New GA CPD packs

The Geographical Association has launched a series of CPD Packs.
They are designed for teachers to use in school with colleagues. Each one contains a range of practical activities which are flexible to suit your context.

Each pack meets the 2016 Standard for teachers’ professional development (DfE) and contains a range of practical activities which are flexible to both your context, the amount of time that you have available and your department or school’s needs.

The GA will be running a free webinar to introduce the series and to give teachers an opportunity to engage with some of the activities from the CPD pack: What makes a geography lesson ‘good’? 
This will take place on Wednesday 3 June and the GA will be running the webinar twice – once between 10am and 11am and again between 4pm and 5pm.
You can book a place here.

Aftenlandet ('Evening Land')

Never seen this before until it appeared on a Facebook group earlier.
Jan Garbarek and Mari Boine with a piece of music from Jan's 'Visible World'
Powerful Sami singing and the Norwegian landscape along with Jan's Sax...

Apparently made for the Winter Olympics.

AFTENLANDET (the Evening Land) by Erik Poppe. (1994) Music by Jan Garbarek and Mari Boine. from Erik Poppe on Vimeo.
Made by comission for NRK and the Winter Olympics in 1994. Scripted and directed by Erik Poppe. Music written and performed by Jan Garbarek and Mari Boine.

Michael Palin on post-Corona travel

Michael Palin was on the Andrew Marr Show this morning.

He was asked about what travelling might be like in the future as we come out of lockdown and lose our holidays. How should we cope with that.

"I think you can travel less and travel better.
If we have to be confined to travelling in the UK, it's not a bad place to travel - there are all sorts of wonderful places - and different landscapes and different sorts of atmospheres - Northern Scotland, Cornwall.
Go to places and learn more about them, enjoy them more.
Find out more about your own country.
It's going to be very difficult for people right across the world to actually travel again as we did before until we find a vaccine. Nobody is going to pack people into aeroplanes as they did before.
No cheap and cheerful flights around the world.
It's going to be very difficult to see the rest of the world. So narrow your horizons is not necessarily a bad thing.
Look more carefully
Look more thoroughly
Learn to enjoy your…

Future Geographers - careers and study in Geography

If the conference was going ahead as planned, one of my contributions was to do a session for the Young Geographers' strand.
This didn't form part of the final eConference.

As I knew the conference was cancelled, I didn't spend the day or so needed to finish it off, but have put in some notes of what I would have said. If I am called on to do this session next year it will all have changed anyway, so I thought I'd share it as part of my contributions to the eConference.

I've shared it here for you to view / fillet as required to help with transition perhaps for Y11 / Y13 students over the coming weeks.


I have this on my iPhone at low volume every night, and now it is being broadcast live this evening through until tomorrow.
An 8 hour instrumental piece...
"...made as a kind of landscape for the sleeping mind to inhabit..."

Radio 3 link here. It's a beautiful relaxation, and when I wake part way through the night I am then able to go back quickly....

Young Geographer of the Year 2020 - and Rex Walford Award

This year’s RGS-IBG Young Geographer of the Year competition gives young people the chance to explore the potential that geography holds.

The title this year is particularly apt.
Although we might all be confined to our homes, and doing #geographyathome, the RGS-IBG are asking young people to explore their wider geographical horizons by providing entries to the Young Geographer of the Year competition and explore the geography of:
'The world beyond my window'

They are interested in entries that explore the human and physical geography of places that exist beyond a young person's window, be it locally or further afield. They want to know how young people’s lives are connected to and influenced by these places - be the connections physical, digital or emotional. They also want students to demonstrate that they understand how geographical processes in the physical and human worlds have created these places and might be changing them.

The competition has four categories as usu…

Digimap for Schools - free until the end of July

In an effort to help students and parents during this challenging time of isolation and home schooling, Digimap for Schools will be free for any school to access from today until the end of July 2020.
If you are an existing Digimap for Schools subscriber, they are automatically extending  subscriptions by four months, at no cost, subscribers don't need to do a thing.
Register your details and start accessing Digimap for Schools immediately.