Recording the learning

An important aspect of the preparation and planning will be making decisions about how to record what is seen or experienced, and using the necessary equipment.  

Devices and equipment might include:

  • Mobile phone
  • Digital still or movie camera
  • Digital recorder
  • Tablet/iPad
  • Pencils and clipboards
  • Sketchbooks

mediumChildren and young people might take pictures of the places seen, dates and symbols, key words or phrases, voice recording of a small group commentary, notes and drawings. Recording images and comments makes it easier for learners to remember key points or to describe them afterwards in written work or presentations.

Digital cameras and smart phones can now be used to 'tag' photos with locational information. Photos could be uploaded to a Google Map or Google Earth to illustrate the places visited on the trail. As part of the learning process, pupils might creatively annotate such photos with information or their reflections. The Street View function in Google Maps/Earth can then be used to revisit the experience or contribute to ongoing learning. (See examples of maps in the Trails section). Many new digital devices also have recording capability which could capture such things as pupils' questions, comments or reflections, interviews, sounds or music.