Monday, January 25, 2010

Mark Beaumont's Cycling the Americas

Picture by Ollie Bray (I think...): Mark is the one on the right... :)

Mark Beaumont speaking tour.... Starts in March 2010, so let's hope Mark is finished by then... :)

Mark's CYCLING THE AMERICAS blog is here for all the latest on his current challenge, which is going incredibly well. He has summited Denali and Aconcagua, and is now cycling the final leg down to the end of his pan-American adventure. There are some spectacular images and video on the blog.

Mark's website is HERE.

He comes to King's Lynn on the 27th of March 2010

The other dates can be found here:

Tues 16th
DURHAM Gala Theatre 0191 3324041
Wed 17th
CHESTERFIELD The Winding Wheel 01246 345 334
Thur 18th
BOLTON Albert Halls 01204 334400
Fri 19th
HALIFAX Victoria Theatre 01422 351158
Sat 20th
MORECAMBE The Platform 01524 582803
Sun 21st
HAYES Beck Theatre 020 8561 8371
Tues 23rd
TUNBRIDGE WELLS Assembly Halls 01892 530613
Wed 24th
SOUTHSEA The King’s Theatre 02392 828282
Thur 25th
TAMWORTH Assembly Rooms 01827 709618
Sat 27th
KINGS LYNN Arts Centre 01553 764864
Sun 28th
LOWESTOFT Marina Theatre 01502 533200
Tues 30th
BARNSTAPLE Queen’s Theatre 01271 324242
Wed 31st
EASTBOURNE Congress Hall 01323 412000

Tues 20th
BUXTON Buxton Opera House 0845 127 2190
Wed 21st
BARROW The Forum 01229 82 00 00
Thu 22nd
MALVERN Malvern Theatres 01684 892277
Fri 23rd
BRECON Theatr Brycheiniog 01874 611622
Sat 24th
CARDIGAN Theatr Mwldan 01239 621200
Sun 25th
LOUGHBOROUGH Town Hall 01509 231 914
Tues 27th
MIDDLESBROUGH Middlesbrough Theatre 01642 81 51 81
Wed 28th
WAKEFIELD Theatre Royal 01924 211 311
Fri 30th
STIRLING Albert Halls 01786 473544

Sat 1st
ABERDEEN The Lemon Tree 01224 641122
Sun 2nd
INVERNESS Eden Court 01463 234234
Tues 4th
SOUTH SHIELDS The Customs House 0191 454 1234
Wed 5th
LEAMINGTON SPA Royal Spa Centre 01926 334418
Thu 6th
EPSOM Epsom Playhouse 01372 742555
Fri 7th
TELFORD The Place 01952 382 382
Sat 8th
FELIXSTOWE Spa Pavilion 01394 282126
Sun 9th
CAMBERLEY Camberley Theatre 01276 707 644
Tues 11th
SKEGNESS Embassay Theatre 0845 674 0505
Wed 12th
BURNLEY Burnley Mechanics Theatre 01282 664 400
Thur 13th
RHYL Pavilion Theatre 01745 33 00 00
Fri 14th
DERBY Assembly Rooms 01332 255800
Sat 15th
STAFFORD The Gatehouse Theatre 01785 254653
Sun 16th
RADLETT The Radlett Centre 01923 859291
Tue 18th
HIGH WYCOMBE Wycombe Swan 01494 512 000
Wed 19th
WESTON SUPER MARE The Playhouse 01934 645 544

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Give GEOrgie a mission...

Georgie is a gorilla on a mission: a MISSION : EXPLORE LONDON mission...
Georgie is going to be in London this Saturday: the 16th of January and wants to carry out some special missions...

For more information see: GEORGIE NEEDS A MISSION on Mission Explore website...

Why not suggest a task for GEORGIE ??

You can send via TWITTER with the tag #GMission or #Gorillamission

If you add a comment here with a mission I'll make sure they get passed on too...

Environmental Game Competition

Web user Magazine Twitter feed led me to a firm which has announced a competition to design an Environmental Game.
The closing date is the 8th of February which doesn't give you much time...

The theme of the game has to include an ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE.

What's useful is that they have made available a couple of documents which can be downloaded in PDF form. They can be used to help design a game structure even after the deadline, and even if the game doesn't actually get made: a STORYBOARD sheet is useful.
This relates to an earlier post on the Nintendo DS IMAGINE TEACHER GAME...

This may be an intriguing context for learners to explore and map out an issue, as gaming is an important part of youth culture...

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New GA RSS feed

A bit of an explanation perhaps needed...

GA = the Geographical Association : the subject association for geographers...

RSS = Really Simple Syndication (or other things, such as Rich Site Summary, or "I'm Ready for Some Stories"...)

Basically, if you sign up to the RSS feed from the main GA website, you will get a digest of any changes to the site sent direct to your RSS reader, which might be your Google homepage for example...

The new GA RSS feed address is:

Below is an excellent COMMONCRAFT explanation of how the process works....

Please update your RSS address if you were already subscribed...

Sunday, January 10, 2010

150 years of fish and chips

Image by Alan Parkinson

Fish and chips are a cultural icon of the UK, and have mentioned them several times on this blog.
The Independent today has 150 facts about them to celebrate 150 years of fish and chips.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Pat Metheny

A very brief taster...
Got tickets for the Barbican in February...
Very excited to see how this turns out...

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Story of the Noughties

While snowed into my Travelodge yesterday, I caught the second half of this programme and apart from Will Self with a beard, it also featured Danny Dorling talking about the age distribution of the UK, and a whole host of other interesting geographical changes that have happened in the first decade of the century.
Quite a lot on demographics, but also a lot on CULTURAL change in the UK

It's available on iPlayer at the moment, and is worth watching.

Advisory: contains some distressing scenes

Monday, January 4, 2010

Football and culture

Image under Creative Commons license by Flickr user dr_John2005

Football and geography are, of course, connected...
Geography of Sport units frequently explore the locations of stadia, impact of the sport on globalisation, industry and the environment, and also the benefits and issues surrounding global or international sporting events such as the World Cup 2010.

Football is also a crucial part of popular culture in many countries of the world, inspiring passion and also a lot of violence in some cities.

This is, of course, just a chance to mention a little football result that happened yesterday...

Marching on together....

Keep an eye out for some resources for the World Cup 2010 on the Geographical Association's website (and on this blog)

iPhone - the first 72 hours...

Image by Alan Parkinson
For those who haven't heard (or are even remotely interested) I finally decided just after Christmas that what I really needed in my life was an iPhone. I opted for a 16Gb 3GS version in glossy white.
There are many reasons why I finally succumbed to the ever-so-shiny phone.

One of my thoughts was that I had seen geography colleagues using it in interesting ways in the classroom, and outside the classroom (the latter perhaps more than the former) and needed to investigate these by actually using them... and then reporting on them...

There were already some useful posts on the use of iPhones which have been building up over the last year or so since the 3G version of the phone was introduced.

Teachers using iPhones

Noel Jenkins posted an interesting thought on his DIGITAL GEOGRAPHY blog giving his thoughts - he hadn't got an iPhone at the time, but has now.

He has put it to good use with his QR CODE FIELDWORK work: WELLINGTON STORIES.
Had the pleasure of seeing Noel present this work down in Somerset at the end of last year.

Ollie Bray had already posted a series of posts on iPhone in education, originally posted back in 2009

Post 1 of 5 had information on an app called MIND MAKER: a mind mapping app

Post 2 of 5 had a post on TRACK ME app, which uses the GPS capability of the iPhone

Post 3 of 5 on iGLOW (which had a useful tip for adding a new ICON on a screen)

Post 3.5 of 5 on a SEISMOMETER app (which I downloaded)

Post 4 of 5 had information on Geography Fieldwork apps

Post 5 of 5 had information on an app called EARTHSCAPE

I also asked my PLN via Twitter, and got some recommendations. for apps.

Some of the websites which I use regularly also have iPhone apps, so I checked those out as well: FLICKR is my photo sharing APP of choice, and I also downloaded COOL IRIS for viewing them. Also the ANIMOTO app for watching videos I've produced, such as the movie for "a different view", and also Rain Today.

Image by Alan Parkinson

I also started a new iPHONE GEOGRAPHY GROUP on the GA Ning.

Here's the first page of the APPS I have so far. Got a 2nd page underway...

There are also some excellent features as part of the phone itself:
CAMERA and VIDEO CAMERA - obviously useful for story telling and fieldwork...
COMPASS - map orientation etc.
NOTES - no more clipboards
MAPS (using the built-in GPS) - endless potential here...
iTUNES and the iPOD settings for music and video and podcasts (including educational podcasts)
CLOCK: choose the WORLD CLOCK and add a range of cities that you are studying (quicker than the ones up on the wall...)

Also came across George Burgess's GCSE GEOGRAPHY revision app: GEOREV.

Might also check out the CLINOMETER, the GPS Cardinal, the RULER PHONE app, a Swiss Climate Change walk app, GEOTagging, We can take you there etc.

Got the BUMP app too - if you meet up, then feel free to BUMP me... Might get a chance at BETT in a couple of weeks time...

OK, so my iPhone adventure is underway...

Please let me know what your favourite 'educational'/geographical apps are...

Will be posting more on how I use my iPhone in geographical education during 2010

There are plenty of 'cultural' apps too of course...