How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue 42
Looking up the Rhône and the Arve from Jonction, Geneva, May 2023
⚙ Operational notes
There was no newsletter last week as last weekend I needed to finish writing my reports, there were staff meetings to be delivered, and the annual 🔗 SGIS IB DP Geography educators meeting to be coordinated.
🌍 All Geographers
🔗 Edpuzzle is a great teaching tool. The platform enables you to add questions to YouTube videos. The answers to these questions can be automatically assessed, and the student’s progress (or misunderstandings) will be documented.
The reason to share Edpuzzle now is ‘Teacher Assist’. Artificial intelligence magic can now generate those questions for you. This saves time and gets things started and ideas developing.
I plan to add Edpuzzles to geographyalltheway.com as I teach the course again, starting in September. I will share these Edpuzzles with Whole School Subscribers via the ‘support area’ described below.
🧑🎓 IB DP Geographers
I have mentioned 🔗 Flipboard before in 🔗 issue #5. I think it is an excellent service for curating content that is focused on a specific topic or teaching unit. I have created a Flipboard magazine for all parts of the IB DP Geography course. 🔗 They can be found here.
Last week Flipboard featured the 🔗 IB DP Geography Flipboard Magazine in an article titled 🔗 6 Flipboard Magazines Curated by Educators for Teacher Appreciation Week.
🆕 New lesson added to Unit 3
I have added a new lesson to Unit 3. I felt that ‘the growth of the “new global middle class” was worth its own dedicated lesson → 🔗 3.1.2 The growth of the “new global middle class”. I start the DP Geography course by teaching Unit 3, so this would be the second lesson of the course after I have taught a lesson or two on the Concepts and Approaches to Learning.
💬 Dedicated 'support area' for priority support and additional resources
I am trying to offer more to those of you with a Whole School subscription to geographyalltheway.com. I am setting up a space on Discord. This space aims to give Whole School subscribers quicker support with their use of the site, answer questions about the demands of the course, and share resources such as quizzes and assessments. Whole School subscribers should receive an email about this later on in the week. If you would like access before then just email me now.
This week’s recommendation is for something that has been around for a while now, as the following video shows →
I have had a Cocoon Grid-It for years now - but I only recently dug it out again and have started using it daily. I have one of the smaller ones - around A5 size - and it holds my laptop charger, cable, pen, USB A to USB C adapter and a USB C cable. They are all together, usually near the top of my school bag, and ready to throw down on the hot desk I’m working at. They seem to be available on Amazon.