Friday, 30 July 2010
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Monday, 26 July 2010
The STATE OF THE COUNTRYSIDE 2010 report has now been published and can be obtained from here.
For the last few years, a regular request has been to ask "when is APP for Geography coming out ?": Assessing Pupil Progress has been used in the core subjects for a while.
He left without any money and to pay for food and accommodation he is doing poetry readings in various locations.
Fjord is accompanying a group of scientists, who are on a research visit to SVALBARD.
The report is about the re-introduction of tourism in Afghanistan.
Imagine you look out of your window one morning and notice that the view you have been familiar with for so long has now changed because something has been added / been removed.
An interesting story via @HodderGeography on Twitter
Back in the days when you closed the curtains and showed a 40 minute video as your lesson plan ... I know... there was an excellent video to stimulate discussion on the role of large companies in the developing world, and the sourcing of our food...
One of the possible sources of text for geography students to use in their work are government departments or agencies.
Food is a incredibly complex subject – both psychologically and physiologically. The way it is grown, traded and consumed has a direct impact on our environment, our economies and our health.
And, as Dalton (Philips) points out in the first chapter of Feeding Britain, cost and supply are increasingly affecting food security abroad and food choices here at home.
Food, in fact, lies at the centre of a very complex web that extends to every aspect of our existence, from the state of our countryside to the length of our lives.
That’s why this coalition Government has made it a priority to support British food and farming and encourage sustainable food production.
Through the recession and – now – in its difficult aftermath, our farmers have shown personal tenacity and economic resilience.
That’s not just good news for the industry, but for all of us.
A splendid visualisation of an ageing world, produced by insurers GE.
This links with tonight's Panorama, produced by Joan Bakewell.
It looks at the issue of care for the elderly...
The burden of youth...
My colleague Paul Baker, who does such a great job or organising the GA's CLUSTER GROUP meetings has just returned from Sabah.
Sunday, 25 July 2010
Saturday, 24 July 2010
They won't be there for long
They're gonna tear 'em down
And sell them to California
Here come the toxic spills
Miners poking all around
When this place looks like a moonscape
Don't say I didn't warn ya...
Friday, 23 July 2010
National Parks Week is coming up.
There has always been a bit of a faff finding river data for the UK to use with students. Most rivers are monitored so that flood predictions can be made, but it's been harder to find where that data can be accessed. I used to make use of the website for the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology at Wallingford, where there was a web area which was a bit hard to find...
Thursday, 22 July 2010
The Invention of Geography
Let us know what you think of Ben's piece...
A friend of mine: Rob Hindle has had a number of poetry collections published. His most recent was called "Neurosurgery in Iraq", and included poetry on a range of locations, including some from time spent living in Spain. A lot of his poetry is to do with place, and memory of place, and the connections with family members.
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Have been following up something from earlier today about the sounds of Sheffield....
- No flying
- No driving
- Only public transport can be used
- Must stand on dry land in each ccountry...
Sheffield is the first city to be mapped as part of the Soundmap project in association with the British Library and the iPhone app AUDIOBOO...
When I was teaching the GCSE Pilot Geography spec a few years ago, one of the units that I taught was about Sustainable Transport. Follow THIS LINK to see all the resources that I posted at the time, still available on the blog I created.
Monday, 19 July 2010
Spent the weekend Mission:Exploring at the Latitude festival in Suffolk.
Friday, 16 July 2010
If you can please do one or more of these things starting from the 26th of August:
1. Buy it. Ideally order it through a physical or online bookshop. If you have bought a copy, buy another and give it as a gift to a young (potential) explorer or an adult who wants some creative dates. You could do this guerrilla fashion, slipping it into a bag or through a letter box without them knowing who you are.
2. Email your friends and family suggesting they get copies and download the app when it appears on iTunes in the next week or so (you'll hear about it here first...)
3. Tweet, blog or write a story onMission:Explore. You might be interested in the press release on the app and website for this.
One of the great joys of living in London is its social and economic diversity. One minute you can be walking past million pound mansions in Kensington and the next you will find yourself in the middle of a housing estate populated by a mix of native London working classes and first or second generation immigrants from all over the world. Get on a bus or a tube and a similar mix confronts you.
Its quite a different story in other European cities, where poorer residents and immigrants in particular are often ghettoised in to particular areas of the city. In Paris, the poor are located in 'Les Banlieues', grim, grey and endless blocks with high levels of crime and racial tension.
The other interesting video is by Danny Dorling, and is a presentation at a book launch at a Marxism event earlier in the year.
Thursday, 15 July 2010
The plaque guide site includes a map display where users can click on the location of each plaque, be immediately linked to a biography and view details on the plaque itself. The use of Google's StreetView means users can also ‘step into the map' to see the plaque in its real life environment.
If someone is interested in people from a particular background, they can also search. The site does not yet have total coverage. Plaque Guide has 230 of the city's plaques but the site's creator, David Coughlan, is now asking the public and children in particular, to help him complete the rest.
Coughlan hopes people will see the invitation to add the location and details of the outstanding blue plaques as an irresistible challenge, much like other ‘crowd sourced' projects like OpenStreetMap and Wikipedia. Adding the location of a plaque is as easy as clicking on the map itself, while a smartphone app is planned for later in the year to enable ‘plaque tagging' on the move.
Wednesday, 14 July 2010
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
'Farming Today' this morning had a brief feature on the BSOG: the Bus Service Operators Grant for community transport.