ASBO ? There's an app for that....

Just installed the iPhone app: ASBOROMETER
This will display the level of various crime statistics for your area.
Useful for those looking at the Geography of Crime

Put the kettle on...

Another Norfolk business story to filter into my GA lecture in 2 weeks is the sale of a local company for big money.
KETTLE CHIPS are made by a Norfolk-based company, based in Bowthorpe.

Mission Explore: on tour..

The Mission Explore crew are going on the road this summer.
You can catch us at the events listed above, with some others still to be added as we take the idea of Mission Explore to a range of audiences.

Mission Explore is coming out soon in book form - I spent some time proof-reading the resources earlier, and they are looking cool. They can be pre-ordered for £6....

You can also help yourself to cool Mission Explore gear via our ONLINE SHOP.


I'll see you at GLASTONBURY - need to hunt out my loon pants....

Football and recycling combined...

A DAILY MAIL article has made a good connection between sport and the environment...

NIKE make the shirts which are apparently made from recycled plastic bottles.

Nike's fabric suppliers sourced discarded plastic bottles from Japanese and Taiwanese landfill sites and then melted them down to produce new yarn that was ultimately converted to fabric for the jerseys.

This process saves raw materials and reduces energy consumption by up to 30 per cent compared to manufacturing virgin polyester.

Brazil, The Netherlands, Portugal, USA, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Serbia and Slovenia are the teams involved.

Just over 100 days to go...

Lincoln's 'Green'...

On Wednesday of next week, I will be in Lincoln at this event.
It is a major event held on the Lincoln Showground in the EPIC Centre, and I will be sharing the duties of manning the GA stand with John Halocha: the GA's PRESIDENT.
They are expecting over 2000 visitors, so if you are one of those, please come along and say hello....

Over 100 exhibitors including:

A school garden from Inspirational Gardens, Fairtrade Foundation, Geographical Association, Expo Chef, Resike, Cyclemagic, National Trust, CfBT Talent Lincolnshire, Pulp-works, Gelders, 4solar, Targeted Mental Health, and a Speakers Corner.

For any adults supporting their school to become more sustainable including headteachers, teachers, bursars, governors there are many talks including:

  • Achieving sustainable communities through sustainable schools - DCSF and Ofsted
  • From Curriculum To Classroom… QCDA Primary Curriculum
  • 10:10 - a smart way to cut energy demand in your school
  • Developing school grounds with Learning through Landscapes

For students of all ages, activities include:

  • M.A.D mountain bike stunt team demonstrations and coaching
  • A Million Feet to Copenhagen continued..... - paint your feet to pledge to reduce your carbon footprint
  • Garry Swotter and the Carbon Footprint
  • International Climate Change Champion speaker
  • Bollywood dancing
  • Forest Schools
  • Louder than Life music workshops in partnership with Lincolnshire Music Service


Map of the Rhubarb Triangle - image copyright Green Lane Allotments

Belated thanks for the image, and acknowledgement of copyright
Image by Flickr user net_efekt under Creative Commons

At this time of year, you will find rhubarb appearing in the shops. It will have been produced under forced conditions, (unless it is imported of course...) - English rhubarb is, of course, the best...

The Daily Mail has a useful article on the Rhubarb Triangle, which was a favourite case study of Chris Durbin's.... (sadly our SLN conversations on the topic have disappeared....)

The unique vegetable - grown only by 12 producers in a 'rhubarb triangle' in West Yorkshire - has been granted Protected Designation of Origin status by the European Commission.
Producers now have the same geographical marketing protection afforded to more famous specialities such as Champagne, Parma ham, Cornish clotted cream and Roquefort cheese.

A really nice article on the BBC MAGAZINE site about the area known as the rhubarb triangle.

There is a good site by one of the producers: E Oldroyd and Sons (a great Yorkshire name) - it has details of their forcing shed tours. Just looking at the booking availability for a tour which I might try and organise the next time I'm up in Yorkshire. Have been round the sheds before - I used to pass through the area quite regularly as a student, and it's a really worthwhile experience...

Oh, and by the way, if you have a stained pan, boil up some rhubarb in it, and it will clean it up lovely....

UPDATE: Copyright image on map now updated - thanks to Green Lane Allotments 
Preparations for the 2011 harvest are presumably under way...


This article was via TWITTER.

Storybook Earth

Here's one that got away...
Almost 2 years ago, Tom Barrett and I discussed an idea for a Google Earth grant. They were offering cash to start up projects using Google Earth in innovative ways...

We came up with an idea called STORYBOOK EARTH, which would gather and geolocate children's stories.

If anyone would like to give us some cash to get the idea off the ground, feel free to get in touch :)

What we leave behind...

There have been two articles in the media in the last few days which relate to our legacy for the future...
The first related to the final programme in Iain Stewart's latest series "How Earth Made Us".

It included a piece on the legacy that humans will leave for future generations in the rocks of the earth.
The plastic that we use finds its way into the oceans, where it accumulates in large gyres, and then settles to the ocean floor where it goes into ocean sediments. These are then moved through sea floor spreading to the edges of the oceans where they are subducted and form part of the newly formed geology: a plastic strata....

The second was a short piece by Jeremy Paxman in the G2 section of 'The Guardian'. bemoaning the litter that was dropped around the country, and saying that our legacy for future generations would be coke cans and crisp packets...

Kane Cunningham

Kane Cunningham is an artist from North Yorkshire who was in the news earlier this week for buying a house, and then documenting its fall into the sea.

Landscape artist Kane Cunningham has used his credit card to buy a house that is about to fall into the sea.
A bungalow at Knipe Point in Scarborough, North Yorkshire - near the scene of the infamous Holbeck Hotel
cliff collapse 16 years ago has been condemned after a fresh landslip. Cunningham states:

'I've bought a house that will be the next one to fall over the cliff. It feels like I have no choice. I'm going to rig the house with cameras and film the last sunrise before nature claims its bounty'.

'It's the perfect site-specific installation - a stark reminder of lost dreams, financial disaster and threatening sea levels. It's global recession and global warming encapsulated. This little house is feet away from the edge of the cliff - it can go at any moment. The idea is to create an artwork on a scale never been seen before in North Yorkshire and to stimulate within the imagination of the public the idea that this house falling into the sea can become a work of art. If the aim of art is to stimulate discussion and debate on issues, then surely this will get people talking.'

Sheffield City of Culture

Image by Alan Parkinson

Sheffield, home to the Geographical Association, is in the running to become the UK City of Culture in 2013...

The city of cultural geography too perhaps ?

The other cities shortlisted are Norwich, Londonderry and Birmingham, so my loyalties are a little torn...
Have certainly had a lot of cultural highlights in Sheffield and Norwich

uMapper now has Tweet maps

Here are the instructions...

Had a go and it works very well... Will be coming up at a few sessions later in the year....

Google Street View Awards

Google Street View have introduced the idea of a series of awards for the best street view streets...

There are 3 categories, and a short list to choose from...

Britain's best FOODIE street
Britain's best FASHION street
Britain's most PICTURESQUE street

Why not work with students to explore your local geography (even if your town isn't on Street View) and suggest a short list, or a potential entrant

Act Global

Thanks to Dan Ellison for passing on details of this project via the GA NING.

Act Global is a new project that aims to develop young peoples’ understanding of the connections between actions in their communities and the causes of global poverty. It goes a step further than this too by providing opportunities for young people to take supported action on issues that they care about.

Act Global is a DfID funded project that is being run jointly by Relief International and the Citizenship Foundation.

We are currently looking for schools in Greater London would be interested in getting involved with their Yr9 during the summer term of 2010 or in 2011. Among other things we are offering:

- resourced units of work and guidance covering a choice of poverty, violent conflict and climate change. This unit has been designed to work with your existing work.

- free CPD and an online network for Teach Act Global teachers

- support in gaining or increasing the level of your International Schools Award

- a online network for young people to explore, debate and act on the issues with students in the UK and abroad. If you have a link with a school in another country they can join this too, making an effective way to add to your relationship.

- resources to run a 6 session lunch/after school club for young people who want to act through the global dimension

- a free residential Global Youth Activist training course for 50 young people from London.

If you are interested in taking part please contact Dan Ellis, Education & Training Officer, Act Global T: 020 7566 5035 E:

Anyone but England

The Scottish clothing company Slanj (good name) have been in the news today.

They have been producing some shirts ready for the World Cup 2010
On the front they say, quite reasonably in my opinion, "Anyone but England"....

Goes right back to 2006, and the comments of Andy Murray - some interesting furore as a result.
Could be a useful context for discussing identity...

FREE Student entry to GA Conference 2010

All full time students and PGCE colleagues are entitled to FREE ENTRY to the GA Conference.

See you there....
The conference will take place at the University of Derby...

Impolite Geography...

Impolite Geography is a fairly new addition to the blogosphere, and certainly one that should be followed by those who want more robust geographical thought than the sort of frippery you get here at Living Geography...

It's written by two geography educators at the Institute of Education: John Morgan and David Lambert, the latter of whom is also Chief Executive of the Geographical Association.
Check out their new book, which was published in January 2010.

Some moments from the GTE conference....

I have already blogged about my time at Madingley about a month ago now...
Materials from the conference have been added to the relevant page of the GA WEBSITE.
One resource I quite liked was this YouTube clip.

Mark Jones used this as part of his session on mobile learning.

Also on the same page is my short input on NQTs and the networks they form to support themselves when they start their first teaching jobs.

I also liked Simon Catling's exploration of the Young Geographers project, and the latest Charles Rawding presentation on rural landscapes.

One slightly stressful moment came when Debbie Moss from Keele University stood up to present a session with the title:
Thankfully she came to the conclusion that it was a powerful tool for reaffirming geography's potential in the curriculum...
We also agreed that I was the sexy gimmick of the GA....

This particular section of the GA website is just one of the many benefits of engaging with the materials produced by the GA, and the best way to show your support is to join the GA...

A finger of fudge... just enough to give your kids a starter activity....

Today, at a session for teachers in Cambridge, I used another sweet treat as a way of starting off some thinking...
Hand out a Cadbury's miniature and eat it.. if geography is a flavour, then what flavours are coming through....

Image by Alan Parkinson

Some of the suggestions from the colleagues who attended my session included:

Cadbury's takeover: cultural globalisation...
Pit villages have been case studies, how about chocolate towns
Fieldtrip to Bournville and Cadbury World
Packaging - recyclable ? purpose ?
Branding - advertising ? (Cadbury's have some very successful ads such as the drumming gorilla - also the colour Purple been used...)
Ingredients - farming and Fairtrade
Industrial change
Health and obesity...

What else can you come up with ?

Life Trips and Thinkingeography

One of the many highlights of today's GA Independent School's Working Group event was the chance to meet Andrew Lee
I have exchanged e-mails and ideas with Andrew for years via a number of online networks, and other channels, and we finally met face to face.

THINKINGEOGRAPHY is Andrew's website, which he is rebuilding to create a unified "look" and updated content.
This site certainly rewards exploration, with a range of intriguing areas, and a nascent online textbook.

One key resource, which Andrew showed us, was the chance to use his LIFE TRIPS resource.
This is a WIKI based resource which Andrew created when he was teaching at the Dulwich School in Shanghai.
This resource is based on the idea that people living in cities across the world follow certain routes in their daily lives, and these routes can be plotted on Google Earth, and additional data such as images and videos can be placed alongside the route information. Of course this information can be added using the basic version of Google Earth, and students can create tours along routes such as journeys to school. Andrew used the Pro version of Google Earth, which means that he also had the option to export videos of the finished product, and it is these videos which make the biggest impact on the user of Life Trips: filmed by Andrew in BANGKOK with an interpreter to give a real impression of being in a bustling city....

LifeTrips with GoogleEarth is a new website attached to a Wikispace which allows you to look at the lives of people in different cities. Using Google Earth it tracks the day paths of people who live throughout the world and helps people connect with people in their own city, or in a city across the world.

The site can be visited by anyone, though school pupils, in association with their teachers may contribute to the site by registering, and then publishing material to the connected Wikispace pages.

This website provides an index for the Wikispace in which the site’s assets reside.

LifeTrips with GoogleEarth is an invitation to communicate.

Visit the LIFE TRIPS PAGE to find out more

He also reminded everyone that GOOGLE EARTH PRO is free to EDUCATORS. It can take a little perseverance, but

Thanks to Garret Nagle and St. Edwards School in Oxford for hosting the event, and giving us an excellent lunch: the sea bass was rather good... and of course to Paul Baker for his energy and enthusiasm...

Thanks also to Tom Biebrach for giving me a lift to and from my hotel...

As always of course, ahead of the game, I first blogged about Andrew's LIFETRIPS in March 2008 on my GOOGLE EARTH USERS GUIDE BLOG.

Cambridge SSAT Event

“Compelling Learning Experiences - Ensuring Pupil Engagement and Progress in the Geography Classroom"

Wednesday 24th February 2010

St Bede’s Inter-Church School, Birdwood Road, Cambridge CB1 3TD

9.30 - 10.00 Arrival and Refreshments.

10.00 - 11.00 ‘Thinking inside the box’ Amanda Alderton SSAT Lead Practitioner– ‘learning from objects’ for enquiry and questioning. Why let the Historians have all the fun with museum object boxes? Struggling to get pupils out of school for fieldwork? Bring the museum to the classroom!

11.00 - 11.20 Refreshments.

11.20 - 12.20 ‘Questioning Geography’ David Beresford County Council Advisor and Advanced Skills Teacher– looking at engaging pupils through images, developing questioning, active learning and thinking skills.

12.20 -1.20 ‘Look at it this way: A different View’ Alan Parkinson GA Secondary Development Curriculum Leader - the session will focus on the GA’s ‘manifesto’ for school geography and showcase some of the associated activities, as well as some suggestions for using the “social web” to enhance student engagement.

1.20 – 2.20 Lunch.

2.20 – 3.20 ‘Making the most of your Free OS Maps – Katherine Hutchinson GA Regional Subject Advisor – a look at ways to make the most of OS maps.

3.20pm Refreshments and Evaluation.

See you there perhaps...

Materials will appear on Slideshare

Making Geography Happen

Some wonderful new materials were added to the GA website today, and went live...
We have been working on these for some time, co-ordinated by Ruth Totterdell, and with plenty of web support from Anne Greaves...


The idea behind the project, which is funded by the Action Plan for Geography is that we have been following students through units of work, and across key stages to try to identify and articulate moments when geography "happens": when an activity produces a recognisable change in geographical understanding....

From the website:

Making Geography Happen is an Action Plan funded project about good quality, innovative curriculum-making. It focuses on the work done by students in geography lessons and how this contributes to their wider understanding of the world.

Five schools participated in the project and their work is available on these web pages. In addition, King Edward VII School, Sheffield is being used for a longitudinal study, tracking four students through the whole of their Key Stage 3.

Five schools have participated in the project so far, each teaching a unit of work on place. In addition, King Edward VII School, Sheffield is being used for a longitudinal study, tracking four students through the whole of their Key Stage 3.

The teachers have supplied material for this website including student work, photos and videos of students in action, and student reflections. The teachers have also added their own reflections. For example:

'We were able to focus on the geographical learning and mental processes rather than the "production" of, for example, a poster or project, this helped increase the pace of learning and challenge of lessons'

'The students were given the opportunity to develop the ability to make informed decisions using geographical evidence'

Making Geography Happen Online

The Making Geography Happen area is divided into nine parts, represented by the jigsaw pieces on the main menu. These include three information pages and six sections for the participating schools.

School Materials

The five participating schools have supplied a variety of resources for these webpages, including samples of work, reflections from teachers and students and information about the curriculum-making process.

Materials from King Edward VII School will be added during the year.


A section called 'Thinking about progression in geography' has been written by Paul Weeden, Secretary of the GA Assessment & Examinations Working Group. Although much has been written about progression in general, this section looks at what it means for students to progress in their geographical thinking and move forward as geographers.

Detailed advice on assessment is provided in the GA publication Assessing Progress in your Key Stage 3 Geography Curriculum (Paul Weeden and Graham Butt, 2009).

Teacher Tips

The teachers involved in the project reflected on what they learnt about how to make geography happen in their classes. Some of these thoughts have been combined to form a 'Teacher Tips' page containing practical ideas of how to move children forward in their geographical thinking.

National Curriculum Levels

Making Geography Happen does not seek to emulate or replace the QCDA's exemplification of standards nor does it attempt to 'level' the work. We have been working closely with QCDA's exemplification team and encourage you to use the forthcoming files of students' work they have developed to exemplify standards across the current Key Stage 3.

Individual files of work for levels 3 to 8 will be published on the QCDA website during 2010. These files will include a wide range of evidence along with annotations and a commentary evaluating each student's overall performance.

Please take a look and let us know your thoughts so far....

London Skyline

Thanks to Dan Ellison for the tipoff to an interactive LONDON SKYLINE made available by HAYES DAVIDSON.

SkyLine (London) allows the user to explore changes to the London skyline from different starting points in time; past present and future. Global landmarks have been included for a comparison of scale. As well as seeing the skyline as it would look with London's 'consented' tall buildings, users can build 'what-if' scenarios and explore personal preferences. Users can compare the range of possible outcomes that would have resulted had different choices been made in the past, and can save and share SkyLines to compare results.


Up on a cold and frosty morning for a Little Chef breakfast, then off into St. Edwards School for the second time in a month.
This time, it was for the GA Independent School's Working Group's annual conference.
There was a great line up for the event.

Below is my presentation, made available via SlideBoom (Slideshare was playing up tonight...)
Will blog more about the event later...
Wanted to get this up for the delegates who attended my session to view as promised...

View more presentations or Upload your own.

Japan Webpage Contest

Thanks to Kate Russell for the tip-off to this new contest...

It's organised by the Japan Foundation.

We know that many schools are teaching Japanese or doing other projects about Japan, and we want to hear more about it.

This contest is open to any UK primary or secondary school that is teaching Japanese or doing any kind of project related to Japan. Your school does not need to be teaching Japanese to enter the contest.

To enter the contest, all you need to do is make a simple webpage about the work that your school is doing with Japanese or Japan. This could be a blog, a wiki, or a page that’s part of your school’s website.

You can enter an existing webpage or create a new webpage from scratch. Your page can be made by just one teacher, or by teachers and students working together.

Your webpage could feature:

  • A project with your Japanese partner school
  • A report on your school’s visit to Japan
  • A report on your school’s Japan Day
  • Japanese or Japan-related resources that you have made to help your students
  • Japanese language work made by students
  • Other Japan-related work by students, e.g. from geography, history, art, sports, music, intercultural understanding, cross-curricular lessons
  • Students’ experiences of learning Japanese or about Japan
  • An overview of Japanese at your school

... and much more. Click here to see some good examples!

All entries to the contest will be featured on this website. You will also have your chance to vote for your favourite shortlisted entry, in our online voting poll.

Cash prizes and other prizes will be awarded to the best entries.

The aims of the contest are:

  • To showcase the various Japan-related projects that UK schools are doing, in order to inspire teachers in other schools, and promote the teaching of Japanese and about Japan to the wider community.
  • To raise the profile of Japanese and Japan within the school, and motivate schools already teaching Japanese or doing Japan-related projects to continue this excellent work.
  • To motivate the students who have been involved in learning Japanese or about Japan at the school.

We hope that the contest will benefit participating schools, for example by contributing to teachers’ and students’ intercultural understanding, cross-curricular awareness and ICT skills.

Why not give it a go ?

Holiday Reading

Managed to read some of my holiday choice, which was "After the Ice"...
Spent a lot of my half term break sorting out the loft, sheds, greenhouse etc...
Made some interesting discoveries...
Plenty of interest in this book so far, and will be exploring more on this issue...

The day the immigrants left...

This programme will be broadcast on BBC1 on Wednesday at 9pm
It's filmed in and around WISBECH.
It is presented by Evan Davis - should be worth watching...

Very flat, Norfolk

Wordle: Norfolk
Wordle ready for Norfolk GA lecture in a few weeks time...
Thanks to all the contributors...

iPhone OS Mapping

Writing an article for the Ordnance Survey's "Mapping News" journal on Mapping on phones.

Heard via Twitter that Memory Map have a new iPhone app which allows for OS Mapping to be used with the phone.

Let me know if you use OS mapping on your iPhone and which app you use, and how it works for you...

The Heart of the Great Alone

Thanks to Val Vannet for sending me a small gift when she visited this exhibition, which is on at the Queen's Gallery in the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh until April.
Apparently it's well worth a visit.
Check out the website for THE HEART OF THE GREAT ALONE

Wishing I was here...

This is a website which stores images of OLD POSTCARDS.
They are of a particular vintage and feature the photography of John Hinde Studios in particular.
Nostalgia for those of a certain age...
I like the fact that it also includes the text of any writing that was on the postcard that is shown when the copy was discovered.
Would be good for looking at past, present and future of the tourist destinations depicted...
A lost landscape ??

Here's a FLICKR group slideshow too...

Haiti earthquake

Fascinating BBC article.
It looks at the reasons why the death toll was so high, and compares with other recent earthquakes.

No more Birds Eye views of Norfolk ?

Image by Flickr user Sami Taipale made available under Creative Commons license

Image by Flickr user zaser made available under Creative Commons license

There was a lot of comment locally this week and last, when BIRDS EYE announced a major decision on their sourcing of peas. (Link to the EDP article)

There was a posting on the local PICKENHAM POSTS blog regarding the decision.

This will not only have an impact on the landscape, but take away a lot of regular contract income for local farmers.

It is also a break in history as the area has been providing peas for freezing for decades.

Following a link to the BIRDS EYE website also led me to their CHANGING PLATES report. (Link leads to PDF download)

This would make a good resource for those looking at cultural change in the UK and the changing importance of families sitting down around a table to eat a meal together...
More on this to come...

Pumpkin India Videos

If you head over to CHANNEL PUMPKIN on YouTube, you will find a preview of 4 exciting new PUMPKIN products...

There are 4 titles in the series...

Energy Security: India's Sustainable Solutions
Challenge of Urbanisation: Inequalities in Bangalore
Emerging Superpower: Booming Bangalore
Rural Challenges: Case studies from South India

They are available from the GA SHOP

I was at a meeting with the folks from Pumpkin last year before they headed off to India. Now they are back with the excellent results, and preview copies have been in the GA office for a while.

Climate Change Directory

Over to UEA yesterday to speak to this year's UEA cohort of PGCE geographers. I have been going over there for about 6 years now I reckon...
Parked in the visitors' car park and as I walked down the steps with my box of goodies I arrived right next to the Climatic Research Unit which has been at the centre of controversy recently.

Reminded me of the CLIMATE CHANGE DIRECTORY - some postcards advertising the site arrived on my desk a few weeks ago.

Thanks to those colleagues who attended my workshop and ICT follow-up.

Food 2030

PDF DOWNLOAD of a summary of the DEFRA report.
Links to the new GEOGRAPHY OF FOOD CPD units that are on the GA website.

Hedging your bets...

A nice new resource for younger pupils looking at HEDGEROWS from HEDGELINK.
From the FACE newsletter, which is worth subscribing to...


Images by Flickr user under Creative Commons license

Thanks to Anne Greaves for guiding me to details of an intriguing structure on the Lincolnshire coast, which I will have to try to get to when I'm in the area.


It's a Bathing Beauties project...

It's endorsed by the Cloud Appreciation Society, of which I am a member of course...

I like the concept - sit and watch the clouds, and use the mirrors to interact with them...

One man band...

Image CC licensed by Flickr user raindog

A rare social event yesterday. After working on some projects, it was a train down to London to the BARBICAN: love the feel of it after dark when the apartment lights come on above the lake with the fountains and the seating pods. Inside is always buzzing too with a range of different people using it for different purposes. Outside there was some amazing snow which swirled around the place...
The occasion was a gig by Pat Metheny, who I first saw live in 1982 !! Have seen him numerous times since, most recently when his group performed "The Way Up"

The project is called ORCHESTRION - an earlier blog post contained a video, and this was the only UK date for the project.

There is a review on Jazzwise
And for a picture of the ORCHESTRION itself, see HERE - thanks to the Goldsmith family

A great concert: out to wander back along London Wall, guided by my iPhone to my hotel...

Crime and Globalisation

Interesting BBC NEWS article for those who are teaching the Geography of CRIME.
It relates to the concept of GLOBALISATION.
This would be a useful context for a crime unit, and to compare the risks of young people with householders...
How much value are students carrying around with them at any point in time ?

Go back to when I was a teenager and had probably less than £1 in my pocket and no fancy electronic items....

According to researchers at the University of Leicester, burglaries have dropped by more than 50 per cent since the 1980’s.

They say this is due to the fact that despite more homes having hi-tech goods, the resale value of DVD players and widescreen TVs is ”virtually nothing” due to prices being kept low by cheap labour in China.

Instead, crooks have turned to the latest must-have portable gadgets such as mobile phones and iPods which are obtained through muggings.

Criminology lecturer James Treadwell said that a DVD player costing £19.99 was “simply not worth stealing”.


Loving this weather forecaster: Jim Kosek...

This would be my starter for a weather lesson...

Turns out that this particular meteorologist has a bit of "form" when it comes to this sort of presentation...


For some messy WALLPAPER for your desktop or TWITTER page....

Check out the new MISSION EXPLORE wallpapers...

Salvation Mountain

One via my blogroll: an incredible painted landscape in the USA called SALVATION MOUNTAIN.
It's the work of Leonard Knight.
Here's a FLICKR slideshow of CC images of the rather weird and wonderful location...

Haiti Twitter work

Chapeau to David Rogers for his latest endeavour...

I shall certainly be drawing on his work when I do a conference in Bristol in July on "social media in geography"...

Australian geography teachers

Via Twitter today, I came across a link to the DRAFT STANDARDS for Australian Geography teachers. (Link downloads a PDF)
This is a document for consultation, which has some interesting views on what the role of a geography teacher should be.
Take a look and see what you think...


Image by Flickr user Paul Foot made available under Creative Commons, for which many thanks...
Over to the Showroom Cinema today in Sheffield to have the 3rd of our 2010 Regional Conferences on Raising the Profile of Geography in your school.

The last time I was there was some years ago now to see "The City of Lost Children". The cinema is opposite the former National Centre for Popular Music, which is now a university building.

Thanks to all the delegates who came along, and to my colleagues John and Ruth for their company. More CPD events to come later in 2010...

After the fireworks...

Just over a month ago, the tallest building in the world was opened...
Now according to this DAILY MAIL (and other) article, it has closed...

Dubai features in several of the units on the Geography Teaching Today website, and would also be a great context for studying the concept of SUSTAINABILITY

Wednesday at the Barbican

On Wednesday night, I will be at the Barbican in the evening for a concert by Pat Metheny which promises to be a one-off evening: for a start it's the only UK date for Pat, and for the other, it features him with his ORCHESTRION.

The Value of Nothing...

Image by Alan Parkinson - Kraft Creme Eggs ?

I spent part of today finishing off the redrafting of an article on FOOD for the Summer 2010 issue of 'Geography', following some comments from a peer review.
Thanks to Professor Peter Jackson from Sheffield University, I think it turned out OK in the end.
One of the resources I used for my article is a book by Raj Patel called: "Stuffed and Starved".

Raj's new book is also of value to geographers... Here's a little preview video for "The Value of Nothing"....

Follow the links from here to other videos featuring Raj Patel...

The Geography Collective at the Education Show

Check out this radical seminar at the Education Show in March.

Features Dan Ellison and David Rogers from the GEOGRAPHY COLLECTIVE.

Not sure what my plans are for the end of that week, but will try to make it...

Also worth noting that the GEOGRAPHY COLLECTIVE will be at the GA CONFERENCE too !!

Quality Geography Conferences - March 2010

Bookings are being taken for these events, which take place in March 2010
They are suitable for KS1, 2 and 3

There are 2 events

A keynote lecture will be given by Leszek Iwaskow, who will provide an OFSTED / HMI perspective of what is meant by "quality geography", followed by phase-specific workshops led by GA staff members who are responsible for the Primary and Secondary Geography Quality Marks.

ONLINE BOOKING is available, or you can contact Lucy Oxley at the GA on 01142960088

Growth isn't possible

A new report by the New Economics Foundation has been released.
It's called "Growth isn't possible"
Like all the other NEF reports it offers some intriguing food for thought...

What do we hope that learners are saying ?

Image by Alan Parkinson (taken on an iPhone don't you know...)

Post - it notes were used by John Lyon in our recent Regional Geography Conferences - the last of these for the time being will be held in Sheffield on the 9th of February.
One of the sessions asked the teachers who attended to suggest what they hoped that students would be saying as they left their geography lessons, or what they might be saying to each other.
These are the responses that we had from delegates at the London conference, as promised...

I can't wait till next lesson
That was fun
I can't wait to tell my parents what I learnt...
Guess what we learnt today in Geography ?
What can I do next ?
I love Google Earth
..that explains what I saw when I went to...
That was fantastic !
I want to go home and look at that web page
Is that the bell already ?
I want to visit (place...)
I'd like to go there one day...
Awesome !
Well I never knew that !
I want to do GEOGRAPHY
I hope I can make a difference to the world in a small way
..that links to what we were doing in Geography today...
Do I have to go to maths ?
WOW! I want more of that...
I want that app too !
I never realised that...
I get it now !