Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Follow @FrozenUK for the cold weather geographical digest... or add #FrozenUK to your tweets and I'll pick it up and add it when I get the chance...
There is more snow falling as I type this...
Monday, December 20, 2010
McDonalds in Tibet
Yosemite's been turned into
A golf course for the Japs
The Dead Sea is alive with rap
Between the Tigris and Euphrates
There's a leisure centre now
They've got all kinds of sports
They've got Bermuda shorts
Roger Water: "It's a Miracle" from "Amused to Death"
Sunday, December 19, 2010
There was a really interesting post on the intriguingly named "Time to eat the dogs" blog earlier this week, that I found via Twitter and something else (as is often the way...)
The post is about the idea of 'terra incognita': this is a phrase that was once used on maps, but these days there are no unknown places... or are there ?
Gerald Zhang Schmidt suggests that the blank spaces are cultural rather than physical.
"...one can no longer go out to many places where no tourist has tread before. In fact, because of globalization, the traveler feels as if she has seen the world already, and while many places are still fun to visit (if exotic enough), there is nothing truly new."
Fits with the Taras Grescoe book "The End of Elsewhere", which I have blogged about before...
He goes on to explore the sort of thinking that led us at the Geography Collective to create Mission:Explore:
"How well do you know the people and paths in your community or the species that dwell in your own backyard?"
A final link from Gerald is his interest in the cultural significance of chilli peppers... geography and food combined...
Friday, December 17, 2010
At the time, I was teaching geography and the 'A' level specifications were being reviewed.
I set up a NING to support my 'A' level teaching, and to share resources and discussions relating to the work that was being carried out. Another NING was made private to my students, so that work within school could be developed further. I also created other networks for colleagues.
That first main NING now has over 2200 members !
At the 2008 Scottish Learning Festival, I attended my first teachmeet, and presented on Nings in a short 7 minute presentation slot.
When I joined the GA, I took NINGs with me, and the GA's online professional network was born, as was the now thriving PRIMARY CHAMPIONS Ning, which is closing in on the round figure of 1000 members
Earlier this month, the pre-release materials for the January 2011 Edexcel exam was released, and there was an immediate response:
Over 20 new members joined the network
Over 100 members joined a group to discuss the new pre-release material and others joined related groups
There were over 100 contributions to discussions about the materials, particularly on the tectonics hazards question, which has now had almost 50 replies and contributions..
Plenty of helpful ideas and resources being shared for the benefit of all members...
So come and join a NING near you...
Thursday, December 16, 2010
JOIN THE CONVERSATION..
As a GA member, when you log in you will be able to add a comment to any page of the website and, if you have purchased an item from the GA shop, you can also add a STAR RATING and a comment. This will let us develop more of a community feel to the website (non GA members will have to wait for their comment to be moderated) and if you are logged in you can add an image to your profile.
I have added a comment to the page which contains my WINTER TEACHING IDEAS, so feel free to take a look at that and add your own thoughts...
The snow is falling again outside the window as I press PUBLISH POST...
Thursday, December 9, 2010
This examination, taken by students in the UK when they are doing their 'A' levels - age 16-18, has an optional unit called "The World of Cultural Diversity".
The unit has a focus on cultural geography, and is based on 4 key areas.
1.Defining culture and identifying its value
2.How and why does culture vary spatially?
3.The impact of globalisation on cultural diversity
4.Cultural attitudes to the environment
There is a very useful guide by the Chief examiner that can be downloaded from HERE.
The title for this year's exam has just been released, and is below - there are 2 parts to the question, one of which involves research.
Explore how external threats and internal vulnerability vary in their impacts on cultures and landscapes.
Research contrasting locations and examples to show why the impacts of these pressures vary in their severity and type
So if any of you lovely blog visitors have thoughts on resources, websites or other approaches to answering this question, please feel free to add them as a comment below, and we'll see what happens....
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The INFINITE CITY is an article about a new book by Rebecca Solnit, who we like a lot at the Geography Collective.
It's an 'atlas of San Francisco', but not the usual type...
They are designed to make the reader think anew about the city of San Francisco—its history, natural habitat, economic function, political values—and, by extension, about the way we all imagine the places we live in. "A city," Solnit writes in her introduction, "is a particular kind of place, perhaps best described as many worlds in one place; it compounds many versions without reconciling them."
Ordinary maps show only the physical infrastructure that these "many worlds" share—streets, rivers, monuments.
The maps in Infinite City, on the other hand, treat the physical city as a blank slate, on which many different experiences can be overwritten, like texts on a palimpsest.
Exciting urban geography...
Sounds like a fascinating book !!
Sunday, December 5, 2010
IB Geography - Reflecting on the 'new' syllabus
This CPD course will help Post-16 teachers, both new and experienced, reflect upon the demands of the IB geography diploma programme.
The 'new' 2009–2017 syllabus will have completed its first cycle in the summer of 2011 and this one-day course will provide an excellent opportunity for teachers to reflect upon the first cycle and make plans for the next.
London - Friday 24 June 2011
Further details and online booking are available on the GA website
The course tutor is Richard Allaway, creator of the rather wonderful GEOGRAPHY ALL THE WAY website.
It includes millions of 3D trees, and other improvements, including better integration with Google Street View
Go to the AMAZON for example, and you can wander the jungle and explore some of the tree species in the rainforest... I'm sure we can come up with some ideas for using this in the geography classroom :)
And don't forget my Innovative Geography Teaching funded project from back in 2005...
Friday, December 3, 2010
An interesting resource is this movie below: the short movie used as part of the England bid.
Would be good to look at it for cultural / global references... - the power of the brand of some Premiership teams... What are the messages coming across ?
Or how about this one for showing the scale of football in terms of its economic importance to the country, and our culture ?
You can also see the bid movies from the other countries on YouTube... Could be good for comparative work.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
The slides that David used (you might want to listen to the presentation while watching the slides, or put them side by side on the screen...) are available via SLIDESHARE... and have been embedded below...
November 2010 SSAT Presentation
Monday, November 29, 2010
A descent in the traces of the first bombing raid on Sheffield, 12 December 1940
Longbarrow Press invites you to join Rob Hindle on a walk in the traces of the Blitz:
Sunday 12 December
Meet at 1.30pm prompt on Platform A, Sheffield Bus Interchange
The walk will start on Hathersage Road near the village of Dore at 2.30pm
Total distance approximately 6 miles. There is an opportunity to join the walk at Cafe #9 in Nether Edge (see below) at 4pm. The walk from this point is a little under 3 miles.
For the 70th anniversary of the Sheffield Blitz, Rob Hindle has devised a poetry walk that will illuminate the attack on the city by German bombers on 12 December 1940. The journey will begin at Dore Moor and end in Fitzalan Square (Sheffield City Centre), with Rob reading and discussing poems that emerged from his original plotting of the walk last winter, descending from the edge of the city to the site in the centre where the most devastating blast destroyed the Marples Hotel. The walk is timed to start in daylight and finish in darkness.
Everywhere the smoke
like ink in water
everywhere fires like marsh gas.
Admission £5 (includes unique CD package designed and produced by Longbarrow Press).
Bus fare from Sheffield central bus station to Dore Moor is approximately £2.50.
Places are very limited and must be booked in advance through Rob Hindle (email: email@example.com, phone 0114 232 2714); early booking is advised. The walk is moderately paced over mostly level terrain and will take 3½ hours or less. Please wear warm, weatherproof clothing. There will be opportunities to rest during the walk, including a stop at Cafe #9 on Nether Edge Road at around 4pm.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Last Friday, while putting some boxes down in the warehouse at Solly Street in preparation for the official opening (of which more later), I found a brown cardboard box, which was labelled "Vaughan Cornish Original Prints" and excitedly opened it to find about 50 large prints on thick card, several of them stamped as being entered for the 1904 St. Louis photographic exposition. Took a few images of some of them...
Some of them featured pictures of wave forms, an area which Cornish was particularly interested in.
I loved the silvered blue finish on some of the prints, which had faded in the century since they had been made, and then hand labelled by Cornish himself. There was also a print taken after an earthquake in the Caribbean, which I had read about him experiencing (he was injured in the event), and a snowdrift in Manitoba (another area that he was interested in)
Made me re-visit a plan that I had about 5 years ago to write a short book(let) on Cornish, when I did a bit of research about him.
Might be worth rethinking... would be a good excuse to delve into the GA and RGS archives, and also apparently those of the University of Oxford.
There's a good article on Vaughan by Andrew Goudie (another influential geographer) on JSTOR, and the abstract provides a few clues to follow up on his various interests.
I also have a copy of the book "The Beauties of Scenery", which was an attempt of his to objectively evaluate the landscape, and is worth hunting out in a second hand book-shop.
Google Books has a few links such as HERE
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
My presentation was part of the overall conference programme, which included a number of familiar names from previous events, and from English geography circles...
I arrived the night before the conference, and over to Hutcheson's Grammar school via a jammed M8 to set up the GA stand. The school was a nice mix of ancient and modern, with a wonderful church for the keynotes. Our hotel was next to the SECC, and the Finnieston Crane and made my way back there eventually after various diversions to meet with Dan and Noel, and out for a meal with Val Vannet at the City Cafe, overlooking the Clyde and the Clyde Arc (or Squinty bridge as it is called - one for LOCATION LINGO there....)
The following day, over to the venue early and set up. Met lots of delegates for chat, Ken and Darren from the Ordnance Survey, who gave me lots of jute bags, and Paul from Mapseeker. John Hopkin: GA president for 2010-11 came up to do the fraternal greetings after the first inspiring keynote from Al Humphreys.
David Rogers, Noel Jenkins and Dan Raven Ellison were among the other seminar presenters, along with Ollie Bray, whose Hodder Gibson book also won an award. Good to see a few of my Twitter followers popping up as well, and gained a few more over the weekend.
Writing the earth
Handouts included a copy of "Chop one red onion" from the PGCE Survival Guide, and a range of other resources and maps.
I also read one of Rob Hindle's poems from "Neurosurgery in Iraq".
SAGT Delegate Notes
After the 2 full seminars, it was a final keynote from Alun Morgan.
Earlier, I had collected two awards for the GA's publications: COMMENDED awards to GCSE toolkit and TOP SPEC series...
Out into the sun for the evening, and over to the Granary with Kenny and Akiko for a pint and chat with Ollie.
Another good SAGT experience.
In the evening, did some photography with Noel along the river, and then food, after a 'mystery tour' of Govan....
The following morning it was a simple matter of scraping ice off the car, and a 350 mile drive south...
David Rogers has posted his seminar presentation on his blog already, along with a write--up... Will be blogging about his present later...
Saturday, October 16, 2010
"...it is renewing itself 24 hours a day... [and] remains for me the freshest and most exciting of subjects. Geography is about understanding our world. It illuminates the past, explains the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?"
Sunday, October 10, 2010
Here are the details.
I shall be 'recording' as much of the events as I can to help with my nascent MA studies, and own professional development....
If there is phone reception, I shall be tweeting from the event too... some amazing speakers...
Venue: Room 836, Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1 H 0AL
Convenors: David Lambert (Geographical Association / Institute of Education) and John Morgan (Institute of Education)
- Introductions [10 mins]
- David Lambert: Do we have to say what geography is? To whom? [10 mins]
- Professor Alastair Bonnett: Geography in public. Geography as one of humanity’s big projects? [20 mins]
- Dr Jessica Pykett: The public in geography. Can the public(s) be identified? (20 mins]
- Discussion: [10 mins]
- Geography and young people – does geography matter to me? With school students from Charters School, with teacher Dan Cowling;
- School geography – stuff to be delivered or a resource to be used? With the Geographical Association’s ‘community geographer’ Bob Digby;
- Communicating geography in policy environments – what works? Royal Geographical Society (with IBG);
- Communicating geography within education. With Jenny Hill (University of the West of England), newly appointed to the Editorial Collective of Geography.
- Communicating geographical perspectives in the public media? With Joe Smith (Open University),Interdependence Day and co-author of Do Good Lives have to Cost the Earth?
- Imagining a post-progress – a ‘real post-modern’ – geography. With John Morgan, author of Teaching secondary geography as if the planet matters, and member of the Geography Editorial Collective
- specific ways in which geography is a ‘powerful knowledge’
- particular ‘publics’ who need access to geography as a powerful knowledge (and why)
Monday, October 4, 2010
It features a range of inspirational articles on the theme of place by Mark Jones, Eleanor Rawling, Becky Kitchen, Margaret Roberts and others...
Articles range from a teacher visit to Greenland, to the urban re-branding and renaissance of Scarborough...
To add a subscription to your GA membership, or to join (and gain access to the last five years of journals in electronic format) click the JOIN THE GA link.
Sunday, October 3, 2010
It made its way onto mine as I used to teach in a Sports college. The PE department had a lot of money, and we didn't so it made sense to start to make a few connections. Remember that at this time of austerity, any additional source of funding for geography departments needs to be explored.
The World Cup has been and gone, the Olympics aren't until 2012 (although that is getting closer every day... literally a day closer)...
Just been watching the first part of the opening ceremony for the COMMONWEALTH GAMES.
The weblink above includes details on getting the bid document, for activities which involve planning a bid for the games in your local area...
The idea of designing the cultural element of the opening ceremony of a similar event in your home area has already been explored elsewhere.... perhaps the giant helium balloon used in Delhi could become a giant Yorkshire pudding on which images of the county were projected, if they were held in Sheffield ?
With many official languages, a huge variety of landscapes and diversity. the ceremony included a lot of music, costumes etc.
I liked the henna hand painting from beneath...
Good for exploring cultural diversity in India, but also how an event like this will raise awareness of the country. A nice REUTERS SLIDESHOW has some good pictures contrasting ancient and modern India.
Don't forget the Geographical Association shop has a range of resources for teachers considering teaching about INDIA.
A TOP-SPEC book written by Gill Miller & Sue Warn on the new Superpowers of India and China (some sample materials are available)
An INDIA map
A series of DVDs made for the GA in association with Pumpkin.
There are 4 DVDs in the series, and there are discounts for ordering more than one disc.
A sample of the DVDs can be seen on the YouTube ChannelPumpkin which has clips from lots of DVDs to whet your appetite.
A Primary Super-schemes book on a village in India.
Plus the classic Ladakh and Chembakolli photopacks....
Don't forget that GA members get big discounts in the shop, so JOIN NOW.
Coverage of the Commonwealth Games on the BBC
Thursday, September 30, 2010
It's great to hear from Jon Wolton that there are some new guides for each of the units which include ideas, and suggestions for related news items and articles.
Click HERE to go the download page for the World of Cultural Diversity resource
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
This has been featured in a few current newspaper articles, such as The Guardian one here.
Many of the films are made in local languages, and are therefore important culturally.
Cinema is an essential part of global culture, and there is a long tradition of geography teachers using films in their teaching, sometimes to teach about particular concepts, or natural hazards.
The theme this year is WATER.
The Vimeo video sets the scene...
Blog Action Day 2010: Water from Blog Action Day on Vimeo.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Plenty of cultural connections in these places...
"The Map as Art" by Katharine Harmon ( I already have a copy of her excellent book 'You are here')
"from Here to There" by the Hand Drawn Map Association...
More to come on these books shortly....
"I sense that humans have an urge to map - and that this mapping instinct, like our opposable thumbs, is part of what makes us human...."
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Previous voyages involved Anthony Gormley, and Rachel Whiteread, who was inspired to fill the turbine hall at Tate Modern with white cubes.
When teaching the now sadly ex-Pilot GCSE Geography course a few years back, I used the Cape Farewell pack that the Geographical Association produced.
The blog posts that relate to my studies of this EXTREME ENVIRONMENT are available by following THIS LINK to the blog: you'll see student work and a range of other resources which I hope you might still find useful...
The latest Cape Farewell expedition is going to follow the route shown on the map above, and it has JUST SET OFF... you can follow if for the next few weeks by visiting the CAPE FAREWELL WEBSITE, or following CAPE FAREWELL on TWITTER.
Friday, September 10, 2010
50 best blogs for Geography Geeks
In at no. 6 :)
Thanks for the inclusion...
Welcome to any visitors who may be here because of my listing...
You might also find my LIVING GEOGRAPHY blog interesting: it has over 1800 posts now on all things geographical...
Sunday, September 5, 2010
Where does cultural geography fit into this ?
Over to you...
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
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