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.

  

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

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.