Using Maps and Vidra To Learn About Contrasting Localities

Last half-term, I discovered an exciting aspect of the Maps app that comes with all iPads (‘exciting’ may be stretching it for some but I am, at heart, a Geographer). For many major cities around the world, you can do a flyover tour of the major landmarks of that city. The app helpfully labels them on the screen for you as well.

 

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On of our Year 6 teachers has recently returned from visiting a partner school in Australia. Therefore, she has decided to work on comparing the localities of Australia  and Antarctica as part of the geography work her class will be doing this year. When I found this out, I saw it as a great opportunity to use the flyover tour of Sydney so that the children could become familiar with its major landmarks and locate it in the world. Recently, I also found out about an app called Vidra from the excellent Mark Anderson https://twitter.com/ICTEvangelist. I figured I could combine the two apps.

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The children located Sydney on the world map, started the flyover tour and took screenshots of the famous landmarks. Then they did some research to find out a little more about each landmark with the brief of creating a short presentation about the city of Sydney for someone who had never been there.

Once this was done, the children imported their images into the Vidra app which is essentially an app for creating explanation videos. You can add text, voice recordings, symbols, a soundtrack. The children did all this to produce some excellent presentations. I will be posting examples soon on the school website http://www.moorside.tameside.sch.uk

This lesson was a good way of covering the “select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services)” aspect of the computing curriculum.

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