An example of thinking about the two tasks

Let's assume I am a teacher of geography in the junior years of secondary school. I've signed onto this course because I want to improve my understanding of how to make good use of the various digital resources I know about and, maybe, some that I know nothing of but may come across in a course like this. I work in a large school and there are six or seven other teachers who teach geography to similar age cohorts.

Looking back over my notebook scribbling, I am struck by the literature I have read that is 30 years old that seems to be mapping the kinds of issues and debates I find in the conversations I have with geography team of which I am a part. For many of us it is hard to make what we think is good use of things like iPads and online information sites and so on. I did my teacher training when computers were in their infancy, at least in schools and could be safely ignored. Now, the school has adopted an iPad for every student approach. They look to me, as I read somewhere, to be solutions in search of problems.

There is something odd about the geography we teach or have to teach and what seems to be the way geography is being done now. It's a bit like teaching students the rules for driving a horse-drawn cart in an era of automobiles. We have to teach about carts because that is what the curriculum mandates but our students keep coming across automobiles. We can't control what they access online when they are away from the classroom!

Then I came across a meme in this wiki called computational thinking and after chasing some of the links began to wonder if there is such a thing as computational social studies? Maybe it's called Social Studies 2? :)

We seem to have students learn stuff that machines are good at. I also want to get past setting students tasks that they simply look up online, often via Wikipedia and paraphrasing or plagiarising what they find.

Then there is the old wine in new bottles idea, just using computers to teach geography facts and such.

So I'm thinking that my resource could be a kind of dummies guide to exploiting digital resources for teaching geography in year 8/9?

I could basically tell my own story of exploration and share the mistakes I made, the things I thought about this that were way off the mark and so on.

That would then lead into the first task as a review of literature that relates to teaching geography in lower secondary classes. I wonder what is out there. I can use some of the readings to help here given the broad issues they have dealt with.