Etna, 31.01.2015

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Image from @Culturevolcan on Twitter – one of several source we collect images of eruptions from.

How old are the volcanic events that you teach about?

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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

Attending BETT 2015?

The BETT show is the IT / Technology biggie each year at the end of January which is now held at the Excel centre in London’s Docklands. Each year there are some geographers wandering or presenting ideas. This year on the Saturday morning under the umbrella of UKEdChat on the RM stand there will be an interview featuring Andy Knill and Jo Debens of the GASIGICT group. It will be a great lead in to our next group meeting the following week. Come along and meet us, join in, share ideas. If you want more details contact either of us on Twitter @aknill / @gasigict and @geodebs. We look forward to meeting some other geographers (as well as David Rogers).

#GAConf15

Details are out there through GA magazine and brochure to http://www.geography.org.uk on the GA website. The Special Interest Group will have a stand and whenever there’s a break I will try to be there to meet, greet and share ideas. In the spirit of conference build up and a mention in WebWatch by @GeoBlogs I will also endeavour to update the blog more with apps ideas and links found, RT (Retweeted) on our twitter feed which has now gone above 900 followers (targeting 1000 by conference).

Several members of the ICT SIG are presenting this year. We are often against a range of other interesting sessions but hope to see as many of you as possible.

Just this evening I have had a Twitter colleague in Australia volunteer to stay up to 1 am to live tweet into my workshop on Saturday 11 April – Andy Knill on global links. The evening before, later and after the Teachmeet led by David Rogers and Jo Debens, also GASIGICT members, there will be an opportunity for the poor sleepers or enthusiasts to join in a #satchatoc (Satellite a education Chat – Oceania) on Global teaching and networking – regulars include teachers from Australia, New Zealand, USA, UK, Singapore, China, Thailand … I hope to be sharing many of their details in the workshop along with school departments who like to share ideas.

Interested in my of these? Join in, get in touch via @gasigict, gasigict@gmail.com. Tell others, spread the word and use this as a vehicle to widen our pupils’ perspectives.