Geography Field Study Video Resource
There is a huge shortage of innovative educational resources for Irish-speaking secondary school students and teachers. No video teaching aid is currently available to geography teachers in Ireland. As a result, this project aims to develop an instructional video resource to aid student teachers in the preparation and undertaking of the field study module for Leaving Certificate Geography. The video will be used annually as a core resource for the Geography methodology module on both the NUI Galway DGO (Dioplóma Gairmiúil san Oideachas) and PDE (Professional Diploma in Education) Programmes. Available in both English and as Gaeilge, the resource will be used by NUI Galway student teachers while on teaching practice placement. It will also be shared with teachers in cooperating placement schools and will be freely accessible online through www.scoilnet.ie, www.cogg.ie and the iBookstore. This resource could also be of value to the School of Geography & Archaeology who also undertake field studies with undergraduate students. As a result of the skills learnt as part of this project, it will hopefully be the beginning of producing many more resources of this kind going forward.
This project and the ‘Teaching Aid for Leaving Certificate Ecology’ project are both carrying out similar Field Investigation Studies (Geography & Ecology) with students from the Dioplóma Gairmiúil san Oideachas. Below is our collaborative report to date:
Team leaders Seán Ó Grádaigh and Sinéad Ní Ghuidir had two preliminary meetings (on 14/11/12 and 19/11/12) during which it was decided to collaborate as far as possible on the two projects. Both are investigative field studies which will be filmed over the same couple of days in the spring, by the same cameraperson and it makes sense to do this and share the production, filming and editing costs.
We have had meetings with the students also (on 21/11/12). The students will undertake the content design and plan the initial draft schedule. We have agreed that the different members of the team will take on various areas of responsibility, background and preparatory work, setting learning outcomes for the field study, planning learning outcomes, worksheets, storyboards etc.
As the students will be out on teaching practice after Christmas until mid- February and as the field trips are weather dependent, actual filming will not take place until the spring. Planning and preparation will continue between this and then, with a visit from an ecology expert to support the planning – hopefully on the 4th December (TBC), and Seán and Sinéad will continue to liaise together during this initial phase.
The School of Education’s Sci Hooks project was made into a science ibook series. We intend to attract funding again this year to produce a similar iBook series. A third School of Education project, ‘Kitchen Chemistry’, has also received funding and we envisage the three teams working together to complete the whole project as a joint endeavour.
We have designed 2 projects:
1 Geography Field Investigation - Coast
2 Geography Field Investigation - River
We will have 'Cathal Ó Conchubhair' in to do a workshop on field investigation techniques with our student team. Cathal is a second level teacher and also delivers workshops to teachers through the PDST.
During Easter our team will have two on-site video capture days in Conamara where the footage will be collected.
We hope to incorporate the footage in 2 iBooks which will be built in May.
On Tuesday 26th & Wednesday 27th of March during the Easter holidays we spent 2 days filming field investigation techniques.
The first day was spent filming investigation methods on mountain streams in South & North Conamara. Our sites included streams in An Spidéal, Gleann an Mháma & Indreabhán.
The second day was spent in Louisburgh, County Mayo where the focus of our filming was on coastal field investigation techniques. Our examinations were filmed on Old Head beach, Caramore beach, Corrownisky Beach & Kilsallagh blowhole.
Our student teachers are on teaching practice for the next four weeks. We intend to finish our film editing and voice overs (English & as Gaeilge versions) in early May. We have also secured substantial funding to create iBooks, based on these videos, and this development will now be carried out during the month of June.