Speaking of Dubai, just ordered this book from Amazon. Written by Mike Davis, who has written about cities elsewhere in the world.Been browsing some articles and blog posts which are related to the book, which relates to some themes in Doreen Massey's lecture that I attended last month.
And finally, some rather nice piccies of the Alps courtesy of Val Vannet: from top to bottom they show:
- Temperature Inversion
- Moraines along the piste
- Mont Blanc (1000 people have died trying to reach the summit of this mountain...)
“Location based digital services like geotagging are going to grow fast in 2009”
“Sites like Ning.com allow for subject specific networks to be developed”...
Also later today, the institution that is the ROYAL INSTITUTION CHRISTMAS LECTURES begin on Channel 5. This year's lectures are on the theme of COMPUTERS and intelligence.
And finally, male teachers are more likely to have their lessons disrupted... Well that explains a lot...
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New film from Danny Boyle: "SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE"...
Passage in Chapter 8: "The American Geographies"
"Geography is... knowledge that calls up something in the land we recognise and respond to. It gives us a sense of place and a sense of community. Both are indispensable to a state of well being, an individual's and a country's..."
The theme of LIVING GEOGRAPHY was present across a range of the GA’s activities during 2007-08, including various CPD projects and branch initiatives, and this trend looks set to continue in future years. ‘Living geography’ aims to engage teachers and pupils with the development of innovative and exciting learning, often starting with young people’s perceptions of their own local environment, and emphasising change in response to real problems and issues of regeneration and sustainable development. Living geography is concerned with enabling young people to envision futures and successful living geography projects help to forge new links between teachers and the local authorities, development agencies and such like.
This will be the theme of a range of CONFERENCES.
Speaking of conferences, £1 from every conference delegate at the GA Conference will go to the Katine Project
In October 2007 Guardian News & Media launched a three-year initiative - in partnership with the African Medical & Research Foundation (Amref) and Barclays - to support a community of 25,000 people in the Ugandan sub-county of Katine in overcoming the effects of extreme poverty, civil war and climate change.
The project is funded by donations from Guardian and Observer readers and Barclays, but it is more than just a fundraising push. On the Katine website you can read about how the money is spent, how development works and listen to the people of Katine share their views, watch films about the issues they face and things they do in their daily lives.
The project is focusing on five key areas, education, health, water, governance and livelihoods - find out more about each topic by following the links.
The GA will contribute £1 per paying delegate from the GA Annual Conference and Exhibition towards the project.
Just been working on a project due to hit the web early next year, which deals with the teaching of controversial issues.
Just been reading a project which was completed by the Historical Association.
The T.E.A.C.H project has a great acronymic name: it stands for "Teaching Emotive and Controversial History" 3-19
Historians find themselves teaching events such as the Holocaust, and also what are called "social, cultural, religious and ethnic fault lines within and beyond Britain"...
Some additional funding has now been made available to put on a further 6 events, which are targeting 6 areas of the UK where the take-up of the original events was not as high. These one day events, which will be FREE, will take place as follows, all in 2009 of course...
The original video can be seen here, thanks to YouTube....
It has a lot of interesting things to say about the possible impact of digital literacy on the nature of learning in the future, in particular the extent to which students transfer the skills they will bring with them to their learning, and the opportunities that are made available by institutions to the young people who arrive in them.
Controversial Global Issues: Resourcing the Food Crisis
Geographers occasionally have to tackle controversial issues in the classroom. Food security is an evolving issue, which impacts on everybody. The GA has worked with Oxfam on a CPD unit for this topic. We’ll tell the story of the resource, which is hosted on the GTT website and provides ready-made lessons, and a toolkit of approaches for taking things further.
John McLaverty is Education Practice Project Manager at Oxfam GB
Alan Parkinson is Secondary Curriculum Development Leader at the GA
Hope to see some of you there...
For that reason, we have produced a letter which can be downloaded from the main GA network site.
This can be used when approaching those responsible for local authority filtering policies to encourage them to remove the block on school use. Please also tell us of success stories where you have been able to change the policy, so that we can highlight this to other teachers.
Here is the text of the letter, which is available as a PDF from the link above....
The Geographical Association exists to “further the teaching and learning of geography”. One important aspect of this work is encouraging teachers to form networks: whether local or regional, and to engage with national opportunities. This represents one aspect of CPD, and encourages the development of a community of practice.
As part of the Action Plan for Geography, a government funded initiative which has invested in school geography and spawned a wide range of projects, the Geographical Association has created a number of online networks to offer an additional level of support for geography teachers.
We have created a new online “virtual professional network”, which makes use of a web platform called a NING. This is also used by some people for what is known as “social networking”. In many local authorities, these sites are categorised as being in the BLOCKED category along with blogs, e-Bay, Forums and gaming sites.
We would like you to unblock these sites for use by teachers in schools which are involved with the Geographical Association networks. This is not a blanket relaxing of the filtering which obviously has its purpose, but hopefully a recognition that these sites are not ‘chat rooms’ for teachers, but form an important part of their professional development and provide mutual support at a time of major curriculum change.
The networking sites that have been created have the following URLs:
http://geographical.ning.com – the Geographical Association’s network
http://geographychampions.ning.com – the Primary Geography Champions’ network
http://geographynqt.ning.com – the network for NQTs and PGCE Geographers
We would be grateful if you would consider making these sites available to schools that contact you with this request. If you would like any further information, please feel free to contact Alan Parkinson at the GA by phone: 01142960088 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor David Lambert
Chief Executive, Geographical Association