Junior Cycle - Geography


Recent years have seen a significant increase in the range and quality of material available online, and through other electronic media, to support the teaching of Geograpghy. 


The following websites can be used to explore some of the possible approaches to improving student learning in the classroom that can be enhanced by the use of specific internet, or other electronic, resources.


It is important that all resources used in the classroom be linked to syllabus objectives and adapted to the learning needs of different students. 



           Geography-specific websites / apps                                                                                



teacher / student question and answer session, discussion forum



prepared lessons on a range of topics; shared lesson modules

Studystack and Quizlet


flash cards, keyword activities, revision activities, study aids 


online notice board, shared between teacher and student, for files, images, video clips, quotations, etc.


create your own mind maps on geographic topics, or utilise those created by other users

National Geographic

World Atlas (interactive world atlas)


a look at the map of the night sky, naming and referencing the viewable constellations and planets in your location

Living Earth

an examination of the planet in motion, demonstrating day/night effects, cloud movements and weather conditions


download the city of your choice

Ordnacne Survey Ireland


OSi is Ireland’s National Mapping Agency and has been mapping Ireland in detail since 1824. Ordnance Survey products and services are widely used in all sectors of Irish society and their data supports the social, economic, legislative and administrative functions of the state in Ireland. There is a growing recognition among decision makers that a knowledge and understanding of location is a key component in effective decision making. The OSi website includes an educational section for schools and universities.

Scoilnet Maps


This  web mapping website for Irish schools. There are detailed Ordnance Survey maps for Ireland as well as a range of world maps. There are additional links to maps featuring curriculum-relevant GIS data.




Websites to support the teaching and learning of geograpghy      







Study Stack is a free web 2.0 tool which helps students to memorise information in a fun and engaging way. Students and teachers can create their own flashcards or use some of the millions of flashcards that have already been created. For each set of flashcards entered, the StudyStack website automatically generates over a dozen ways for students to study and revise the material they need to learn, reducing boredom. Teachers too can enter material once and have over a dozen different activities created for their students.


Padlet is a free online tool that is best described as an online notice board. Padlet can be used by students and teachers to post notes on a common page. The notes posted by teachers and students can contain links, videos, images and document files.


Digital learners prefer processing pictures, sounds, colours and video as opposed to working with static text. Animoto is a Web 2.0 tool which facilitates this. It can be used to improve subject vocabulary, understanding of complex topics, link concepts and develop greater understanding for students. Animoto allows users to create visually appealing and memorable videos which can be created in minutes once the subject material is available.


Question Cube

The Cube creator is an online interactive tool. There are four cube templates, three of which have predefined questions/topics on the faces of a cube, and permit the user add responses to the questions. The fourth cube type allows the user to add their own questions/topics. The cube can be rotated on screen and printed as a development. The development can be printed and glued together to form a solid cube.

Question Cube






An easy-to-use tool for building assessments and seeing results in
real-time to improve instruction and help student learning.


Edmodo is a free social learning platform for teachers, students and also parents. It offers a safe and easy way for students and teachers to exchange ideas, share content or information and access homework.




Blend space is an easy way to blend your classroom with digital content. Easily find, add and share online content (videos, images, pdfs, Google docs). Students comment or take notes alongside content.


Educanon is an online learning environment to create and share interactive video lesson. Teachers begin with any YouTube, Vimeo or TeacherTube video content and transform what is traditionally passive content into an active experience for students. By time-linking activities that students engage with as the video progresses the content is segmented into digestible components increasing student engagement.




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