Using ‘thunks’ to kick start a lesson.

Thanks to Noel Jenkins’ recent excellent post over at Digital Geography for the inspiration here.

At the moment, our school is having a real push for quick starts of lessons.  It’s not a new thing, just something to focus on and an important part of setting the right climate for learning.  If you’re not familiar with Ian Gilbert’s ‘thunks’ visit here.

Noel’s post describes a problem that we also encounter: describing places really well is difficult. Not only that, it’s really difficult to trust sources of online information: how do students know what to trust?

The thinking behind this series of slides is to get students to revisit the ideas and skills of critical evaluation of sources learned during the ‘Iceland doesn’t exist’ lesson.  The inspiration came from this post over at the Google Earth Blog that links to this BBC article.

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