Monday, 30 November 2009
Sunday, 29 November 2009
Cranes have become a regular feature of many city skylines. Driving into Sheffield, there are some that have been there for months, and have become a familiar outline.
Saturday, 28 November 2009
Worth spending a few moments with...
Friday, 27 November 2009
There are two events planned for March. For more details see the GA WEBSITE.
Booking now available...
Aims and outcomes
Quality Geography: Challenging and supporting student learning
Leszek Iwaskow, Ofsted's National Adviser for Geography
10:15-10:30 Refreshment break
On the Geography Teaching Today website is a range of resources on IMPOSSIBLE PLACES.
Thursday, 26 November 2009
Down to London on the (very) early train this morning for an event at the Royal Geographical Society, which was based on GCSE and the new Polar resources that are now complete over at DISCOVERING THE ARCTIC.
b) what data was used, and where it came from...
c) what the output was, and what questions it was used to answer...
d) year group
Details of the Geographical Association's first Post 16 National Conference are now on the GA website.
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
SHELTERBOX is an initiative of the Rotary Club
There is a range of educational material to accompany the site, which on first glance looks like it would be engaging for students.
Some pictures of the sort of location where the Shelterbox might arrive: in the aftermath of an earthquake which has destroyed the majority of housing, sets up the activities well.
Short video clips are also provided, including one which shows how the contents might be used.
ShelterBox updates can also be followed on Twitter, and of course, you could make a donation towards their work.
Here is an excellent piece of literacy work on the theme of limestone landscapes which has been shared by Kenny O' Donnell, and was produced by Emma.
This was shared using a website called POSTEROUS: if you can send an e-mail, you can add materials to Posterous....
Tuesday, 24 November 2009
If you haven't already joined, go along to the GA NING and join.
The Guardian and Observer Digital Archive makes available online every page of the Guardian since 1821 and the Observer - the oldest Sunday paper in the world - since 1791. Previously only available on microfiche or in fragile bound copies, you can now take a journey through time from the execution of Marie Antoinette to the first man on the moon at the click of a mouse.
The Digital Archive includes over 1.2 million pages of articles, photographs, cartoons, illustrations and advertisements up to the year 2000. Searching the archive is free of charge. However, if you want to view in full or print out material, you will need to subscribe. We offer 24 hours, three days or a month. During the purchased time periods you will be able to search and print as much as you like – there are no restrictions on downloads.
Monday, 23 November 2009
David worked at the University of East Anglia for many years, and also attended numerous geography network meetings that I attended from the late 1980s onwards. He produced a facsimile version of a book on Norfolk's geography that I used recently to prepare some materials. We also shared billing a few times when running sessions for new PGCE colleagues at the University.
David was also present at the RGS-IBG AGM in 2008 when I was one of the award winners. He was receiving the prestigious RGS-IBG "Ness" award for "popularising geography among young people", and he will perhaps be best remembered for his work in mapping and atlases, particularly the production of a range of atlases and other books related to mapping.
He was well travelled, visiting over 100 countries, and will be sadly missed....
Sunday, 22 November 2009
One particular location where this is having an impact is in Workington, where all the bridges across the river have been damaged, and are impassable.
If we are looking for "living geography" context, one idea would be to take a local settlement to you that has a river and bridges, and imagine that all the bridges have been damaged or become unusable.
Saturday, 21 November 2009
OXFAM have launched a new website called "THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE" ahead of the Copenhagen climate conference.
The game is also available in a range of languages including CHINESE....
Friday, 20 November 2009
Thursday, 19 November 2009
The Environment Agency has done some preparatory work by clearing river channels to encourage water to flow freely.
Some areas have experienced a month's worth of rain in less than 24 hours, and many people have had to be evacuated from their homes.
Apparently the town of Keswick is virtually cut off.
- Bypass from Kendal to motorway closed
- River levels rising and sandbags going into place
- Accidents on other roads blocking them
- Ullswater overflowing onto nearby roads and causing obstructions to vehicles other than 4x4s
Wednesday, 18 November 2009
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
- Volcanic Plug with Edinburgh Castle sat on top ('Once there were volcanoes here')
- M62, and going past the farm between the carriageways ('Routeway')
- Crossing the River Coquet in Northumberland (Geog.1 or Geog.2)
- Milton Keynes / Stevenage - New Towns
- Liverpool (home of Walter of Geog.dot fame)
- Manchester: Chinatown and Canal Street (Urban rebranding and urban cultural geography)
- Isle of Islay (tidal power)
- Major bridges (communications): Humber, Severn, Forth etc.
Monday, 16 November 2009
Sunday, 15 November 2009
Not sure what to think about it being made into a film. The trailer is HERE: film opens tomorrow in the USA.
Friday, 13 November 2009
Across a moonlit ocean
In a glacial measured motion
As foothills move our mountains
Our fault lines are accounted
As our continents divide
Thursday, 12 November 2009
Have a look and see how many you can work out.
Wednesday, 11 November 2009
Monday, 9 November 2009
Friday, 6 November 2009
Thursday, 5 November 2009
Rob's journey is over, but Mark Beaumont's latest journey is continuing... of course, you'll have to go to Mark's BBC related blogs for all that news, or follow his Twitter feed...
The GA Conference programme for 2010 has now been finalised by Lucy Oxley, and is available to download in various formats from the GA CONFERENCE area of the website.