Ashley Penman and I are running out of ideas to teach geography creatively. Any cool ideas involving technology?

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Ashley Stafford, a future elementary educator suggested that in order to effectively use georgrpahy and technology together, software programs that encompass drill and practice methods would successfully teach students geography. She specifically explained how software with drill and practice elements would teach and reinforce students' knowledge about states and capitals.
After researching the topic of how to use geography and technology together, Carmen and I found several creative ways to teach this skill to students.

The first website we found teaches students where continents and oceans are on a world map. The website for this site is:

Another interesting website we found was one that allowed students to become penpals with other students from around the world. Teaching kids geography using penpals could teach them the culture, location, and language of their penpals. The website for this is:
Google Earth would be a great way to do that !
I think that I've found a passion for geography by my travels, but we can't do that in schools. SO, my solution is to connect to people willing to collaborate over distances, using Skype, chat or otherwise.

You can also choose to incorporate the use of this cool application, Woophy, where you can actually LOOK at photos taken by real people in real locations. You can have the students consider the importance of geography in their location too and upload pics they take that give the quintessential illustration of your immediate and surrounding location. They can also upload pics from vacations, and if you connect to other schools, you can talk to the people who upload their pics! In fact, this is on my to-do list this year! :) Wanna connect?
Check out the thread we had on EFL Classroom. As I mention there, it is great to do the Where the hell is Matt videos and I'd even challenge students if older, to produce their own, even if just pics and a dancing icon on the screen/ppt.

Lots more...geographyatthemovies is super! I taught Geography years ago but I teach it every day also, can't avoid it!


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