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Digital learning at key stage 4

Project summary

This project developed ideas for using digital learning resources at KS4.

Key Project Aims

  1. To support geography departments in seeking to ensure that GCSE criteria and specifications (2009) are met in relation to the use of ICT.
  2. To enhance the quality of learning and teaching in geography at Key Stage 4 and to support independent and personalised learning.
  3. To support the drive for sustained improvement in standards of attainment and achievement in 14–16 geography
  4. To exemplify existing highly effective use of Digital Learning Resources (DLRs) and support a more diverse and relevant use of ICT within a 21st century geography department.

Subsidiary Project Objectives

  1. To ensure greater continuity and progression in the development, enhancement and application of ICT across Key Stage interfaces.
  2. To provide a source of inspiration for geography teachers and students (from beginners to experts) by exemplifying top quality, but accessible, DLRs.
  3. To exemplify differentiated techniques and/or activities using either single or multiple ICT resources.
  4. To ensure that the project findings are accessible to all stakeholders and that the ideas promote extensive debate and sharing of ideas within secondary subject departments and across the wider geography community.
  5. To stimulate Continued Professional Development within geography departments across the country. Areas for departmental and federation observations to be highlighted.

Project team

  • Mark Bamford – from Geography Department at Oaklands Catholic School, Waterlooville
  • Katie Broadribb – Head of Geography/AST at Wildern School Hedge End
  • Peter Fox – Leading Teacher and Joint Head of Geography at Chilwell School and Lakeview College, Nottingham.
  • Noel Jenkins
  • Judith Mansell – Education Officer at the RGS-IBG
  • Danny O’Callaghan
  • Lisa Rabbetts – Head of Geography at Kings School Winchester.
  • John Lyon – GA Project manager.
  • Jeff Stanfield – Project manager, Geography Consultant, County Inspector/Adviser for Geography, Hampshire.

Project activities and achievements

The project team created a number of useful documents for departments developing their use of ICT:

Why ICT should be used to enhance learning and teaching in geography.

Basic categorisation of E-geography opportunities.

Self Evaluation Guidance Document

Use of ICT – Departmental Observations

Geography and ICT – A Troubleshooting Guide

The project also generated a range of ideas for teaching KS4 geography using ICT to browse all 23 project ideas individually and by theme.

Further reading

ICT in secondary geography: a short guide for teachers, edited by David Mitchell. Each chapter focuses on a different technology and draws upon the work of geography teachers and what they find really works.

Download: ICT in secondary geography: a short guide for teachers

Mitchell, D. (2007) ‘ICT in School Geography – more than motivation’, Geog Ed online journal, Vol 1, GA.

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