

Eight sources of podcasts that will be useful for IB DP Geographers students and educators

Podcast

Many times, while leading IB DP professional development workshops, I have mentioned how geography teachers like to write in reports ‘it would be beneficial to ENTER STUDENT NAME HERE to read around the subject more’. What I usually go on to discuss is the use of Flipboard as somewhere where worthwhile digital articles can be … Read more