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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Grid References

Just responding to post on SLN about Grid References, and remembered my WHERE WOLF, that sits in my wallet. I love the tagline: "Get one, or get lost."Via that, came across this video comparing map scales and how to set a map...

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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.

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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Christmas Ideas

Yeterday at the Suffolk conference, talked about the use of CHRISTMAS as a context for some geography work. In terms of
I recognise that not all faiths are represented in a unit like this: "winterval" anyone ?

Mark Cowan has kindly made available another one of his poems.

View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: poem christmas)

Looking back over previous work, there are some links on my GEOGRAPHYPAGES website, including an old BLOG POST.

I also had quite a Christmas theme to my PEOPLE AS CONSUMERS unit on my PILOT GCSE blog: here are all the POSTS LABELLED CHRISTMAS.

What else is there ?

Emma Johns produced some work on using the huge AMAZON distribution warehouse near Milton Keynes as a context. Location of these warehouses is crucial. Good use of GIS as well in terms of routing of lorries for deliveries, and co-ordination of distribution network. I pass the Wilkinsons and
There's a big John Lewis warehouse on the way up to Hull as well on the M18

Helen Nurton produced an excellent CHRISTMAS TREE: real or artificial activity and a Christmas mind map, both of which are still available from 4SHARED HERE. They have both been downloaded almost 300 times, and I certainly made use of them last Christmas...

Tony Cassidy did a European Tour for Santa where he popped up in lots of locations.

Val Vannet produced a massive ADVENT CALENDAR quiz with a question behind each window.

Mary Cooch has made some very nice games on her GAMES4GEOG site (scroll down to the bottom of the page for the Christmas games)

Paula Richardson produced a set of resources on a CHRISTMAS THEME, which are still available on the GA WEBSITE.

On Christmas Eve each year, NORAD track Santa, and you can follow his progress on Google Earth.

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 ?

Don't forget to recycle your Christmas cards.
Why not do a HOUSEBLINGERS homework - is the credit crunch and rising energy prices going to mean less of this sort of thing ?

Remember, a scheme of work is for life, not just for Christmas...

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Took this image earlier this year.
Who is next ?

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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.
The ONLINE VERSION is now available.
Check out the rest of the BETT Preview too.
I'll be at Teachmeet and will be manning the GEOGRAPHICAL ASSOCIATION's STAND in the SUBJECT ASSOCIATION area on Saturday the 17th of January.

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Produced by Nicola Donkin at the Geographical Association

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Forgot to mention that on Thursday I picked up a new friend.
Look at that intrepid hairy explorer.... and Barnaby...

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Education 2020
Been doing various reading-type-things on Education and technology.
Also signed up for an UNconference in June...
Which takes place HERE.

Image by Flickr user Larsomat, and made available under Creative Commons
Visit the WIKISPACE for the event.

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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.

One of the other groups that attended the Interdependence Day project day was RED REDEMPTION.

They have produced an intriguing CLIMATE CHALLENGE GAME, which can be played online.

Remember that your students are 'all' playing games - everyday geographies...

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Monday, November 17, 2008

Thanks to Dean Hughes for passing on information about the South Yorkshire Historic Environment Characterisation website. 
Plenty of information on the changes in the landscape of South Yorkshire. Interesting mapping and images.

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Worldwise Quiz
Off to Hull in a couple of hours to the Hull GA branch's Worldwise quiz, at Hymer's College.
Back in 1986, I did my PGCE at Hull University, and I haven't had the chance to go back very often since, apart from a family trip to 'The Deep' and a trip to the library cinema for a rare showing of "The Singing Ringing Tree" (if you were born in the 60s you'll know what I'm talking about)
If you want to organise your own quiz, there are plenty of questions from previous years on the Worldwise area of the GA website, and also contact details for Richard Gill, who can provide further information.

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One of my favourite reads from last year was Lynsey Hanley's "ESTATES: An intimate history"
Just been putting together some resources for my LIVING GEOGRAPHY conference session, and came across a new resource in the BBC MAGAZINE section.
It's a resource based on the SEACROFT estate in Leeds. The main page has a nice interactive map, with links through to video reports from a number of different perspectives, such as Dorothy Wall, who lives in one of the high-rise blocks on the estate, and has lived in the area for 25 years.
There is also a nice reflective piece from Lynsey Hanley
Keep an eye on the comments by others...
A useful resource for personal geographies...
These

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

Latest Amazon purchase..

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Another nice piece of work discovered via TWITTER.
David Noble has put together a SOURCE to SEA trip by Flight Simulator down the  RIVER SEVERN...

Part 1


Part 2

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Searching for Images on the Internet to use in the classroom
This online tutorial covers all aspects of sourcing images and copyright issues. It is designed for HE students, but would be useful for anyone who wants the latest information on the issue of copyright and image use, along with some ideas for how to use images.

Nice work !
Found via Twitter...

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Friday, November 14, 2008



From the Slideshare Geography Teacher group

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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 !

Building Your Own Town
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: geography olliebray)


Nice work.

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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....

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Where in the World is this building ?
No. 1 in a (very) occasional series...


Thanks to Zachishere for image, and Anne Greaves for the tipoff...

Shakeout on CNN
Been blogging about this for a while.
Happened yesterday...

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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...

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

David Lambert, Chief Executive of the GA is delivering a lecture at Sheffield University tomorrow tonight.
It's part of the Centenary Lecture Series.

Department of Geography Centenary Lecture
Geography in schools: misheard or misplaced?
Professor David Lambert (Chief Executive of the Geographical Association)
5:30 pm Richard Roberts Auditorium


I shall be in the audience, and will be posting updates to my TWITTER FEED.

If you want to JOIN IN, then JOIN TWITTER if you haven't already and CLICK TO FOLLOW ME on TWITTER.



Coming up on the 8th of December is another rather fine lecture which I shall also attend:

Department of Geography Centenary Lecture
Beyond critical - some spaces of optimism in a globalised world
Professor Doreen Massey (Open University)
5:30 pm Students' Union Auditorium

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The Connected Generation

One of my key roles at the GA is to encourage people to increase their networking. Check out this post on Ewan McIntosh's blog.

Ewan McIntosh

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

World Whisky of the Year
Congratulations to Ardbeg, whose Uigeadail whisky has been awarded this prestigious title. It's also rather delicious, having had a bottle.
Happy to make Ardbeg the 'official' whisky of the GA.... ;)

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Dan Raven Ellison and his fellow walkers, are preparing for this Saturday's walk across BRISTOL.
Check out the URBAN EARTH NING for more details - it's not too late to sign up.
Don't forget that there will also be a walk as part of next April's GA Conference.

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

Geographyalltheway Resources Showcase

Check this LINK for Richard's resources. You might not know about all of these...

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Supersize Me....

Just working on FAST FOOD GIS resource for training course tomorrow...
How about this for a useful starter video ?

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Some fireworks from last night's party...

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Customized Soccer Jersey - ImageChef.com

Thanks to BRECON GEOGRAPHY for visiting the blog, and listing me. Some nice posts and layout.
Good to see the old IMAGE CHEF generators in use too.

"Grauitous creativity": my favourite new phrase...

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Saturday, November 08, 2008

Jane Hart's 100 Top Tools for Learning 2008



How many do you use ?

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Thanks to Bob Lang for pointing out the SHAKEOUT website, which relates to a huge earthquake preparedness drill in Southern California on the 13th of NOVEMBER.
Excellent lesson resource below on YOUTUBE (can also be downloaded)

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

Lots of Sigur Ros clips on YouTube...
From Wolverhampton Civic...
Bit raggedy, but feel the energy !


Here's an Animoto I made for a session in Singapore later in the month...

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New ACTIVIST website by my chum Abi....
Are you in London ?

www.activistlink.co.uk is a new website, a listings site really, drawing together human rights and environmental events in and around London. It will be updated regularly and we are hoping that it will become the place to go for events that get you thinking and doing about how to change our society and our environment for the better.

Do check it out if you get a moment, and email us at info@activistlink.co.uk if you've got any feedback. And please forward this email on to anyone who you think might be interested.

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Do you Wordle ?

The CLEVER SHEEP blog of Rodd Lucier has a great post with 20 IDEAS FOR WORDLE.

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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Quick image by Flickr user slint4587 taken at Wolves Civic Hall last night.
Superb concert...
Tired now...

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Monday, November 03, 2008

SLN FORUM BACK...
For those who have e-mailed over the last week or so... Good news!

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Well done to Richard Allaway for following a certain other CGeog into the Spotlight for this month over at the RGS website.

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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 !

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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 ?

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Sunday, November 02, 2008



Just ordered this...

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Just catching up on what's been happening while I've been away for a few days... Lots as it happens.

Here are some images from my trip to Hastings. Plenty more on my FLICKR page.

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BBC Augmented Reality GIS Demo
Thanks to Ollie Bray for tip-off...

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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').

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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 !

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