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Monday, September 08, 2008

Box clever....
Image by Flickr user splorp under Creative Commons

The BBC have branded a shipping container, and have fitted it with various GPS tracking devices, and are about to follow it as it travels around the world...

Last year, I produced a resource looking at the use of the SHIPPING CONTAINER as a box that changed the world. This came out of a book by Sarah Murray called MOVEABLE FEASTS. Click the logo below to go to the book's accompanying website...


Click THIS LINK to download a PDF from the Moveable Feasts site which looks at the birth of the shipping container...

At the moment, the BBC's branded box is in Southampton, but you can track it's progress on this MAP.
Its first journey is apparently a lorry trip up to Scotland to be loaded with whisky.... Mmmmm.... whisky....

There is a page with all the relevant information and weblinks.

I suggested on the Edexcel NING that teachers could perhaps use this as a method of exploring the idea of GLOBALISATION...

Richard Meadows instantly improved on my idea by suggesting that students could take it in turns to adopt a box for the week and produce a report when it is their turn containing information about where the box started and finished, which method(s) of transport were used to move it, what its contents were, how far it travelled etc. complete with information about the places that the box found itself in.
A nice concept from the BBC: hat tip to whoever thought of it.....
Perhaps there's some scope in producing a teaching pack with a blank map to follow and trace the route (or is that now a bit old fashioned with the INTERACTIVE MAP that shows the route anyway...)

Get in touch if you have more ideas on how to use this resource, or making the most of this opportunity to connect with geography teachers and students...



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