Explore the World with these 15 Top EdTech Tools for Geography Teachers

Geography is a subject that is all about understanding the world around us. With the help of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) tools, geography teachers can make learning more interactive and engaging for their students. In this blog post, I’ll present some of the benefits of using ICT in geography classes and provide some examples of how you can incorporate these tools into your lessons.

Benefits of ICT in geography classes

Benefits of ICT in geography classes

Here’s are 6 great advantages of using technology in geography classes:

1. Interactive visual aids 👀

Geography classes utilize many maps and other visual aids. With the help of tools like Google Maps and Google Earth, students can explore the world in an interactive way. For example, they can zoom in on specific areas, view satellite images, and even take virtual tours.

2. Engaging lessons 👨🏼‍💻

To make geography lessons more engaging, teachers can incorporate gamification techniques, such as using educational games and quizzes, interactive activities, and multimedia resources including videos and podcasts. Using these tools can help students to remain interested and motivated, and also improve their learning outcomes.

3. Real-time and historical data 📊

With the help of ICT tools like weather apps, students can access real-time and historical data on weather conditions, temperature, and other geographical factors. This can help them to better understand the impact of these factors on the environment and human activities.

4. Virtual field trips 🚌

Geography classes often involve field trips to explore different landscapes and environments. With the help of ICT tools like Google Street View, online tours, and AR/VR applications students can take virtual field trips to places they might not otherwise have the opportunity to visit. Learn more about virtual field trips in this blog post.

5. Collaboration 🤝

Educational technology tools like Google Docs and Microsoft Teams can help students to collaborate on projects and assignments in real time. This can help to foster teamwork and communication skills.

6. Follow-up on student results 💯

Different IT tools allow teachers to track and monitor their students’ progress. This helps to identify students who may need additional support and provide them with timely feedback. Teachers can also use this data to evaluate the effectiveness of their teaching strategies and make necessary adjustments to improve student learning outcomes.

Examples of EdTech tools for geography classes

Examples of EdTech tools for geography classes

Whether you’re delving into the depths of the Amazon rainforest or scaling the majestic peaks of the Himalayas, there are useful edtech tools available for your lessons. Watch as your students’ eyes widen with wonder as they navigate through 3D landscapes, uncover hidden gems of information, and connect with cultures from around the globe with our selection of 15 EdTech tools. For each tool, we developed a ready-made lesson activity.

Some of these ready-to-use lesson ideas are created with BookWidgets, a content creation and evaluation tool for teachers. The advantage of BookWidgets is that it has a library of more than 40 different types of exercises. Moreover, you can easily integrate the exercises into your LMS, receive students’ answers in a handy dashboard, and even track students live.

Would you also like to use these digital geography lesson examples? Create a free BookWidgets account and duplicate the exercises from this BookWidgets group!

1. Google Maps & Google Earth 🌎

Google Maps and Google Earth are interactive mapping tools that allow students to explore the world in detail. There are numerous ways these tools can be used in geography lessons. Some examples:

  • Create custom maps by using Google MyMaps,
  • Measure distances;
  • Explore landforms;
  • Understand transportation systems;
  • Research man’s effect on nature;
  • And much more.

More Google Maps lesson ideas can be found in this blog post.

ICT in geography classes lesson ideas - Google earth

Google Earth

2. Online Quizzes and Games 🕹

Online quizzes and games can be used to assess students’ understanding of geography concepts in a fun and engaging way. In some quiz builders (e.g. BookWidgets), teachers can also receive students’ results and send them timely, meaningful feedback.

ICT in geography classes lesson ideas - BookWidgets quiz or Worksheet

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3. Hotspot images 📍

Hotspot images allow teachers to create interactive images with clickable areas that link to more information, or interactive elements like a video or an online exercise. This can be used to highlight key features of a map or to provide additional context for a concept. Read more about the possibilities of interactive hotspot images in this blog post.

ICT in geography classes lesson ideas - BookWidgets Hotspot image

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4. Flashcards 🔄

Flashcards can be used to help students learn and remember key geography terms and concepts. Digital flashcards made with BookWidgets can be accessed from any device.

ICT in geography classes lesson ideas - BookWidgets flashcards

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5. Online tours 🏙

There are a variety of online tours available that allow students to explore different landscapes and environments. Teachers can use these tours to supplement their lessons and help students to better understand different geographical features. Most of these virtual tools can be embedded in BookWidgets’ Split Worksheet, allowing teachers to add questions to the virtual tour.

Learn more about integrating other educational tools into BookWidgets in this blog post.

ICT in geography classes lesson ideas - BookWidgets quiz or Worksheet

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6. Before & after pictures 📷

Before and after pictures can be used to show how landscapes and environments change over time. It can be used to show the differences between seasons (like in the below example) or to understand the impact of human activity on the environment.

ICT in geography classes lesson ideas - BookWidgets before & after picture

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7. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) 👀

AR and VR technologies can be used to create immersive learning experiences, such as virtual field trips and interactive simulations. This can help students better understand geography concepts by visualizing them in a 3D space. Below is an example of Foxar (integrated in BookWidgets’ split Worksheet). Read more about Augmented Reality apps for teachers in this blog post.

ICT in geography classes lesson ideas - Foxar AR and BookWidgets

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8. Weather apps 🌦

There are a variety of weather apps and websites that students can use to access real-time data on weather conditions and other environmental factors. Teachers can incorporate these apps into their lessons to help students understand the impact of these factors on the environment. Below is an example of an interactive map from weather.com.

ICT in geography classes lesson ideas - Weather app or website

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9. Interactive timelines ⏳

Interactive timelines can be used to show the historical development of a region or to highlight key events in geography.

ICT in geography classes lesson ideas - BookWidgets Timeline

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10. Podcasts 🎧

Podcasts can be used to supplement geography lessons and provide additional context for concepts. There are many geography-related podcasts available, such as “The MapScaping Podcast,” which covers topics related to GIS (Geographic Information System), remote sensing, and geospatial technology. For younger learners, be sure to check out the Kid Friendly Geography Fun Facts Podcast.

Find more podcast lesson ideas in this blog post.

ICT in geography classes lesson ideas - BookWidgets activity with Podcast

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11. YouTube and TikTok Videos 🎥

YouTube videos can be a great resource for geography teachers, as there are many channels that provide high-quality educational content. For example, the YouTube channel “Geography Now” provides videos on different countries and regions of the world, while “RealLifeLore” offers videos that explore interesting geography topics, such as the world’s largest cities and the reason why Nobody knows the World’s Longest river.

Turning a YouTube video into an interactive lesson assignment is very easy with BookWidgets’ Video Quiz of which you’ll find an example below.

ICT in geography classes lesson ideas - BookWidgets video quiz gravity

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By the way, you don’t have to limit yourself to YouTube; you’re also sure to find videos on TikTok that tie in with your geography lessons, for example on the “Map Nerd” account.

Read more on using TikTok as a lesson tool in this blog post.

ICT in geography classes lesson ideas - BookWidgets TikTok video

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12. Spot the difference

Enhance your geography lessons with interactive spot the difference exercises, a captivating tool that adds an exciting twist to learning. These exercises present visually similar images side by side, challenging students to identify subtle differences. By encouraging observation, analysis, and critical thinking, spot the difference exercises foster geographical awareness and help students develop a deeper understanding of different regions worldwide.

ICT in geography classes lesson ideas - BookWidgets Spot the difference

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13. Interactive Map Maker 🗺

Interactive mapmaker from National Geographic allows you to choose from a variety of base maps depending on the information you want to display on your map. You want to see the climate zones on a world map, and overlay this with another map then you need to check this out.

ICT in geography classes lesson ideas - Interactive Map Maker

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14. The true size of countries 🗾

We know that the mercator projection introduces distortion. One of the downsides of the Mercator map is that it exaggerates the size of countries nearer to the poles (US, Russia, Europe), while downplaying the size of those near the equator (the African Continent).

The trye size of countries is a website which will give you an insight into this distortion. Have a look!

ICT in geography classes lesson ideas - The true size of countries

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15. GeoGuessr 🧐

GeoGuessr is an online geography game that challenges players to guess the location of a randomly generated Google Street View image. Players are dropped into a specific location and can explore their surroundings using the Google Street View interface. They can then make an educated guess about where they think they are in the world by placing a marker on a map. The game awards points based on how close the guess is to the actual location.

GeoGuessr can be a great tool to incorporate into geography lessons for students who need an extra challenge or as a fun activity to end a lesson with a few minutes to spare.

ICT in geography classes lesson ideas - GeoGuessr

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In conclusion, geography teachers, get ready to embark on an exciting journey of exploration with these top ICT tools! From interactive maps that teleport your students to far-off lands, to virtual globes that spin at your command… With the click of a button, you can transform your classroom into a bustling hub of knowledge, where students become intrepid adventurers armed with digital passports. 🚀

Want to use the examples from this blog post in your lessons? Join this BookWidgets group.

Do you already use ICT tools in geography lessons, or are you planning to do so? I hope I have given you some new ideas that inspire you. Which of these ideas is your favorite? Let us know on Twitter! - @ibookwidgets

Or share your geography lesson ideas in the Teaching with BookWidgets Facebook group so that, in turn, you can inspire others!

Bon voyage, fellow adventurers! The world is waiting to be discovered with these 15 ICT tools for geography teachers. Happy exploring! 💼

Dimitri Bongers

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