Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Encounters at the Cornerhouse in Manchester

Image of Cornerhouse by Flickr user destinyuk* under Creative Commons license - many thanks !

Later this week, Encounters at the End of the World: the latest film by Werner Herzog is released. It was nominated for an Oscar earlier this year.

The Manchester Cornerhouse would like to invite you and your students to a one-off event organised in collaboration with Revolver Entertainment and The Geographical Association. We are pleased to present a full screening of Werner Herzog’s 2007 film Encounters at the End of the World (Certificate U) for students and teachers of GCSE, AS and A2 level Geography on Thursday 7 May at 11.00am. There will be 158 places available at a cost of £5 per student.

In his latest documentary, legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog turns his lens to the quirky inhabitants of the remote Antarctic community, McMurdo Station. Encounters at the End of the World is a visually stunning exploration of human interaction with mother-nature.

To accompany the screening, Alan Parkinson from The Geographical Association will provide a handout and online resource ( to enable students and teachers to work on themes related to the film back in school or college.

The film engages with themes included in many of the new Geography GCSE and GCE specifications including Extreme Environments and Living Geography. As a result we feel that this will be a useful and enriching event for your students to enjoy.

To book places, please contact Cornerhouse Box Office on 0161 200 1500 between 12.00pm and 6.00pm Monday to Friday. Reservations must be paid for at least ten days in advance.

Resources will be available to download for free shortly.
Join the GA's NING, where they will be posted first, before going on the main website.

Free Summer courses for Teachers and Students

Free Fieldwork courses: Teacher Master-class & AS Student Summer School

An opportunity for students and teachers alike...

The Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) is providing fully funded opportunities for AS geography students and for geography teachers through our Learning and Leading programme.

They are offering fully funded places on two separate residential courses, based at the RGS-IBG in London led by experienced staff from the Society and other professionals. Full costs will be covered including accommodation, food and travel to and from RGS-IBG:

Teacher Fieldwork Masterclass: Monday 17th - Friday 21st August 2009
Teachers will visit a wide range of sites in London which provide opportunities for teaching and learning in geography – topics include the Olympics and sustainability. The course will cover a variety of fieldwork techniques, ideas for low cost and local fieldwork and safety management and ideas for easy to use ICT and GIS. There will be opportunities to share experiences with other teachers and plan and create resources to take back to school and share with others.

AS student Fieldwork Summer School: Monday 24th - Friday 28th August 2009
Students will visit a wide range of sites in London which provide opportunities for learning in geography. They will have the opportunity to develop investigative skills and use a variety of fieldwork techniques. They will find out about further study and career options in geography. The course will provide opportunities for personal development, working with other students from around the UK, building confidence and independence.

The aim of the programme is to increase the opportunities and motivation for self development among young people through the use of fieldwork, specifically supporting those who may not have been able to undertake such activities due to challenging circumstances or a lack of opportunity and who are keen to continue their geographical studies at university. In relation to teachers this supports the development of a department’s provision in geography.

We are requesting applications for both courses by Friday 8th May 2009. Further details and application forms can be downloaded from or by contacting:

Amber Sorrell
Learning and Leading Project Coordinator
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
T: 020 7591 3180

Added on behalf of Amber Sorrell

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Geography Collective

New on Twitter are the Geography Collective at Mission Explore....
The book is now in pre-production...
Watch for more exciting multi-media Exploring ness from the Collective.
Visit the blog for some sample missions, including some BRAND NEW ONES !!

"Great news for the young, and the young at heart" Iain Hallahan

GA Manifesto arriving in schools

The first copies of the GA's manifesto: 'a different view' have been arriving in schools this week, after the official launch last week at the Annual Conference.
This is a document that is intended to provoke debate about school geography.

A different view re-affirms geography’s place in the curriculum. It makes a forward looking and compelling case for geography in education. It re-states the value of free-thinking, specialist secondary teachers who are passionate and engaged with the discipline and its potential to educate.

A different view is a two-year programme, delivering a wide range of materials to support geography teaching and touching every school in the UK. It is based around eight stunning visual ‘doorways’ and seven themes which cover the GA’s core beliefs and priorities.

Visit the new dedicated area of the GA's WEBSITE, download and use the lesson ideas, explore the links, and let us know how you use the document.

'a different view' - please share YOUR view...

Image copyright: Seth Johnson, 2008

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Real World Music

'a different view' is the Geographical Association's manifesto for school geography. It will be launched at the GA's CONFERENCE on the 17th of April (don't forget the Twitter hashtag #geoassoc09) where we are expecting over 700 delegates.

Come and say hello if you see me...

Part of the launch package is a movie that I made using ANIMOTO

An important aspect of the movie, alongside the striking images, and carefully worded captions, was the music, which had to be suitably engaging to accompany the images and text captions for around 5 minutes for the 'full version' of the movie (with shorter versions clocking in at just under 3 minutes)
Real World records was started by Peter Gabriel in 1989. I've been a fan of his since late 1970's when he left Genesis, and have a rather old Real World fleece (the name was irresistible for the geographer in me...)

What's great is that you can also search for ARTISTS on a 'real' world map on the Real World website.
I have 'world' music by the following artists:
Afro Celt Sound System
Ayub Ogada
Big Blue Ball
Dmitri Potrovsky Ensemble
Guo Yue
Iarla O Lionaird
The Imagined Village
Mari Boine
Martyn Bennett
Peter Gabriel
Sevara Nazarkhan
Sheila Chandra
The Terem Quartet
Trisan (I think this was the first CD I bought...)

Earlier this week, we had some good news that we have secured the rights to use a Real World Records track as background music for the Animoto.
Very many thanks to the good folks at Real World records for allowing us to have the rights to the Afro Celt Sound System music that I thought went well with the images. The music is from an album called Volume 2: RELEASE

Keep an eye out for the new website materials...

I'll finish with a quote from 'a different view'

‘ … we may need to throw out crusty old favourites ... in favour of stronger links with other subjects and lessons that challenge students to make geographical sense of their own lives and experiences' - David Lambert

The purpose of 'a different view' is to provoke a debate about school geography. This debate will also be followed up on the GA NING. We look forward to hearing your thoughts....

Friday, April 3, 2009


David Rayner has been busy again, and has produced a very useful new VIDEO 'CHANNEL' called GeoTube, which is hosted on a site called FLIGGO.
This is not banned in schools (well, not yet anyway)
It has a collection of useful videos, and this will grow over time.