Wednesday, 31 August 2011
I will be moving on to new geography-related projects, and am grateful to those who have already offered me some work. Particular thanks to Steve Brace and Eleanor Coulber at the RGS-IBG, Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop and the Catlin Arctic Survey, Andrew Campbell and the team at Harper Collins, the SSAT Humanities team, Karl Donert, the Field Studies Council, Richard Allaway, Ruth Totterdell at the GA and Bob Lang & Paul Cornish, Dave Holmes and Philip Allan, Paul Baker, Katie and the TeachIt team, Jobina at TwigIt and a host of others, who have offered me work of some kind. Apologies if I have missed anyone out - don't worry you'll feature in future blog posts...
There's also a few other exciting things which are in the pipeline and will be announced later in the year...
I shall also still be 'affiliated to the GA': leading CPD courses for the GA, notably the ESRI / GA GIS courses for beginners and advanced, and the NQT Conferences in November
Keep an eye out for some new GA publications in 2012.
I will also be spending more time on projects for the Geography Collective too: we have the re-launch of MISSION EXPLORE and the launch of DISCOVER:EXPLORE coming up as well as a host of other exciting things.
I shall also be completing some work in Poland, Austria, Scotland and various other locations, and I'm still keeping my eye out for a suitable teaching job in my home area.
Many thanks to all my GA colleagues for their tremendous support over the last three years. Don't forget to JOIN THE GA.
Also, please have your say in our KS3 consultation if you haven't already ! The results of this will matter !
I shall still be blogging here on Living Geography, so keep reading to find out what I get up to and elsewhere and tweeting on @GeoBlogs
Thanks for reading, and best wishes to everyone for the new academic year. It's going to be interesting !
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Image by Sally Parkinson
There are many cities in the world, and many of them are known by several different names...
This Google Document has a growing list of city nicknames - if you have something to contribute to this project then head over there and add your nickname knowledge to this collection of vernacular geography.
Please let others know about this - the more responses the better....
Thanks in advance for the responses - you can GO HERE for a larger version.
Sunday, 28 August 2011
I remember as a young boy visiting Sheffield for shopping (we used to get the 287 bus that stopped outside our house, and it cost 4p to get to Sheffield, either that or we'd get the 69 bus through Attercliffe which cost just 2p) and on arrival at the bus station, we could see the bulk of Park Hill overlooking the railway station and the rest of the city as we walked up past the Crucible theatre and into Fargate....
I've just added a blog post about Park Hill Flats to the Hodder Geography Nest as part of my guest blogging for August, which comes to an end in a few days time...
This YouTube clip has some useful history and details...
Saturday, 27 August 2011
My initial feeling is that by the time the iceberg gets to where it's supposed to be it will have melted away...
Competition details here
High Arctic: Future visions of a receding world
High Arctic Competition from National Maritime Museum on Vimeo.
Thanks to Shaf Hansraj for the tipoff via Twitter
Check out the HIGH ARCTIC exhibition at the museum too.. I need to get to that at some point between now and January 2012.
This might make it into the first week of term as a mention in geography lessons, particularly if there are students whose holiday has been affected...
Andy Murray's preparations for the US Open have been affected by it - a previous tournament it was the teachers' strike of course... ;)
A mandatory evacuation has been announced for the first time in these areas of the USA according to the BBC NEWS.
CRISIS COMMONS Wiki page for loads of resources and other Irene stuff...
Twitter accounts to follow:
Updated Threat Level from Fox news via @twc_hurricane
Friday, 26 August 2011
Thanks to Jenny from the RGS-IBG for letting me know about the imminent launch of a new site which offers a fresh look at the UK.
The site is called DISCOVERING BRITAIN.
Look forward to seeing the full site when it appears in just over a month's time....
Thanks to So-Shan Au for the tip-off to the newest MADE BY JOEL cut outs...
This time round you can have Paris and Sydney and go on a roadtrip... I love them...
A recent article in the Guardian reinforced the connection between retailing and the Olympic Park and the potential impact on other local businesses.
"No matter which sport you are going to see when the third London Olympics begin, a visit to 2012 park will mean one thing – walking though a very large shopping centre first...."
The same blog also has updated STATISTICS ON THE UNREST
There are various connections with geographical themes which are probably worth exploring and thinking through, as students will inevitably have questions and opinions.
There were also two interesting letters in the Guardian a couple of weeks ago now, with thanks to John Connell for guiding me to them...
The first one has an interesting exercise in relativism for Michael Gove, who spoke for the Government after the first night of rioting. The first from John Bloomfield:
and the second from P.Keenan, which might form the basis for a map-based investigation:
Reminded me also of the infamous Hurricane Katrina coverage on Yahoo News which was rapidly removed, but not before people had captured the different language used to describe people on the flooded streets.
Others have remembered a previous connection between David Cameron and 'hoodies'.
Interestingly there was an article by Ed Miliband from May 2011, on what he has done since he became Labour leader
There was also an excellent article by Lynsey Hanley in the Guardian. Lynsey wrote the excellent book "ESTATES".
I could go on, and this post would be even 'later' than it already is, so let's get it out there and I hope that something here is of use to you...
Thursday, 25 August 2011
A great set of Flash visualisations which show the destinations of migrants from various districts of Mexico into the USA, running along what are called "migration channels".
Explore the links here too...
Here are the 'destinations' of migrants from the Chihuahua region in 2010, for example...
A useful companion piece to the SMUGGLE TRUCKS post I wrote recently...
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
The actual Geography Awareness Week is in mid-November 2011.
In addition to the booklet which I provided a link to last week, there is a poster and other associated documents.
It's all based around exploring the local area: "the Adventure in your Community"
Please download it, have a play and let me know what you think...
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
TRIPTICO is a free download, which produces a desktop widget.
It has been developed by David Riley, as a way of offering tools that teachers can customise to their particular subject and year group.
I like a few of the tools in particular, and could see them being of particular use. One of them is a FIND TEN generator, which allows you to create a list of items, with 10 of them being the correct answers. I created one below - e-mail if you'd like a copy - you'll need the TRIPTICO tools in order to use the file...
I have had lots of responses, but this is another chance for you to get involved as we need a larger team still...
Ideally, you should be a practising geography teacher.
If you'd be interested in principle in contributing some resources, and earning advance payments and ongoing royalties, please contact Katie Green at firstname.lastname@example.org There's no commitment to be involved at this stage, and no guarantee that you will be involved either - simply reply to this email to let me know that you'd like to participate, and we'll be in touch soon.
Help Brad the Ice Cream man make decisions on where and when to work....
Helps explore ideas of probability and risk and decision making...
I don't think I'm going to be winning one of those free t-shirts that are on offer....
Sadly, I shall be unable to attend the Mission Explore Newcastle event: 2 days of fun and mission writing...
Here are some of my contributions for potential missions that could be carried out:
Monday, 22 August 2011
The development has faced objections (and support) which is taking place in a dramatic area of sand dunes south of Aberdeen: the MENIE DUNES. Trump visited in July 2011, to see the progress so far, and there was some coverage in the media at the time.
There are now plans for a wind farm off the Aberdeenshire coast, which Donald Trump was not pleased about:
"When I first became involved with our billion-pound development – golf course construction is weeks away from completion with a planned opening before 1 July 2012 – I was repeatedly promised, as an incentive for us to go forward and proceed with this project, that wind turbines would not be destroying and distorting the magnificent coastline.
"You've been Trumped" is a movie by Anthony Baxter which explores the history of the development, which will of course be affecting the magnificent coastline...
Thanks to Svenja Timmins @SvenjaT for some information related to this post - it's an area that I shall be keeping an eye on as there have been a few 'golf and geography' related posts on the blog....
A Leopard magazine article from 2007 gives further arguments for and against...
Not quite finished with this post, but am having a bit of a clear-out of 'draft' posts, and this story will be continuing for quite a while yet anyway...
Let me know if there's a further resource that I've missed out relating to the proposals...
Thanks to @victoriaellis for the tipoff to the @metofficestorms feed that is going to be useful over the coming months. Remember when teaching about events in geography to be aware of the element of timing...
The Storm Tracker has a number of layers that can be turned on and off: clouds, and also sea surface temperatures...
A handy, and FREE tool...
At the time of posting, Irene is approaching Puerto Rico...
Sunday, 21 August 2011
Saturday, 20 August 2011
First of all a good Michael Palin quote from it:
"Passing on our love of geography to a new generation is hugely important..."
Was also good to see Simon Clive from New College, Stamford on page 4 talking about Ambassadors - our 'paths' have crossed a few times in the last few years and good to see him doing well.
Also details of the DISCOVERING BRITAIN project, which doesn't seem to be live at the moment, but looks intriguing - looking forward to that appearing !
Some useful lectures coming up on Monday nights, which might be enough to tempt me down to London when it coincides with an event that I am involved in...
They include a Nick Crane lecture on his 'Town' series, Terry Jones on Columbus and the Flat Earth, Stuart Lane on Flooding in the 21st Century and a Colin Thubron lecture which has a balloted ticket.
Thanks to @geographynerd (Rebecca Nicholas) for the tipoff...
Timelapse - The City Limits from Dominic on Vimeo.
I shot this timelapse montage from late 2010 through early 2011.
One year in the making.
My goal was to show the duality between city and nature.
Locations include :
- Montreal, Quebec, Canada
- Quebec city, Quebec, Canada
- Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Manhattan, New York, USA
- Chicago, Illinois, USA
You can visit my website at www.dominicboudreault.com
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Contact : email@example.com
For timelapse stock footage, you can browse through some of my represented work at Getty Images :
Music is "Time" by Hans Zimmer
Remember to crank the volume way up before watching this and turn HD on !
Friday, 19 August 2011
It's only a few weeks now until the new MissionExplore.Net website goes live. We are working with our best friends at The Workshop to make Mission:Explore 2.0 an outstanding space for young explorers to find and complete missions. When doing missions explorers can win points, earn badges, keep an explorer log and share their efforts on Twitter and Facebook (if they are old enough). It's going to be beautiful.
If you work for a third or public sector organisation you can create your own branded missions on MissionExplore.Net. With enhanced branding, HTML enabled mission content (including support for embedding videos) and far more affordable pricing, now is the time to start creating missions with us.
For £25 we will give you one mission, a personalised URL, a branded channel (landing page) and free user account. For just £300 you will be able to create 15 missions, enough to make a teasure hunt or trail. Place your order before we launch to claim 25% off your subscription. If you would like your own Mission:Explore style website or help writing missions we can help with that too.
Clients already working with us to create content on MissionExplore.Net include National Geographic Education, Sustrans, Arla and Cardiff University.
For more details and to place your order firstname.lastname@example.org.
On other business, would you like to join us for a Geography Camp?
That's it for now.
We are also running a MISSION WRITING CAMP in association with VITAL which will be in Newcastle.
Good to see Mission Explore on the GeoVation blog as well...
Have just added a few pics to the group...
Once the new school year gets underway, check back for inspiration...
Thursday, 18 August 2011
Wednesday, 17 August 2011
What brown signs do you have close to where you live ?
Or which have you seen while on holiday ?
Sunday, 14 August 2011
Cromer Carnival, crazy golf and canoeing, Blakeney harbour and back home to prepare for the week ahead...
Images: Alan Parkinson
Friday, 12 August 2011
Lynsey Hanley in the Guardian, with thanks to Danny Dorling for the tipoff
Song by Cinematic Orchestra http://www.cinematicorchestra.com/
Make sure to watch in HD full screen, with scaling off for best quality!
Just want to say a note of thank to everyone's support and comments.
I sought out to capture the electric radiance of Los Angeles at night.
It took me 6 months of on and off shooting to finish this project and I've learned a couple things along the way.
First off, LA might be the entertainment capital of the world, but it sure is difficult to shoot around downtown without having homeland security officers, police, or security take notice and harass you. Know your shooting rights!
Shooting time lapses is a labor of love and a study in patience.
This video is dedicated to the memory of my Grandmother, Mary Johnson who passed away after battling cancer. She spent most of her life bettering the lives of others and was the kindest person I've ever known.
Cinematography, direction, and editing by Colin Rich
Produced by William Ahmanson
Thursday, 11 August 2011
Helen Nurton has been busily adding posts for her students over the summer months at the GCS A Level blog.
Don't forget the GA's useful LIST OF GEOGRAPHY BLOGS
Please let me know of any that we've missed...
I've already blogged about the charge to stand on the Greenwich Meridian at the Observatory. This has also been compounded by the fencing off of large areas of the park for some trial events (lots of comments on this particular web page giving a range of different views on the use of the park)
There's also the closure of a public park and the erection of fences in Weymouth which will stop even residents from having the sea view they have always enjoyed.
Want the Olympic Mascots (well, two people in costumes) to visit your school event ? That'll be £850 please... which seems like quite a lot - even I don't charge that to visit a school...
I also blogged previously about Iain Sinclair's views on the Olympic Park and his new book 'Ghost Milk', and the upheaval of communities in the East End of London, and there has been some previous discussion over the disappearance of places like the Clays Lane Housing Co-operative.
The BBC will have hundreds of extra staff to cover the games, and also the torch relay...
As always, NEF have something to say on the important issues, and their FOOLS GOLD report makes interesting reading. (Link leads to PDF download)
A few appropriate Google searches throw up a whole range of local alterations and schemes too, such as a new Travelodge, which has its objectors - I don't suppose they'll be offering £19 rooms next August...
There's certainly a longer term project for some local schools to track the ACTUAL Olympic legacy...
And a useful paper on the risks for host cities and the idea of Olymponomics.
Also controversy over the involvement of DOW CHEMICALS.
The end result of this might end up being the creation of new ruins, as described by Iain Sinclair on his visit to Athens, which hosted the 2004 games:
In Greece he finds Stratford's soured future; a real-life posthumous grand project. He wanders barely used stadiums and through echoey atria, and no one tries to stop him because no one cares and there's hardly anyone there. Meanwhile, off stage, the Greek economy collapses, and Sinclair understandably can't resist making a causal connection between the "nation's bankruptcy" and its Olympic folly. "The Games are just empty buildings," one Athenian tells him, "we have no use for them. But they have become monuments, so we can handle them and live with them. We are used to living among ruins. They are just ruins, they were never anything else."
The recent London riots (of which more to come in a future blog post) seem to have been partiy connected (in the minds of some of those involved at least) with the feelings that money is not filtering down to the communities in the area around the Olympic Park.
Will be interesting to follow this over the next few months... any thoughts ?
What about the big successes of the games and organisation so far ? Do they more than balance out these concerns ?
MUSICWOOD is the title of a documentary which explores how the clearance of forests is threatening the industry. A taster can be viewed below:
Musicwood Documentary - 2 min trailer from Helpman Productions on Vimeo.
A group of the world's top guitar makers have banded together to try and save the acoustic guitar, and the old-growth trees of Alaska's Tongass National Forest — the largest temperate coastal rain forest in the world, and the US's largest National Forest.
The Musicwood Documentary follows the Coalition as they try to change the way this forest is logged.
It is an epic journey: from guitar workshops to the splendor of the Alaskan rainforest; from a Native tree-cutting ceremony to forest devastation. As the two sides begin to see from each other’s perspectives, their task gets more complex.
My plans are coming together quite nicely, in the short term, and I am very grateful to those colleagues, organisations, companies and other folks who are helping me by offering a range of interesting jobs and potential projects to get involved with.
At the end of the month I shall be posting what I think are the most useful / entertaining / important moments or contributions made over the last three years and also sharing some of the things that I'm going to be doing with my time.
Calender image from Just Calendar
An app called SMUGGLE TRUCK was developed on the theme of immigration.
The aim of the game was to fill your truck with migrants and try and smuggle them over the border.
The game was apparently refused by the App store, and so was changed to SNUGGLE TRUCK
The designers changed the migrants to fuzzy animals, and the object of the game to driving over the landscape as quickly as possible to get them to the zoo, without losing them out of the truck.
An interesting 'rebranding' exercise.... and a fun looking game !
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
We do like to be beside the seaside is the title of the 3rd sample online UPDATE that I've produced as part of the Harper Collins / GA produced KS3 textbook series.
Go HERE to download the three updates so far, and to SUBSCRIBE to the series that will start in September 2011 with an update on Geographies of MUSIC.
Do you know people who are ?
Let your tutor know about this opportunity...
A new opportunity for PGCE tutors is being offered by Discover Limited...
More to come on this project soon, or check the website.
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Monday, 8 August 2011
My Geography Collective colleague Dan Ellison is there, and led an Urban Earth walk as well as two workshops in the Guerrilla geography approach of the Geography Collective and Mission:Explore.
One resource that Dan put me on to was this excellent collection of Google Earth related work.
Sunday, 7 August 2011
The team were exploring the sea ice in the Arctic Ocean, and then drilling down through the ice to carry out a range of experiments aimed at exploring aspects of the ocean waters, which are at the heart of the Earth's oceanic circulation.
Digital Explorer's Jamie Buchanan Dunlop was involved in the expedition, which involved camping on the ice.
Now, I've been asked to get involved with the project by producing some teaching materials related to the work that the good folks were up to while camped out on the ice.
The explorer Pen Hadow was involved, as were a number of scientists and colleagues with a range of useful skills and experiences. They were also using some interesting equipment, including Niskin bottles and sensors called "peepers". While they were on the ice they also had a Twitter chat with my friend and colleague Kenny O' Donnell and his students.
Image: Catlin Arctic Survey
Watch out for some resources for KS3 and KS4 which will emerge on the website before too long...
Interestingly, one of my Twitter network suggested one of the names that was chosen: East Wick, which was chosen by Oliver O'Brien - a place in posterity guaranteed...
It turns out that there is a newly updated COUNTRYFILE website
Thanks to Angus Willson for the announcement of funding to protect VIEWS
Not had a play with it yet, but it has potential.
Anyone had a go and want to share some of the results ?
Saturday, 6 August 2011
This time they are drawn into a James Bond style plot involving biofuels.
They visit Japan, Italy and France to take part in three races, and Mater ends up being roped in to help British agent Finn McMissile (voiced by Michael Caine) and Holley Shiftwell and visits Paris too.
The poster has a satisfyingly "global" look to it, and there are various cultural references throughout the film relating to the places that are visited.
The rendering of the cities, particularly London was predictably excellent.
My son liked the Japanese toilet episode.
I imagine the Finn McMissile toy will be popular this Christmas.