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Thursday, August 19, 2010

There was some exciting news earlier this week !

Hans Rosling is the Director of the Gapminder Foundation, and produced one of the most exciting tools for geographers in recent times: GAPMINDER (now in a desktop version too)

Thanks in part to some work by our colleague Bob Lang earlier in the year, it is now confirmed that Hans will be doing the keynote lecture at the Geographical Association's conference at the University of Surrey in Guildford in April 2011.

One for your diaries: for the chance to see Hans in action - get a flavour of his presentations by watching this TED TALK.

Online booking for the conference is now available!

GA members get substantial discounts!
Full time and PGCE students get FREE registration!
Delegate fees have been frozen to 2009 levels !

Follow the GA on Twitter (@The_GA) with the hashtag: #gaconf11

This year, the conference will also be raising money for ACTION AID: the President's chosen charity.

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Monday, August 16, 2010

You can now show your appreciation of all things geographical by shopping at the new

The shop is organised through CafePress, and each item is individually manufactured and shipped.

Get in touch if you want to suggest other items, or colours in addition to those that we have already added.
I have just done some shopping of my own, and will post a picture of myself in my new GA shirt once it arrives...

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A few months ago, Tim Handley, a PGCE student at UEA hosted the first Teachmeet in East Anglia, and also started to collate tips for fellow PGCE tips using the hashtag #pgcetips

A few months later, with the help of a range of people, he collated these into an e-book.

It can be downloaded, or a hard copy can be purchased via Lulu for just £6.91

I was delighted to contribute an article on Curriculum making to the book.

I recommend that you follow Tim as he undertakes his NQT year in a Norfolk primary school. Tim's blog makes good reading as he reflects on his educational journey.

And if you, like Tim, finished your PGCE year last year you may be interested in 3 regional events that we are going to be running in March 2011.
They are going to be designed specifically for NQT Geographers.
You'll spend the day working with me on a range of projects and workshops designed to get you up and running for the first phase of your career....
More details on the GA website soon...

Every child matters, and so does every geography teacher...


Sunday, August 01, 2010

Yesterday was the big day for the launch of our Mission:Explore London iPhone app.
The app was developed in association with the WORKSHOP.
If you don't have an iPhone / iPod touch / iPad (and if not, why not ?) you can see all the missions on our MISSION EXPLORE WEBSITE and also remember to BUY THE BOOK...

If you have an iPhone, download the app and give us a review / rating please...

We had the Golden Hinde booked for the event.
Here's a slideshow of the first part of the event.
Thanks to everyone who came along and enjoyed the evening...

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