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A Geography Department Website

 

This GA project was funded by the DCSF and ran for a year between 2004-05.

 

Project summary

Teachers from six schools were involved and during the course of the year, with support from the project leader and other experts, were taken through the process of creating a department website from scratch.

Aims:

  1. To find innovative and practical solutions to the problem of how the make the most of the school Geography Department website, and to share the findings with geography teachers.
  2. To support the CPD of the participating teachers, their colleagues, and geography teachers more widely.
  3. To support the development of the geography curriculum in a teacher led, or ‘bottom up’ way.

 

Note on Terminology

You may not be familiar with some of the terminology used in these project pages, so here are brief definitions of a few key words:

  • Website: The pages and files seen on the computer screen, which provide specific information, such as for a school geography department. A website has a unique address, and it may be accessed on the internet, on an intranet, or on an extranet.
  • Internet: The means for supporting website/s which may have unrestricted access. It can be accessed anywhere with a phone line.
  • Intranet: The means for supporting a website/s with access restricted to a certain place, such as a school.
  • Extranet: The means for supporting a website/s with access restricted to a certain place, such as a school, which allows it to be accessed EXTERNALLY, such as a school geography department website, which can be accessed at home.

 

Project activities and achievements

Each participating school developed their intranets and the experience gave them valuable insight into how to make the most of a Geography Department website. These are in a variety of contexts, from setting up an intranet from scratch, with very little technical support, to developing an advanced pupil self-assessment tool, for highly personalised and independent learning.

Participant reports can be viewed on the Project Reports page.

 

Further reading

In August 2005 the Geography Department Website project was evaluated by Fred Martin of Bath Spa University, a specialist in the use of ICT with Geography and a member of the GA’s Secondary Education Section Committee.

The evaluation report contains:

  • Project aim and objectives
  • Project methods
  • The baseline
  • Project outcomes
  • Key lessons

A copy of the report can be downloaded below:

Evaluation Report

A summary of the schools’ project results is provided in the spreadsheet below:

Summary of Results

If this project has inspired you to create a website for your geography department, then the downloads below should help you get started. Making Website Decisions is a helpsheet covering some basic questions you need to answer before you start building a site, while Developing A Departmental Website goes into greater depth, looking at issues of access, structure and content in a flow chart style PowerPoint Presentation:

Making Website Decisions

Developing A Departmental Website

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