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IB Webinar with Matt and Richard

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If you teach iGCSE / IB Geography you may want to check out the details.
In association with Discover the World Education.

This will be an essential webinar for all International teachers.
It may become a more regular event during lockdown.

Details on how to join will appear on the IB Facebook Group.

Hodder OCR GCSE Geography 2nd editions

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These books have been delayed by the coronavirus, affecting printing and distribution.
The OCR B book is ready to go out once it is safe to do so.

Here's a first view of the new covers - they look good :)



Updated support materials will also be available.

Geograph - now available in Welsh

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The Geograph project has appeared here numerous times over the years. It played a big part in my first trip up to the SAGT Conference.

When it was first launched, I publicised it over on GeographyPages and contributed some early images of the Norfolk area and bagged a few squares along the coast.


The Geograph Project Ltd is a small national charity – an online community and project that maps the British Isles with photographs and information, “to advance the education of the public in geography and heritage”. They have over 6 million moderated, geo-located and dated images on www,geograph.org.uk , made available through a Creative Commons Licence.

Many people use the website to learn about where they live or areas they might visit.
Don't forget that there is also a schools area providing some activities and games that can be played to explore the millions of images.

After a lot of hard work, the site has been translated into Welsh.

The Schools Area is also now available in Welsh.
Tak…

Geographical Association website - now free access for three months

Work has been going on behind the scenes to make this happen for the last few days and earlier today the necessary changes to the website were made for open access to the GA website to be enabled.

There are numerous resources on here which non-members will not have been aware of.
The work that we did for the Action Plan for Geography had to be made freely available, but a great deal of extra resources are provided on the website behind the members' paywall.

I am very pleased to say that I had a part in quite a few of them during my time working for the Association, and before and since, including numerous resources, teacher support and CPD courses.

I am also currently working on some extra guidance for teachers and resources which I hope will be added to the site in time for the Summer term, when we shall still probably be locked down.
We're committed to geography education. With most children now being asked to stay at home, we have made all our teaching resources fully open …

Iceland blog - a post a day in 2020

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I'm 2 and a half months in to my latest blogging project.
FIELDNOTES FROM ICELAND

A post a day on the country of Iceland.
Check it out and feel free to help me complete my alpabetical exploration this month.
I was due to head over there in April but that has now all been cancelled...

American Oscars for American films?

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I'll just leave this here...

President Trump complaining that Parasite won the Best Film Oscar.

That's not quite how the Oscars work....

Trump and Greenland

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I posted about Trump's desire to buy Greenland at the time, but just come across this tweet and video which are rather good, and might be of use to those exploring geopolitics and cultural implications of this request.
The race for the Arctic is on, and for what?
For more fossil fuels...

I'd missed this Tweet as well.

A chance to work with me

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Occasionally, a job appears in the school where I work, and in the department where I work...
There's one free again at the moment.
We are after someone to work in the Senior school in particular, who is a strong 'A' level practitioner, through GCSE and down to KS3 in the Junior School potentially. There will also be some wider contribution to the school community too of course - sport perhaps, or some other skill you have.

Full details are on the school website.

You have until the 3rd of March to apply, and interviews are held on the 10th of March.
Good luck!

GA Conference 2020 Teachmeet

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Tickets are now available on Eventbrite for the GA Conference Teachmeet at the GA Conference 2020.
They are free of charge, and you don't have to be a conference delegate to attend, so pop in for an early Friday night treat and a beer if you live near Guildford.
Thanks to David Rogers for organising the event.

TeachMeet is not about presenting a new product or theory, rather it is a chance for teachers to hear real narratives of practice from each other. It is about being engaged and inspired by our colleagues – with a bucket-load of networking to boot!
It is free to attend, networking and cash bar from 5:30pm with presentations starting at 5:45pm. An hour of turbo CPD!
Presentations are strictly limited to 6 minutes. They will be in a random order.
Sign up here to come along - this is to give us an idea of numbers. The event is open to all, not restricted to conference delegates.
Several future GA Presidents have presented at previous Teachmeets.


Sign up to speak. Preference to those in…

New GA Chair of Trustees role

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The Geographical Association is looking for a Chair of Trustees to support the existing Governing Body fulfil its role in a fascinating and ever-changing educational landscape. It will also involve working with the current Presidential team - JVP (me), VP (Susan Pike), President (Gill Miller) and Past President (Stephen Scoffham) along with other key members of the GA's group of trustees. This is an interesting change in the governance of the Association, and we are looking for someone who has significant experience and skills which will allow us to learn from each other.
This is an exciting opportunity for someone. Please share with people you think may be available and ideal for the role.

Details are here on Guardian Jobs. Feel free to get in touch via Ricky Buck / Gill Miller for more details and information.

Deadline is the 20th of February.

Documents are available from the Guardian Jobs page.

Free CPD in Dubai

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My invitation to present at this event was obviously lost in the post, but for those colleagues in Dubai, there is an excellent CPD opportunity coming up in March.

Details sent by Matt Podbury.

Calling all teachers in/near Dubai, there is a fantastic free CPD day coming up in March.
The Geography Teacher Toolkit Conference will be held at Wellington Academy Silicon Oasis and include sessions from Matt Podbury, (geographypods.com), Richard Waller (Keele University) and John Sayers (Nord Anglia International School, Dubai).
Secure your place today and don’t forget to sign up for our teachmeet afterwards! 



The tickets have gone live on Eventbrite. They are FREE!



Order of the day

8.30 am - Registration

9.10 am - Introductions

9.30 am - Fieldwork and Geographic Skills - Richard Waller
This session will explore the creative ways in which fieldwork can be used to enhance the development of a range of important geographical skills. This would include field observation and interpretation, the combi…

RIP The Professor

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So sad to hear the news tonight that Neil Peart has passed away at the age of 67....
He was a part of my life for over 40 years, and Rush have to be one of the three bands that I have played the most whether on LP, CD or streamed on Spotify. I was privileged to see him play live 6 or 7 times I think from 1982 onwards, to the final live gig on the Time Machine tour in 2012 - regretting not seeing them on the Clockwork Angels tour now.... what a musician...
One of my favourite videos is when Peart laid down a drum track for his friend Matt Scannell from Vertical Horizon. The enjoyment of Matt as his friend and hero plays drums for him is infectious, and the drum track is awesome.... There are so many Rush tracks I could embed here... but check this out first...



And then check out Red Barchetta live from that Time Machine tour....
Rest in peace Neil...

Arctic: culture and climate

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A new exhibition is opening at the British Museum in May 2020. It looks like it will be excellent.


From 28,000-year-old mammoth ivory jewellery to modern refitted snow mobiles, the objects in this immersive exhibition reveal the creativity and resourcefulness of indigenous peoples in the Arctic. Developed in collaboration with Arctic communities, the exhibition celebrates the ingenuity and resilience of Arctic peoples throughout history. It tells the powerful story of respectful relationships with icy worlds and how Arctic peoples have harnessed the weather and climate to thrive.

The dramatic loss of ice and erratic weather caused by climate change is putting unprecedented pressure on Arctic peoples, testing their adaptive capacities and threatening their way of life.

What happens in the Arctic will affect us all and this exhibition is a timely reminder of what the world can learn from its people.

Long ago people knew something was going to happen to this earth. How they knew it, I do…