Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Monday, 29 June 2009
Sunday, 28 June 2009
Saturday, 27 June 2009
Part 1 of the outcomes from Flood Management 09 at the Barbican earlier this week...
Many of the speakers referred to the latest climate projections which had been released on the DEFRA website earlier that week, and had been reported in many of newspapers.
Hilary Benn introduces the projections as being very 'sobering'.
5 things that need doing:
1. to protect people from the immediate risks
2. to plan (e.g. motorway drainage, emergency plans) for the future - the adaptation report is currently being consulted on until September (one for 6th formers perhaps to get involved with
3. to work internationally on a climate agreement
Also refers to importance of Copenhagen 2009 - the website is well worth visiting - has plenty of useful resources for teachers and students
Delve into the projections page to find all sorts of maps, graphics and information on the likely changes between now and 2080 on a range of climate indicators.
Friday, 26 June 2009
Image Alan Parkinson
Poppies are a glorious temporary part of our landcape...
What other examples of these temporary landscape aspects can you identify, or your students record ?
North Norfolk (particularly the area around Cromer and Overstrand) is known as 'poppyland' and there are many fields full of these flowers at the moment.
Now up on the Geography Teaching Today website is a new unit on Glacial Environments.
Thursday, 25 June 2009
The new National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 came into effect for students starting in Year 7 in September 2008. This survey was conducted between May 2008 and March 2009 to evaluate the quality of schools’ planning to introduce the new curriculum and their progress in introducing the changes. Inspectors based their evaluations on the progress which schools might reasonably have been expected to have made at that early stage of implementation. The schools in the survey had embraced the opportunity to introduce more variety into teaching and learning to engage and motivate students. They had made less progress in linking subjects and incorporating skills across the curriculum, although there were examples of good and outstanding practice in these areas.
It has some interesting things to say about the introduction of thematic curriculum approaches rather than SINGLE SUBJECT teaching.
Report can be downloaded from OFSTED website
Down to London for a conference today to update my knowledge on flooding in preparation for several GA branch lectures coming up later in the year, and some website / Toolkit work as well. Some interesting presentations and
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
Available to purchase from the IoE online shop
June 2009 978-0-85473-857-1 30 pages £5.00
- Why Geography ? - how geography represents the world - based on a question asked at a Harris Federation event
- The importance of relationships: with the children and learning, with each other and teaching, with the subject discipline (CPD)
- The difference between 'teaching by sat nav' and mapping out a direction for the subject - teachers need to be confident in the direction they are taking
- A philosophical 'map' for the subject: motivation, significance and creativity - what we do with students needs to be capable of changing the way they see the world
- All education is "self education" - possible to have learning without teaching and teaching without learning...
- Discussion on the 1970s and the 'great debate' - was the purpose of education to prepare people for work ? (link to arguments in 'Shift Happens')
- Comparison between a 'Vibrant City', which leaves us no time to think, and a 'Garden of Peace'
- QCA 'Futures agenda': skills removed from human context - re-asserting the creative power of teachers as curriculum makers
- Capability as a way of considering what is learnt - value-laden rather than value-free...
- Living Geography and 'A Different View' - the manifesto 'animoto' was shown (Director's Cut version)
- Conclusion: "subject disciplines such as geography are rich resources to be used by capable teachers in a rapidly changing world..."
Images on slides: Flickr users / Creative Commons - Cheddar, Today is a good day, Premasagar
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Just about to set off from King's Lynn train station, which is at:
As the train departed the GPS kept pace with the train impressively
as we left the town of King's Lynn and moved into the Fens, the landscape changed.
Monday, 22 June 2009
Sunday, 21 June 2009
Plenty of inspirational quotes and images here...
Ollie is currently spending a month cycling across the USA.
Follow his journey at BIKING THE GREAT DIVIDE
Loved the Norfolk flint circle in particular...
Also had a quick TWITTER SEARCH: generally positive reaction to it...
I have recently been exploring the work of CHRIS WATSON, via my favourite site SPOTIFY.
This allows streaming of the music, or in this case sound stories into the classroom.
Check out WEATHER REPORT.
This has 3, 18 minute tracks
- why is GIS being used ?
- how can real-life data from student enquiries be used ?
- progression in GIS from maps to more detailed software ?
- to add other subject material other than numbers
- using Google Earth as a GIS
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
URBAN EARTH EVENT: CANTERBURY
Invade. Capture. Expose.
Invade, capture and expose Canterbury (UK) by joining over 60 people in this intimate URBAN EARTH weekend.
It's all about the Event. An event that we're going to create for ourselves on the Saturday night. Based on a secret mission that aims to capture and expose the city that we're temporarily invading, groups will be challenged to create a film/performance/show ready to display at our event.
Arriving. Eating. Briefing. Planning. Sleeping.
Eating. Exploring. Creating. Event(ing). Playing. Dancing.
Eating. Leaving. Sharing.
How it works...
1. On arrival you'll be placed into a group. We'll be mixing things up, but if you are keen to hold hands with someone we can help make that happen too.
2. After eating on Friday night we'll hold a mission briefing (around 9pm). The brief will be to capture and expose Canterbury... but we'll be leaving the specifics a secret until then.
3. Canterbury is open for missions to be carried out. By Saturday night films/shows/performances should ready to go and at 10pm EVENT: CANTERBURY will begin.
Who can come?
Anyone who is over 18. If you're interested in exploring our urban world and sharing what you've discovered in an interesting way we'd love to have you along.
What will I need?
You'll need to have a video camera, camera, laptop, sound recorder, type writer, wool or whatever you like to work with. There is bedding at the hostel, but feel free to be even more warm and comfy bring your own too. Food, coffee and tea are included in the ticket, other drinks are left to you.
How do I get to Canterbury?
Canterbury is 98km south east of London. It takes around 90 minutes to get there by train from London, around 3.5 hours from Birmingham and 10 hours from Aberdeen. To check out the roads take a look at the map on this page or whack the hostel's postcode (CT1 3DT) into your preferred mapping service.
What is URBAN EARTH?
What does the cost of the ticket cover?
Two nights in a shared single sex room, food, some random bits and bobs as well as our efforts to make it happen. Any money left over will be used to fund the next URBAN EARTH EVENT.....
BBC NEWS report here.
Monday, 15 June 2009
One delegate described this as being "the space between your ears", which is of course, correct, but this particular space then needs to be situated within another place.
A recent addition to the NINGverse is the SPACE MAKERS NETWORK, and I was intrigued by how this idea might connect with developing opportunities for teachers to meet and share ideas. Thanks to Ben Major for letting me know about this.
I hope to have some reports on here from Ollie as he makes his way along the great continental divide.
Saturday, 13 June 2009
Does Britain have a cohesive response to mitigate the impacts of climate change and extreme rainfall?
|08:30||Registration and Coffee in the Networking Surgery|
|09:20||Chair's Opening Address - Professor David Balmforth, BSc PhD CEng FICE FCIWEM, Technical Director with international consultants MWH; Editor in Chief of CIWEM’s International Journal on Flood Risk Management. (confirmed)|
|09:25||Anne McIntosh MP, Shadow Minister for the Environment (confirmed)|
“Adaptation - Preparing for Climate Change.”
What long term impact will climate change have on flood risk in the UK? Do we need to focus more on land management and town planning or have housing pressures meant we have no options but to expand flood defences?
|09:40||Keynote Address - Nick Herbert MP, Shadow Environment Secretary (confirmed)|
“The Challenges that face Flood Risk Management: The effective and efficient solutions for a successful framework.”
|10:00||Phil Rothwell BSc. MSc. FRSA, Head of Flood Risk Management Policy, The Environment Agency (confirmed)|
Following the Pitt Review final report can we realistically implement the recommendations stated given the constraints on both timescale and resources? Has future funding into Flood Risk Management been compromised by recession and can we achieve flood defence targets before another flood disaster hits the UK?
|10:35-10:40||Question and Answer Session|
|10:45||Masterclass Session 1|
A series of Masterclasses will run throughout the day. You have the opportunity to pick a stream from the following three topics: Risk and Resilience, Land Management and Response and Recovery.
|11:30||Coffee in the Networking Surgery|
|12:15||Masterclass Session 2|
|13:00||Lunch in the Networking Surgery|
|14:00||Masterclass Session 3|
“'Flood Risk Management - How can we support households with a high risk of flooding?'”
Is effective land management the best way to reduce flooding risk or will wider climate changes have a greater impact on our resources? What are the best practice contingency plans to deal effectively with a flooding disaster and what can be done to help rebuild areas and communities damaged by flooding?
|Chair - Professor David Balmforth, Technical Director with international consultants MWH; Editor in Chief of CIWEM’s International Journal on Flood Risk Management. (confirmed)|
|Daniel Johns, Head of Performance & Outcomes, Defra's Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Division(confirmed)|
|Professor David Proverbs, Head of Construction and Infrastructure Department , SEBE, University of Wolverhampton(confirmed)|
|Rob Cooke, Policy Director, Natural England (confirmed)|
|Moya Wood-Heath, Emergency Planning/Civil Protection Advisor British Red Cross Society (confirmed)|
|Justin Jacobs, Head of Property, Motor and Liability Insurance, Association of British Insurers (confirmed)|
|Angela Currie, Head of Emergency Services, WRVS (confirmed)|
|15:45||Chair's Closing Remarks - Professor David Balmforth, Technical Director with international consultants MWH; Editor in Chief of CIWEM’s International Journal on Flood Risk Management. (confirmed)|
|15:55||Coffee in the Networking Surgery|
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
It was put together primarily by Andy Wallis and Ian Stuart: two teachers from Islay High School, after a realisation that students starting their schooling in 2009 will finish Year 11 in 2020.
The first part of the journey was earlier today, with a dash from the fine city of York, where I spent most of the day working, then up the A19 and A1.
There were some particularly heavy showers on the way, but traffic was generally fine: there was a huge queue southbound near Gateshead after an incident in the fast lane. Glad I wasn't in that...
Paused a few times at geographically significant locations to check in with my mail and keep things ticking over...
Alnwick: this has been voted in the past as the most desirable place to live - took a wander into town for a drink...
Second, longer stop was at St. Abbs, where I took some photos and made a point of walking right to the water's edge on the EAST COAST, before heading further north-west to pause for the evening. Also bought a nice piece of art by a local artist.
This sounds like an excellent project which I would like to be involved in, but can also see being adapted by teachers for local investigations.
Tuesday, 9 June 2009
It was published in 1912 by the University Tutorial Press.
There were some excellent quotes which related remarkably closely to the content of the day. I shall feature this more in future blog posts once I have the chance.
Sunday, 7 June 2009
Saturday, 6 June 2009
Friday, 5 June 2009
http://www.geog.leeds.ac.uk/fileadmin/downloads/school/corporate/Teachers_Workshop_May_2009.pdf is a PDF file with all the details that you will need. Some excellent sessions.
Visit the website for more details on how to book - there are still spaces available.
The event is free, and delegates will be given refreshments, a buffet lunch and materials to take away.
His journey is now complete, and there are various postings on the website of 'The Ecologist' (the latest edition of which has a focus on Sustainable Cities)
Thanks to Graeme Eyre, who is also a PRIMARY GEOGRAPHY CHAMPION for the invitation to the Anglo European School.
There was a good turnout for the afternoon and twilight sessions that we put on.
First up was an hour of LIVING GEOGRAPHY.
Graeme then ran a session using Google Earth as a GIS, and has kindly shared his handout below....
THE GEOGRAPHER website, and also old friend and former SPC colleague Stuart Hitch, who told me of a new licensing agreement for Geological Maps.
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
A global dimension pack: "Exploring Together" has been sent to all headteachers, and contains leaflets on how to explore this curriculum dimension in each of the main subjects.
Monday, 1 June 2009
GEOGRAPHY TRAINING joins together the Geographical Association's own Alan Parkinson, with International Baccalaureate specialist, and creator of Geography all the Way: Richard Allaway.
In addition to the existing face-to-face and online CPD opportunities available from the Geographical Association, we offer a tailored service, with training to match your needs, at a venue to suit you.
Areas of speciality:
- Creative approaches for the teaching of Geography
- The use of Information and Communication Technology in Geography teaching
- Recent changes to the Key Stage 3 and GCSE programmes
- International Baccalaureate Geography - including the 2009 syllabus change
- IGCSE Geography
- Training focused upon application such as Google Earth, GIS applications, web2 tools etc
If you are interested please get in touch to discuss our availability and the necessary fees.