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Take a moment to explore 'Developing Digital Data literacy'

Developing Digital Data Literacy

The D3: Developing Digital Data literacy project is a project funded with support from the European Commission.

D3 – Developing Digital Data literacy relates to the need for information literacy for all citizens in Europe. Eradicating present-day problems such as the rise of populism and mis-information in all its forms and dimensions is one of the greatest challenges faced in Europe.

Take moment to explore the teacher training materials and the toolkit. Within the toolkit you will find a set of 15 'lesson blueprints' as well as a searchable dataset of useful Open Data.

The 'Open Data Tools' includes all the usuals (Gapminder, Worldmapper, Google Arts and Culture) as well as many other tools that I hadn't come across before, such as →

The 'lesson blueprints' are there to assist teachers with the creation of lesson resources. Alongside the tools, there are practical suggestions for connecting the ideas explored with students’ own lives.

I particularly like 0110: What is Google (not) telling me? and 0111: How can we filter the ‘signal’ from the ‘noise’?. The development of meaningful digital citizenship focused resources that can be delivered by teachers of any specialism is always a challenge. I will be starting my use of the D3: Developing Digital Data literacy project resources with these. Filter bubbles, social media echo chambers, fake news, 'signal' and 'noise' are all items of vocabulary that teachers and students should be competent in using.

The 'How do you know what you don't know?' newsletter

How do you know what you don't know?

The plan is to try something new in 2022.

I am going to do a weekly (roughly) newsletter. On a Tuesday, something not too long, four items in total, with the hope that you find something that you didn’t know and that is useful to you.

How do you know what you don’t know? is about spreading some of the things that I am finding useful and sharing it in an easily accessible and digestible way.

The first item will be for all geographers based on bigger ideas and everyday geographies. The idea behind the second item is something that is more focused on the needs of IB DP geographers, educators and students. The item will be linked to the syllabus but other geography educators and students may find it useful too. The third section is a quick update on something I am working on. New content added to, or refreshed on geographyalltheway, something I have recently written, or am involved in. The fourth and final item will be bit more random. It will be a recommendation. Probably a bit techie, an app, an online service, or similar.

The ‘How do you know what you don’t know?’ newsletter is free, and isn’t (just) for geographyalltheway subscribers. I will try to keep the links to content behind the paywall to an absolute minimum!

All my 14-16 MYP Individuals and Societies resources are now on the new platform

For the last 18 months or so I have been moving the resources on to a new platform. The new platform allows the content to be more responsive to different devices as well as making it easier for me to update and monitor.

I have recently finished added all of my 14-16 MYP Individuals and Societies (MYP 3 to 5) resources to the new platform.

There are six units, all free to access, for varying ages. The Sustainable cities and Alpine environments units are the most recently developed. The Coasts unit is probably the oldest.

Now to start work on moving the Age: 11-14 resources (MYP 1-3 or Key Stage 3) to the new platform. I will post as I add each unit.

Paper 2 Case studies and detailed examples matrix

Quick post for a matrix I created, a couple of weeks ago, for a revision lesson. Started off with an 'active recall' approach of seeing what students could remember, then discussion and then onto reviewing notes.

I am trying to be more proactive about posting (telling site users) about things I have added and changed. Let's see how long this approach continues.

Try the KFC approach to exam questions

I rather liked this exam question breakdown approach from @JB_GeogTeacher.

After having using it successfully, for a couple of weeks, with my DP2 students I decided to produce a version for the classroom wall. Here it is if you fancy downloading it →

I have also added it to the Geography Classroom Display Material page on

UPDATE - source of the KFC idea → Developing AO3 Skills.

New 'Locate and differentiate elements of the Earth’s surface' page added

I have developed a new page to support the 'map skills' needed by IB DP Geography students. The page → 'Locate and differentiate elements of the Earth’s surface - aka Map skills' is broken down by the skills listed in the guide. The page includes exam style questions to illustrate how each of the skills may need to be applied along with some useful teaching materials.

Locate and differentiate elements of the Earth’s surface - aka Map skills

The page is currently free to access for everybody and can be found as part of the 2019 IB DP Geography → IB DP Geography Exam preparation section of the site.

Please do get in contact via email / Twitter / LinkedIn if you have any feedback upon the infographics and the exam style questions.