Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Google Earth Studio

I was invited to Google Earth Studio a few weeks ago, but just had a moment to take a look.
You need to request an invite and wait to be approved. This can take a while.

You will be able to access the STUDIO area - using Chrome.

Not sure what it can do? Watch this showreel...


I'm going to have a go at making some when I get a moment.

There is a series of Tutorial videos available in the Tutorials area.

Follow the links down the left hand side for all the relevant information.

I started with the Basics video - narrated by John Bailey I think... This introduces you to the basics of producing an animation: there are two areas to the screen, and you can animate sections to produce a completed video.



The second video explores easing animations, including curving paths and other effects to make your animations nice and smooth.

The final video explores Multi-camera views

Friday, January 18, 2019

GIS in Schools

Grace Healy has a piece in the latest issue of IMPACT: the journal of the Chartered College of Teaching.
The majority of each issue can be read online, which for me negated some of the benefits of membership, as the journal was one of the few tangible 'benefits' of membership.

This issue is on the theme of Ed-tech: education technology.

Grace's piece, written with Nicola Walshe, is on the use of GIS.

Nicola has previously done quite a lot of work on GIS, and I've been to speak to Homerton students when she was the tutor there, about my use of technology in the classroom.

Read the GIS piece here, or follow the earlier link to access all the open access pieces from this issue. There's a piece by David Rogers on the cloud and CPD, and one by the wonderful Steve Bunce too, but you'll need to be a member to read those...



Saturday, November 24, 2018

The Science of Where

The use of computers in the teaching of Geography

I've used this document in a few recent events, when I've been talking about technology in the Geography classroom. I wrote it as an assessment piece as part of my PGCE at the University of Hull 1986-7. There are large sections which are still relevant today, or which are a reminder of some of the 'dead ends' or challenges that still face those using technology in teaching.
Here's a slide clipped from the presentation I use, showing some of my own technology journey:


Please note that the original version had diagrams pritt-sticked onto it - this was the days before DTP was well established and available and I could only draw using standard characters. Those diagrams aren't available any more, but some could probably be located, along with some of the documents in the references.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

GIS and the NEA

IAPS - GIS course

This course may be of interest to some readers of the blog.

IAPS Geography – Geographic Information System (GIS) for Prep Schools which is due to take place on Thursday 29 November 2018 at Abingdon School, Park Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 1DE

The aim of this course is to make the purpose of GIS representation clearer for teaching Years 5, 6,7 and 8.  Delegates will discover how simple GIS skills will help prepare pupils moving to senior schools have the relevant skills.  Following an introduction to GIS, there will be practical sessions using the specialised computer room in Abingdon School’s Geography Department. 

Delegates will take away new ideas on how they can use GIS in their geography lessons and how mapping and the use of GIS can enhance their pupils’ geographical knowledge and understanding.

Full programme and map is attached for your information. 

For further details or to book online please visit https://iaps.uk/courses/detail/1341/

Friday, October 05, 2018

ArcGIS: a new free how-to guide

This free resource can be obtained from TES Resources.


Sunday, September 09, 2018

Project World

There are plenty of ways of seeing the world, and a growing range of tools which allow the user to explore map projections. Check out Project World. Remix the image in your browser and download it.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Mr Williams' KML layers


Thanks for sharing these new layers for Google Earth.