Saturday, January 17, 2015

Cultural Geographies of Food...

The Office for National Statistics has released a great variety of visualisations in recent times, and the latest one is well worth a look.
I'm interested in the visualisation on how much households spend each week, for example. This is a useful basis for discussions about inequality and changing lifestyles.

Coincidentally, there was also this BBC article on the changing contents of the 'basket of goods' that is used to calculate inflation. Lots of cultural geography connections here...

Sunday, January 4, 2015

New for 2015

First cultural purchase of 2015 will be the new Decemberists album... unless I get something else first...

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

See you in 2015

...for more culture and more geography...
Here's a classic Ronald Lampitt for you...

Saturday, November 22, 2014

John Hinde postcards...

An interesting set of postcards from the great era of the card.
My brother used to collect them and had hundreds of them. These days people tend to post pictures on social media instead, but we still try to send some to relatives when we go away.
John Hinde was one of the big names in postcards for some time.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Coming in a month's time....


"Woman reads map...."

You've been watching the Detectorists I hope...

Last night once again had Becky showing the power of a geography graduate....

 
Catch the series on iPlayer while you can...

Monday, October 20, 2014

Public Service Broadcasting

Ready for this... a local concert at last...


Monday, October 13, 2014

The power of place




Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Remind me...

Not posted this for a while... an old classic


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Geography Review magazine

Geography Review magazine is one of the most useful resources that 6th form geographers (and GCSE students who want to push themselves) can have access to. It was started by my undergraduate tutor Tim Burt, his wife and colleagues back in 1986, just after I finished my degree, and just before I started teaching in 1988. I was a subscriber from the start, and have used articles and ideas in my teaching ever since.

I have paper copies of the first 15 volumes or so, and since then the school copies have taken over, and more recently, some electronic support materials to increase the usefulness of each issue.
For example, check the extras for the September 2014 issue here. Also the other recent issues.

The magazine has now moved to Manchester, from Durham University, and has a new editorial board.
There are the usual experienced authors writing for the magazine, and there's always something of interest in every issue. The first issue from the new team is now out. Details on subscribing here.

We have a subscription at school for our students.

You can follow the magazine's Twitter feed here: @GeogReview

Read the April 2014 issue here to get a flavour for the quality of articles that are included in a typical issue.

Best wishes for the next chapter in the journal's long history...

Mapping London

There is a new area of the updated RGS-IBG website which you may not have seen.
It is a project called Rediscovering London's Geography.
It is described as follows:

Rediscovering London’s Geography is a project funded by the GLA through the London Schools Excellence Fund.  It seeks to improve the quality of teaching and learning of geography in London’s schools, in addition to encouraging more pupils to study geography.
Its scope encompasses connection across primary and secondary schools involving academy, free, maintained and independent schools.
The project will:
  • Create subject knowledge online resource units, including online activities and pupil assessments; focusing upon new curriculum subjects and examinations
  • Improve subject knowledge via free CPD and training events in teacher networks across London and provide continuity to support the upcoming curriculum changes
  • Engage pupils via Geography Ambassador presentations (by London undergraduates) and Going Places with Geography career events – all focused upon the relevance and value of geography to further study and careers
Our aims are to:
  • Raise subject understanding by addressing knowledge gaps and connecting teachers with new geographical subject knowledge, thus building capacity to teach engaging and high quality lessons
  • Assist the new academic demand associated with the introduction of new curriculum and examinations
  • Increase teacher confidence of using specific geographical knowledge and the undertaking of London based fieldwork via a 12 month programme of professional support (to be reviewed, developed and embedded as knowledge into new schemes of work)
  • Promote Chartered Geographer (Teacher) to provide formal subject specific professional accreditation in recognition of the new knowledge, professional expertise and commitment to CPD
  • Promote London’s unique and changing geography via the study of the capital’s wider context of economic, social and environmental development
  • Make available to pupils resources to support highest level understanding of core geographical knowledge for better achievement with new curriculum and examinations 
  • Increase interest in geography amongst students whilst highlighting its relevance to further study and careers
One outcome has been the creation of teaching resources, with more to come.

The first two are now up on the website, and both would be useful to those teaching the new KS3 for the first time.

The first is a resource exploring Ice Ages and Geological Timescales, which has been written by Dr. David Anderson: Head of Geography at Eton College.

The second one is called Mapping London, and took me the first two weeks of my summer holidays to write and put together. There are 6 sessions which can be followed with KS3 students.



Thanks to the various colleagues who are mentioned along the way in the unit for their ideas which were adapted and used in various elements of the unit.
The ideas could be adapted for other cities too...

Let me know what you think...

Monday, August 25, 2014

50 states of Lego

Lego has grown in popularity massively over the last few years, and there have been lots of creative projects that have made use of it.
These include the Follow the Things lego recreations, which featured in the Ideas Zone at the recent GA Conference.

The BRICK FANTASTIC website has a new project which is a representation of the 50 states of the USA, and also a set of images of CANADA too.
And finally, I'll be going to the Bricks 2014 show at the ExCeL in November this year.

Any other Lego related projects I should be featuring here ?

Continents Drift

New on Spotify...