Case Studies and Examples with Web Links

Jason Bowsley of Baysgarth School has kindly shared a useful editable document to support students with case studies and examples, including the name of case studies/examples for each section of the specification with a web link, quiz link and video link.

Case studies and examples with web links

 

Click the image above to download, and give Jason a follow on Twitter.

Sketch Notes in Geography

Geography is a fascinating subject that helps us understand our world. There is much to learn from studying natural resources, climate patterns, and human geography. However, it can also be challenging, with much information to remember (most GCSE specifications have too much content!). In all honesty, I have often struggled to retain key facts and figures about geography (and other aspects of life!). My children often joke that I have a terrible memory. Having seen several posts on social media about the power of sketch notes, I decided to investigate further. Sketch notes are a visual way of taking notes that involve drawing and writing to represent information clearly and concisely. Instead of just writing down words or phrases, sketch notes use images and symbols to represent ideas, making remembering and recalling them easier.

Below is my first attempt at a sketch note covering urbanisation. I still have a few tweaks (the data for megacities needs some work to make it more ‘sticky’), so let’s call it a first draft. Please, don’t judge my dodgy drawing skills and left-handed scrawl!

First attempt at a geography sketch note

The sketch note above was created using Procreate on an iPad. However, sketch notes can just as easily be created using other apps or with paper and felt tips or the holy grail of geography, pencil crayons.

The sketch note below was also created using Procreate on an iPad. However, it could easily be produced using paper and pens.

Natural Hazards Sketchnote

I’ve found several advantages and disadvantages to using sketch notes. Let’s focus on the positives first. The first benefit I found was that I could recall the information on the sketch note. Several days after creating the sketch note, I could recall all the key statistics, and for someone with the short-term memory of a sieve, I was pretty blown away by this. Secondly, creating the sketch note made me carefully consider the information I would include and plan the sketch note. This process made me evaluate the information I had at hand (for the experiment, I used a GCSE Geography revision book) and carefully consider the most important information I should include. At the moment, I’m thinking batch-making sketch notes and giving them to students will remove some of their power. Lastly, I was proud of my first attempt and felt engaged and motivated to explore this technique further (and write this blog post about it!). I’ve come across lots of educational snake oil in my time, and this is not an example. I’ve concluded that this is a powerful tool for improving recall. I’d be interested in exploring its wider application (any geography departments interested in exploring this, do let me know!).

On to the disadvantages. The sketch note took me quite some time to create. I redrafted several areas and didn’t quite get the layout right the first time. Perhaps this is part of the learning experience, and I will get it right next time now I have a bit of experience. Also, my drawing skills are not the best so I had to get some inspiration from the Internet. I’ve started creating a cheat sheet with images and icons I can use next time to overcome this. The perfectionists out there might find this challenging. Because I created this on an iPad, I spent too much time redrafting sections of the sketch note. Perhaps committing it to paper might make me less fussy about it looking ‘perfect’.

Using sketch notes for revision in geography could be an effective way to help students retain key information. With the vast amount of data and concepts to remember in geography, it can be difficult to keep everything straight in one’s head. Sketchnotes can help to organise this information into a visual format, making it easier to understand and remember.

For example, when studying urbanisation, there are many key facts and figures to remember, such as the percentage of the world’s population that lives in urban areas and the rate of urbanisation in different regions. Using sketch notes, students can create diagrams, charts, and maps to represent this data visually. They can also use symbols and images to represent key concepts, such as the impact of urbanization on the environment and society.

In addition to helping with memory, sketch notes can be a fun and engaging way to revise geography. Students can use different colours and styles to create visually appealing notes that they are more likely to enjoy reviewing. This can help to make revision less stressful and more enjoyable.

To start with sketch notes, students can create a basic layout for their notes. This might include a central theme or topic, with different branches representing key concepts or subtopics. They can then use images and symbols to represent these ideas, with arrows and lines connecting them to show the relationships between concepts.

When revising geography, it is important to focus on understanding key concepts and their relationships rather than just memorising facts and figures. Sketchnotes can help students to do this by breaking down complex ideas into simpler components and representing them visually. This can help to create a deeper understanding of the subject matter, which is essential for success in geography.

I would be tempted not to launch using sketch notes with students close to final exams. They will likely struggle to get through the content. Instead, I’d be tempted to teach them how to use sketch notes early on in the course and then set it as regular homework or, if you have time, have review lessons where the students can summarise learning using the technique.

I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts on using sketch notes. If it is something you’d like to try, please drop me an email. If there’s enough interest, I’d happily put together some guides and cheat sheets to support your students using the technique.

Update – 14th March 2023: I’ve started assembling a guide to creating sketchnotes for revision on Internet Geography. In addition, Internet Geography Plus subscribers can now download an editable guide to creating sketchnotes (you need to be logged in to download) that can be shared with students to guide them through the process.

Anthony

 

What is The Final Countdown?

The Final Countdown is a comprehensive set of resources to support students in the run-up to exams. The work of JB GeogTeacher inspired the initiative.

The Final Countdown has been created to provide students with weekly revision activities in the run-up to the AQA GCSE Geography exams in May and June 2023. Each set contains a six-week revision plan to support students in organising their revision. In addition, each week has a QR code to online resources, guides, quizzes and exam questions (including example answers and mark schemes) for students to use to prepare for their final exams.

Feedback from an Internet Geography Plus subscriber

Feedback from an Internet Geography Plus subscriber

The image below illustrates how The Final Coundown works.

The Final Countdown overview

The Final Countdown overview

Internet Geography Plus subscribers can access the six-weekly revision sheets when they are published (week 1-6 is available now!).

Each week, revision is divided into three sections, revise, quiz and exam questions.

Revise

Students revise an area of the specification, and the QR code will take them to a menu of pages on Internet Geography to support this. In addition, we’ve provided A3 templates for the students to use to structure their revision. These include knowledge organisers and mind maps. The image below shows examples.

Knowledge organiser and mind map templates are provided for each week

Knowledge organiser and mind map templates are provided for each week

Internet Geography Plus subscribers can download the first batch of knowledge organisers and mind maps for lessons 1-3. More are coming this week!

Review

Review is an opportunity for students to revisit their learning by completing online multiple-choice quizzes to test their knowledge. These are all available on Internet Geography for free. Alternatively, Plus subscribers could direct their students to the Internet Geography Plus MS/Google forms quizzes to monitor progress (and completion!).

Exam Questions

Finally, students complete exam questions based on the area they revised the previous week. To support students, we’re putting together a guide to completing each question and an example answer.

We’ve published the first couple of student pages if you want to see an example here.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll add many resources to support The Final Countdown. Internet Geography Plus subscribers can access the resources here. However, if you’re not a subscriber, why not join to access this and hundreds of other resources? Please take a look at our subscription options.

If you have any questions, drop us an email.

New GCSE geography retrieval revision

We are developing a new, open access revision area on Internet Geography, to support students with  retrieval practice. The resources will consist of a bank of online gap-fill activities that students can use to revisit prior learning.

The activities will be freely available with no requirement to register, pay to access or log in.

Each gap-fill will come in two forms, an open gap fill where students need to recall keywords and factual information along with a drag and drop version. The two versions are illustrated below.

 

We’re seeking support from the geography teacher community to develop these revision activities by contributing a paragraph or two of text to summarise key elements of each GCSE geography unit across all exam boards.

When contributing just head over to the submission form and add your paragraph. When contributing your paragraph missing words should be enclosed within an asterisk. e.g. *Constructive* waves build beaches. These waves are more common in *summer* than in winter. Constructive waves predominate in calmer weather conditions when less energy is being transferred to the water. Each wave is low. As the wave *breaks* it carries material up the beach in its *swash*. The beach material will then be deposited as the backwash soaks into the sand or slowly drains away. When the next wave breaks its swash will deposit more material without it being ‘captured’ by the backwash of the preceding wave.

Alternative answers should be separated using a forward slash e.g. *conservative/passive* plate margins….

You can also add a tooltip (pop up hint) to support students with the answer by including a colon e.g. *conservative/passive:Where to plates slide past each other* plate boundaries.

To begin with will focus on one unit at a time for each exam specification. To avoid repetition please identify the paragraph you will complete on this Google Sheet. When you’ve submitted it using this form please indicate it has been completed on the Google Sheet.

If you’ve any questions, please contact by adding a comment below.

Many thanks,

Anthony

GCSE Geography Homework Resources by Mr McAllister

Adam McAllister AKA @McAllister_Geog has produced a set of GCSE homework activities that he’s kindly agreed to share on Internet Geography.

There are 40 resources to download so they have been compressed into a Zip file. The file size is around 20MB. You can download it below.

Download Homework Zip File

Adam also recently wrote a blog post for Internet Geography sharing a strategy for interpreting graphs using TEA analysis which is well worth a read!

If you have resources to share please drop us an email via [email protected]

Hosting an Online Revision Party

Fed up of the same old revision? Why not organise an online revision party? It’s simple to organise, a great way to connect with others and helps share the workload!

How does it work?

Each party guest chooses an area of the course they will become experts in. They then spend some time planning a brief recap of the topic. This could be a PowerPoint containing images and a small amount of text.

Next, each party guest writes a selection of multiple-choice questions to go with their presentation.

Finally, connect with each other online, take it in turn to teach, quiz and answer questions.

There are lots of free online tools you can use to host your party. If you have a Google account, you could try a Google Hangout. Another great tool is Zoom.us which allows up to 40 minutes of video meetings per session. Both services allow you to share your screen with others in your group, along with video and audio.

It is worth trying out a video meeting before you host your revision party so you are not wasting time setting up before the revision party.

Make sure you know the people you are having your online revision party with. Stay safe online!

Geography Revision Timetable 2020

Last year we shared a fantastic revision timetable for AQA GCSE Geography developed by Laura Gregson (@grego_geog),  inspired by @MrThorntonTeach.

This year, Charlotte Clarke (of @HornseyGeog) has been first to share a version for 2020. There are some repeat questions in there that cover some of the areas Charlotte’s students need to revisit. However, it is fully editable so you can customise it for your students. If you do customise it please send us a copy to share here via [email protected]




You can download Charlotte’s version by clicking the image below.

GCSE Geography Revision Timetable

Geography Revision Grids

Several geography revision grids have been well received on Twitter recently. An example is shown below.

Living World Revision Grids

To support teachers we’ve put together a set of revision grids for AQA GCSE Geography paper 1, Edexcel A Component 1 The Physical Environment and Edexcel B, Hazardous Earth, People and the Biosphere and Forests Under Threat.

Revision Grids

AQA GCSE Geography Paper 1 Revision Grids

 

Edexcel A GCSE Geography Component 1 Revision Grids

Edexcel A GCSE Geography Component 1 Revision Grids

 

Revision Grids Set A Edexcel B GCSE Geography

Revision Grids Set A Edexcel B GCSE Geography

You can download each set of revision grids in PDF format for free below:

Subscribers to Internet Geography Plus can log in and download editable PowerPoint versions of these resources.

Create a self-marking quiz using Google Forms

Creating a self-marking quiz using Google Forms is easy. Not only can students complete the quiz using any device but the quiz is self-marking, saving you time. This tutorial takes you through the steps needed to create a quiz like this basic example for coastal erosion.

To get started, head over to your Google Drive and click the New button in the top left corner. Next, click More then click Google Forms.

Open Google Forms

Open Google Forms

When your form is open, click the settings icon (cog) then select the Quizzes tab. This allows you to allocate points to the quiz and allow grading should you want it. Next, click Save.

Turn on quiz

Turn on quiz

Give your quiz a title, by clicking Untitled form and adding a title.

You now need to add fields to your quiz, which can include first name, surname and email address. To begin with type first name into the first question field. Then, select short answer from the answer dropdown. Make sure you click the required slider otherwise students could submit a quiz without adding their name. You can duplicate the question to add surname and email address.

Adding name fields

Adding name fields

When you’ve added the email address field you will have the option to collect email addresses. Click the link to enable this.

Your form will look something like the example below.

Collecting details for your quiz

Collecting details for your quiz

Next, you need to add your questions. You can add multiple choice questions, multiple answer questions and short answers.

Below is an example of a multiple-choice question. Remember to select Required so that students ahve to answer the question.

Example multiple-choice question

Example multiple-choice question

Once your written your multiple-choice question, click ANSWER KEY. Next, identify the correct answer and allocate the number of points available for correctly answering it. You can choose to add answer feedback too if you wish to.

Identify the correct answer and allocate points

Identify the correct answer and allocate points

Add the remaining questions you want to ask.

When you are ready to test your quiz click the preview icon at the top of the screen. This will take you to the live quiz (you can copy the web address and share it with students – if you are not sharing this electronically you might want to shorten the web address (URL) by visiting TinyUrl.

Once you have shared the quiz you can check results by clicking the Responses tab. You can review the performance of your students by exploring the options. If you want the results in a spreadsheet format, just click the Sheets icon below Total points. This will create a spreadsheet containing all the responses.

Responses

Responses

Did you know? If you subscribe to Internet Geography Plus you’ve got access to a number of multiple-choice question booklets. You can copy and paste questions and answers from these booklets to create digital versions of the multiple-choice resources. Please note, if you use our questions please don’t share the quizzes with people or students outside of your classes if you have an individual subscription or your school if you have a department subscription.

Have you seen our quizzes on Internet Geography? Save time creating your own by using ours!

Next Steps
Once you’ve set up your quiz installing a simple add-on lets you analyse the data you have collected. Take a look at this post to find out how: Analysing data from a self-marking quiz using Google Forms with Flubaroo.

AQA GCSE Geography The Living World Work Booklet

We recently ran a poll on Facebook and Twitter to find out what Internet Geography Plus subscribers wanted adding to the subscription area. Fifty-four per cent of Twitter respondents wanted to see the development of work booklets as did the majority of Facebookers. As a result of this, we are pleased to launch the first Internet Geography Plus work booklet!

Our first, fully editable work booklet covers ecosystems and tropical rainforests as part of the AQA GCSE Geography Living World unit (hot and cold environments will be published separately). The booklet can be used during class teaching, as a catch-up resource for students who missed the unit or as an opportunity to re-visit learning throughout the course, either in class or for homework.

Not only does the booklet include activities it also contains:

  • QR codes linking to online resources to support learners
  • links to online quizzes so students can check their learning
  • space for students to complete dual coding at the end of each section to summarise their learning, along with online resources to support learners complete this

Booklets covering each unit of the AQA GCSE Geography course will be added this term and are free to Internet Geography Plus subscribers. Log in to download the booklet now. Not a member? You can take out a low-cost subscription here.

UPDATE – 10/11/2019

We’ve uploaded a large number of work booklets for AQA and Edexcel A GCSE. For AQA these include:

  • The Changing Economic World
  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards – Climate change
  • The Challenge of Natural Hazards – Tectonics
  • River Landscapes in the UK
  • Coastal Landscapes in the UK
  • Ecosystems and rainforests
  • Ecosystems – cold environments
  • Ecosystems – hot deserts

For Edexcel A you can download:

  • Global Development
  • Weather Hazards and Climate Change
  • Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Management (the deciduous forest)
  • Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Management (the UK and The tropical forest)
  • River landscapes and processes
  • Coastal landscapes and processes

 

Just a note of thanks for all of your hard work with this website. It is a fantastic set of resources and our students are benefiting greatly from them. I subscribed earlier this year and now the department has done which is good for us all. It is fantastic value for money and the materials have been welcomed by teachers, pupils and parents. It is good to know that it is a site you can trust to be AQA specific and kept so up to date.

Nik G September 2019