RGS #Explore2014 workshop

2014-11-16 09.57.49 2014-11-16 10.00.48 If you were part of the Education workshop today, or if you were not but are interested in information on getting fieldwork and expeditions into school, then here is a summary of what was shared by the panel.

Jamie Buchanon-Dunlop shared how you can use the online resources of Digital Explorer such as Skype conversations with real explorers and you can see his presentation on the website.

Mark Ilott shared how you can train and prepare for expeditions and field trips using your expertise and knowledge, and with help of his website www.training-expertise.co.uk

Josie Beynon from Roedean School shared the benefits and logistics of sharing your expedition and fieldwork using film and written journalism.

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Phil Avery of Bohunt Academy Trust shared how to build international links and share the benefit of expeditions with the school, and in particular how to sell it to senior leaders. He highlighted the importance of it being student led, and of students taking charge not only in the build up and planning to the trip, but also in the follow up back in school. And how the actual preparation, such as fund raising, can almost be more beneficial to their development and confidence long term than the trip itself.

I felt like a little bit of a fraud being invited since I’m not a ‘risky expedition’ leader, I’m a teacher, but I shared how you might build fieldwork into the curriculum and how you can benefit the whole school. Otherwise, you run the risk that you take 40 kids on a trip and it becomes a one off event, not sustainable or beneficial to the other 1000 back in school! So change your curriculum to build in fieldwork links, get students creating resources while you are away, have them lead lessons or assemblies on return, and use virtual fieldwork as well. So resources from Digital Explorer or Discover the World are awesome for this, e.g. Discover-Geography and use Google Connected Classrooms, create tours, use social media to connect to overseas scientists or charity workers. There are also various really useful fieldwork apps / sites to use (thank you to the Twitterati for your suggestions too!)

The links are within this PowerPoint.

And Jamie’s for D:E is here.

Thank you so much to everyone in the audience for some fantastic questions and discussion, and for the glowing feedback. Good luck and explore! Don’t forget we are all ‘citizen scientists’!

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