Thursday, March 23, 2017

Need an idea?

If so, you need this book. It's written by David Rogers, who has won a number of awards for his effective and creative work.
He references ideas by other creative geographers too.
The book is published by Bloomsbury as part of their 100 Ideas series.
The book is arranged into 8 sections, based on consultation with teachers on social media.
It is available to purchase from Amazon and other sources.

As David says "great geography teachers change the world", but we all need some inspiration from time to time.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

GeoStorm

Coming out later this year... looks perfectly feasible... ;) Another video to 'deconstruct' for geographical accuracy to go along with Dante's Peak and the like...


Happy Birthday Jan

Happy 70th birthday to Jan Garbarek - someone I've been listening to for the last 30 years...

Friday, March 10, 2017

Lego-ifier

Mapping tool which turns world maps into Lego... really excellent...
Nice work by John Nelson and Vanni Zhang.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Top Tourist Destinations

Vouchercloud has produced a map to show the top tourist destination in each country in the world.

This is a large map - click on the map following the link to see the whole thing and download it if you want a copy.


Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Ice Man

It's now 4 years since I had my book 'The Ice Man' published by Collins. It's still available to buy here if you'd like to....

I've been following the Facebook page of the Ice Man museum, and they have some interesting additional updates on the stories that are being revealed by scientific analysis of the Ice Man's body.

It now seems that there is going to be a movie of Otzi...

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Google Earth at the movies...

Five years ago, I came across the story of a man who had found his way home using Google Earth, or at least that was the headline. As a five year old, Saroo Brierley had become separated from his family as a five year old, and ended up being adopted by an Australian couple after travelling across country by train. He was determined to find his way home, and through the use of Google Earth, and his memories, he was able to trace his steps back to the village in India where his family still lived. He'd remembered enough images and landmarks to navigate his way to his home village despite there being so many other similar villages. I blogged about the story, and used it to show the power of Google Earth in some CPD sessions that I ran at the time...

The story has now been made into a film starring Dev Patel, who rose to fame with 'Slumdog Millionaire'.
The film makers worked with Google Earth to ensure the accuracy of the visuals.

There's also a feaurette here, which includes some information on how Saroo used Google Earth to locate his family.

From the descriptions in the interviews, it seems that Saroo had a similar mind-expanding experience when he first downloaded Google Earth as many geographers did - he could see the potential for solving a problem he had had all his life... we could see the potential for opening students' minds to the wonder of the earth. Visit Saroo's site to see some additional videos, including the one that first introduced me to the story.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Still better though... :)


Treat yourself to a listen...

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Return to my youth...

A really wonderful album came out yesterday... a return to themes in an earlier album by Mike Oldfield. A return to an instrumental album with 2 long parts, a return to acoustic instruments, and a return to hand-playing and leaving in the imperfections... listen to it if you can...

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The evolution of the desk...


Update and clarification
This video was originally produced by Ben Few of BestReviews: http://bestreviews.com/#reviews

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Ethel and Ernest

Catch this on iPlayer while you can.
A cultural and social history, and Geography of the mid years of the last century through to the 1970s and the social changes that occurred...

New Costa for Schools resources

Coffee is very much part of our culture, and the act of visiting a coffee shop or chain is a daily experience for many.

A few years ago now (about 4 I think), I wrote three sets of resources for Costa Coffee, based on the work of the Costa Foundation.

They asked me earlier in the year to produce another set of 3 resources, based around the experience of buying a coffee. I was interested to see that in the end, quite a lot of the Costa specific references were taken out, so this is very much about the 'value' that is generated by our love for coffee. There are of course lots of independent coffee shops as well as the chain names.

You'll need to register (for free) with an e-mail and password to download the resources.

They have been really nicely designed up, and I'm going to make use of them in the coming term as part of a multi-choice curriculum section that I'm currently working on, as part of our unit on consumption and 'stuff' for Year 8.

Thanks to Jennifer Ferreira for her help with some of the links here, and those other colleagues who shared ideas or gave permission to use their ideas. Thanks to Hannah at EdComs for liaison...

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Christmas blogging break...

I'm about to take my annual break from blogging for a few days...

Thanks for reading Cultcha this year.
I've managed to add 46 posts this year, around one a week.

Image: Ronald Lampitt, who also illustrated 'The Map that came to Life' and many Ladybird books...

Monday, December 19, 2016