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 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

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 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

Creating VR in the geography classroom

Creating VR in the geography classroom

The following slides were used to illustrate the discussions at the ‘Using/Creating VR in the geography classroom’ workshop held at the 2017 Geographical Association Conference held at the University of Surrey. Useful links Ellena Mart’s website – Google Cardboard View-Master RICOH THETA Nodal Ninja Richard Allaway’s images on

My Opinion: Google Cardboard = Educational Cocaine, really?

Google Cardboard

The Daily Mail has found some ‘experts’ who have equivocated Google’s efforts to demo Google Cardboard and Google Expeditions in classrooms to them pushing ‘educational cocaine’. This is a bit much – not on the whole Daily Mail scale of a bit much – but daft nevertheless. I admit that Google is trying hard to get … Read more

Using Roundme to create an classroom VR resource


Here is version 1 of a classroom VR resource that I have produced using a smartphone, Roundme (and the Conisbrough Castle English Heritage guidebook). Roundme call their immersive experiences ‘spaces’. This ‘space’: Grand Designs – Conisbrough Castle, Yorkshire, UK – includes 8 panoramas.  The idea is that students experience the resource using a smartphone and a … Read more

Google Expeditions are not just for geographers…

Google Cardboard in lesson

Google Expeditions is Google’s platform for enabling Google Cardboard users to experience visuals in an organised, teacher (guide) lead manner. The visuals offered by Google Expeditions are not solely for the domain of geography teachers and their classes. Students at the International School of Geneva – Campus des Nations have been using Google Expeditions to view … Read more

Creating VR in the (geography) classroom

What is Classroom VR?

This blog post supports a workshop I delivered at Practical Pedagogies 2016 titled: Creating VR in the (geography) classroom. Google Expeditions [Expeditions] – List of available Expeditions Google Expedition related resources on TES Google Cardboard Handsets Mattel View-Master Stooksy I am Cardboard Capture Ricoh Theta Nodal Ninja PTGui Share Richard Allaway’s profile on RoundMe 360° … Read more

Visiting Yosemite with Classroom VR

Google Expeditions

This post is the culmination of a period of research. It was prompted by a teacher’s request for her class (Year 7) to experience Yosemite National Park to stimulate discussion of it’s wonder and the part water has played upon forming the landscape. Our school has a BYOL policy and (most) students have smartphones. We … Read more