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Certificate of Commendation for the Teacher and Teacher Educator Category

E-tools for Teaching and Learning Geography
Suryaveer Singh, S.D. Public School, New Delhi, India

A capacity for keen observation, visualization and analysis is important in many subjects, including geography. Many students do poorly in this area because they have not developed these skills. To transform students from being passive receivers of information to active investigators of knowledge, multiple ICT tools, such as Wiki, Blog and off-line eXe learning materials were used to supplement classroom teaching in the S.D. Public School in New Delhi, India.

Wiki-centric extended classroom
Setting up a wiki ( gave Class 10 Geography students extra opportunities to post and edit their work - lessons, links, handouts, presentations, videos, games - online, thus allowing their teacher and fellow students to provide comment and feedback. The students were divided into four groups: (i) Q for asking questions, (ii) A for answering questions, (iii) E for enhancing/adding to A's group answer and (iv) P for paraphrasing and summing up E's group. The groupings were changed for each activity to ensure that the students had a chance to take on a different role. The wiki was also used to share day-to-day information and instructions, including a variety of resources provided by both the students and teacher. Replacing time needed for traditional homework, the wiki enabled the students to concentrate on exploring and learning new concepts.

The blog ( contains slide shows, animations and photostories. Through Google Earth, the students were able to visualize the dimensions of distance; through Google documents and spreadsheets, they could printout assignments, assessments and lesson summaries; and through the audio notice board, they could communicate with each other after school.

Off-line eXe learning materials
Since most of the students have no internet connectivity at home, the use of an offline tool is critical. Using an open source e-learning XHTML editor (eXe), a stand-alone folder on "Landforms and their Evolution" was created and distributed to the students. This e-course material has .swf animations, images, panorama views, online articles, audio, interactivities, quizzes, close activities, multiple choice questions for self-assessment, assignments, and summaries through mind maps. The material is also available through the school's network.

The blended approach to the teaching-learning process, aimed at low achievers aged 14-15, proved to be successful in catching and maintaining their attention, curiosity and desire to learn more. The students were able to access various sources of information and complete their assignments, working on their own and in groups. At the same time, it increased interaction between high and low achievers, thus reducing the "intellectual gap". There was a positive change in the students' attitudes to the subject; increased levels of attendance and achievement; and reduced disciplinary problems.