Geography and all that Jazz
Random musings from the GeographyPages bloke... Visiting from outside the UK ? Add a comment please!
Sunday, November 30, 2008
This is a topic which many of the new 'AS' specs.
Every Monday when I drive into Sheffield along the Parkway, I see the familiar bulk of Hyde Park and Park Hill flats on the high ground behind the railway station. I've driven past them hundreds, maybe thousands, of times.
Urban Splash: a company that specialises in rebranding and redesign has bought the flats and has released this video.
Some interesting comments.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Yeterday at the Suffolk conference, talked about the use of CHRISTMAS as a context for some geography work. In terms of
Looking back over previous work, there are some links on my GEOGRAPHYPAGES website, including an old BLOG POST.
Globalisation and interdependence: connections with China, and the BBC BOX.
Research Christmas presents and their global connections e.g. iPods, Barbies (some multicultural ones)
A trip to Christmas Island ?
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
A nicely written piece in yesterday's Education Guardian: the annual supplement for the BETT show. I've written the Geography preview for the show for the last 3 years. The image of the Nintendo DS with Sim City being played is mine too.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Forgot to mention that on Thursday I picked up a new friend.
Labels: Barnaby Bear
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Interdependence Day Seminar
Sheffield University Geography Department - 18th November - 4.15pm
Thanks to Dr. Tariq Jazeel for inviting me to yesterday's seminar by Dr. Renata Tyszczuk from the Architecture department of the University of Sheffield on the Interdependence Day project , which looks at the nature of global environmental change, as we enter the era that has come to be known as the Anthropocene : one of human landscape- alteration and environmental instability.
It explored interdependence as framework for discussion on human alteration of the world.
It also featured the Mappae Mundi project
This project is currently being developed with partners at the Open University and is a cross-disciplinary venture between Geography and Architecture, between `writing the earth´ and `making place´. Its ambition is to `put stories back into maps´.
Renata talked about 2 events at the Royal Geographical Society, and the publication “Do good lives have to cost the earth ?
Also passed out some broadsheets from the Interdependence Day meetings, including an excellent article: “London Inside Out” by Doreen Massey, which was familiar to me from her book “World City”.
Talked about 2 story-based pieces:
We don’t know when it’s coming in (PDF download)
Relating to clothing, and connections the British Antarctic Survey, and the charity clothing shop where items were sold.
We don’t have a survival kit (PDF download)
New maps for an island planet, and ideas of provisionality and uncertainty.Thanks to Dr. Jazeel for the invitation.
Labels: Interdependence Day
Monday, November 17, 2008
Thanks to Dean Hughes for passing on information about the South Yorkshire Historic Environment Characterisation website.
One of my favourite reads from last year was Lynsey Hanley's "ESTATES: An intimate history"
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Latest Amazon purchase..
Labels: Roger Deakin
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Searching for Images on the Internet to use in the classroom
Friday, November 14, 2008
An excellent TES article by Ollie Bray looking at a lesson that he has taught every year since starting to teach on the development of settlements. This has now evolved to include an element of ICT to add an extra dimension. Check it out !
Now this looks like being a very interesting event at the RSA.
RSA Vodafone Event - Young people and technology: opportunities and pitfalls in a virtual world
20 November, 6.30pm
Join us as we explore the best and worst that technology has to offer our children. Teacher and star of “The Unteachables” Phil Beadle, international internet consultant on child safety John Carr; media literacy consultant, Cary Bazalgette; and Sarah Dyer, director of new media, Beatbullying, as we explore the best and worst that technology has to offer our children.
Chair: Rory Cellan-Jones, technology correspondent, BBC News
Unfortunately, am already doing too much that day and the following day to make it along...
Would be good to hear from anyone who does go....
Where in the World is this building ?
No. 1 in a (very) occasional series...
Shakeout on CNN
Been blogging about this for a while.
Another Noel Jenkins discovery...
Why not create some AUDIO placemarks for Google Earth, or hotspots in a POWERPOINT.
No sign up, my favourite price.
What's not to like, apart from the sound of your own voice...
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
David Lambert, Chief Executive of the GA is delivering a lecture at Sheffield University tomorrow tonight.
Coming up on the 8th of December is another rather fine lecture which I shall also attend:
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Dan Raven Ellison and his fellow walkers, are preparing for this Saturday's walk across BRISTOL.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
Some fireworks from last night's party...
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
New ACTIVIST website by my chum Abi....
Labels: Activist Link
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Monday, November 03, 2008
SLN FORUM BACK...
For those who have e-mailed over the last week or so... Good news!
Labels: SLN Geography Forum
Those people who are concerned about the new requirement to teach about GIS in the new KS3 curriculum should visit the ESRI site for plenty of materials.
First of all is a powerpoint which explains ALL ABOUT GIS
Another page has links to a load of resources, including an interactive movie outlining the connections that you have with GIS through the day.
Check these resources out !
Just registered for the TRACES OF HOPE activity to trial it.
It's produced by the British Red Cross.
Vicious war in Northern Uganda has destroyed Joseph’s home and torn his family apart. He has one goal, to find out from the Red Cross if his mother is alive or dead.
Now he has arrived in the dangerous camp they call Hopetown, he has 24 hours to track down the Red Cross messenger and he needs you to be his guide.
He has a satellite phone, you have the web – together you’ll make a great team. Time is running out; guide Joseph through sickness, fire and violence as together you follow his traces of hope.Just received my first video message...
Joseph1 from Joseph 1 on Vimeo.
Why not give it a go ?
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Just ordered this...
Labels: The Snow Tourist
The Cry at St. Paul's Cathedral
Invitation to a World Premiere at St Paul's Cathedral for Save the Children
You are warmly invited to the premiere of The Cry: A Requiem for the Lost Child which will take place in St Paul's Cathedral at 6pm on Sunday 16 November 2008 in aid of Save the Children.
Composed by Adrian Snell and directed by David Drummond, The Cry is a spectacular and moving musical production that remembers children who've lost their lives or childhood because of warfare, armed conflict or ethnic cleansing. The lead vocalists are Niamh Perry (BBC1's I'd Do Anything) and opera star Mark Stone. They'll be joined by violinist Jeanine Thorpe (BBC2's Classical Star and Maestro), Adrian Snell, the London Oriana Choir, the London Oratory School Schola, keyboard player Dave Bainbridge (Iona) and a host of other talented singers and musicians. The performance will be introduced by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.
The Cry features a rap specially recorded for the premiere by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who says 'I'm delighted to be involved as a rapper for the premiere of The Cry, which gives these often forgotten victims of wars a voice that will lift the roof off St Paul's Cathedral!'
Admission is free, but by ticket only. Tickets can be obtained by sending a stamped addressed envelope, stating how many you require, to:
The Cry, The Chapter House, St Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD
Further information can be found at www.stpauls.co.uk under 'Concerts & Events' or on Facebook (search under 'The Cry: A Requiem for the Lost Child').
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Just a few lines from a very wet Royal Tunbrige Wells.
A lot sunnier on the Stade in Hastings yesterday (and a long way from last Saturday when I was in Edinburgh !)
Photos and more to come when I get home tomorrow.
Good to see that the GA NING is now up over 200 members. Room for plenty more !
Labels: Tunbridge Wells