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.


A summer of investigation…

In the name of gasigict development, and a personal desire to have a device which is for education not home contacts I purchased a new tablet this holiday. I have an iPad Mini with Retina screen safely wrapped inside a Lifeproof case that should protect it from my geographer tendencies. Already the quality of photos is showing compared to the iPad2 I was using previously.

In developing its content I have been moving apps and website bookmarks from my older iPad2 to this one. This will form my review basis for iApps. I have screenshot information about each App from the Apple App Store. Reviews will be subjective and this is where I hope the blog can generate wider discussion.

I, personally, do not advocate using mobile devices for the sake of it. They offer new takes on traditional tools in some cases and provide new opportunities which our students use so readily.

Some of the apps will be ones I use when presenting at Education events and Teachmeets. For example GA Conference 2014 where I presented a workshop on Using Apps.

Andy Knill (Editor)

Thinglink – an iApp review

Thinglink  is available on the Apple App Store. It provides an opportunity to annotate  images using internal hyperlinks to media resources – images and / or video. Geography presentations have moved from photo prints stuck onto a page and tracing paper overlays or arrows and handwritten text to use of online images placed in a document and annotated using arrow shapes and text boxes. This could be the next level and can be placed in school online resources or pupils can use themselves to develop links between process and landforms or places and human action. I am  going to share three examples I have put together. In a lesson on a device / computer screen resource linking makes an initial link clear to pupils / students / staff. They can develop and demonstrate their understanding by developing their own images