Apps and #teacherappaday

On Staffrm and linked Twitter account @staffrm there is an initiative at the moment called #teacherappaday which is the latest in a series of hashtags arising from the #teacher5aday wellbeing initiative and sharing of ideas, support and chat.

The lead this time is Gary Henderson (@garyhenderson18 on Twitter). It brought to mind that to be able to cope with the vast amount of apps out there it helps to share information with others. 

At the GA conference 2015 I screenshot many of my app folders to form the display for the gasigict group’s stand. I said at I would write this up – unsurprisingly work demands cancelled that plan but I now I tend to start anappseries through the blog to explore a folder at a time, the apps included and how I have applied their use for generic and geographical tasks. I hope at this can be developed into a wider sharing of ideas between geographers and other teachers as exemplified on staffrm.

  

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About and serving the membership

If you click on the three line icon you are offered a choice of blog pages. 

On About I have added our most recent group picture with some members of the group.

Serving you the GA membership and other readers. We are aware that not enough materials from meetings or in GA website are accessed by you the geographer seeking information. We are looking to develop our primary contributions more as an ICT group and welcome ideas and requests.

The blog will be developed more in 2016 to report back on apps / websites discussed at our meetings. We will provide links to the GA site (see hyperlink above), but remember that some content is free other areas are provided for members – look at membership for your department or school rather than individual if that a better match.

@gasigict followers listed

Today I completed for 1166 followers a series of lists within the twitter account to find it easier to find geography departments, geographers, newsfeeds the account  follows which often do not follow back but are important sources.

User feedback is welcomed – do the lists help you the reader?

  

Third theme – will anyone notice?

Apologies to regular browsers apart from me. I am trying a range of wordpress themes until I can find a layout for this blog that helps accessibility for finding posts and is easy to post so that I can update the blog more frequently too.

Today we had a committee meeting for GASIGICT and for the second meeting we welcomed new people. At the last two meetings we have met and worked with;

David Rogers
Jo Debens
Graham Trick
Adrian Manning

Both meetings have been busy with much to discuss one theme coming through in our agenda is the need to pull more people into being involved with the Geographical Association, as we are as SIG members. When I initiated this blog in May 2014, I intended to post blog posts from a range of geographers. This has not happened so far, so I am keen to recruit people to supply material – context is something to do with using ICT in some form as a vehicle or tool in geographical education for any age group.

I continue to gather apps for the purposes of reviewing them, promoting web links through our twitter account (@gasigict) and encouraging geographers globally to share ideas and practice with technology. We now have a following of almost 1000 followers from many nations. Please feel free to tweet or comment on the blog or mail gasigict@gmail.com with suggestions that would support you and colleagues with their geographical role. If you are one of our commercial twitter followers, would you like to correspond more with educators and share how your work links with what we study or skills you seek in future employees.

Thanks for reading

Andy Knill
Online Presence Manager