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Supporting teachers with tech tools to inspire classroom learning

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Digital Explorer’s Ed Tech Channel makes is it easy for teachers to use and be trained on free open-source and affordable technological tools for the classrooms. Using programs like Scratch for coding ang Google for geography, the selected tech tools are designed to complement teaching:

  • The Code Smart resources: Using Scratch and the Makeblock Mbot robot car, KS2-3 students learn to code, and apply design thinking and problem-solving skills through inspiring and practical activities. They will apply what they learn in a final challenge as they are brought to reflect on the role their robot cars can play in society. Register for the free training in Oxford now.
  • Virtual fieldwork for the classroom: Using Google Earth guides for beginners and advanced, students learn to create spatial mapping to demonstrate issues such as temperature gradients, bands, boundaries of tree and animal species, and sea level rise.
  • Virtual fieldtrip: Using Google Earth missions students explore remote areas, from the souqs of Marrakesh to the Antarctic penguin rookery to get a travellers view of geography and natural habitats.

More about Digital Explorer

Digital Explorer designs and runs STEM and Global Citizenship education programmes, which make use of virtual exchange, live broadcast and virtual reality. These technologies create classroom encounters that widen young people’s world view. Learning is further underpinned by an online library of teacher resources and training. Combined, these provide children with the experience and knowledge to develop as engaged citizens and critical thinkers for the 21st century. Founded in 2008 by teacher turned explorer Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop, the organization piloted an educational model that brought real-world learning to the classroom. It started by connecting young people in a remote field trip location to classrooms through satellite communications.

Between 2007-2009, Digital Explorer expanded and partnered with Google and the Royal Geographical Society to run practical Google Earth training courses for roughly 600 geography teachers in the UK. The content of the course and accompanying manuals demonstrated how real-world fieldwork and observations can be combined with tech tools to create engaging virtual field trips. As teachers used the tech tools in their classrooms, feedback revealed that 80% of the respondents observed increased in pupil motivation and engagement in subjects.

In the past 10 years, over 5,000 schools globally have participated in Digital Explorer programmes resulting in over 40,000 students connecting to live education events from places like the polar regions, the coral oceans, the Middle East and Far East.
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