GA Awards 2012
The GA Awards are given to resources which the judges consider are most likely to make a significant contribution to geographical education.
Eyjafjallajokull Study Aid
Simon Ross and David Rogers
Discover the World, 201 1
Free of charge
School travel organisation Discover the World sent a poster of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano free to all secondary schools last year. It accompanies a range of online resources on the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in April 2010. These comprise detailed lesson plans for key stage 3, supported by resources including case study material, video footage, maps, diagrams and images, plus suggested activities for ?-level and GCSE students. You can access the resources by registering on their website (www.discoverthe-world. co.uk/studyaid) - they will also send a sample of volcanic ash on request!
The judges agreed that the resources offered a coherent package. They will help students make good causal links and assess the impact of the eruption at a range of scales, including globally. The resources are up to date, attractive and well presented. As well as the excellent poster there are eight very useful video clips and plenty of stunning images to download.
The Workshop and the Geography Collective, 2011
The judges liked MissioniExplore's highly original and creative approach to learning outside the classroom. The website is free for students to log in and take on innovative tasks (missions), gaining points and badges for completing their missions. Some missions are place-specific but most can be done anywhere; they all challenge users to get out and about to find places, make or do things which help them get to know the world better. They encourage risk-taking but teach sensible strategies for assessing and coping with risk.
The website is fun and attractive from the outset, encouraging engagement with the tasks. It is suitable for primary and lower secondary students. The practical, open-ended tasks are wide-ranging and promote enquiry and reflection; some challenge perceptions and thinking.
For teachers, the site is a rich source of ideas and approaches to fieldwork and enquiry, and will prompt you to think again about how to use your local environment. …