Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Festival of Geography with OCR at the RGS-IBG

OCR are putting on a festival of Geography at the RGS-IBG in June.

We are very excited with this brand new AS / A Level event we are organising in association with the Royal Geographical Society. The aim is to help teachers explore the new content in our new AS/ A Level Geography qualifications.  We are extremely honoured to have the keynote speaker confirmed as Nick Crane – RGS-IBG President, writer and broadcaster. Nick is perhaps best known for presenting the fantastic BAFTA-winning BBC Two TV series Coast. 
The main aim of this one day event is to support you in getting to grips with new AS / A Level content, create an engaging and supportive atmosphere as well as passing on lots of useful and usable ideas and resources leaving you feeling inspired. 
As an AS / A level teacher - are you trying to get your head round the new topics? Do you enjoy bouncing ideas around with other teachers? Would you like to explore teaching and learning approaches and resources for the new topics? This one day event at the RGS-IBG in London will offer talks by experts in their field, this will tackle the new place and carbon cycle content. We are offering a choice of three workshops, which include: Disease dilemmas, Exploring oceans and Future of food, where there will be lots of discussions and activities working through the content.

Festival of geography

09.45–10.00  Meet and greet (tea & coffee)
10.00–10.30  Overview of the day – Mark Smith (OCR)
10.45–11.35  Talk 1 – Changing spaces; Making places
11.35–11.50  Break
11.55–12.45  Talk 2 – All ‘things’ carbon
12.45–13.30  Lunch
13.35–14.25  Workshop 1 (Disease dilemmas/Exploring oceans/Future of food)
14.30–15.20  Workshop 2 (Disease dilemmas/Exploring oceans/Future of food)
15.25–16.10  Keynote address - Nick Crane
We also have a number of organisations supporting the event, their representatives will be able to give you support and advice and potential resource links. These organisations include: ESRI (GIS), The Ordnance Survey and the Field Studies Council.
In many of our discussions with teachers there have been lots of questions about the Investigative Geography part of the A Level and as all of your OCR Geography Subject Specialists will be on hand to provide advice and support, links to teaching and learning resources and talk through any potential fieldwork plans you have as a centre.
Places are booking up fast and we would love to see you there! There will also a goody bag with lots enticing geography related ‘freebies’ for you to take away.
 Early bird booking ends on the 30th of April - visit the page to book your place.

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