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Saturday, March 31, 2007

I will be at the GA Conference at the University of Derby on the 13th and 14th of April 2007
I will be leading a session on the use of GIS for Beginners on the Saturday morning, with a great deal of help from fellow members of the GA Secondary Phase Committee.

Hope to see some of my readers there - come and say hello!
I'll have a limited stock of GeographyPages pens for you to claim!

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Thursday, March 29, 2007


Very excited...
Like Gabriel at Blickling, this was a real surprise.
See you in Sheffield !

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Sunday, March 25, 2007



Hope to see some of you at this workshop I'm leading - though to be honest, it's Tom Biebrach and Alan Kinder who are doing all the hard work, with a lot of effort going in to make sure there's the LOFTU (don't ask...)

If you use GIS, please get in touch to tell me of your experiences.

a) What software do you use ?
b) What problems have you had ?
c) Why use GIS in the first place ?
d) What are your top tips ?

See some of you in Derby I hope, whether it's in the workshop or not....

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Quick post to flag up a few things...

a) Ollie Bray's excellent Slideshare on ICT in Geography



b) Melanie Richards' useful post providing links to today's excellent Guardian pullout on Rural Communities - very useful for A2 Rural-Urban work.

c) Tomorrow is WORLD WATER DAY

Some very useful resources including FLASH ANIMATIONS at the 2007 WWD site. Theme is water scarcity with a focus on how global warming is threatening communities, who rely on glaciers for their water supply...

Just been on the budget calculator on the BBC News website (what do you mean, you didn't know it was Budget Day....)
The result:

Next year, the indications are that you will be £197.27 better off.

Cheers Gordon (I think...)

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Monday, March 19, 2007

Set the VCR or Sky+ box:

Bitesize Revision
BBC TWO
Age 14 - 16
GCSE Bitesize Geography
Global Issues 27 MAR '07
04.00 - 06.00 120 minutes
28 MAR '07
04.00 - 06.00 120 minutes
Human geography 28 MAR '07
02.00 - 04.00 120 minutes
29 MAR '07
02.00 - 04.00 120 minutes
Physical geography 28 MAR '07
04.00 - 06.00 120 minutes
29 MAR '07
04.00 - 06.00 120 minutes
and if you miss them then...

Bitesize Revision
BBC TWO
Age 14 - 16
GCSE Bitesize Geography
Global Issues 26 APR '07
02.00 - 04.00 120 minutes
Human geography 25 APR '07
02.00 - 04.00 120 minutes
Physical geography 25 APR '07
04.00 - 06.00 120 minutes

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Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Just one of many great games courtesy of the Christian Aid GAMEZONE. Click to play.

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You'll be pleased to know that I've checked this blog with the site above, and you can read it in China ! Does your favourite site pass the firewall test ?

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Just wasted 3 minutes on this...

Monday, March 12, 2007

Gary's Weather Forecasting Stone
This has been doing the rounds on the blogs for ages now, so it's about time that I had a picture of it here too. I like this a lot !This copy is from HERE.

My free DVD on Wind Power presented by Kate Humble arrived today. Why not order your own copy - they're my favourite price! - go HERE for the order form.

Watched this today, and it's rather good !

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Geography Teachers - support the GGiP and Darfur Wall !
Check out Noel Jenkins' JUICY GEOGRAPHY for details of some rather groovy GEOGRAPHY RELATED postcard sets which will help to raise money for the above causes as well as providing a talking point in lessons, and a way of encouraging student involvement when they go on holidays !
I've ordered some - go and order some of your own !

Update: 50 sets now ordered as of 13th March - another 50 needed !

Update: First 100 sets now on their way from the USA

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Thanks to GeoDave for flagging this useful video on Earth and Humans !

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Saturday, March 10, 2007

For almost 30 years on and off, S66 postcode area was "My Place". It was where I was born, just outside the town of ROTHERHAM, and spent my childhood, attended primary and secondary school, and then returned to on and off during holidays as a student, and then at weekends when I started teaching, until my parents moved away from the area. I still visit occasionally, in fact I passed through S66 last week on the way to a meeting in Sheffield at the headquarters of the Geographical Assocation (of which more later this year)

The area is now the subject of a book which I'm currently reading.

The book is called WELCOME TO EVERYTOWN. The author chose S66 to represent the UK and spent 6 months there.
"Philosopher Julian Baggini pinpointed postcode S66 on the outskirts of Rotherham, as England in microcosm – an area which reflected most accurately the full range of the nation's inhabitants, its most typical mix of urban and rural, old and young, married and single. He then spent six months living there, immersing himself in this typical English Everytown, in order to get to know the mind of a people."
An interesting read so far. The author lived in Bramley for 6 months near the Ball Inn (which has been renamed a while back), down the hill from Wickersley where I lived for all that time. He visits the Brecks, Maltby, various pubs, mentions Dalton and Rawmarsh and goes to see Rotherham Utd. play. Some good ideas for the Geography pilot, and concepts of happiness, catchments, demographics, community and issues of immigration. I also liked the pictures - always laughed at the sign for the South Yorkshire Forest near to Morrisons in Hellaby. Lots of things on the website, but they're all "coming soon"...

Update: Some mixed reviews on the book. Not everyone is happy with the premise or the execution. A good letter published in The Guardian on Saturday from M Wolverson.
"My mother has happily lived in Maltby, Rotherham, for 80 years. She is regularly asked leading questions by 'researchers' about quality-of-life issues on her estate such as crime and unemployment. They seem very disappointed when she tells them that where she lives is "like heaven with the door shut, love." Great quote....

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Something Tony C put me on to...
His is faster than mine !

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

This is something which we will explore in more detail after Easter when we move on to People as Consumers.

The FARMERS WEEKLY INTERACTIVE site has various resources that will be of use to you.

There is also a rather long (117 page) DEFRA report on the impact of Food Miles. There is also a GAME BOARD with distances travelled by food in 2 identical meals which are moved by car or plane.

The EAT THE SEASONS website is a useful one as it tells you what foods are in season, and therefore would not be imported foods. The loss of SEASONALITY is a related issue to the one of FOOD MILES.
The BIG BARN website shows you where to find local food producers.

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Saturday, March 03, 2007

Make sure you offer your views on the new KS3 Geography PoS.
Here is a GA view on the new curriculum - slide taken from a presentation "A Curriculum for the 21st Century" produced by Mick Waters, the director of QCA - text from the slide says:

" Let us finish with the traditional school curriculum in which subjects are served up as ends in themselves. Let us dig deeper and use subjects as the vast and inspiring resources they are for serving the educational goals we value."
Geographical Association


BBC Bitesize Podcast Survey

The BBC have added a series of PODCASTS to the Bitesize Geography revision site.
Go over there and download some of them, then go HERE and fill in a very quick survey giving your opinion on them...

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