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Looking forward to seeing this book, which is published later in the year. On the theme of model villages: used to live near to one, and always amused me to see the destination on the front of the bus ... so many good books at the moment, and no time to read them.

ARCADIS Sustainable Cities

The latest ARCADIS Sustainable Cities report has been published.
It uses the idea of People, Planet and Profit to consider how sustainable cities are.

Well worth delving into the report.
I am currently doing just that for a writing project...

CPD at my school next week... calling all Cambridgeshire junior school teachers...

Next week, there is a chance to take part in a free CPD session which is taking place at my school for Primary colleagues.

There are 3 sessions. One of them is on the GA's Primary Geography Quality Mark, and I'll be leading that one to kick off the day. My HoD Claire will then be talking about images.
After lunch, there's a chance to hear Paula Owens from the Geographical Association talking about the Global Learning Programme.

If you teach in the area and fancy coming along, let me know...

Norwegian Glacier Ice

We have been looking at the story of the stuff we buy.
A Norwegian company is offering the chance to buy 'luxury' ice cubes taken from a glacier...

What are your thoughts on this ? 

Taking nature out of the dictionary

Thanks to Paula Owens for the tipoff to an interesting article by Patrick Barkham.

It describes how words that relate to nature are apparently missing from the latest edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary, such as CATKINS.

One answer to this would be to use our Mission:Explore books, and also to look at the work of the John Muir Trust.

Having read this, I noticed some catkins in the school playground,as shown.

It was also mentioned in the review of the latest Robert MacFarlane...

I'm looking forward to seeing Robert's talk at UEA in a few week's time.

Image: Alan Parkinson

What does NOTHING look like ?

A nice photographic story which is about the search for NOTHING.

On the National Geographic website.

Assessing the new National Curriculum

What is the nature of assessment ?

This was one of many questions asked by David Gardner in a session at the Geography Teacher Educator's conference two weekends ago. I am slowly catching up with my blog posts from the event, and will finish off the report from the event over the next week now that we're on half term.

One of the outcomes from the event was the release of a new document that can also be downloaded from the GA's website, and which I will be using in a few forthcoming events with teachers.

The GA is working on supporting teachers through the development of frameworks for assessing students.
More to come on this...

Partial Solar Eclipse in March

Friday March the 20th sees a partial solar eclipse affecting the British Isles.
This Google map allows you to see the timing of this for your area.
It's happening at the start of the school day for us - no total solar eclipse, but a partial one which will make things substantially darker than usual...

New KS2 unit on Shackleton

A new KS2 unit from the RGS-IBG exploring the journeys made by Shackleton in the Antarctic.
A great introduction to Polar exploration and the landscape, which would dovetail well with other related resources.

Some of the ideas would also translate into KS3 if your students hadn't previously explored Polar regions.

Produced by Emma Kerr, from the Shackleton in Schools website.

Animated video of the life of Alfred Wegener

Thanks to Roo Stenning for the link to this interesting animation showing some of the life of Alfred Wegener: meteorologist, Polar explorer and continental-drift 'discoverer'...

After you've watched it, you could make use of Richard Allaway's adaptation of an idea of mine: the Trial of Alfred Wegener.

China naming

Visit Britain has a campaign running which involves people from China (or with Chinese heritage) giving names to some familiar landmarks in the UK.

I saw this last week, and a few newspapers like the Guardian picked up on it too.
I like some of the choices of names. Would make a good starter, and also a nice activity related to tourism and cultural geography.

Homes for £1

Channel 4 news report
More than a hundred homes on sale: a pound for the lot. But the prospect of expensive repairs meant the council wouldn't even pay that. This is Horden in County Durham, its heart ripped out by the collapse of the mining industry - now a sea of empty properties...

Thought for the Day

Following yesterday's #reimagineLondon event at the South Bank

“The statutory purpose of national park status is to ‘conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area’ and ‘promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the park by the public. There is no reason we can’t apply these ideas in an adapted and appropriate way to the urban environment. London’s landscape is very different the countryside, but it is equally as distinctive and inspiring.’

Daniel Raven Ellison, Greater London National Park campaign founder

Michael Fordham's blog

I don't just read Geography blogs, although they make up the bulk of my online reading, alongside a shelf full of books for some proper reading... (currently the rather wonderful 'H is for Hawk')

Michael Fordham's Clio et Cetera blog has some useful posts on the nature of subject knowledge and pedagogy, which are relevant outside of the history focus that he has in his professional life.

I've made use of elements of a number of recent posts in discussions with colleagues who I meet on CPD sessions.
For example, here's a post on the importance of knowledge in the curriculum.

NASA SMAP launched...

Three weekends ago, there was a NASA satellite launch, which I followed live...

Right now, NASA's SMAP satellite is moving into position, over 400 miles above the earth, and over the last few weeks, it has been powered up and its various instruments are being calibrated and commissioned before it starts to collect data about soil moisture from the entire earth's surface. This is an exciting launch.

Helen Steer and I wrote some materials relating to the use of this satellite as part of a study of soil moisture for INTEL - you can find that material by searching on the blog.
I will let you know when the materials and the kits that we worked on may be available.

There is a project which you can sign up to, to get involved in the ongoing work of the satellite, to help with the data.
This is called The Globe Program.

London as a National Park ?

This was an idea of my friend and Mission:Explorer co-creator Daniel Raven Ellison.
After a huge amount of effort, Dan has pulled together a quite amazing event that takes place tomorrow.
Here are the details. I was unable to attend as it's a 6 period day at school for me, but check this out....

What if London became a National Park?
Covering up to 10% of England, urban areas are recognised by Natural England as a distinct habitat, and by that definition London is truly remarkable. 8.3 million people share the city with 13,000 species of wildlife that inhabit the conurbation's 3,000 parks, 30,000 allotments, two national nature reserves, 36 sites of special scientific interest and 142 local nature reserves.
A massive 47% of London is green space, making it one of the greenest cities in the world for its size. It is home to the world's largest urban forest and its 3.8m gardens cover 24% of the capital.
The statutory purpose of national park status is to "conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the area" and "promote opportunities for the understanding and enjoyment of the special qualities of the park by the public." What if we took these ideas and applied them to London?
Join us for this inspiring day that could lead to London becoming the world's first National Park City, a new kind of national park.
The event will take place across three spaces.
The Purcell Room - Inspirational presentations, visionary ideas and engaging panel discussions.
The Foyer Forum - Book a free ticket to access the exhibition, ideas lab and Forum stage.
The River Thames - Explore the River Thames by boat thanks to Thames Tideway Tunnel.
Exhibitors include Thames Tideway Tunnel, Ordnance Survery, Friends of the Earth, Greenspace Information for Greater London and London Invasive Species Initiative, Greysmith Associates, Frog Environmental, NAG (Naturist Action Group), Campaign for National Parks, Can of Worms Enterprises Ltd, Trees for Cities, The Selborne Society Ltd, Incredible Edible Lambeth, The RSA, National Parks England, London Wildlife Trust, London Permaculture Network, John Muir Trust and RTPI London. 
Foyer Forum 
Purcell Room
A great line-up. I shall be following Tweets with interest.
Helen Steer, another Explorer HQ colleague, who I've worked on a lot of recent projects with, and is also awesome is talking about FOOD....

New Public Service Broadcasting album...

Perfect for Geographers...

#teacher5aday Photo exhibition

Sent off a few of my images to Martyn Reah's Teacher 5 a day exhibition
Here's one of them: Processed Winter Fields, taken near home in the big freeze of 2013.

Student video on the UN Sustainable Development Goals

An impressive video made by a Year 11 student of Richard Allaway's school.

The student who produced it is in Y11.  As part of the MYP (Middle Years Project) students need to complete the 'Personal Project' - a substantial independent project, and this is part of that.

A nice use of Kate Raworth's doughnut model too.

Planet Oil with Professor Iain Stewart

A new series that is being shown on BBC Scotland, but you can catch up with it on iPlayer.

All about our relationship with OIL.

Usually when I see Iain he's handing me an award... ;)

As always with his programmes it's engaging and informative, and involves lots of interesting locations and active immersion in the landscape and processes that are involved.

Mark Cocker on salt marshes

Created over decades in silt layer by the high tide, saltmarsh is as niggardly a landscape as its name connotes. There’s no primary colour, contour, built structure – except the odd wrecked ship with its rotting vestige of human story – and no trees.

A lovely piece in The Guardian today. Squelched over them the other day... Writing about them today, although not quite as eloquently as this.
Image: Alan Parkinson, Stiffkey saltmarsh, Norfolk

Geography Teacher Educator's Conference 2015 - the final day

The final post from the GTE for 2015
Up for another good breakfast and discussions on future work on GeoCapabilities project.
Sunday morning's sessions were on the theme of Curriculum.

I was particularly interested in these.

David Mitchell from the IoE talked about his research on curriculum in schools, based on interviews with a number of teachers based in London. I liked his use of 4 'types' of curriculum makers, and how it connected with the head of department's particular decision-making and lesson-planning style in some cases.

There was also a very useful set of materials from David Gardner, who talked about the issue of assessing the new curriculum now that levels have been removed. More of David's work will be released onto the GA website in due time.

The presentations that were used at the event will be available in the next few months on the GA website on the page above

You can already see the presentation that Duncan Hawley and I used, to introduce the GeoCapabilities project, which is below, and has now been seen over 500 times:

Dhaka on Google Street View

"A vivid picture of dynamism and vibrancy"

Thanks to Keir Clarke for the tipoff to an extension in the area covered by Google Street View to include Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, as well as the port city of Chittagong.

Follow this link, for example, and you are right in the middle of a bustling market, and can go along and use the side view and zoom to identify what is being sold, and who is doing what...

I love the way the project arriving in Bangladesh was reported in the Dhaka Tribune.

Google cameras are also tracking sea level rise in San Francisco.

National Chip Week

So every day this week will be a 'fry'day....
Here's some I ate earlier...

And a reminder of a nice video that I use with Year 7s in our 'You are what you eat' unit...

And two other foodie favourites of mine you might have missed first time round:

Carl Warner's Food landscapes
Berger and Wyse cartoons

Geography Teacher Educators' Conference - 2nd day

From last weekend - apologies for the delay in posting

After a good sleep, and waking to a car covered with snow, we had the main day of the GTE Conference.

There were 15 sessions, ranging from 20 minutes to one hour long.

By the end, my head was full of new ideas, which were connected to the ideas of knowledge, the ITE curriculum, and other areas.
I'd heard educators from many EU countries sharing their research and work with us, and also ask us some serious questions.

Some highlights for me were:

- Gemma Collins talking about the idea of 'stuck places' and threshold concepts - I'd heard about this at a seminar I attended at the Institute of Education a few months previously
- Nicola Walshe sharing some work from Homerton College students using GIS
- Justin Woolliscroft giving a very clear run through of being inspected under the new OFSTED framework
- an energetic presentation on the I-USE project by Luc Zwartjes, which highlighted the importance of statistics in education.

In the break, I went into Oxford to see the Pitt Rivers museum, and it was rather superb...

Back to the conference venue for the final session, and some more sessions.

It was then time for the evening meal and some drinks, and networking. Plenty of interesting chats about the past, present and future of teacher education.

Shopping at the Zupamarket

Thanks (I think) to Anne Greaves for the tipoff to the work of a Polish design company that explores BRUTALIST architecture.

They have created a range of products which explore some of the famous buildings built in that style in cities around the world, and have also created a number of large initial letters in the same style. I've ordered a few bits as gifts, along with a few things for myself too.

Check it out here... available in English too...

Proper geography resource...

I think I know every word of this still...

Desire lines and the curriculum

I was interested in this post by James Theobald, on the nature of curriculum making.

It mentions the notion of desire lines: a geographical idea in themselves.

Rather than taking the designated route, it is created by people who choose the route they want to, and having blazed this trail, other people see them doing this, and think that perhaps it's worth going that way too...

Over time, will teachers choose their own route through the curriculum documents?

Which route will become the 'preferred route' for teaching particular topics ? (especially those that have recently been added ?)

One of the things I'm doing over the next few months is walking backwards and forwards across the newly grown grass of the new KS4 specifications (coming out around Easter) to see whether the book that I am co-writing might become the preferred route for thousands of teachers... come and follow me...

More on this will be shared with teachers over the next few months as I do some travelling around the country to work with colleagues... and finish off the chapters of the book that I have to write...

Image: Alan Parkinson

Rio de Janeiro

Always on the look out for timelapses and alternative views of 'familiar' cities and places...

Drawn to this quote by Yi Fu Tuan
So here's a fresh look at Rio de Janeiro

10328x7760 - A 10K Timelapse Demo from SCIENTIFANTASTIC on Vimeo.

Beaches at Risk - an education pack

An education pack which has been produced as part of a research project at the University of Sussex.

This education pack complements and covers Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum. The pack contains 28 worksheets with teachers’ notes, which can be used both in the field and in the classroom. 
There is an introduction to BAR, information and background information on all of the coastal habitats within the BAR project area, useful sites to visit and links to extra resources. 
Although the BAR project area covers both the English and French coasts, field trips in this education pack are designed for the English coast. It also contains an example of a risk assessment for teachers to use for activities and field visits, and a matrix which links the activities to Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum.

Thanks to Matt Podbury for the tipoff....

Landscape and poetry

A rather nice film, with night time time-lapse and projected words...

Oliver Rackham RIP

Sad news this week about the death of Oliver Rackham, author of 'The History of the Countryside'.
I have an illustrated version of the book, and referred to it recently as I was writing about the landscape (and continue to do so).
It's a wonderful exploration of what made Britain's landscape the way it is today...

Faces of Iceland

An excellent Vimeo video

A job for half -term

Applying for funding to come on our I-USE teacher training course - it's in Stockholm and you can come along without having to pay out of your own pocket... What are you waiting for ?

Do you have a school weather station ?

Dara O' Briain and Professor Brian Cox are preparing for a 2nd series of Stargazing Live, and you have the chance to get involved.

Schools that have a Weather Station are invited to observe and record changes in the weather during the morning of the solar eclipse and forward their readings to the Stargazing team for Stargazing Live. This is a live project, working with BBC Learning and The University of Reading.
If you would like to take part, please email stargazing.schools@bbc.co.uk to register your interest.

Guy Martin in India

I love the enthusiasm of Guy Martin.

His latest programme is shown on Channel 4.
It's not for the younger students perhaps as there may be some fruity language.
In the latest episode, he visited the hectic city of Mumbai, and visited the slums as well as some of the homes of the wealthiest.

Some useful scenes and images...
You've got a month to see it.

Have you got EarthPrimer yet ?

Some rather discerning people here giving their views on the new Earth Primer app which I blogged about last week.
Have you got a copy yet ?

Do you have a worldly mind ?

A new app for iPhone and iPad can help you develop yours...
It is better on the iPad because of the larger screen size.

It's called WORLDLY MIND, and is free.
Link takes to iOS store, but is also available on Android.
It contains a range of screens, with information and mapping about the countries of the world.

From the app description:

Learn countries and their human geography of the world. Know the location of countries quiz. Study and guess the flags with the national flags quiz for fun. Take all the geography quizzes – know foreign cities with the countries and their capitals quiz. What about the religions of the world? Or about a countries currency? We have the most comprehensive world geography trivia available.

Specific Human Geography Elements - Country, Capital City, Area, Life Expectancy, Standard Time GMT/UTC Offset, Location Maps, In-Country Maps, Flags, Industries, Crops, Population Chart, Population Total, Percentage Urban, Official Languages, Male and Female Literacy, Currency, US Dollar Equivalent, International Trade, Avg. Income PerDay, Religion and percent of population, Percentage of GDP by Sector - And that is all with No Internet Access! With Access you can reach additional information for each country! 

Specially for David G

You may have noticed quite a lot of new posts in the last few days... it's so I don't disappoint David G the next time he looks :)

Thought for the Day

“The sustainability of a city can no longer be considered in isolation from the sustainability of human and natural resources it uses from proximal or distant regions, or the combined resource use and impacts of cities globally.”

From this article on the Siberian city of Norilsk - fascinating stuff

And how about this one on the moving of an entire Arctic city: Kiruna

New FSC fold-out field guides

I love the FSC laminated fold out field guides and own quite a few, including the special cakes one...

There are now 2 additions to the range, which you can see and purchase from the FSC website.

They help you explore Garden bugs and beasties

And one on wildlife to be seen along the chalk rivers of England

ESRI - what do they do...

Via Joseph Kerski - a little video on ESRI's work with GIS and data...

Emmbrook Session

If you're in the area of Wokingham, there's a chance for you to work with me on a day later this month.
Details are shown below. Let me know if you'd like to come along and I'll put you in touch with the organiser.

Oh, and Nick Lapthorn will be there too...

GeoCapabilities vignettes

Story Map Protocol for GeoCapabilties from GeoBlogs

StoryMaps are a tool for creating a story... with maps (the clue is in the name)

They can also include audio and images as well as maps and text, and links to websites...

We are keen to collect examples of teachers thinking about what is involved in the creation of the curriculum, particularly where it involves the development of powerful disciplinary knowledge (PDK)
In other words, think of an occasion when you have used your geographical thinking in a new way.

More to come on this in a future post...

New RGS job - helping people to Discover Britain

The Discovering Britain project of the RGS-IBG has been helping people appreciate the country by taking a walk through it for the last five years.

Phase 1 of Discovering Britain ran from June 2010 to January 2015 and was successful in developing a prestigious series of almost 150 geographical walks nationwide and an acclaimed street gallery exhibition, Britain from the Air (BftA). Together, the activities reached millions of people.

Phase 2, which is planned to run from February 2015 to December 2016, will build on this success with four more BftA exhibitions, including one in London, plus the new developments of shorter trails, explanatory viewpoints and an App, all of which will widen the scope of resources available for people to explore and learn about Britain’s landscapes.

Details of the job (and a few more) are on the RGS-IBG website. A rather fine place to work.

We seek an experienced project manager who is not only capable of managing the implementation of Phase 2 of this project but who is also passionate and knowledgeable about the landscape and geography of Britain and who has proven skills in writing engaging and informative resources. The person will be responsible for the overall delivery of the project to time, budget and agreed outcomes, as well as being involved in the creation of content and will work closely with the part time project co-manager.

Sounds like a rather fine job for someone...
Can't wait to see how the app turns out too.

Get your image on the front of an OS map

The Ordnance Survey has a new logo from today...

It represents the shift from an emphasis on paper maps to a wider range of GI and mapping products.
The O is apparently the location of their HQ in Southampton, and the S is a river in Yorkshire somewhere. These locations may well change depending on the OS product that you see.

As part of this rebranding, they are also looking for new pictures to adorn the covers of the OS maps...
Details of the competition are here. I shall certainly be getting in on this one once I find my best pictures...

Enter your images here

Read the instructions and rules carefully - photos have to be specific sizes and formats, and be unfiltered etc...

Use the #OSphotofit hashtag...

Also some new mapping in Digimap for Schools at the same time...

New RGS-IBG resources for teaching..... resources

A new set of KS3 resources, written by Jennifer Ferreira has started to be added to the RGS-IBG website to support teaching about natural resources.

Update: all resources now uploaded

This KS3 unit provides a series of lessons, complete with activities and associated materials focusing on natural resources, in order to provide teachers with support for the 2014 geography curriculum. The aim of this module is to introduce students to the global distribution of natural resources, and the international relationships these resources generate and some of the key issues related to the use of natural resources. It also provides a framework for understanding the relative importance of different types of natural resources for human activity. Students will develop their knowledge of distribution of resources, issues related to the abundance or shortage of resources, and how natural resources influence international relationships, as well as how events can affect the value of resources. Ultimately students will gain an appreciation for the variegated nature of natural resource distribution but also an awareness of the interrelated nature of human activity and the physical environment.

The unit begins with an introduction to natural resources, exploring the different types and their distribution. The module then moves on to explore different types of resources in more detail exploring issues of exploration, trade, networks and recycling. This unit is designed to introduce students to the different types of natural resources across the planet but also the different issues that are related to their extraction, use, re-use and trade.

Further modules that will be added refer to:
- Oil
- Mineral trading
- China's role in African development
- Rubbish and recycling
- Diamonds and rare earth minerals

For other resources in this area, check out the MAPPING LONDON resources that I wrote :)

Exploration resources

Over the weekend, a tweet led me to a really rather wonderful set of resources created and shared on the Mrs. Humanities website. Also check the twitter feed: @MrsHumanities
They are on the theme of exploration, and relate to a grant from the Royal Geographical Society, which students have to prepare a bid for. The grants are very real of course, and one such grant led to the Pole of Cold expedition that I produced resources for last year, and also funded the work I did on LondonMapper.

Outdoor Show

Heading to the Outdoor Show at Excel next week?
You should check out a talk by Daniel Raven Ellison, next Sunday
He'll be talking about the family adventures he did with his son, and other adventures that he has taken part in outdoors.... as well as plans for the Greater London National Park no doubt...

Also check out the folks from SplashMap while you're there on Stand OU1222
I've had a map for a while now, and it's not only a very useful map, but is printed on a special cloth which means I can mark routes on with a SplashMaps pen, and use it as a picnic cloth, carry items in it, drape it over a wet park bench, or use it as sun shield. 

I wonder whether there'll be a special GLNP SplashMap in time... one never knows...

Costa for Schools

Preparing for a forthcoming session, and remembered a resource that I created for Costa and the Rainforest Alliance a couple of years ago: COSTA for SCHOOLS.

Register your school and you can download the resources, and also get a free Coffee Belt World Map poster.
Get the kettle on...

Dramatic Dartmoor

Writing about the area at the moment, and this digital postcard shows this dramatic landscape throughout the seasons...
Will be down there again in August...

New era for Worldmapper

Last weekend in Oxford I had coffee with Ben Hennig, the award-winning cartographer who creates the cartograms that make up the World Mapper (and various spin-off projects - such as LondonMapper) website.

He told me about plans for the next phase of Worldmapper, and the site is now live here.
Best of luck for the next step....

Earth Heritage - featuring the voyage of the Betsey

The Earth Heritage journal is available to download free of charge. It's full of stories relating to geological and landscape conservation, and there are quite a few issues to revisit if you haven't seen it before.
Issue 43 features an article on the Voyage of the Betsey project which I was involved with over several months of last year, with the voyage itself taking place during the first weeks of the new summer term (which meant I sadly couldn't be on board the ship itself)

You can download a copy here (PDF download link)

ZigZag Education Geography job

An opportunity for a geography educator who would like to move into educational publishing, based in Bristol.

Teacher Education

Several sessions at the GTE at the weekend reminded me of some thinking on Teacher Education.

There were lots of discussions on the nature of knowledge, particularly in terms of the body of knowledge that geography teachers should have, and how they get it. I was reminded of a speech that Michael Gove made in 2010 at the National College of School Leaders' conference.

Link to the speech here.

This what he had to say about teachers, and how they are trained:

Teachers grow as professionals by allowing their work to be observed by other professionals, and observing the very best in their field, in turn.

Teaching is a high status profession which draws its recruits from among the highest performing graduates. There is a strong culture of professional development which encourages teachers to improve their craft by learning from others while also deepening their academic knowledge.

Teaching is a craft and it is best learnt as an apprentice observing a master craftsman or woman. Watching others, and being rigorously observed yourself as you develop, is the best route to acquiring mastery in the classroom. Which is why I also intend to abolish those rules which limit the ability of school leaders to observe teachers at work. Nothing should get in the way of making sure we have the best possible cadre of professionals ready to inspire the next generation.

Is this really the best way to learn how to be a teacher?

Mission:Explore - check out our new badges...

We've been working on a number of Mission:Explore projects for some years now, and we're about to relaunch our website with a few new features and emphases.

The Mission:Explore website is being updated to include some new badges.

There are 12 badges: one for each of the main curriculum subjects - can you work out which badge is connected with which subject?

These will be 'earned' by completing 5 special missions, which are connected with them. We suggest aiming at one badge per month, and with one badge per week within that month.

We're working towards launching this in the Spring.

Earth Primer: the soundtrack...

The Earth Primer app is now out (see previous post) and should be an essential addition to your iPad app collection.
The music is cool, and would make good 'mood music' for your Geography classroom, to help when students need a bit of inspirational music while working...
The soundtrack, by Cliff Caruthers is now on Bandcamp.

Earth Primer: now on the App store

A month or so ago, I picked up on an app that was getting ready for adding to the App store. I contacted Chaim Gingold, who worked on the game called SPORE some years ago, and found out more about it, and started to get excited about the potential for teaching the ideas that underpin geomorphology to a lower school audience, and those who may just be interested in finding out more about how the Earth works.

The app is now live on the App store at a cost of £7.99, and is called Earth Primer.
Take a look here.

It allows the user to explore the world in an exciting way and explore how processes that shape the earth work.
There are several sections which are possible to work through and these include a look beneath the surface of the Earth as well as the range of processes which change the surface.
Work through the book to unlock tools which can then be used in the Sandbox section of the app.

I'm working on some education materials for the app, which will be available in a few weeks time.

Everything is Connected

Have you got your copy of Carl Lee's awesome free e-book for your 6th form Geographers and for your own delight?
It's my favourite price, and is available to download from here.
Watch the trailer video below...

Everything is Connected to Everything Else from Humanstudio on Vimeo.

Title comes from Tobler's first law of Geography.

Everything is related to everything else, but near things are more related than distant things

As Carl says:
"...this book is an attempt to give students of Advanced Level Geography something else to read that will help them piece together their own big picture of what 21st century geography is about..."

How many of these apps do you use in your geography classroom (or fieldwork) ?

An excellent list of suggested apps from Mark Anderson, who you can follow as @ICTEvangelist

Nicely presented, and available in various versions from the link above.
How many do you use in your Geography teaching?
With thanks to Danny Nicholson for tipoff...

I think I've used about a dozen of them....
I think I need to make some use of the Lego Movie Maker though....