Showing posts from November, 2022

Object Lessons

A new batch of Object Lessons books is now out and I came across an excellent display of them at Heffers in Cambridge earlier in the week, and added the BURGER book to my collection for school. There is a further batch out in 2023 which will take the series to 80 books.  These are perfect for discussions with older students in particular and each is very readable. Check them out - perfect for units on commodities and globalisation and of course for Quotidian Geographies.

GI Pedagogy - Multiplier event - 9th December

  I opened up an invitation to an online event yesterday. It will take place on Friday the 9th of December and will be online. I organised a face to face multiplier event to share outcomes from the ERASMUS-funded GI Pedagogy project , but this was not able to attract colleagues because of the challenges of travelling and the business of this term. The plan now is to have an online meeting instead which I hope that people may be able to attend without the need to travel to Ely.  This will allow me to demonstrate the importance of GIS in the curriculum and the idea of telling stories. You can also get a sneak preview of the other materials we have produced, including a training course. A chance to have a discussion around GIS too. Suitable for Primary and Secondary teachers. I'm going to try again to get this event in before Christmas. Free tickets can be obtained on Eventbrite.

Marie Tharp Google Doodle

 A really lovely creative resource. Moday's  Google Doodle was a celebration of the work of pioneering geologist Marie Tharp. Marie Tharp has featured on this blog a number of times before. She completed some vital work mapping the ocean floor. I have a picture book which tells her life story, and the graphics here look similar to that book. If you follow the link you can see the story behind the creation of the mapping, and also the Doodle itself., Like all Google Doodles, a great deal of work goes into them.

Iceland Trips with Rayburn Tours

Cross posting from the LivingGeography blog. I spent five days of the first week of my half term in Iceland.  This introduced me to a couple of new locations which I hadn't visited before - including the car parks and tracks leading to the recent Fagradasfjall lava flows - and also reminded me of a great many that I'd been to previously before the pandemic and I enjoyed experiencing the power of Gullfoss (and the taste of the ice cream at Efstidalur). There had been some changes in tourst infrastructure in familiar locations with others being constructed e.g. a nice new toilet block at Thingvellir for visitors, and new paths etc. I will be working with Rayburn Tours  to lead future tours through 2023 and beyond. I've got a special Iceland blog which will host all the reading and planning I'm doing around these tours, which already hosts the year long 365 blog project which I completed in 2020 (when I was originally going to be visiting four times). On future visits I