is an online geography activity about gathering a sense
of place of a mystery country.
contains two activities. The first, sights
is an exercise for children to do on their own. Sights
and sounds looks at how finding out more about a country
can change your perceptions of it, and also deals with
preconceptions and prejudices about Africa. The exercise
is a progressive exploration through a collection of
photographs and sound clips.
to these clips, your computer may need to have special
audio software. You can download audio software for
free at realaudio.com
is a classroom task which will need help from the teacher.
The exercise is to create short presentations about
Ghana from various perspectives. Children can choose
between the Ghanaian tourist board, an Oxfam Fundraising
group or a company marketing tradional crafts. The activity
includes a resources
page full of useful links, worksheets, and advice for
avoiding bias and assessing other groups' presentations.
of the thinking behind the activity, as well as a series
of related classroom activities, are supplied in
sense of place,
a page for teachers giving some of the reasoning behind
the activity, curriculum hooks and more.
was written by Chris Durbin, Geography Inspector with
the Staffordshire Local Education Authority, and developed
into an online activity by Jeremy Dennis, from the On
the Line web team. The information, story and photos
were supplied by Oxfam GB.