Thursday, 30 April 2009

Online TEACHMEET


Tonight was another first for me...
David Noble organised the event: it was a live event ONLINE as part of the ACCESS NETWORK.
ASN is 'Additional Support Network'...
The speakers were as follows:

Angela Maiers - US Teacher, Literacy Consultant, Author, Speaker

Lisa Stevens - Primary MFL teacher, ADE, eTwinning Ambassador

Oscar Stringer - Expert in digital creativity

Iain Hallahan - Teacher at special school in East Renfrewshire
Bob Hill - Glow Mentor and ICT staff tutor in Dundee

Con Morris - The National CPD Team, Glasgow

Hilery Williams - Dyslexia Support Service, East Lothian

This is a possible way of supporting geography teachers by holding a live event and letting

 teachers log in and discuss things.

First session was on the Scottish Intranet called GLOW. This was very much part of the Scottish Learning Festival that I attended last October.

Con Morris talked about National CPD team's work

Hilery Williams discussed some work on dyslexia and helping learners with visual learning

Oscar Stringer talked about digital creativity and animation.

Some excellent images of animations.... and also SAM ANIMATION 

Iain Hallahan talked about Smart Notebook and its use, and provided a list of additional links, which I shall put here as they may be of use:

Some very useful links here: 

http://education.smarttech.com/

http://exchange.smarttech.com/

http://smarttech.com/trainingcenter/material.asp

http://www.tequipment.com/

http://smartboards.typepad.com/smartboard/

http://www.mysmartspaces.co.uk/

http://smartboardrevolution.ning.com/

http://docs.google.com/Presentation?id=dhn2vcv5_106c9fm8j

http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3748726

http://www.twibes.com/group/smartboards

SMARTians on Twitter:

@SMART_Tech

@MySMARTSpaces

@SMARTuk

@clortz

Angela Maiers talked about literacy.

Will post a link to the replay...

Thanks to David for organising the event.

I have now upgraded my account to a 'booker' account, so I will probably have a go at organising a Flashmeeting sometime soon...

Mapping the World's Photos

A team from Cornell University has been mapping the location of the most photographed places on earth.
The team of David Crandall, Lars Backstrom, Dan Huttenlocher and Jon Kleinberg used a data set of 35 million images taken from Flickr.
Download the GOOGLE EARTH KML file to check them out...

Check the website for some MAPS SHOWING LOCATIONS of the most photographed sites.

Thanks to DavidBittern777 from SLN Forum for the tipoff...
Also featured on the WIRED UK website - keep an eye out for the magazine...

France from above...


Thanks to Daniel Letouzey for telling me about the SURVOL DE FRANCE site...

Check out Daniel's CLIOWEB page for a sample of the 12000+ images.
Some stunning aerial pictures of the landscape of France.

Healthy Planet


This is an idea that is worth exploring further.
It is a charity, which aims to support fundraising with a purpose (in fact, with several purposes)
The basic idea is that individuals, or more likely, schools 'adopt' an area of land in a threatened part of the world. In order to fund-raise, they participate in some kind of activity.
Look out for more in this in the next few months...

Y Vote...

The European elections are coming up on the 4th of  June.
Why not do a mock election using the Y VOTE page of the Hansard Society. The website contains all the resources you need.
Register your school, so that the results can be added to the national total.


Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Just before the Apprentice starts...

My current reading...
and a picture I took this morning, which I quite like (though I need to clean my lens by the look...)

2 Storm chasing links

Firstly, again via Paul on SLN, there is a link to an online GIS style resource...

STORM CHASERS

There is also a TORNADO CHASE GAME

If you're on Twitter, you can also sign up to follow the NETWEATHER forum team on their storm chase... Has a live stream to follow when the chase is on !

Home - Yann Arthus Bertrand

Thanks to Paul from SLN Forum for the tip-off... 
A movie by Yann Arthus Bertrand: creator of 'The Earth from the Air"...



Film out on the 5th of June in a range of formats...

HOME : the website
Plenty of other related movies on YouTube as well....

Back in time...

Back in 1975, I started secondary school at Wickersley High School (as it was then) near Rotherham.
Last Thursday I went back there to observe some work being done by Dean Jones, Head of Geography as part of the Young People's Geographies project of the GA.
The old place has grown substantially and is now much larger than it was back then. Uniform is still green jumper though (the tie has subtly changed its diagonal stripes)
Some great work being done by Dean and his students.
His project is called "Us up North and you Down Under" and relates to a trip to Adelaide that he took recently.
Students exchanged views on the town of Rotherham, and the city of Adelaide.
There was good use of the school VLE to facilitate homework as well.

London bound...

Down to London to hear a tanned Stephen Fry being interviewed by Libby Purves at the RGS as part of the Discovering People series. Packed Ondaatje theatre. Picked up a signed copy of 'In America' which was one of the journeys he talked about...

Other things I did while in London
  • Went to the National Geographic store on Regent Street to laugh at the prices they charge, and see the MATTIAS KLUM exhibition.
  • Wandered through Soho and Chinatown in a psychogeographical way
  • Got a very nice bottle of Arran Malt which had been finished in a St. Emilion Grand Cru Classe wine cask from Chateau Fonplegade (just over 6000 bottles edition)
  • Bought a copy of Mike Parker's 'Map Addict' which has the quote "WARNING: SAT NAV CAN SERIOUSLY DAMAGE YOUR GEOGRAPHY" on the back - read half on the train on the way back
  • Walked through Piccadilly Circus saying "it's like Piccadilly Circus round here...."
Home late !!

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

Project Spectrum and SketchUp

Am gathering ideas for a resource linking geographical skills and the autistic spectrum, to try and support teachers working with these students.
One project which looks particularly interesting, and links to a programme I have used for a number of years is PROJECT SPECTRUM, which uses Google SketchUp



Students on the autistic spectrum are often "visually and spatially gifted and 'think in pictures' " it says during the video clip.
From my observations, computer games such as 'Spore' also seem to offer the potential for creativity, and for communication which are worth exploring as well.
I would be really interested in hearing from anyone who has any other thoughts or experiences in this area...

Cloudspotting


I've been a proud member of the CLOUD APPRECIATION SOCIETY for some years now.

BBC 4 on Sunday has a 90 minute documentary about the society, with founder Gavin Prettor- Pinney

Documentary bringing to life Gavin Pretor-Pinney's international bestseller, The Cloudspotter's Guide, which draws on science, meteorology and mythology for a magical journey through the world of clouds.

Presented by the obsessive and excitable Pretor-Pinney, it is no dry treatise on the science of nephology, but a playful trip through the varied beauty and distinctive personalities of the ten principal cloud types.

From the ethereal cirrus to the terrifying cumulonimbus, the film tells the story of the short but eventful life of clouds, and their importance to our planet. We find out how immense quantities of water can stay up in the sky for so long and how lightning and thunder are created.

Aided by his worldwide network of Cloudspotters, Pretor-Pinney also sets out to prove the existence of a totally new type of cloud, which finally leads him to present his findings to a panel of top scientists.

Featuring stunning images filmed by the world's most experienced aerial cameraman, it inspires, informs and challenges all those who have ever wondered about the heavens above.

Monday, 27 April 2009

Sheeples..

On the way up to Sheffield last night... Jacobs ladders all the way and was waiting for the light for about 40 odd miles, and also tracking a hot air balloon, but never quite got 'the moment'...

Beetham Tower

Image copyright: BBC NEWS

One of the most obvious features of the Manchester skyline which we saw at last week's conference was the BEETHAM TOWER.

This is a dramatic building, 170 metres high, from which can apparently be seen the following landmarks:

1

Snowdon and the snowdonia mountains in Wales

2The Anglican Cathedral in Liverpool

3The Blackpool Tower

4The Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank

5Old Trafford football stadium

6The Coronation Street set at Granada Studios

7The MEN arena

8The Big Dipper at Blackpool pleasure beach

9The Cheshire plains

10The Lowry in Manchester

and of course lots of other places...
The report above is part of a new BBC News series called CHANGING CITYSCAPES.

Check out the short videos - other cities will be featured later in the series.
Why not create a version for your own city or town, or village or hamlet...

4 days to go on MY WORLD

Just 4 days to get your films organised, and sent off to us here at the GA Offices
160 Solly Street, Sheffield, S1 4BF

Dan Raven Ellison and I are really looking forward to seeing what you and your students have produced, and seeing them up on the BBC big screens.

Saturday, 25 April 2009

Norfolk

The sun shone today, and we hit the Norfolk coast...
I'm going to be doing a lot of travelling around Norfolk over the next year or so, as I've been asked to be the President of the Norfolk GA branch, and am preparing and collecting images and material for my lecture: "Very flat, Norfolk..." which looks at how the county is represented.
I already have quite a large folder of NORFOLK images on Flickr.

First up it was Burnham Market for some Gurney's fishcakes.
Then over to Lord Nelson to have lunch and a pint of Wherry: been going there for 20 years, and it's always a pleasure to walk in Nelson's footsteps.
Next up the back of the Holkham estate, the Norfolk Real Ale shop, and to Big Blue Sky in Wells.
Back along the coast road: Holkham, Titchwell and to Hunstanton for some shopping for sunday lunch tomorrow (something to go with the fishcakes)
Finally, to the beach hut for a read of the papers...

Image: Alan Parkinson

Could I ask for a bit of help with the lecture (have also added this to Twitter)
Could you let me know 3 words / places / images that come to mind when you think of NORFOLK. Please add below...

Two TES articles

In yesterday's TES, there were 2 articles of interest.
The first one related to the launch of the GA's manifesto: 'a different view', and the IPSOS MORI poll.
You can read it HERE.

The second featured Ollie Bray, who delivered a lecture at the GA conference, talking about how he used TWITTER in his GEOGRAPHY CLASSROOM.

You can read that article HERE.

Friday, 24 April 2009

UEA Day

Over to Norwich in the sun today for a session with PGCE colleagues at University of East Anglia, which was postponed in February due to the snow...
I've been doing sessions for Nick Gee for 4 or 5 years now, but this was my first one with my GA hat on (well, shirt...)

I will be adding some of the excellent delegate contributions later: I enjoyed my day very much, and also thanks to Chris Barnes from Attleborough for warming the students up nicely...

Here are some of their TOP TIPS for new PGCE colleagues:
1. Ask for help if you need it
2. Be organised x 2
3. Take time to prepare
4. Keep all of your resources: you never now when something will be useful
5. Do the QTS tests as early as possible: Christmas holiday is probably the best time
6. Keep a record of all possible resources for future use
7. Be prepared to work hard
8. Don't plan ahead in minute detail until you've taught the group at least once
9. Make the most of your chance to experiment ! Better to have 50% great lessons now than 100% average ones
10. Try to make the content of your lessons topical and relevant to the real world
11. Remember: teaching is an act
12. Even when it feels like you'll never get there, keep on going and you will get there...
13. Observe as many different teachers from different subjects to pick up new / difficult teaching and learning strategies and classroom management
14. Don't try to put too much in a lesson


Thursday, 23 April 2009

St. George's Day

Today is St. George's Day. Was all set to celebrate it in an appropriate fashion at the Who do we think we are meeting but some more typically British things like traffic jams, roadworks, train delays and underground derailments conspired against me. Apologies to those who I missed out on meeting...

To find out more about the WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE project, visit the website.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

GA Conference 16 - GA Awards 2

GA Awards were presented on the 16th of April.

Award for Excellence in Leading Geography

 

This award is presented to those articles in each of our three journals (Geography, Teaching Geography and Primary Geographer) which have made the greatest contribution to the development of good practice, as decided by a poll on the GA website. This year's winners are:

 

Geography

Place: encountering geography as philosophy

Tim Cresswell

 

Place is one of the most important ideas in geography but students at A-Level and beyond are often unaware of the philosophy of place. This outstanding article looks beyond the obvious relationship between geography and place, by considering what place is, how it has developed over the last 40 years and how an understanding of it can help inform our reading of contemporary issues in society. The easy-to-read style will enable students to engage with and gain a deeper understanding of this important theme. 



Teaching Geography

Should I stay or should I go? An enquiry investigating Polish migration to the UK

Paul Bolton

 

Why was the sound of the 1980s' hit single (or was it the 1990s re-issue?) Should I Stay or Should I Go? by The Clash coming from one of the geography rooms? Why had all the desks been cleared to the sides of the room and why were some students walking around while others shouted at them? Paul Bolton, the Teaching and Learning Consultant from the Local Authority was teaching them again. That explains it all!

 

 

Primary Geographer

How to bluff your way as a geography co-ordinator

Annie Tauk

 

In this article Annie Tauk describes her first year as geography co-ordinator and how, with what she thought was very little expertise, she implemented a number of ideas that helped pupils in the school to make better progress in geography. It is a wonderful example of how enthusiasm for your subject is half the battle…


GA Conference 15 - GA Awards 1


The GA Awards were announced on the 16th of April.

The GA Awards are given for materials associated with geography in schools and colleges which are considered to make a significant contribution to geographical education and professional development. This year's Awards go to:

 

Highly Commended

 

AS Geography for Edexcel

Bob Digby, Russell Chapman, Anna King, Catherine Hurst and Andy Owen

Oxford University Press, 2008

 

AS Geography for Edexcel has been written to meet the requirements of one particular GCE Geography AS specification. It is very thorough in its attention to both core and optional parts of the specification and those studying other specifications may also find it useful. The book sets out to bridge the gap between GCSE and A Level and does this well by using accessible language and by providing support to students through structured texts and bullet lists of key points. Each section is followed by structured activities and suggestions for more open investigations by students.

 

One of the book's strengths is the inclusion of many interesting new case studies which are described and explained well and supported by photographs, maps and graphs. The book is attractively produced and both teachers and students will be able to use this book with confidence.

Digital Worlds GIS 2

Richard Pole and Jason Sawle

Digital Worlds, 2008

 

With the demand for GIS work on the increase and the requirement for GIS to be a part of geography at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, this significant package will help teachers and learners in the modern geography classroom to engage with GIS and benefit from its capabilities. Students can develop their own maps and accompanying data in a variety of ways which can then be exported into other applications such as Word or PowerPoint. Photographs, videos, web pages and GPS data can all be embedded into their maps.

 

The potential for young people to use GIS effectively during out of classroom learning is substantial through this resource. A real attribute is the full Ordnance Survey and vertical air coverage of the UK all available at a wide range of scales. 

 

This is a professional piece of software and although any GIS package is never going to be simplistic, it is well designed and fairly easy to navigate once you get to grips with it. The only limiting factor is the price. Although £695+VAT and a yearly continuation fee of £250+VAT may be the ‘going rate’ for a GIS package, the cost will be prohibitive for many geography departments.

 

 

Made With Care: Earth Matters

David De Rothschild (Editor in Chief)

DK Publishing, 2008

 

Earth Matters is an encyclopaedia of ecology. It sets out to inform young people about climate change and its potential impact on both large- and small-scale ecosystems. Although it presents a particular view of the planet and its ecological fragility, it also offers positive messages of what young people can do about the issues discussed. The book is clearly intended to be a campaigning book and this refreshing honesty is one of its strengths.

 

Earth Matters is very attractive and informative, with stunning photographs and up-to-date data. It is likely to interest young people and capture their imaginations. While an excellent book for the library, it can also be used in the classroom to encourage young people to look critically at the viewpoints expressed and the actions suggested.

 

In keeping with its ‘green’ mission, the book has been produced as ethically and responsibly as possible. On the back cover, Earth Matters explains that it has been ‘made with care’ by using recycled paper and vegetable inks and the carbon footprint of its production has been kept to a minimum.

 

This encyclopaedia is beautifully produced and young people will enjoy using it.

 

 

Planet in Peril!

Anita Ganeri

Scholastic Children's Books, 2008

 

This book sets out to inform the reader about the adverse effect many human actions are having on our planet. It outlines the science behind global warming and how this phenomenon is affecting the Earth. As in all the Horrible Geography series, the book adopts a humorous style of writing in order to engage the interest of the young reader. While entertaining to read, it also carries a powerful message about the negative consequences global warming is having on physical features and living things all over the world. It is packed with interesting facts and attempts to promote the notion that we all have to take responsibility for our actions if we are to address the very serious situation our world is facing.

 

The book is very attractive to look at. It deals with complex issues using clear explanations in language appropriate for an upper Key Stage 2 readership. It provides children with information on how we can all do a little to help sustain our planet. The book’s strength is that it deals explicitly with geographical issues that are the result of climate change. Planet in Peril does not merely give accounts of the negative aspects of human actions, it also outlines some positive examples of human endeavour that have successfully served to improve our environment.

This book provides an excellent account of the geographical issues surrounding global warming and is a thought-provoking and enjoyable read. It would be a very valuable resource in any classroom or school library.

 

Silver

 

Mapland Scotland

Suzanne Hills and Chris Cromey

John E Wright & Co Ltd, 2008

 

Mapland Scotland has been given this award for its innovative approach towards teaching about a geographical locality. It provides schools with resources to help develop a whole-school project with a geographical theme that children will find both stimulating and enjoyable. While primarily a geographical resource, Mapland’s learning programmes present opportunities for other key areas of the curriculum, such as mathematics, literacy and social studies, to be integrated into the project.

 

Mapland provides a geographical focus day for schools that can be a springboard for a whole-school project about Scotland. The product comprises a giant 180-piece jigsaw of a large scale map of Scotland (1:50,000) which when laid out covers an area approximately the size of a badminton court. In addition, two instructors are provided for the day to organise practical activities for pupils which are differentiated according to age range. Activities include grid reference, map symbols, physical and political feature and much more.

 

To justify the cost of Mapland the whole school will need to be involved. The teaching resources and activities are of high quality and will assist teachers’ planning. They will be particularly helpful to members of staff who do not regard themselves as geography specialists.

 

Mapland provides a high-quality geographical learning environment that is fun for the children to experience.

 

 

PowerDown

Taahra Ghazi, Polly Ghazi and Joanne Price

ActionAid, 2008

 

This excellent resource includes a photo pack, teachers' booklet and DVD-Rom. The booklet contains a variety of lesson plans, resources and appropriate cross-curricular links to support the revised KS3 programmes of study, while the DVD contains slideshows, film clips and all the paper resources in electronic format.

 

PowerDown supports good quality geography teaching and learning. Learners can adopt an enquiry approach and are given ample opportunity to plan and develop ways of taking charge of their own learning both within the classroom and beyond. The focus on which types of energy use contribute most to the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions ensures that young people are able to consider the positive action needed to reduce energy bills both in school and at home.

 

The pack is of a sturdy, robust quality. It is professionally presented and the approach will support geography teachers who are both new to the profession and those with more experience. It should have a place in every geography teacher’s resource file, and as it is currently available free of charge, could not be better value for money.

 

 

See Inside Planet Earth

Katie Daynes and Peter Allen

Usborne, 2008

 

Although the title of this book suggests that its content will be about Earth Science – the mantle, the core, tectonic plates – this is a rich source of geographical information presented in an engaging format. See Inside, in fact, does not refer to the inside of the planet, but the lift-the-flap format used by the authors to convey a huge amount of information about atmosphere, climates, environments, ecosystems and issues. This is a strongly geographical book informed by the most up-to-date conclusions about the future of the planet. Issues are presented in an easy-to-understand, but not over-simplified manner, providing a clear agenda for action on global problems in a format that will appeal to young children. This is not just a book about climate change, but a source that could be used to stimulate enquiries about a range of environmental concerns, from deforestation to sustainable fishing to local action on transport and waste. It will be a valuable addition to any school’s library and could provide a stimulus for group or whole-class discussion. The lift-the-flap format encourages hands-on involvement and the high quality, robust presentation will make this a long-lasting and durable resource.

Gold

 

The Atlas of the Real World

Daniel Dorling, Mark Newman and Anna Barford

Thames & Hudson, 2008

 

The Atlas of the Real World is a collection of 366 maps of the world on an incredibly wide range of social, economic, environmental and cultural topics. But these are no ordinary maps! They have been digitally modified to enable each country to be presented in proportion to the data being presented. Each map is accompanied by text, rankings and graphs related to the theme. The atlas presents a truly ‘different view’ of the world, one which startles, stimulates questions, encourages debate and demands explanation. Is our world really like this and why? Individually the maps are interesting, but they way in which they are presented in pairs on opposite pages adds to the impact. For example, a map showing countries of origin of refugees is opposite a map of their destination countries. A map showing countries which export clothes is opposite a map showing countries which import them. The Atlas of the Real World illustrates the power of maps to communicate information and challenge our thinking.

 

The Atlas of the Real World should be in every geography classroom and in every school, college and university library. Students will find it useful to support their geographical enquiries and also fascinating simply to browse through. Teachers will be able to find maps to support almost every part of the geography curriculum. All the maps can also be found on the Worldmapper website so it is easy to download individual maps for students’ investigations or for classroom use.

 

This attractively presented atlas is highly original and very significant geographically.




Free summer courses for teachers and students...


Free Fieldwork courses: Teacher Master-class & AS Student Summer School

An opportunity for students and teachers alike...

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is providing fully funded opportunities for AS geography students and for geography teachers through our Learning and Leading programme.

They are offering fully funded places on two separate residential courses, based at the RGS-IBG in London led by experienced staff from the Society and other professionals. Full costs will be covered including accommodation, food and travel to and from RGS-IBG:

Teacher Fieldwork Masterclass: Monday 17th - Friday 21st August 2009
Teachers will visit a wide range of sites in London which provide opportunities for teaching and learning in geography – topics include the Olympics and sustainability. The course will cover a variety of fieldwork techniques, ideas for low cost and local fieldwork and safety management and ideas for easy to use ICT and GIS. There will be opportunities to share experiences with other teachers and plan and create resources to take back to school and share with others.

AS student Fieldwork Summer School: Monday 24th - Friday 28th August 2009
Students will visit a wide range of sites in London which provide opportunities for learning in geography. They will have the opportunity to develop investigative skills and use a variety of fieldwork techniques. They will find out about further study and career options in geography. The course will provide opportunities for personal development, working with other students from around the UK, building confidence and independence.

The aim of the programme is to increase the opportunities and motivation for self development among young people through the use of fieldwork, specifically supporting those who may not have been able to undertake such activities due to challenging circumstances or a lack of opportunity and who are keen to continue their geographical studies at university. In relation to teachers this supports the development of a department’s provision in geography.

We are requesting applications for both courses by Friday 8th May 2009. Further details and application forms can be downloaded from www.rgs.org/L&L or by contacting:

Amber Sorrell
Learning and Leading Project Coordinator
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
T: 020 7591 3180
E: landl@rgs.org

Added on behalf of Amber Sorrell

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Inspired

Thanks to Noel Jenkins for leading me to an embed code for a video which has been going round Twitter for a few days now...


Inspired. Danny MacAskill from dave on Vimeo.

Avast behind....

Somalian Pirates have been in the news a lot of late...
Tony Cassidy has produced a range of excellent resources, supplemented by Mary Cooch. They can be viewed at the all new SLN GEOGRAPHY FORUM.

There have also been some useful additions to the BBC NEWS website recently, with mapping, images and an interview with a pirate on why he says "it's a pirate's life for me..."

Encounters at the Cornerhouse


Image of Cornerhouse by Flickr user destinyuk* under Creative Commons license - many thanks !

Later this week, Encounters at the End of the World: the latest film by Werner Herzog is released. It was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year.

The Manchester Cornerhouse would like to invite you and your students to a one-off event organised in collaboration with Revolver Entertainment and The Geographical Association. We are pleased to present a full screening of Werner Herzog’s 2007 film Encounters at the End of the World (Certificate U) for students and teachers of GCSE, AS and A2 level Geography on Thursday 7 May at 11.00am. There will be 158 places available at a cost of £5 per student.

In his latest documentary, legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog turns his lens to the quirky inhabitants of the remote Antarctic community, McMurdo Station. Encounters at the End of the World is a visually stunning exploration of human interaction with mother-nature.

To accompany the screening, Alan Parkinson from The Geographical Association will provide a handout and online resource (www.geography.org.uk) to enable students and teachers to work on themes related to the film back in school or college. 

The film engages with themes included in many of the new Geography GCSE and GCE specifications including Extreme Environments and Living Geography. As a result we feel that this will be a useful and enriching event for your students to enjoy.

To book places, please contact Cornerhouse Box Office on 0161 200 1500 between 12.00pm and 6.00pm Monday to Friday. Reservations must be paid for at least ten days in advance. 


Resources will be available to download for free shortly. 
Join the GA's NING, where they will be posted first, before going on the main website.

Frontiers of Geography: Leeds University event

The annual Frontiers of Geography event for secondary geography teachers is coming up again at Leeds University on the 20th of June.
The Leeds GA Branch has been reborn, with an exciting range of workshops and events.
They also have a new website area, which contains some downloads from previous events - always a bonus.
I attended the 2008 event, and only the summer flooding prevented me attending the 2007 one.

Topics for this year will include:
  • Antarctica's climate history
  • 21st century Citizenship
  • Wilderness environments
  • Geography, GIS and healthcare
  • Tropical rainforests and global change
  • Credit crunch, regeneration and sustainability...
Visit the website and register your interest to claim a place.

The Geography Collective


New on Twitter are the Geography Collective at Mission Explore....
The book is now in pre-production...
Watch for more exciting multi-media Exploring ness from the Collective.
Visit the blog for some sample missions, including some BRAND NEW ONES !!

"Great news for the young, and the young at heart"  Iain Hallahan

GA Conference 14 - Roger Jeans 'retirement'...



One of the receptions held on Saturday was to celebrate and thank Roger Jeans: Education manager at the Ordnance Survey, who has supported the GA and school geography for many years through the OS website, Mapzone, Mapping News, the millions of free maps for schools, the Map Pilot project, the Explore portal, support for Geograph and many more...
Have been bumping into Roger for about 8 years at various events around the country, and he's always been great company.
Cheers Roger !

Image of David Lambert and Roger Jeans copyright Bryan Ledgard

GA Conference 13 - Wendy North's PGQM Presentation


Here is Wendy North's presentation on the Primary Geography Quality Mark.
For more details, visit the GA WEBSITE.

Monday, 20 April 2009

Rough Guide Quiz Cards

My wife bought me these, and they are a nice gift - can also see them being adapted for classroom use...
Nicely presented quiz cards from Rough Guides.
I have two lots: Natural Wonders and Ultimate Travel.


GA Conference 12 - Topics that are 'untired'...

Following on from today's earlier post on topics that were 'tired' and needed to be consigned to ROOM 101, here are some suggestions for 'favourite' topics, or ones that could / should be introduced.

Tom Biebrach will also be reporting back on the more detailed delegate responses to what exactly should or could be done with particular topics.
Below are some favourites...


Wordle: Favourite Topics

Again, here are some of the individual delegate comments which I quite liked:

Brazil - Deforestation in the Amazon: "Bruce Parry's Tribe and Amazon series has really inspired the topic with my students. We learn about plant adaptations, they design their own plant and explain the adaptations and then make a play-doh model as a plenary. The new tribe discovered last year inspired them to research their own tribe and write a 'National Geographic' article."

"Pupils love 'doom and gloom' case studies with death and destruction left, right and centre.."

"Geology rocks ! The foundation of geography which would make links between a wide variety of existing geography topics."

What's interesting of course is that certain topics appear in both lists...
Different strokes...

GA Conference 11 - Candid Camera 2

n LBryan said he'd got me with a long lens, and here is the one in Bryan's gallery, as we waited for Dan Ellison's provocative URBAN EARTH presentation to start.
On my left is John Widdowson: one of the editors of the award-winning GA Teachers' Toolkit series, and to my right is the Microsoft award-winning (though I didn't mention that when I introduced his lecture...) Ollie Bray.
This one is of me offering some 'technical support' to John and David just before the first public showing of the Manimoto... (Manifesto Animoto)

..and here's the 'secondary table' at the Association at Work Day...
Clockwise from the bloke with the computer in front of him are: Alan Kinder, Justin Woolliscroft, Kathryn Stephenson, David Rayner, Tom Biebrach and Bob Lang.


All images are copyright Bryan Ledgard