Saturday, December 26, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Have to say I'm really enjoying Martin Wainwright's book at the moment now - full of great images as well as anecdotes and information about the changing nature of the North...
A nice AUDIO SLIDESHOW on the Guardian website.
There are quite a few in the Guardian's TRAVEL section too...
There'll be plenty on the cultural aspects of place, and have been reading the relevant sections of Jon Anderson's Cultural Geography text...
Saturday, December 19, 2009
A good BBC MAGAZINE feature on Fish and Chips has just been added.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
The idea is to record our perspective on our urban lives and habitat through an online stream of tweets that describe urban events and experiences as they happen.
By the end of the urban day we will have created a collaborative narrative - a descriptive portrait of urban life..
To take part all you need is:
1. The ability to Tweet (www.twitter.com)
2. To be in an urban area on Saturday 9th January 2010
3. To include #utday in each of your related tweets
We'll then be able to search the tweets to reveal our story.
Please do spread the word around, the more of us the better.. and leading up to the day, add the URBAN TWEET DAY Twibbon to your Twitter profile picture. If you don't already, you can follow us on Twitter here.
Any questions, thoughts or ideas?
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
An interesting article in Friday's TES on a plan by Stephen Heppell to open up a school in Rotherham: my home town.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
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Friday, November 27, 2009
This land is virtual farmland, and is part of a game called FARMVILLE, which operates on Facebook as an application. There was a good article in the New York Times sampler which appears in "The Observer" a few weeks ago, which included a description of someone who set their alarm for 1.30am so they could get up and harvest their crops, and then go back to sleep.This blog post describes it as possibly "the most popular game in the world".There is a collaborative element to the game, by placing farms belonging to Facebook friends as your neighbours, the amount of money and 'experience points' that can be earned increases. The game has also been successful in raising almost $ 500 000 for charities working in Haiti, when players spend real money to purchase virtual items to personalise their farms, or buy additional land. An article by Jack Arnott on "boredom as a cash crop" provides more detail on the money-raising aspect of the site. This is something that is even more lucrative with some of the multi-player online games, where the virtual worlds have a GDP apparently equivalent to some small nations in the 'real world'
Any thoughts on the possible use of Farmville as a learning resource for geography students ?
Farmville currently has a nice 'autumnal look' to it...
Saturday, November 21, 2009
OXFAM have launched a new website called "THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE" ahead of the Copenhagen climate conference.
The game is also available in a range of languages including CHINESE....
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Not sure what to think about it being made into a film. The trailer is HERE: film opens tomorrow in the USA.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Journey Journal is a rather wonderful book for upper secondary / lower secondary age pupils.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Stuffed and Starved
A conference for level 3 students of Geography, Humanities, Sociology and Health Studies.
Danny Dorling and colleagues John Pritchard and Dan Vickers from SASI were present, and presented on the issue of Social Inequality, using images from WORLDMAPPER and talking about their work.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
And followed shortly after by a TWITTER template, also produced by the inimitable Tony...
UPDATE: Here is some fantastic work by Year 9 students from Seaford Head Community College, who used the idea in their Geography lessons with Miss Smith. I love these. Thanks for sharing. I'd love to see some other examples...
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Lunchtime today was spent in the company of the first in the series "Off-Kilter", made for BBC Scotland and was about Aberdeen. I liked the look of the area known as Fitty.
Towards the end, he moved on to Donald Trump and his controversial plans for a golf course in the sand dunes close to Aberdeen.
He called the planned development "New Trumpton on Sea" and talked about gated communities and their absentee residents.
He riffed on the idea of 'sustainability' and how every architect and development trumpeted its sustainable credentials.
New words like : "Sustain-abulous" and "Sustain-astic" !
Called it "architectural correctness"...
"It's a slogan of conformist unoriginality..."
"The very act of making a building is energy hungry and vastly wasteful even if the building is an eco-igloo of Fairtrade otter droppings, carbon-neutral Panda scraps, ethical vegan meat, organic yoghurt blocks, recycled slurry and and bio-degradable avocado face wipe...the only truly sustainable present is one in which we do not build..."
The show is available on iPLAYER.
Friday, September 4, 2009
Click the image below to see the movie (SWF format)If you need a blank postcard template (they work well printed on card), you can borrow mine from here.
Great work by Patrick Blower at Live Draw - check it out here.
Two more relevant ones in the archive:
Geo Engineering saves the World, and Ecotown
The GA web team: Anne Greaves and Ben Major, have been working away for months with designers Ledgard Jepson on a new website for the Geographical Association, and it is now live, after several weeks of beta testing and tweaking. Visit the GA URL http://www.geography.org.uk to see the new site.
The site looks a lot brighter, clearer and easier to navigate, and uses more of the screen’s width. Thanks to a major effort on tagging the resources, it is also easier to find things using the ‘Search’ function if they are not immediately obvious from the home page, and a new ‘Resource Finder’ should help you find something appropriate to the key stage and topic that you are interested in quickly, or items written by a particular author.
A one page user guide to the new site and how it’s laid out can be downloaded by following the link (PDF download): http://www.geography.org.uk/download/GA_NewWebsiteGuide.pdf
Members can also bookmark their most useful sections of the website on their own personal homepage. Logging in to the site will provide members with details about their account, and allow access to the journals which you subscribe to.
There are plenty of new items in the shop, which are displayed in a scrolling window, which will also suggest items that might be of relevance to you if you login.
News is easier to find, and has all been updated.
If you are not already a GA member, this is a good time to join and take advantage of the many membership benefits.
The website is also home to all the resources supporting the GA’s manifesto for school geography “a different view”.
Download the latest GA MAGAZINE from the site now
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Tony himself suggests producing one for Old Harry: an extension of the classic - "Old Harry: This is your Life" idea....
- The area / street the students live in
- A new migrant arriving in the UK
- Teenager in Kenya
- Resident of Dubai
- Young person on Baffin Island
- Mt. Vesuvius
Could also use it as a context for teaching about e-safety
Nick Hand is currently cycling around the coast of Britain. His website is SLOW COAST.
Along the way, he is creating some wonderful short films, called SOUNDSLIDES made up of interviews with artisans and images taken at various locations.
A recent addition was the famous Monday auction held on the green at Burnham Market.
This gives a real "sense of place" and it instantly got onto the planning sheet for a lecture next year on Norfolk and "sense of place"...
These would be relatively easy to make with students, as they need a sound recorder, and Audacity to do a spot of editing, plus a set of images.
WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE has a very useful section written by Professor David Lambert, which provides an excellent summary of the appropriate links between geography and identity.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
This uses the GRACE NOTE service, which is used to add TRACK INFO to iTunes and other music player software, such as my Creative Zen XFi....
As you can see, the map can be used to focus on a particular country, and you are then presented with the current most popular Top Ten artists and albums for that country.
So in Spain for example, there is currently an interest in Michael Jackson and U2, but also some local artists.
This is particularly interesting when related to places such as China or Japan.
These seem to have fewer European and American acts, particularly Japan. Mousing over the acts and albums tells you a little more about them.
Worth using for investigating cultural globalisation and the spread of certain musical artists worldwide.
Which countries have indigenous artists resisting the cultural imports ?
Lady Gaga big in China ? - enquiry into why ?
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Staycation is one of those words which has appeared this year, in response to an apparent effect of the financial crisis affecting many households, and the relative weakness of the pound against other currencies, particularly the Euro. It's an American term, which is a combination of two words of course.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Antony Gormley is an artist whose work I have come across in numerous locations, from Crosby Beach to the O2 and even on a friend's wall (a long story).
Monday, June 29, 2009
Willy Wonka: Excuse me, dear lady, but...
Mrs. Teevee: Mr. Wonka, I am a teacher of geography.
Willy Wonka: Oh, well, then you know all about it and what a terrible country it is. Nothing but desolate wastes and fierce beasts....
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Part 1 of the outcomes from Flood Management 09 at the Barbican earlier this week...
Many of the speakers referred to the latest climate projections which had been released on the DEFRA website earlier that week, and had been reported in many of newspapers.
Hilary Benn introduces the projections as being very 'sobering'.
5 things that need doing:
1. to protect people from the immediate risks
2. to plan (e.g. motorway drainage, emergency plans) for the future - the adaptation report is currently being consulted on until September (one for 6th formers perhaps to get involved with
3. to work internationally on a climate agreement
Also refers to importance of Copenhagen 2009 - the website is well worth visiting - has plenty of useful resources for teachers and students
Delve into the projections page to find all sorts of maps, graphics and information on the likely changes between now and 2080 on a range of climate indicators.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Poppies are a glorious temporary part of our landcape...
What other examples of these temporary landscape aspects can you identify, or your students record ?
North Norfolk (particularly the area around Cromer and Overstrand) is known as 'poppyland' and there are many fields full of these flowers at the moment.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
- The UK's favourite regional foods stem from the West Country. Nearly a third of people polled preferred foods traditional to the South West, particularly Cheddar Cheese and Devonshire Cream Teas.
- Scots are the slowest eaters and contrary to folklore, prefer Yorkshire Pudding and Italian Ice Cream because of their mouth-melting properties, dispelling the myth that all Scots love foods like Haggis and Kippers.
- People from the North East seek tastes that offer immediate satisfaction, borne from a history of hungry heavy industry workers demanding foods that offer immediate sustenance.
- The Midlands is known to be the Balti centre of the UK, but the research proved that people from the area were predisposed to enjoy Asian food long before it arrived in the UK. The region's taste dialect is for soft, suckable foods that impact the front of the tongue, have a slightly sweet dimension and can be eaten with their hands like naan.
- The South: A melting pot of people and cultures from all round the UK and abroad, the South/South East of England has the least defined taste dialect of all the regions. Foods such as jellied eels and Whitstable Oysters are still redolent of the area but no longer represent mainstream choices or underpin a regional palate.
- Coffee is the earliest recalled taste memory for under eighteens. In all regions, people noted the importance of getting a ‘good' rather than ‘average' cup of coffee.
- A quarter of Brits said that London was where they'd had their worst taste experience.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
GEOGRAPHY TRAINING joins together the Geographical Association's own Alan Parkinson, with International Baccalaureate specialist, and creator of Geography all the Way: Richard Allaway.
In addition to the existing face-to-face and online CPD opportunities available from the Geographical Association, we offer a tailored service, with training to match your needs, at a venue to suit you.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
CYCLING THE AMERICAS