How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #8

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Richard Allaway
Richard Allaway
All Geographers
Enrich yourstories with charts, maps, and tables.
If you haven’t already - check out Datawrapper. The free plan allows you and your students to do all that you will need to do to present data spatially. The building of (info)graphics helps students understand the design decisions being made that impact the interpretation of the outcome.
For all you IB DP Geography educators, I was recently working with a teacher who would tell their students, ‘if you can’t put the data into Datawrapper it isn’t a Geography extended essay’. Not a bad idea!
IB DP Geographers
How to study for exams - Evidence-based revision tips
How to study for exams - Evidence-based revision tips
This weeks share is a nod towards ‘Approaches to Learning’. Our students need support with developing their revision skills. The revision focused videos produced by Ali Abdaal are excellent. This playlist is a worth sharing with your students. I am actively building ‘Active Recall’ preparation time into the lessons and units I teach. The geography team at school have been introducing ‘Active Recall’ and Anki (more on that in a later issue) with a variety of year groups. It is always great when the students acknowledge how useful it is and tell you how they are also using it in other subjects.
Updates
IB DP Geography exam style questions - geographyalltheway.com
When I was first resourcing lessons for the 2019 guide I spent quite a bit of time writing ‘exam style questions’. Recently, I collected all of these questions into a database that can be accessed (for free) on geographyalltheway.com. Exam style questions can be searched for by unit (and sub-unit), command terms and marks available.
Random
Raindrop.io — All-in-one bookmark manager
Having somewhere that you keep (and organise) all your bookmarks is critical. I have been using Raindrop.io for a while now - and I like it. I find the fact that you can share (and embed) certain sections of your bookmarks a real benefit. For example here are some sites that I share that offer topographical mapping. You can use it as a team - so maybe a department could use the service to share useful sites and resources. You can access your bookmarks across all your devices with access from all major browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge) and Web, Windows, Mac, iPad, iPhone, and Android apps.
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Richard Allaway
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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 a 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 geographyalltheway.com paywall to an absolute minimum!

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