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Wednesday, January 02, 2013

New Year, New Geography

Happy New Year everyone - after 10 days away, I'm now firmly back in the room....



Join me on the 8th of January at 7pm for a VITAL CPD Teachshare, the first of the new year...

New Year New Geography



It's a chance to look ahead to what you have planned, and what might happen in the world of Geography.



I'll be previewing 13 of the things that I'm planning to get up to in 2013, and some opportunities for everyone to get involved...



1. Why not start a 365 project (if you're reading this before the first few weeks of the year are over you have chance to catch up...

I'll talk about my 365 projects past and future...

This year, I'm going to carry on Blipping, and also do a literacy blog at GeoLibrary 2013

I'm also going to be opening the archives (see previous blog post on that ) and have also created some new Pinterest boards to hold those images.



2. Blogging

I'm going to be hopefully breaking through the 5000 post barrier on LivingGeography.... and heading towards a million viewers....



3. Project 1

I USE Stats in Education is underway, and I will be going to Europe at least twice this year, and also spending time creating resources and sharing them as widely as possible. The theme is statistical literacy, which is of great relevance to geography, although this is a project that has relevance across the curriculum.

I'll also continue to be involved in another EU project called digitalearth. The first course, in Salzburg at the end of February is confirmed, and I am also going to Stockholm and Helsinki at the start of February too.



4. The Geography Collective

We're going to have a fairly big year this year. Watch this blog for more details as they emerge...



5. Writing

I am going to be writing another couple of books (at least) this year for a number of publishers, including Collins. I'm looking forward to it... More details here as they emerge - I still have a few contracts to sign. You still have chance to spend your Christmas book tokens on the books I wrote last year. I've also got an idea for another book that I'm writing a proposal for at the moment...



6. CPD

I am going to be working with OSIRIS for the first time, and also leading several courses for the GA as always. I'll be visiting various universities, CPD courses, schools (including Charterhouse) and doing the Independent Schools' conference in Oxford in March. I'm also heading for several cities. I still have plenty of space in my diary (at the moment) so get in touch If you'd like me to work with you...



7. Still High and Dry

Since I was asked to do my GA lecture on flooding last year it hasn't stopped raining and there's certainly few subjects that are more topical at the moment. If you have a good flood story, get in touch and I can squeeze it in there...



8. VITAL Work continues...

I shall be creating materials for the VITAL Geography portal until at least the end of March. The portals are continuing beyond then, but looking forward to continuing this strand of support for colleagues. There were some special codes tweeted by Peter Twining over the Christmas and New Year period for free access. These might still be live....



9. Discovering the World

I have been working on a booklet for Discover the World with John Sayers, Helen Steer and Tom Morgan Jones. It's coming soon....



10. Personal Development

This is the 6th year I will have been a Chartered Geographer. This is coordinated by the Royal Geographical Society. As part of the deal, I have to submit a CPD log which means I need to evidence my involvement in CPD: my own as well other people's. To that end, there are a few things I've got pencilled in to develop my own practice...



11. Photography

As well as my Blipoto album, I'm going to try and reach a total of 10 000 pictures shared on my Flickr account this year.



12. I'm going to get out more, and do more cycling....



13. Winds of Change

Fingers crossed that we won't be unlucky in bidding for a big project that could see me working (almost) full time for a year on a major science-based project involving real-world data.... I'll let you know if and when that happens...There's also a big project bid in



Join me over on Living Geography to read it all - don't forget to subscribe to / follow the blog... or follow me on Twitter: @GeoBlogs

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