"Dad's gone to Iceland..."

Normal service will be resumed next week...
There will be photos....
This one's by Val Vannet...


One of the stalls at the recent SAGT conference was displaying a range of historic maps, which had been collated by MAPSEEKER.
I had a chat to Paul from the company which makes the maps available in various formats, and would be useful for those wanting a historic map of particular areas.
Check out the website.

SAGT Journal

While at the SAGT conference last weekend (see previous blog posts), I was given a copy of the June issue of the SAGT journal.
It mentioned Val Vannet's SAGT FLICKR group, which has a range of excellent images of Iceland and other locations, and is free to use. All images are cleared for use by Creative Commons.

There was also a very useful article written by Ian Hardie, of which more later...

A Personal Geography of Injustice...

I blogged about the event at the Showroom Cinema when these films were first shown. They have been produced by Carl Lee, a geography lecturer and author of the book "Home: a personal geography of Sheffield", and Professor Danny Dorling, who has done a huge amount of work on social inequality.

The films are now available to view on YouTube in 5 parts at the moment.

Each one lasts just a few minutes, and all are thought provoking and entertaining, with the odd rude words in there if that's a problem for you.
Here's the first one on the topic of "Greed is Good"...

Once you find the first, the YouTube search will show you the others. Watch them in any order you want.
"Prejudice is natural" is also a particularly useful one...
Don't forget to add your views to the page once you've seen them...

Scorchio.... er...

Friday forecast for the area where I'll be....
Thanks to Icelandic Met Office site.

Do you think I need to take a coat ?

The J8 Group

Over the SAGT weekend, I picked up a few more Twitter followers, and also met up with Miss Tomitaka from Hutcheson's Grammar School in Glasgow.
She is one of the authors of the very impressive J8 GROUP blog
A good example of teachers using a blog to support their teaching and publicise events, such as the recent screening of the 'Africa United' film, which I have blogged about before... Nice work !!

Old Weather

A tip off via @geographicalmag

OLD WEATHER is an intriguing project which is asking people to participate in the decoding of old documents to collate information relating to weather patterns, to help with studies into future climates.

A range of organisations are involved in the project.

Sign up for the project, and you will see a scanned page from the logbook of a voyage made by a ship some time in the past.
A tutorial page with a number of videos has been provided.

At the time of writing this blog post, the ship being followed is the HMS Fantome, which is moored at Hobart, but is apparently going to head off into the Pacific...

I like the incentive to add more data in the form of a 'rating' so that you start off as a cadet, but can be promoted to Lieutenant if you enter at least 30 weather readings... Working towards that at the moment...
Will let you know where the Fantome heads off to as move into 1914...
Might make a good class project...

Featured this in my SAGT Literacy seminar on Saturday - see my earlier SAGT blog post(s)

SAGT Awards

Two GA textbook series picked up a "COMMENDED" at the SAGT book awards on Saturday.
Both series are available to order from the GA ONLINE STORE (discounts for GA members)


Grateful to Angus Willson for the tip-off to this particular quote and article by Simon Jenkins.

Just came across it while researching ideas for some writing I'm doing today...

Of all human activities that bring out the selfish in mankind, nothing compares with travel. The externalities of travel economics should be on every school curriculum. We see mobility through our own eyes alone, with no view of the similar demands of others. I am a free and independent spirit innocently enjoying the right to roam; you are a travel-mad lemming who thinks he has a God-given right to tarmac, train or plane just when I am there. Get out of my way.

It dates back to the winter travel chaos of last January - wondering whether there will be similar issues this year...


Up to Glasgow for the last few days for the 6th consecutive SAGT conference, this year held in the city for the first of its 3 year residency.
The weather was mixed, and the journey up was not without its delays either, but the actual day of the event was bright and cold, and managed to get some nice pictures taken in the evening, as above - looking along the Clyde from the Crowne Plaza hotel and SECC.

My presentation was part of the overall conference programme, which included a number of familiar names from previous events, and from English geography circles...

I arrived the night before the conference, and over to Hutcheson's Grammar school via a jammed M8 to set up the GA stand. The school was a nice mix of ancient and modern, with a wonderful church for the keynotes. Our hotel was next to the SECC, and the Finnieston Crane and made my way back there eventually after various diversions to meet with Dan and Noel, and out for a meal with Val Vannet at the City Cafe, overlooking the Clyde and the Clyde Arc (or Squinty bridge as it is called - one for LOCATION LINGO there....)

The following day, over to the venue early and set up. Met lots of delegates for chat, Ken and Darren from the Ordnance Survey, who gave me lots of jute bags, and Paul from Mapseeker. John Hopkin: GA president for 2010-11 came up to do the fraternal greetings after the first inspiring keynote from Al Humphreys. Kate and Steve from the RGS-IBG were also there.

David Rogers, Noel Jenkins and Dan Raven Ellison were among the other seminar presenters, along with Ollie Bray, whose Hodder Gibson book also won an award. Good to see a few of my Twitter followers popping up as well, and gained a few more over the weekend.
Writing the earth

View more presentations from GeoBlogs.

My seminar presentation (or a version of it at least) is above.
Handouts included a copy of "Chop one red onion" from the PGCE Survival Guide, and a range of other resources and maps.
I also read one of Rob Hindle's poems from "Neurosurgery in Iraq".

SAGT Delegate Notes

After the 2 full seminars, it was a final keynote from Alun Morgan.

Earlier, I had collected two awards for the GA's publications:  COMMENDED awards to GCSE toolkit and TOP SPEC series...

Out into the sun for the evening, and over to the Granary with Kenny and Akiko for a pint and chat with Ollie.
Another good SAGT experience.
In the evening, did some photography with Noel along the river, and then food, after a 'mystery tour' of Govan....
The following morning it was a simple matter of scraping ice off the car, and a 350 mile drive south...

David Rogers has posted his seminar presentation on his blog already, along with a write--up... Will be blogging about his present later...

All pics by Alan Parkinson, and available on Flickr.

Shakeout Californian Earthquake Drill

It's under 9 hours as I write this to go to the annual Californian earthquake drill: SHAKE OUT.

The website has a huge variety of resources which would provide some exciting ideas for those teachers looking at tectonic hazards and preparation...
Apparently, almost 8 million people are going to take part, and duck, cover and hold....

Movies and sound effects can be downloaded for use in the classroom....

Get ready for SHAKEOUT 2010....

There's also a SHOP where you can buy things like DUCK, COVER & HOLD t-shirts - I really want one of these, or SURVIVAL PACKS - useful for students investigating personal preparation... The image above is of a one person fanny pack version....

Prince's Teaching Institute Maps Day

This day event in London, scheduled for the 13th of November has been postponed until early in the new year...
My input was an hour long workshop looking at mapping and the curriculum.
I'll now have time to add some further material, and keep abreast of some of the more recent mapping resources that I've come across: books, iPhone apps and other media.

I'll add the rescheduled date here when I know more...

Another flooding resource

Another update for those who attended the GA Cambridge Branch lecture (and for those who will attend the lecture in North Staffs in December, and are looking through the blog for related links as a result...)

The Lower Severn Community Flood Information Network would be of interest to those communities living in, or studying, the area.

A new Pyramid

Via @Good magazine on Twitter

A new FOOD PYRAMID image, produced by the Barilla Centre for Food and Nutrition

Alongside the traditional food pyramid which will be seen on the walls of food technology rooms in many schools is an inverted pyramid which matches the foods with the environmental impact of their production.
Mousing over the interactive diagram on the website provides a description of the environmental footprint. Red meat has the largest footprint...

John Davitt's LEG as a gadget

Strange title for a post...

John Davitt is one of my education heroes: I first met him at a Teachmeet in 2007 I think, and have bumped into him a few times since. Before I met him, our names were linked as part of a series in the Guardian on Tuesdays called Brainstrust. A few of these are still online, such as here. (from 2005, amazingly)

He also came up with the concept of the LEARNING SCORE, which is the coolest lesson planning software there is.

His LEG is a Learning Event Generator.
John was kind enough to produce a geography specific learning event generator for my GeographyPages website some years ago, and it's been downloaded probably 8000 times since then.
He developed this into the RAG.
This is available as an iPhone app (which can also be viewed on the iPad...)

A Google Gadget is something that you put on your iGoogle home page, and there is now the option to add the LEG there, so that you're never short of an idea for what to do...

Discover the World

My Cambridge GA Branch lecture was sponsored by Discover the World, and it was good to see Lorraine Silvester again, who is very supportive of the GA.
She told me the correct pronunciations for various places in Iceland that I'm going to be visiting shortly...
Will be developing some exciting Iceland resources on my visit at the end of next week. There will not be much blogging going on as I'm not sure of the additional data costs that would produce, but will be documenting the whole trip.

My currency for Iceland has arrived - very exciting...
Off to buy a new coat tomorrow evening in York where there are actually SHOPS !

New (and reassuringly expensive) Chris Kington books

Got a flyer this week for the latest 3 books published by Chris Kington Publishing.
The new series is called Contemporary Approaches to Geography, and is intended to introduce the latest ideas in geographical thinking into the secondary classroom, which is of course an important aim.
There are 3 books which cover:
  • Human Geography
  • Physical Geography
  • Environmental Geography
Available soon...

Flood Memories Project

Via @FloodUK a project in the Cambridge Times to capture the flood memories of FENLAND residents, which would supplement the lecture that I did yesterday at Homerton College.
The project includes an interactive map where flood stories can be added...

GA Cambridge Branch Lecture

Presentation - some slight variations in images which were added for the Cambridge lecture - the links were the same.
Link to FLOOD NOTES PPT that I used as a handout (and the original Tectonic version...)

Animoto of the Yorkshire Floods to view- this has different (copyright free) music to the one that I used in the presentation....

The general ANIMOTO I played as you were arriving in the room is for "a different view", and can be seen below....

Create your own video slideshow at animoto.com.

Remember the Twitter account @flooduk which has a wide range of suitable information in its feed...

Update: 20/10/10 at 2pm - extra money to be allocated for flood defences as part of comprehensive spending review... so perhaps they are realising that you have to spend money to save money on this occasion ??

Teaching Geography Survey

What do you think of Teaching Geography? How do you use the articles? 
What else would you like to see in TG? 

The Teaching Geography Editorial Board wants to hear your feedback to make sure the journal is giving you what you need.

Please take a couple of minutes to complete this questionnaire:

Your opinions are very important and will help to shape the future direction of Teaching Geography. 

Many thanks for your help.

Literacy and Iceland

A video by Chris Herwig, featuring Alastair Humphreys, and which combines two current themes for the next few weeks: Literacy (focus at SAGT this Saturday) and Iceland (where I'm going next Thursday)...

Ulysses from Christopher Herwig on Vimeo.
a poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson recited by Alastair Humphreys while crossing Iceland by foot and raft in July 2010

Michael Palin's love of Geography

taken from the ATL Magazine

"...it is renewing itself 24 hours a day... [and] remains for me the freshest and most exciting of subjects. Geography is about understanding our world. It illuminates the past, explains the present and prepares us for the future. What could be more important than that?"


Image: Sally Parkinson

My wife was at Tate Modern on Thursday when visitors were prevented from interacting with the Sunflower seeds in the Turbine Hall... An interesting story...
From a distance they look like gravel now...

ESRI GIS courses

The first ESRI / GA GIS course on GIS for Beginners with Digital Worlds is on Monday.
We have been preparing for this course for some time now, and I have put together what we hope is a useful introductory day which puts GIS in the school context, and provides plenty of time for talking, planning and getting to use the GIS software.
I'm grateful to all the ESRI and GA colleagues who have helped produce the materials, and to Fred Martin for his persistence in asking probing questions and developing some interesting ideas for extending GIS use into Controlled assessments and enquiry work. Special thanks to Lucy Oxley for her organisational wizardry , and for assembling the rather nice delegate packs.
Materials from the course will not be shared anywhere other than in a special area of the GA NING which only those people who have booked onto the course will be invited to.
If you'd like to sign up to one of the remaining courses (spaces are filling up on the Birmingham and Southampton ones), check out the GA website:

Birmingham - 15 November 2010 (Part 1) and 24 January 2011 (Part 2)
Southampton - 17 November 2010 (Part 1) and 26 January 2011 (Part 2)
Aylesbury - 1 Febuary 2011 (Part 1) and 10 May 2011 (Part 2)
Sheffield - 3 February 2011 (Part 1) and 12 May 2011 (Part 2)
Bristol - 8 February 2011 (Part 1) and 17 May 2011 (Part 2)
Nottingham - 10 February 2011 (Part 1) and 19 May 2011 (Part 2)
Manchester - 14 February 2011 (Part 1) and 23 May 2011 (Part 2)
I look forward to seeing the delegates on Monday :)

SAGT Conference 2010

I have a busy few weeks coming up....
Monday is the first of the ESRI GIS courses, of which more tomorrow...
Tuesday I'll be speaking at Cambridge University as the speaker at a 6th form lecture for the GA Cambridge branch...
Details below:

Wednesday & Thursday are writing textbook materials, Webwatch for GA Magazine, and APG reports for networking and YPG
Friday and Saturday will be travelling up to SAGT and the conference itself... Looking forward to seeing a lot of old friends, and meeting some new ones.
Back down on the Sunday, and three more project days, including getting a GIS course finished (I promise Anne), then it's down to Heathrow to catch a flight to Keflavik for 4 days in Iceland....
Keep checking back for all the news, and there will be a major resource to come out of my Iceland experience...

Meanwhile, here's the notes from my SAGT session - more to come after the event....
Got a car load of stuff to take up...

SAGT Delegate Notes

Location Lingo

The new site for the ENGLISH PROJECT's LOCATION LINGO is now up and running, in association with the ORDNANCE SURVEY.

Details of the project are below... GET INVOLVED !

The English Project has teamed up with Ordnance Survey to compile an ‘Alternative Gazetteer’ of Britain. It’s what we call Location Lingo.
As from English Language Day, Wednesday 13 October 2010,  we are keen to receive your nicknames and petnames for places and landmarks. They will then join our massive List of Location Lingo from all over the country.
What are we looking for?
Location Lingo can cover names for all kinds of locations. For example;
  • neighbourhoods,
  • towns,
  • villages,
  • parks
  • landmarks in the town or countryside.
Location Lingo can even describe road-junctions or roundabouts on a road or motorway.
We’re open to all kinds of contribution. They can be well-known, popular nicknames or private petnames used amongst a few friends. They can be old or newly-coined. And they could be especially useful for the Emergency Services who are often puzzled when people phone in with reports of incidents using a nickname to describe the location. Our list of Location Lingo will help to solve the problem.
The Rules
To be classified as Location Lingo by the English Project and Ordnance Survey a nickname or petname for a place in Great Britain must:
  1. must not be an official name or does not appear as a name on the maps in the map viewer
  2. have been in regular and recognisable use amongst a group of three or more people for at least a month
  3. have not been devised for this project.
As well as the nickname or petname we are also interested in the story behind the name. Why did a place acquire that nickname? If you know, then tell us.

I will be adding a few places, and will tell you about them in a later post...

Blog Action Day

This year's theme is WATER
Writing this blog post consumed water, and not just the cup of tea I'm drinking...
Virtual water is an area which students could and should be introduced to.
You can see Tim Hess talking about the water that we eat in a lecture at the GA Conference in 2011
OK - my iPhone needs charging - more water needed there... apparently half a litre...
Drip drip drip

Why not click on the banner on the right to find out more...

Grown by us

A new free iPhone app from the Co-operative will help you explore the idea of local food sourcing, and explore the connections that occur when you place something into your shopping trolley.
Even if you don't shop at the co-op, you can browse through the products and farms, and identify farms close to your school location.

The true size of Africa...

This came via Kai Krause via Stephen Fry via Twitter via robynevansSSAT....


This might make a good activity for students...
Provide an outline of Africa (or another continent) and some other country outlines, and the students have to assemble their own jigsaw activity by rotating and fitting the countries together... A good time to look at the shapes of these places, and improve their general positional geography. Would also work well on an interactive whiteboard probably....
Could also discuss the map projection used, and various other projections and the extent to which they accurately represent the earth...

New Primary Geography Handbook now on sale

One of the biggest sellers in the GA shop, and often the biggest seller in any specific month, is the
Primary Geography Handbook.
The latest edition has now arrived in the warehouse, and is available to order from the GA SHOP !
Edited by Stephen Scoffham, who has done another remarkable job of bringing together so many useful resources and pieces of advice into one essential publication....

The Primary Geography Handbook is the essential guide for all those who are interested in primary geography and want to know how best to teach it. Published by the Geographical Association and written by an experienced and varied author team, this bestselling handbook contains 26 chapters ranging from mapwork and ICT to global citizenship, fieldwork and creativity.

Packed with practical ideas on how to teach geography in primary schools

  • Suggestions for cross-curricular links and topics linked to the creative curriculum
  • Extensive reference to government reports and directives
  • Detailed advice on inclusion, planning, assessment and inspection
  • Reports on current research and new thinking in geography
  • Extensive reference to ICT, websites and current technology

    This new edition of the handbook has been fully revised and updated in line with the latest thinking in primary geography and the school curriculum. Aimed particularly at class teachers, students and subject leaders it will appeal to all those who believe that inspired, motivated and well-informed teachers are the key to successful education. The Primary Geography Handbook offers the essential components of primary school geography, exemplified in good practice. It provides an interpretation of geography that will stand the test of time and endure in changing circumstances.
    GA members get a £10 discount when ordering the book, which goes a long way towards paying off the cost of a PRIMARY membership.
    Of course, you don't have to be a Primary teacher to buy a copy - I bought one for my Secondary geography department as there's always a chance to plan transition projects and find out what good ideas can be transferred through...

    Mission Explore: first sightings of some new artwork

    Tom Morgan Jones is working on inking new designs for the 2nd Mission Explore book...
    Here's a few examples of recent artwork...
    Very exciting to see the reaction we've been getting for the Mission Explore, and the places we're taking it next...
    Come along on the journey with us via the GEOGRAPHY COLLECTIVE blog.

    1 million journeys....

    ..have now been made on London's Boris Bikes.
    Read about the milestone, which was passed in just 10 weeks in Friday's Evening Standard (20 copies of which were lying around the train carriage I got into at King's Cross), which I just found while sorting out a big pile of stuff ready for a pile-up of events in the next few weeks.
    The millionth rider is apparently due to receive a free 5-year subscription and some goodies... It could be you (it won't be me...)
    According to the article (some useful figures here...) around 92,000 people have subscribed to the scheme, and around 20 000 journeys are made every day. Several hundred bikes are still in storage, as not all of the planned 400 docking stations are yet installed. Around 93% of the trips are under 30 minutes, and are therefore free of charge...
    A nice quote from Boris Johnson:

    "A million thank-yous to London for the warmth in which they have embraced our beautiful blue bikes. The zest in which people have taken to two wheels and joined the cycling revolution we are engendering in the capital has gladdened my heart."

    Spotify Premium

    Finally took the plunge...
    Image by Pedro Arilla and shared under Creative Commons

    Now uninterrupted music... no more George Lamb butting in every 15 minutes... & syncing playlists for offline for those long train journeys.... Also can have music for CPD events... All for the price of a CD a month...

    Institute of Education Seminar

    The latest in the Engaging Geography series, which was originated by the late Duncan Fuller, and now organised by his great friend and colleague (and fellow Geography Collective member) Kye Askins is being held on Wednesday of this week at the Institute of Education.

    Here are the details.
    I shall be 'recording' as much of the events as I can to help with my nascent MA studies, and own professional development....
    If there is phone reception, I shall be tweeting from the event too... some amazing speakers...

    Date: 13th October 2010
     Room 836, Institute of Education, University of London, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1 H 0AL 
    Convenors: David Lambert (Geographical Association / Institute of Education) and John Morgan (Institute of Education)
    10.30: tea/coffee
    11.00: Introduction to the day.
    • Introductions [10 mins]
    • David LambertDo we have to say what geography is? To whom? [10 mins]
    11.20: Session one. ‘Setting the scene and whetting the appetite.’
    • Professor Alastair BonnettGeography in public. Geography as one of humanity’s big projects? [20 mins]
    • Dr Jessica Pykett: The public in geography. Can the public(s) be identified? (20 mins]
    • Discussion: [10 mins]
    12.15: Lunch & informal discussion [Room 802: 30-40 mins]
    1.00: Session two. ‘Particular settings and perspectives’.
    Key elements and participants (10-15 minutes each, including questions) are as follows. Contributors are encouraged to provide specific instances, examples or case studies to illustrate or exemplify the points they wish to make.
    2.30 pm Discussion: Michael Young: what is a Powerful Knowledge?
    Michael Young is a distinguished Professor of Education at the Institute of Education. The disciplinary basis for his research is the sociology of knowledge, represented by two career spanning and important books:
    Young, M. (1971) Knowledge and Control. London: Collier Macmillan.
    Young, M. (2007) Bringing Knowledge Back In: From social constructivism to social realism in the sociology of education. London: Routledge.
    Michael will provide a 20 minute input, possibly picking up on matters arising from the above, plus further time for questions.
    3.15: Tea break
    3.30: Session 3. ‘In what ways is geography a powerful knowledge to communicate, and to whom?’
    1. Pairs or threes [40 mins]
    Write down (in a form that can be left with the seminar organisers):
    • specific ways in which geography is a ‘powerful knowledge’
    • particular ‘publics’ who need access to geography as a powerful knowledge (and why)
    2. Feedback-discussion, based on a ‘one-minute headlines’ from each group [30 mins]
    4.40: Brief round-up and short break
    5.00: Session 4. School Textbook Archive (with wine and nibbles)
    Launch of the Geography School Textbook archive: a fully catalogued collection at the Institute of Education, assembled by donation and financial assistance from the Frederick Soddy Trust.
    Opening up opportunities to study the ‘knowledge of the powerful’ and ‘powerful school curriculum knowledge’ in the context of school geography. With Ashley Kent, Emeritus Professor of geography Education and leader of the archive project.
    6.00: Depart

    POLO model...

    Just heard about this term, which describes an all-too-common end to an ICT lesson (it was certainly how I used to end mine...)
    Image shared under Creative Commons by Ross Elliott

    Instead of a structured plenary or some other conclusion it was "print out & log off"....

    Any other similar terms I should know about ?
    There's the old classic FOFO of course...

    Schooling the World

    I was tipped off to this film by Sir Ken Robinson... not personally, but via one of his tweets...

    Schooling the World explores the impact of education in cultures around the world....

    f you wanted to change an ancient culture in a generation, how would you do it?
    You would change the way it educates its children.
    The U.S. Government knew this in the 19th century when it forced Native American children into government boarding schools. Today, volunteers build schools in traditional societies around the world, convinced that school is the only way to a ‘better’ life for indigenous children.
    But is this true?  What really happens when we replace a traditional culture’s canon of knowledge with our own?  Does life really get better for its people?
    SCHOOLING THE WORLD takes a challenging, sometimes funny, ultimately deeply troubling look at the role played by modern education in the destruction of the world’s last sustainable indigenous cultures.
    Beautifully shot on location in the Buddhist culture of Ladakh in the northern Indian Himalayas, the film weaves the voices of Ladakhi people through a conversation between four carefully chosen original thinkers; anthropologist and ethnobotanist Wade Davis,  a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence; Helena Norberg-Hodge and Vandana Shiva, both recipients of the Right Livelihood Award for their work with traditional peoples in India; and Manish Jain, a former architect of education programs with UNESCO,  USAID, and the World Bank.
    It  examines the hidden assumption of cultural superiority behind education aid projects, which overtly aim to help children “escape” to a “better life.”
    It looks at the failure of institutional education to deliver on its promise of a way out of poverty – here in the United States as well as in the so-called “developing” world.
    And it questions our very definitions of wealth and poverty – and of knowledge and ignorance – as it uncovers the role of schools in the destruction of traditional sustainable agricultural and ecological knowledge, in the breakup of extended families and communities, and in the devaluation of ancient spiritual traditions.
    Finally, SCHOOLING THE WORLD calls for a “deeper dialogue” between cultures, suggesting that we have at least as much to learn as we have to teach, and that these ancient sustainable societies may harbor knowledge which is vital for our own survival in the coming millenia.

    photography JIM HURST and  BEN KNIGHT   sound recording JIM HURST
    produced by NEAL MARLENS, JIM HURST, and MARK GROSSAN directed and edited by CAROL BLACK
    DVD-NTSC-R0   color/65 minutes   copyleft 2010 lost people films  WWW.SCHOOLINGTHEWORLD.ORG
    A trailer can be viewed HERE.

    Brighton Resources

    Over to Brighton on Friday (following my Wimbledon trip) to work with 2 PGCE groups: Rob Rosenthal's group from the University of Sussex and Mel Norman's group from the University of Brighton.
    To be honest, I never got beyond the platform of Brighton station, as I then headed out to Falmer and the 2 campuses...

    I talked about curriculum making, and the challenges of teaching, and (I hope) provided some ideas of things to explore, as well as a list of useful materials provided by the GA. There was also interest in the PGCE Survival Guide.
    Some great contributions from the colleagues, and I had an enjoyable 3 hours...

    If there are any questions from anyone who came along to the sessions, please get in touch...

    Why are Geography teachers so great with technology ?

    I blame me... ;)

    A post from the Microsoft Innovative Teacher network.

    I admit to being a little biased about how great geographers are...
    You might want to read the post and add your thoughts.

    Branding lecture in Newcastle...

    If you're in the Newcastle area, you might be interested in an inaugural professorial lecture at Newcastle University on November the 10th.
    It's on "How brands are capturing the power of place, and why it matters."

    Inaugural Lecture, 1730, Wednesday 10 November 2010, Clore Suite, Great North Museum, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.

    Abstract: Brands and branding are capturing the power of place to make their goods and services more meaningful and valuable. The idea of origination provides a way of understanding how this process of geographical association works and what it means for people and places. Origination sheds light on how brands and branding are reproducing social and spatial inequalities, helps assess the potentials and pitfalls of brands and branding in territorial development strategies, and considers how brands and branding might be geographically associated with especially peripheral places in more developmental ways.

    Professor Andy Pike
    Centre for Urban and Regional Development Studies (CURDS)
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle Upon Tyne