Saturday, 31 January 2009
Friday, 30 January 2009
Dr. Ann Worsley
Reader in Physical Geography, Edge Hill University
- Salt marshes north of Southport and its pier. Reclamation projects in the 1920s
- Creek systems and brackish marsh near Birkdale.
- Ainsdale - Pontins Holiday Camp - structure (aerial image)
An edited version of my presentation. If you have any questions on any element of this, please get in touch.
- Teachers as "an activist profession" (Judith Sachs) - greater accountability and working with networks.
- Implications for training and educating geography teachers.
- Survey of PGCE student on MA course: very strong feeling that they would be challenged academically and that it would develop their intellectual and scholarly capacity, but number dropped when asked whether they thought it would make them a better teacher. It would however increase their career prospects.
- Concerns were workload and time mainly.
- Felt that people most likely to be unsupportive when teachers carried on masters study were school colleagues.
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Classic TV from my youth.
This just dropped into my inbox.
Is it a cause for celebration ?
Get your school involved in SPRING DAY FOR EUROPE too...
IDEAS move Europe...
Make 2009 a year of Creativity and Innovation in your practice.... I'll try to....
OS Stand: image by Alan Parkinson
Saturday at BETT.
Wandered down Hammersmith Road in the sunshine, and at half past nine, half an hour before the show started, there were queues forming outside, although not as large as earlier in the week. There were also several people sitting with their laptops outside the Wetherspoons pub - the pub may have been closed (or at least I think it was), but the WIFI was switched on ;)
Exhibitor entrance was calm. Wandered through the main halls with space station style announcements: "the time is now 9.40 - BETT 2009 will open in 20 minutes".I liked the software produced by iBoard. This is primary software which had some nice activities. Tried a few which had been made available during the show. I liked this GOODEY'S MODEL style activity.
TWITTER is getting a lot of attention at the moment, and rightly so. It's been responsible for most of my recent discoveries of web based resources.
At the Teachmeet, Drew Buddie suggested that "Twitter is my Google", but then he does have around 2000 people both following him, and that he is following. He has also made over 16,500 'tweets'.
The plane crash on the Hudson last week was covered in all the media. This Twitpic was posted by a Twitter user who was on one of the ferries that was used in the rescue operation...
Had a German visitor to the stand with a twin school in Blackburn. He particularly liked the GA city guides.
Had a chat to Diana Freeman of Aegis 3: GIS software which is used in a lot of schools. Diana kindly provided software for a session that I ran at the GA Conference in 2007.
This now has some additional features, which I shall blog about more later, but one key additional feature is the streaming of OS 1:10 000 or 1:50 000 maps of areas into the worksheets.
Missed David Roberts, who wandered past in one of the few busy periods of the day. Catch you later David !
Brainpop: spoke to the good folks at Brainpop, who also sponsored the Teachmeet
Showed them MISSION EXPLORE - still hopeful of an 'outcome' here...
I also picked up on a Digital Urban blogpost, which mentioned something that was available in the main hall: Pico Projectors
Thanks to Alf from the Historical Association for his company on the day. I presume you've finished your book now....
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Geography has a focus on Sustainability, and it was interesting to see that a book I mentioned in a recent blog post is also focussed on here: Fred Pearce's "Confessions of an Eco Sinner", and it was also good to see a mention of the work of Ian Cook, who has been involved with the Young People's Geographies project, and is very much part of the idea of following products back to their origins: very much the focus of 'Living Geography'....
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
The next Living Geography conference will take place in York on the 9th of June.
We are already taking bookings.
Book online at the GA WEBSITE, or ring Lucy Oxley on 01142960088
Some formatting issues here, and will be updated for future events to include local references...
A podcast will soon be available for those delegates who attended the conference.
Many many thanks for the delegates who came to the event today !
Remember: the day doesn't end when the day ends...
Yesterday evening was an interesting one. I walked across London in Dan Raven Ellison style (but without the photographs) to the Royal Geographical Society to see Charley Boorman speak at the Monday night lecture.
We all felt really happy about the way the event went. Thanks to David Lambert too, for coming in at the beginning and the end of the (long) day as well.
There were some impressive folk presenting today's event , and very many thanks to Lucy, Ruth, Justin, Jeff and Julie.
The next Living Geography event will take place in York on the 9th of June. Book online, or ring Lucy Oxley on 01142960088
Saturday, 24 January 2009
Incredible Edible Todmorden
An alternative field trip could be related to FOOD SECURITY.
Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall also has a website which relates to the issue of FOOD, which has a GOOGLE MAP "coming soon"....
Hugh on Landshare from River Cottage on Vimeo
I got there because of a tip off to a site called PROBOSCIS. This was in connection with "public geographies", and there is a lot to explore here.
One of the ideas that I came across was the STORYCUBE, which I immediately liked, and started thinking about how to use it as a pedagogical tool, or as an outcome of a piece of work.
It turned out that it had been used in this conference, which included a contribution from Futurelab. Storycubes were also used in other events. This image shows them being used along with WORDLE.
"The ubiquitous presence and utility of ICT in modern life are having a significant impact on the way we live, and even on the notion of an educated person. It has led to the concept of the knowledge society -sometimes also called the learning society or information society. There is a widespread awareness that these developments have profound implications for education, and that schools must change, but as yet little detailed consideration of the extent of the change needed and the advantages that ICT can bring. The growth of the knowledge society and the pervasiveness of the technology represent a major challenge anda major opportunityfor education."
OECD, Learning to Change: ICT in Schools(2001), p.9
•„…change in education may now be thought of as a constant condition, rather than an event‟
Futurelab Literature review: Teachers Learning with Digital Technologies: A review of research and projects, p.507794
The quickest way to innovate is to bring innovative people into your organisation
Edexcel ‘A’: Avalanches and their management
a. The physical and human causes and effects of an avalanche in a named location.
b. Prediction and prevention of the effects of avalanches by forecasting, the design of buildings and defences, planning and education.
So let's choose a location first of all.
Where would be appropriate ?
The Alps are a popular ski destination, and have been for many decades. There are many ski resorts, and the area is also a possible case study for other elements of geography: it could be used to deliver work on climate change, impact of transport network enlargement with the tunnels beneath the mountains, glaciation, impact of tourist development.
Wikipedia page has useful maps....
Check out an old favourite: the VIRTUAL MONTANA site for more on the Alps.
Also something in this GOOGLE BOOK SEARCH result.
How about a starter video courtesy of YouTube
Location: The Alps
Green beans: grown in the Makachos district of Kenya
Friday, 23 January 2009
Alastair explained how Louis Thurston had developed this theory of assessment in the 1920s, based on simply comparing one piece of work directly with another. Alastair argued that abstract assessment criteria did not help in the process of marking, as examiners inevitably convert the abstract into concrete exemplars, increasing variability and unreliability. So why not just compare work directly? If enough comparisons between two different pieces of work are made by enough judges, a very reliable rank order emerges (the one that always wins moves to the top, the one that always looses goes to the bottom and the others spread appropriately between). I understand that QCA use this system already to monitor inter-board comparability, basically to ensure an ‘A’ in maths from OCR is the same as an ‘A’ in maths from Edexcel.
The problem lies in the scale of the award. With twenty paper scripts and half a dozen judges it can be done round a table, but when there are thousands of scripts and dozens of judges it becomes a logistical impossibility. However, with the advent of web-based portfolios, like the e-scape set of portfolios, are available anywhere and anytime each assessor has an internet connection. Multiple copies can be viewed at anytime, making the paired process possible in a high-stake assessment for the first time.
A growing number of geography teachers are discovering the joys of the iPhone.
Increasingly, the ways that they use them in their geography lessons and fieldwork are also being added to blogs and other online materials, perhaps because teachers who own iPhones are more inclined to use technology in their teaching ?
Some examples of teachers who are using this include Ollie Bray, who has posted a series of useful tutorials on how he uses particular apps for the iPhone.
I would also recommend John Davitt's iPhone app: the RANDOM ACTIVITY GENERATOR, which is demonstrated here...
Do you have an iPhone ?
Thursday, 22 January 2009
and finally another beautiful track from WALL-E with Peter Gabriel's touch on it. Used this as the mood music for an SAGT presentation:
Image by Flickr user macwagen made available under Creative Commons - thanks !
Was all set to go down to the FSC at Flatford Mill today, and then out on the Shotley peninsula to do some village fieldwork, but it's pouring with rain, and a 2 hour drive in the rain is not my idea of fun, plus I have a few things to complete today, so putting the kettle on instead and getting stuck in....
Helpless from Keith Loutit on Vimeo.
This video by Keith Loutit is incredible...
Features the building of a sand whale as part of a campaign by Australian Greenpeace
One for teaching about coasts / environmental issues ?
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
MapType from MapType on Vimeo.
There is also an excellent video of London by David Hubert, which is a useful comparison to Dan Ellison's URBAN EARTH creations. Once again, this could be a model for how students armed with digital cameras could re-present their home towns.
London (harder, better, faster, stronger) from David Hubert on Vimeo.
The DIGITAL URBAN BLOG is one that you should bookmark - there are other tremendous resources there from the last week alone...
Monday, 19 January 2009
I went through a range of new web tools and suggestions for pedagogy.
I added in a website which Noel Jenkins drew my attention to over the weekend: a NEF site which compares your "happiness" or "quality of life" with that of a country.
The Unhappy Planet Index is well worth a visit.Which country are you as happy as ?
When I tried it, I was as happy as PANAMA.
How happy are you ?
I will also be doing the session with UEA colleagues in a couple of weeks time: minus a few slides. Here's a taster...
If you're a PGCE tutor and would like me to speak to your cohort, please get in touch...
How about 'Argentina' as a case-study country ?
Sunday, 18 January 2009
For those who are unsure of the venue: it will take place at HAMILTON HOUSE.
This is close to Euston and Kings Cross / St. Pancras railway stations.
If you're coming along, I look forward to working with you !
Saturday, 17 January 2009
I was an early purchaser of EarthBrowser, which has just announced its latest version.
This can be seen in a FLASH demo at the EarthBrowser site.
The latest version includes a number of updates:
Major user interface improvements
- Small grid control panel
- Twice as fast as previous versions
- Instant launch
- Over 60,000 cities / add your own cities
- Street Map layer
- NASA OnEarth Near Real Time satellite overlay
- Add/Restore Favorite Views
- Popular Satellites dataset
- Ocean Buoys
The key addition is that EarthBrowser can now be embedded directly into a website, which is a feature that a lot of users will find very useful.
Check out the Action Aid campaigns, and keep an eye out for the free POWER DOWN pack.
Friday, 16 January 2009
Check out my FLICKR images of TEACHMEET.
Grabbed some free beer tokens, and a seat with John Davitt, who had a stuffed camel with him, for reasons that would become clear later.Image of camel by Flickr user cloudberrynine - Humph is sat on a pile of GA Magazines, which is nice...
Around 250 people had signed up, and there were also others following on the flashmeeting, and a large MONITTER display showed the Twitter 'tweets' that had the relevant hashtags #tmbeet09 etc
John showed us the LEARNING SCORE resource.
This is a very powerful resource, which visualises the planning of a lesson sequence by dragging and dropping elements which can then be seen in different formats. I saw this demonstrated the day after on the Heppell stand.
Ian Usher introduced the evening, and talked through the the way that things would work for those who were unsure. There were a few comfort breaks during the evening, which featured presentations lasting either 2 or 7 minutes. John Davitt kept time on his countdown timer, and anyone who over-ran had the stuffed camel thrown at them.
Ian Stuart joined the Teachmeet from Islay: speaking about the 2020 Unconference on the Isle of Islay.
John Davitt demonstrated his Random Activities Generator (RAG)This is a downloadable APP, to be used on the iPhone. Soon to be available from the iTunes APP store: check out the demo. What I loved was that when you shook the phone, another idea was displayed...
GeographyPages hosts a Geography Learning Event Generator, created by John which has been downloaded around 3000 times, and was featured at Teachmeet at SLF.
There was a great moment when one of the random combinations came up with:
"How Hitler was defeated as a Blues Song..."
Tom Barrett talked about the idea of linking Twitter and Google Earth. Twitter network - challenging the students to find them on Google Earth. Also using it to map weather data and temperature data which would come in 'live': this needs a particularly large twitter network for it to work. I'm going to try a live request tomorrow all being well. He also talked about the multi-touch Smart Table, which was demonstrated downstairs at BETT.
Greg Hodgson of Chalfonts Community College showed some Art activities from his college's VLE, which looked at Images, Movement and Interactivity. The college appointed an
Ollie told me about an excellent simulation that had been undertaken at the University of Aberdeen. Had a chat with Steve Sidaway from txt tools who had set up the simulation text system. Also possible to have RSS feed turned into a text message apparently, and an update sent when a website or blog is updated.
Russel Tarr's CLASSTOOLS slot machine spun for the last time with the clock ticking up to
Ollie Bray, who was the last person up. By then he'd had a few lagers, but completed what a lot of people said was one of the highlights of the evening with a mention for Graphic Novels and Google Earth.
Ollie said the day after that someone had come up to him, and said that they had really enjoyed his presentation, then said that they had no idea what he'd been talking about as they couldn't remember...
Down to Pizza Express in the basement for a v.nice pizza (was pretty hungry by 9.30) and a chat to Eylan from Brainpop.
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Met up with Doug Belshaw finally after some years of Twitter following and other virtual exchanges.