Tuesday, 31 March 2009

April Fools' Geography

Tomorrow is the 1st of April...
Please let us know of ways that you have brought this day into your teaching.

Perhaps when you did agricultural systems you used this classic clip ?



Or these penguins for ecosystems / extreme environments ?



Why not have a go at Dan Ellison's interesting project:



OS Mapping News - Spring 2009

The latest version of the OS Mapping News magazine has just dropped on my desk.
Good to see plenty of information relating to the work of the GA, and some familiar names.

There was a report on the OS Free Maps for Schools: in 2008-9, a total of almost 700 000 free maps were requested.
pp. 8-9 has an article on geocaching, which I have done several times, and is a good 'geographical' activity to do with young children
pp. 10-11 features Val Vannet's excellent 'My Patch' activity using Get a Map and Geograph
pp. 14-16 features Tim Bayliss and Lawrence Collins' look at accessible GIS for schools
pp. 26-29 features my article on 'Bringing Maps to Life' based around the Ronald Lampitt-illustrated book 'The Map that Came to Life'

Final session has plenty on the GA projects, Living Geography conferences, and the Annual Conference plus launch of  'a different view'.

The latest version: SPRING 2009, can be DOWNLOADED FROM OS WEBSITE.

South Sheffield City Learning Centre

Over to Norton / Gleadless today to the South Sheffield City Learning Centre.
This is on the site of a BSF project: Weston School.
Here's the programme for the morning session.

  What on (Google) Earth is that ?  

John Lyon CGeog – Programme Director – Geographical Association

Alan Parkinson CGeog – Secondary Curriculum Development Leader – Geographical Association

31st March 2009 – Morning session

South Sheffield City Learning Centre

BECTa KS4 ICT project: http://www.geography.org.uk/projects/ks4ict/ - 23 project ideas with resources available for free from the Geographical Association’s website

Google Earth Users Guide blog: http://googlearthusersguide.blogspot.com – Alan Parkinson (nearly 50 000 visitors) – funded with Innovative Geography Teaching grant by

Living Geography blog: http://livinggeography.blogspot.com – Alan Parkinson

Geographical Association NING network: http://geographical.ning.com – please join

Digital Explorer: Google Earth Users Guides: http://www.digitalexplorer.co.uk

Teaching with Google Earth (US example with resources): http://serc.carleton.edu/sp/library/google_earth/index.html

Quikmaps: http://quikmaps.com/ - export to be able to view in Google Earth

Google Street View: http://maps.google.co.uk/help/maps/streetview/ -  - available for SHEFFIELD, LEEDS, MANCHESTER and over 20 other towns and cities – look for Pegman...

Noel Jenkins’ teaching ideas and resources: http://www.digitalgeography.co.uk – includes some classic lessons on earthquake preparation, Stonehenge and Dubai

Keir Clarke’s excellent repository of mash-ups: http://googlemapsmania.blogspot.com/

Sheffield GA Branch Event

Using GIS in your lessons: Wednesday 3 June 2009, 1:30 - 4:00pm
Notre Dame School, Fulwood Road, Sheffield, S10 3BT
Andrew Lickley provides a demonstration of the free GIS package, Locate, followed by the chance to create a GIS activity for your own school. Places available on a first come first served basis. Note: there may be a small additional charge for this event. 

Follow us on : @The_GA  @GeoBlogs

Here is the presentation that I used for my section...


Monday, 30 March 2009

Award winner Ollie

At the GA Conference in April, I will have the pleasure of introducing Ollie Bray's lecture on Virtual Fieldwork.
He has just returned from Vienna, where the Guitar Hero transition project that he co-ordinated won an award for Innovation in ICT at a Microsoft awards bash, and he starts his new job working for Learning Teaching Scotland this week. Image is from today's 'Scotsman' via Ollie's iPhone...
Nice work Ollie and colleagues...
Rock and roll is the new Geography...

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Fargo Flooding story - Twitter mining....

Flood Contingency map copyright the City of Fargo

Have been following a few stories recently, and using the idea of 'data mining' the 'Twittersphere' as a resource.
On the BBC News this morning, there was a report on the city of FARGO in North Dakota, where people were being evacuated due to record levels on the Red River..

For many people in the UK, 'Fargo' puts them in mind of the classic Coen Brothers film with the woodchipper... For others, it's paired with Wells on the side of stagecoaches in westerns...
For the residents of the city though, the current issue is that of record levels of flooding on the Red River, up to almost 41 feet above normal.
'Trending' on Twitter (i.e. one of the most popular current words or tags that are included in people's 'tweets') is the word FARGO
Using a service like TWITTER SEARCH or TWITTERFALL, the tweets with the word FARGO in them can be seen as they appear: sometimes 20 or 30 a minute... With the latter, they 'cascade' down the screen as they appear.

This is particularly useful because the nature of Twitter means that many users will post links to news reports, background reading, pictures of current events, or their personal thoughts, which means that an event is being 'broadcast' in a number of short inputs, but together these can be assembled to create an 'alternative narrative' for the events.

Reading the tweets is fascinating, as each one has a particular 'angle' or 'message', many offering a perspective on the story which makes one think about the event in a different way, and would provide tremendous material for some high-level descriptive or persuasive writing.

This is the sort of creative work that can act as a useful counterpoint to what we might call more 'traditional' resources and classroom activities. Used occasionally it might provide a useful 'news room' style event which could engage pupils and provide a memorable (even compelling) learning experience.

The city's website also has a great deal of useful information in the form of planning and floodplain maps HERE.

There are also other tags or hashtags e.g. #fargoflood emerging as the event develops.

The nature of these events is that they are ephemeral, and teachers would have difficulty planning a session in advance in many cases. The new KS3 PoS includes a deal more flexibility than in the past, and this means that there is a chance that if an event happens that is relevant to the particular units that are being taught in a longer term scheme, that time can be given to exploring events 'as they happen'... This sort of reactive, immediate work could prove to be valuable in preparing students for the sort of employment that they may well have in the future.

Of course, another issue is that what compels large numbers of people to 'talk' about the same thing is generally (although you can argue with me here) something 'negative', so we reinforce the idea of disaster geography, rather than reflecting on more positive changes and events. One can imagine that the next major earthquake, volcanic eruption etc. will all create a major outpouring of tweets... Are we still to have our first major post-Twitter disaster ?

In the meantime, my thoughts are with the people of Fargo as they watch the waters rise. My best wishes to you all, and of course to other settlements in the area, as although the focus may be on Fargo, other communities are also suffering....

Thursday, 26 March 2009

New Werner Herzog film out in April

Just been contacted about this film. Werner Herzog spent time at McMurdo Base in Antarctica, and produced a documentary called "Encounters At the End of the World"

There are some useful materials on the website, and keep an eye out for some more details nearer the launch of the film.

MSG in the Box...

These 'boxes' contains MSG...
Image: Alan Parkinson

...and so does this one....
Image copyright: BBC - courtesy of Flickr group

But what is MSG ?
That's what my colleague John Lyon and I pondered as we saw the latest leg of the BBC's shipping container, which has left Brazil en route for Japan with a load of monosodium glutamate 
We looked it up...

Why was it coming from Brazil ? Why was it going to Japan ?

And we discovered that....

Oh hang on, in the spirit of geographical enquiry... Why not find out for yourself and then let us know what you think, and what geographical 'capital' you could make from the latest leg of the journey of the BBC BOX...
Please add a comment below...

Oh, and when I was a student in the 80's, this was what MSG meant to me... :)

The box also contains car parts for Russia.
Coincidentally, last night on PM on Radio 4, as well as my Twitter-friend Joe Dale talking about educational technology in the classroom, there was a report on the city of Tolyatti, where the LADA factory is located. Apparently local workers haven't been paid for weeks, and the factory is turning out cars with missing parts !

The most read story...

on the Guardian's website is about a boy who drew a giant willy on the roof of his parents' house...
As you do...

Can't believe it...

Well actually, I can...
The Hazards of Love on Spotify already...

BBC School Report Day


Check out the activity at the schools on the map below: plenty of geographical stories being chosen. Also check out the GA's TWITTER feed for more picks of the bunch.
There is a LIVE FEED of the activities, and video and audio reports are starting to appear through the day.
Tune into your local BBC News magazine show tonight for more.

Gapminder Reminder....

Thanks to Ollie Bray, who's in Vienna, for posting this link - if you haven't seen Gapminder before, you need to check it out... This was always fantastic for use with GCSE and 6th form groups. Visualisation is the new rock and roll...

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Future Classrooms

I like this cartoon by Royston Robertson.
Perhaps this is part of a trend in terms of 'student production' and the format(s) that it will take. Plenty in the news today about the possible introduction of ICT skills into the Primary curriculum.
Had to buy the Guardian, as the headline was "Pupils to study Twitter and blogs in primary shake-up", and the Scotsman went one better: "Pupils to learn Twitter instead of history". Really ?....

Siberian Dreams

My latest book purchase.
Siberian Dreams is the final outcome from a successful application for one of the grants that are awarded annually by the Royal Geographical Society.The deadline for applying for the next £4000 grant is the 25th of September, so why not VISIT THE GRANT PAGE, and start thinking...

Update: spooky coincidence again...
Just been reading about THIS YEAR's winner: 
JOURNEY TO THE SINKING LANDS is the blog which will follow the journey of Dan Box to the Carteret Islands of Papua New Guinea...


Etherpad

Etherpad was introduced to me yesterday. It is one of the new social collaborative tools which are commonly called Web 2.0
Etherpad allows up to 8 people to collaborate on the same document, at the same time.
As each user logs in to the 'pad', which has a unique URL, their contributions can be shown highlighted in a particular colour.
A document or collaborative resource such as a set of useful URLs can be created quickly and then saved and copied into other programs such as Word for further editing and formatting.
Could be useful in a number of situations...

Some new Web 2.0 ideas...

Spent most of the day yesterday at nti in Leeds: which is housed in the Old Broadcasting House on Woodhouse Lane in Leeds: an excellent venue.
To get a taste of the inside, Flickr user Imran Ali has posted a great FLICKR SET OF IMAGES.

The day was part of a DIGITAL 20/20 Web2.0 'Sandpit' event, which basically means that you get to have a play with the 'tools', which were Twitter, Social bookmarking and Nings (plus an input on e-safety from Josie Fraser). Jane Hart was the other facilitator.

Flickr pic by User kw_online_uk

Only picture on Flickr I could find with the tag, but an interesting one, as I'm stood in the background showing someone Twitter.

Time Travel 2 - Huddersfield

Back to Huddersfield University 24 years on from when I graduated from there...
Back then of course, it was a Polytechnic: the mills along the canal were all empty and the union building was an old school. Now the mills are part of the university and are very smartly renovated, there's a brand new union building and the old construction block has been clad in timber... There's also sadly no longer a Geography degree course offered by the University.

Went back to attend a meeting of the GA Huddersfield and Halifax branch, and there was a good turnout of over 40 people to hear Professor Lynne Frostick from the University of Hull (somewhere I else I studied) who was talking about Plate Tectonics and landscape evolution.
Below are some notes I took during the talk, which was followed by a lot of interesting questions.

·         “the fundamental part / process of science”
·         Before plate tectonics, no underpinning theory which explained location of mountains, rivers, rocks and seas.
·         Taught the geosynclines concept: James Hall and James Dwight Dana: miogeosynclines...
·         1970: Robert Dietz: plate tectonics: combination of continental drift and sea floor spreading
·         No proven theory as to the movement of plates: 6 possible theories – you choose !
·         Cycling of sea water through the sediment system adds minerals to sea water : not dead oceans
·         Rift valleys: rift in N. Sea – oil and gas found there
·         Red Sea a linear sea
·         Arabian Plate – range of landscapes arranged by plate tectonics
·         Radial drainage patterns inherited from earlier stage -  e.g. around Sao Paulo – and similarly across the Atlantic - Afar
·         Rift not all pulling apart along a line – border fault swaps from one side to the other
·         Rift compartmentalisation – swaps from one side to the other – no axial rivers e.g. Lake Tanganyika and Lake Turkana – no swapping of sediment – fans forming along rift – areas for oil exploration
·         Formation of Kerio Delta
·         Active uplift: work in Iran: Dezful Embayment (wonder if Mark Beaumont passed through that area)
·         Karun diverted due to Sardarabad Anticline – changing form of river from braided to more rapid flow with asymmetric meanders – character of river changing...
·         Oil exploration on opposites sides of the rift: oil, no oil, oil, no oil etc.

Monday, 23 March 2009

Time Travel 1

Titles from University of Hull, Institute of Education, PGCE Final Exam - 1987
The Study of Education
Monday 15th June: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Attempt one question from each section
The ones I answered are outlined in red...

Section 1

1. Sir Keith Joseph, when Secretary of State for Education and Science declared: "The main responsibility for transmitting minority cultures is for the hime and the minority communities themseves, not for the schools." Conside some of the implications of adopting his viewpoints.
2. Can education be characterised by 'objectivity' ? Discuss fully
3. What do you see as the role of the teacher in the moral education of children ? How might such a role be translated into practice ?
4. Pastoral care is not merely a way of supporting academic work but has a central educative purpose in itself. Discuss.

Section 2

5. Examine some of the ways in which schools may provide for the special educational needs of both gifted pupils and pupils with learning difficulties.
6. Examine with evidence the possibility than in some circumstances teachers' expectations for their pupils may result in underachievement.
7. How may schools differentially affect pupils in terms of (a) academic achievement and (b) social adjustment ? Give relevant evidence for your answer.
8. Discuss the view that an awareness of adolescent growth and development helps the teacher to understand pupil behaviour problems.

Section 3

9. Show some of the ways in which children's subject-learning problems may be language problems, and suggest how a teacher might try to solve them.
10. 'All teachers teach reading' (The Effective Use of Reading Project) What do you see as the chief problems of teaching reading in your own main subject, and how do you propose to solve them ?
11. Define and discuss the following terms: (a) formal curriculum (b) hidden curriculum
12. In what ways may methods of school assessment be used to complement those used by the public examination boards.

Section 4

13. To what extent do you agree that sex, class, ethnic group differences in educational performance are each of a different order / nature and therefore call for separate explanation.
14. What place should be given to pre-vocational education in the secondary school curriculum ?
15. Discuss the argument that the needs for schools to respond quickly and efficiently to change is best achieved through a more centralised control and direction of education.
16. Compare the findings of the 'Swann Report' with those of the 'Eggleston Report' and examine their respective implications for the provision of education at the compulsory stage.

Must have done OK, as I got a distinction, but I doubt I'd get one if I had to answer them today...

Going through boxes of notes at my mum's. These are for the shreddder...

Exeter Fieldwork

Some great work from Jo Blackmore and colleagues /students at Okehampton College on an URBAN REBRANDING fieldtrip to Exeter.
Good to see the EDEXCEL NING turning into a really positive outcome: useful images and an excellent model for a fieldwork booklet. Thanks for sharing...

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Hazards of Love


Using HYPE MACHINE and various other online avenues to piece together a listen to this album while waiting for my copy to arrive from Decemberists HQ. It's set in the TAIGA (cue gratuitous geographical link), which is a vast area of the sub-Arctic. The album is pretty great !

Watch more Planet Earth videos on AOL Video

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Nuclear Tourism: Las Vegas and Chernobyl

An early post on my CULTCHA blog (what do you mean you don't read it ?) referred to Las Vegas.
My boss, David Lambert is one of a group of British geographers who are involved in the Association of American Geographers (AAG) conference in Las Vegas, which takes place from 22nd-27th. The UK Geographers' Panel Session is on Monday. There will also be the world premiere (outside of the GA offices) of a movie that I made... (more on that to come in April)

Wonder if there will be any web content, or delegates producing Twitter updates
 from AAG09 (or whatever tag it has)

My interest in Las Vegas was partly because of its previous designation as the "UP AND ATOM" city. This was because people travelled to the city to view the early atomic tests: atomic tourism.

There's an interesting looking book on this topic that I saw on Amazon and also in a bookshop and had a browse.
Earlier today, came across TOUR CHERNOBYL: a company which specialises in day trips into the evacuation zone. Via a TWITTER post from Danny Nicholson, I came across an incredible gallery of images by someone who had taken a tour of the area given by TOUR CHERNOBYL.

Particularly like the fairground images, and abandoned hotel rooms and schools. The FERRIS WHEEL below could make a good starter: why is no-one riding the Ferris wheel ?
Image by BLH from the GRcade Forum

 The website also has links to various VIDEOS, such as the one below by Ian Gruber :

This could make a rather different take on the old tourist brochure riff that many teachers (like me)  run with. How about places that are beyond the ordinary...
  • Diving to the black smokers of the mid-oceanic ridges
  • Eating puffer fish in Japan (a la Taras Grescoe's 'The Devil's Picnic') and other 'deadly' foods
  • Walking the 'road of bones' to Magadan
  • Make your own life size moai and put them in the school grounds
  • Abseiling into Erta Ale : the 'hottest place on earth'
  • An 'Urban Earth' walk across (insert name of 'dangerous city' here)
  • Zip wire from the top of the Burj al Arab
  • Joining the Russian 'walruses' who jump into rivers through holes in the ice
  • The Great Wall of China end to end on a pogo stick..
OK, starting to get a bit silly now...
Any more ideas or thoughts ?

I think the trip to Chernobyl is going to have to be one of those things I do at some point to pay tribute to the thousands who died, or were permanently evacuated. Anyone interested in coming along ? 

Foreign postcodes...

Was interested to hear Simon Winchester's FROM OUR OWN CORRESPONDENT piece on Radio 4 earlier today.
He was banned from landing on Tristan Da Cunha.

Turns out that the islands have a UK postcode, and there are other locations that have one as well:
PostcodeLocation
AI-2640Anguilla
ASCN 1ZZAscension Island
BBND 1ZZBritish Indian Ocean Territory
BIQQ 1ZZBritish Antarctic Territory
FIQQ 1ZZFalkland Islands
PCRN 1ZZPitcairn Islands
SIQQ 1ZZSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
STHL 1ZZSaint Helena
TDCU 1ZZTristan da Cunha
TKCA 1ZZTurks and Caicos Islands

Friday, 20 March 2009

Street View Google UK

Here is the text of the statement that I provided to Google UK for the launch of Google Street View UK
Seems a shame to waste it, so here it is reproduced:

The launch of Google Earth in 2005 brought the earth into geography classrooms in a way that instantly attracted the attention of students. It allowed exploration of familiar and unfamiliar places, and helped students appreciate the interconnectedness of the world. They could ‘fly’ to distant countries in seconds, but also zoom in for remarkable detail on local geographies. Geography teachers quickly realised that by attaching text and images to place-marks and linking them into tours, that Google Earth offered a whole new way of mapping the planet.

Google Street View now adds a new dimension to Google Earth, with the opportunity to create an immersive urban experience for students. Virtual fieldwork is a growing area within geography, and although ‘a virtual fieldtrip is like a virtual pint of beer’ in comparison with real personal experience, few students will have the opportunity to physically roam the streets of major world cities in the way that Street View allows them to.

Some initial thoughts on the use of Street View

  • a)      risk assessments of urban fieldtrips
  • b)       land use identification and ‘clone town’ surveys
  • c)       building density and house types and ages can be explored and mapped
  • d)      identification of redevelopment sites and possible sites for designated activities
  • e)      'treasure hunt' style activities - matching activity with locations, or finding a particular person: a global ‘Where’s Wally’...
  • f)       school catchment studies
  • g)      'pedestrian counts' or other numeracy based activities
  • h)      Decision Making Exercises – gathering evidence for submissions or proposals for locations and change
  • i)        Attaching sounds to make virtual street scenes, or comparing with videos such as Dan Raven Ellison’s ‘Urban Earth’
  • j)        Using them to explore changing High Streets as the credit crunch bites
  • k)      Comparison between cities in different parts of the world, to consider cultural differences, and the march of globalisation
  • l)        Comparing the images with the statistics

Historical images slider: if this was eventually to be added – although that would mean sending the cars round again – then changes could be explored.

These are only initial thoughts, but the real action will begin when the current cohort of creative and ICT literate geography teachers get their hands on Street View and start to explore the possibilities further, with their students. The outcomes of this will, I am sure, all be publicised on the blogs that track the latest on Google Earth and Google Maps.

The geography curriculum offers numerous opportunities for the virtual urban explorations that Street View makes possible.


First Photosynth - Hunstanton Cliffs

After the school run today, it was a quick trip up to Hunstanton to take 164 pictures of the famous stripy cliffs: the southern end of the cliffs near the promenade - thanks to my Nikon D40X that took about 5 minutes as I wandered from the carrstone boulders in the tidal zone, to the base of the cliff and zoomed in on some of the individual rocks in the red and white rockfall zones. The light wasn't ideal, but that wasn't really the point in this case.
I then batch-resized the images ready to create a PHOTOSYNTH. 
Taking my cue from Ollie Bray's BLOG POST, I installed Microsoft Silverlight, and then PHOTOSYNTH itself (having to keep reminding myself to use Internet Explorer rather than my usual Chrome)
PHOTOSYNTH installs 2 programmes: a web-browser plugin for viewing the 'synths' and an application for creating them.
If you've read this far and are thinking "what's a Photosynth anyway ?", here is a DESCRIPTION.

A detailed GEOLOGICAL GUIDE of the cliffs can be viewed here (PDF download)


You will need to use INTERNET EXPLORER to VIEW THE PHOTOSYNTH...

Also embedded below: needs SILVERLIGHT TO VIEW, and to be viewed in IE or Firefox 

Let's try to collect together a GEOGRAPHICAL library of Photosynths...
If you've made one, please let me know....

Street View UK

There is plenty in the press today about Street View UK, not surprisingly.
Different papers use different headlines to talk about the launch of the product - some use the words 'spy' and there are some good comment and editorial pieces as well.

The Daily Mail has a nice image on THIS REPORT page, which would be useful for explaining the technology to students when using it in the classroom. This HARRY PHIBBS article would make a useful starting point for discussion on privacy. There was a poll running today on whether Google Earth was a good or bad thing. When I voted, it was 53% in favour of 'bad thing'.

There is more on GOOGLE MAPS MANIA website as well, where mash-ups will start to appear - there are already some which use the driving instructions option. I like THIS POST, which would also be a good stimulus...

Street View maps can also be EMBEDDED into Blog posts, so here's a map with a starting point in Manchester where the GA Conference will be held. This is as close as I can get to the conference venue...


View Larger Map

Also below is a WORDLE showing the headlines of the stories in today's newspapers: any particular trends in the language used to describe Street View emerging ?

Wordle: Google Street View UK Press Coverage

Mapland England and Wales and the Education Show



At the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers conference last October, I saw the giant MAPLAND SCOTLAND map that students could walk over laid out in the hall at the start of the conference. At next week's OS OUTDOOR SHOW at the NEC (which coincides with the last 2 days of the Education Show), there is the launch of an England and Wales version. This from the press release:

Mapland England and Wales is a massive map with full topographical detail resulting in a stunning piece of art cartography.  It has a total size of 13m x 11m (44ft x 36ft) making it the largest map of England and Wales in existence.  

This is a unique opportunity to experience and photograph England and Wales as never seen before. Mapland is completely walkover - a hands-on and a feet-on map! Visitors can wander around the coastline, stand on the highest peaks, discover the islands and even walk up the M1!

Mapland England and Wales will be available for hire, complete with educational activities, to schools and other educational organisations. Mapland England and Wales is printed with Ordnance Survey map data at the 1:50,000 scale (Landranger series) and the whole of England and Wales is covered including all the islands in their correct locations.

Mapland England and Wales builds on the success of the award winning Mapland Scotland, a giant floor map of Scotland that is currently touring Scottish schools. 

www.maplandscotland.co.uk.  

If you're coming along to the Education Show, the Geographical Association will be there too!

Come and see us at the Subject Association Information Point: stand K30-2

I will be there on Thursday the 26th all being well...

Thursday, 19 March 2009

Google Street View launches today


GA HQ on Street View - Image copyright Google and associated imaging partners...

Today is the launch of the widely anticipated Google Street View. I had an invitation to attend, and would like to have been there, but had another appointment today pre-booked.
Just following the LIVE LAUNCH on Sky News, which is also going out on TWITTER. People on TWITTER noticed it last night before the official launch. 

My car is on the picture too, so it must have been taken since September 08.


UK cities covered so far

England
- Birmingham
- Bristol
- Cambridge
- Coventry
- Derby
- Leeds
- Liverpool
- London
- Manchester
- Newcastle
- Norwich, 
- Nottingham, 
- Oxford
- Scunthorpe
- Sheffield
- Southampton
- York 
Northern Ireland
- Belfast
Scotland
- Aberdeen
- Dundee
- Edinburgh
- Glasgow
Wales 
- Cardiff
- Swansea


Update: Keir Clarke from Google Maps Mania has pointed out that some of the images are pre credit-crunch hitting the high streets, so there could be some shops that have since disappeared - one idea for an activity there - also get in touch if you spot any interesting 'geographical' images or opportunities..

Teachmeet Midlands

Just giving some thought to a possible contribution to this event.
The original plan when I signed up yonks ago was to do something on the Food Security Unit that I have been developing with Oxfam and some Norfolk teachers. May change that nearer the time...
If you're in the area, sign up and come along or follow remotely.

Wednesday, 18 March 2009

Geography of Conflict

New on the Geography Teaching Today website - from the RGS-IBG.
A module on the Geography of Conflict
There are 6 sections:
CONFLICT TODAY
THE CAUSES OF CONFLICT
THE IMPACT OF CONFLICT ON GEOGRAPHY
THE IMPACT OF GEOGRAPHY ON CONFLICT
THE IMPACT OF CONFLICT ON DEVELOPMENT 
CONFLICT AND ME

Some nice ideas as always.
More support for geography teachers as part of the Action Plan for Geography.