Showing posts from December, 2016

Christmas blogging break...

I'm about to take my annual break from blogging for a few days... Thanks for reading Cultcha this year. I've managed to add 46 posts this year, around one a week. Image: Ronald Lampitt, who also illustrated 'The Map that came to Life' and many Ladybird books...

Current listening...

Quite apt…

A world of music

"Online radio is this ancient technology in a way. So we decided to use it as a sort of navigational tool." This is a neat map and music projec t: Radio Garden. Click the map and find radio stations all over the world. Drag the map and hear the static as the radio retunes to the next available station…. This was my local one that it started playing straight away…. Radio West Norfolk. The website uses ESRIs mapping and was produced by Jonathan Puckey at @studiopuckey Why not provide a list of cities, and ask students to find them (reinforcing geographical knowledge as to where they are) and also assess the extent to which the music they find there is global and recognisable. What language is spoken by the DJ? If there is more than one station in a city they are listed in the bottom right, and clicking switches between them. Where are the 'quiet parts' of the world where there are few stations? Do they correspond to a map of population density? Use the

Teachmeet at the GA Conference

David Rogers has revealed the details and signing-up form for the Teachmeet which will be held to coincide the GA Conference in 2017. The timing is not ideal for some as it is after the Easter holidays, but this remains the essential CPD for teachers of Geography , and is worth seeking special permission to visit. Hope to see lots of you there. I'll put myself down as a deputy speaker in case there are gaps, or people who have to withdraw at the last minute. Will be good to see lots of new speakers and attendees. Also get your ticket from the Eventbrite page if you are wanting to attend.


A few weeks ago, partly coinciding with Practical Pedagogies (see recent posts), I came across a really nice idea using emojis. For a while, we've had an emoji sheet by the classroom door where students can choose a quick feedback on what they felt about the lesson that had just finished. This post used the emojis as a resource and a stimulus for discussion during a lesson, and reflection on themes, by providing a symbol with several meanings - a simple semiotic stimulus... It was the work of Jonathan Taylor, who tweets at @HistGeoBritSec. He'd shared his ideas for megacities. Loved the session on starters & plenaries by @HistGeoBritSec #pracped16 - Great new ideas. — GeographyPods (@MattPodbury) November 3, 2016 There are plenty of posts on the twitter feed, and quite a few teachers seem to have been using the idea following Jonathan's session at Practical Pedagogies. I created a bespoke set of emojis to related to the wor