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...

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Exploring the culture of the Scottish Highlands

In 1844, Hugh Miller: a geologist and preacher (amongst many other skills and abilities) embarked on a voyage through some of the islands of the Hebrides. 

He was a self-taught geologist, writer and editor of a key Edinburgh newspaper in the lead up to the tectonic changes in the Scottish church that culminated in the Disruption of 1843. Miller was one of Scotland’s outstanding geologists, one of the first of many Scottish ‘citizen scientists’ and stands beside the greats of Hutton, Lyell and Murchison.
The Cruise of the Betsey took place the year after the Disruption, when 450 ministers broke away from the Established Church. Miller joined his boyhood friend the Rev Swanson, a keen supporter of the Disruption, who had been removed from his Small Isles parish and his manse on Eigg. Swanson used the Betsey as his ‘floating manse’ so that he was still able to serve his parishioners. The cruise was to visit Tobermory, Eigg, Rum, Glenelg and Isle Ornsay on Skye. Miller’s accounts record much about the social circumstances they came across as well as detailed descriptions of the geology, palaeontology and landscapes encountered. During the Cruise of the Betsey, Miller made many ground-breaking scientific discoveries. He wrote about his journey on the Betsey, and other travels through Scotland.
I've been working with colleagues from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society on a website and other elements to accompany a range of teaching materials which will be developed and piloted through the next few months, and the website to support the journey has just gone live.


Here's the background to the project:

Follow our journey, and celebrate the life and achievements of a great Scot, a great scientist and a remarkable observer of the social history of the time. Hugh Miller, of Cromarty, recorded his voyage of discovery on the Betsey, around the Inner Hebrides, in the summer of 1844. Our journey will recreate this 170 years later with a crew of geologists, writers, musicians, geographers and other talented people. Join us on our journey!
6th – 12th September 2014

I was invited along on the voyage, but will be teaching at the time. I'm going to be involved in other ways. One of them is to produce mapping, such as the Story Map below:

  and the map of the voyage:
View larger map

Plenty more to come once the 'Leader' casts off...

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Another for Mike Oldfield fans

This time, it's the man himself. He has been remixing his albums and releasing them with extra tracks and other bits, and as part of the process, he released this short mix of part of one of his classic songs: 'The Lake', from 1984's Discovery album.
One of the memories I have from that time is listening to this track while sitting by an amazing lake in the fjords of Norway as a student.
This mix reveals extra layers of beauty which aren't obvious in the final piece, which is a little full of Fairlight...

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Our Geography defines us...

An interesting read in the LA Times, about how our geography may shape the opinions we have on certain things...

"accidents of geography — in this case whether someone was born in a hilly or a flat region — can alter how a person thinks in all sorts of unexpected realms."