Friday, 24 September 2010

Survive an earthquake with Tesco Finder

A techfortesco reader has just alerted me to a very interesting article from a geography teacher's blog that is introducing Tesco Finder for iPhone/iPod Touch into geography lessons as part of an earthquake survival kit.

Chris Green, Head of Geography at a west midlands secondary school, has created the lessons to teach his pupils how to plan and execute a disaster preparedness kit on a fixed budget.

Some text snipped from the article:

Pupils are given a budget of £250 and asked to create an earthquake survival kit suitable for their family based at their current address (we need to be prepared in the West Midlands!! - read this article from Wired). Following the teacher introduction using the resources above, pupils use their knowledge of short and long term effects and generate a 'real' shopping list on their ipods using the apps below.
The Tesco Finder app allows pupils to search for products in their nearest store, make decisions about the price, add to a shopping basket (named by them) and generate a sub total.
They can use the maps app to plan a route from their house to the store (extension task).
It's great to see teachers using innovative ideas to teach kids, and here in R&D we're really chuffed that Mr. Green has chosen one of our apps to help him in his work.

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