Teachit Geography - a new resource

I've just had a new resource published on the TeachIt Geography website.
It's a set of 20 short ideas for using technology in the Geography classroom.

Hopefully there's something there for everyone to explore, and you can read my Webwatch column in the GA's Magazine if you are member, for more tips on websites and apps for Geography teachers.
You can join the TeachIt community, by subscribing, or contributing your own resources (for which you will receive a small payment per download)

Here's a short piece that I wrote to accompany the ideas and put them into context.

Using technology in the Geography classroom

First of all, it’s worth saying that it’s possible to teach without technology, although all classrooms in the UK will have electricity. This electricity will probably power a classroom PC or laptop, a projector, possibly an interactive whiteboard (which may not be used very interactively) and other devices including tablets. When your job as a geography teacher is to introduce young people to the world and help them understand it, it makes sense to use the available technology to show them the world (using images or Vimeo videos), map the world (using digital mapping from the Ordnance Survey, ESRI or others), visualise the world (using Ben Hennig’s cartograms, Dollar Street’s stories of families around the world or innovative data tools like Earth Null School), connect with the world (through social media and Skype) and tell the story of the world (using a range of tools including Google Earth, blogs and Virtual Reality expeditions)

There are many options for geographers to use websites, apps and new devices including home assistants, digital cameras or environmental and weather sensors to bring up-to-date information into the classroom. Young people are often keen to explore these technologies, but the teacher’s role is to see the pedagogical value in them, and appreciate how they might be helpful in developing students’ geographical capabilities and subject knowledge (see http://www.geocapabilities.org for more on this).
Classroom activities should take students beyond the way they use their phones for social media, or their laptop for gaming. Geographical tools such as GIS and VR offer creative opportunities for exploration, and GIS is a tool which offers the potential for future employment, and a way in to analysing data for fieldwork as well as answering some of the world’s important challenges. 

Earlier this year, I updated my chapter for a 2nd edition of Routledge’s ‘Debates in Geography Education’, and reminded teachers that often they act as a ‘gatekeeper’ between students and technology, but that a gatekeeper can decide to open as well as close the gate.