Sustainable Transport in York

Thanks to STP Geography for the tipoff to this story.

My family all live in York, and I've visited many times over the last 40 years or so, as several friends also went to York University.
From the York Press article here.

THE city council is about to switch on groundbreaking technology on York roads in a research project which uses mobile phone data to help tackle congestion.
Road-side sensors are going in on the A59 corridor - starting at Lendal Arch - and last week the Department for Transport handed over the first tranch of a £2.85 million grant to roll it out more widely.
The A59 research project - called Eboracum - sees data from mobile phones and smart cars, among other things, used to track congestion and model traffic flow, to help the city council deal with congestion. It has been funded by a £450,000 government grant and the other £2.85 million grant - first announced last October - will let the council work out how that kind of data can be used to model traffic flows and tackle congestion. Last week, the DfT released the first £682,000 of that money.

From the Yorkshire Post article here

As of April 2018, six sensor sites on the A59 towards Harrogate between the city centre and its boundary will extract data from vehicles and their drivers’ mobile phones for analysis by the council’s monitoring officers. The data, which will be collected anonymously, will be used to help make better decisions about traffic light patterns, to make the roads run more smoothly and speed up journey times. Decisions will be at first be taken by council officers but in the medium term this will be done automatically.

As always with newspaper stories where comments are switched on, there are some interesting comments, which should perhaps be displayed with caution in case there are some abusive ones. These are at least 'authentic' and represent some real opinions (one imagines)

Would make a good Sustainable Transport / Big data case study...

Image: York Minster: Alan Parkinson

Swatch Nature and more...

Back in the day when we created the first Mission:Explore book, we had hundreds of ideas, some of which were chosen by our 'focus group' of young people and made their way into the seminal orange book which can still be picked up on Amazon for a few pounds (there are still a few copies out there in the wild)
One of the missions we called 'Swatch nature' (a little like watch nature) and with the added ingredient of a paint chart from a DIY store. We were responsible for a lot of Focus and Homebase stores seeing a lot of paint charts disappearing probably, so sorry for that...)
I came across an artist who had a similar creative focus for a project she was involved in a while back.
This is an excellent example of the maxim that you can't copyright a good idea... We've both had the same creative response to a spark of a thought...

Dynamic Dunescapes - help with some research needed please

Over on Facebook you can get involved in some research into the use of sand dunes, and how they can be protected.

Details below from the website survey form.

Please spare 10 minutes to fill it in....
Here's some dunes I photographed earlier...
Image: Alan Parkinson

Sandboarding, picnics in a sheltered hollow, hide and seek... sand dunes are a familiar and natural playground. Complex and naturally mobile, the sand dunes of England and Wales are under threat as they are becoming fixed and sterile,  smothered by invasive scrub.
Plantlife, Natural England, National Trust, The Wildlife Trusts and Natural Resources Wales have been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to develop ‘Dynamic Dunescapes’, a project that addresses this conservation challenge.

Dynamic Dunescapes also offers opportunities for schools and groups to engage in a Citizen Science programme. From one off surveys to regular activities, your future scientists can monitor these important habitats and contribute to real scientific research.  And we will give you all the support and materials you will need.

We would love it if you could take 10 minutes to complete this survey to tell us about your outdoor learning experiences and what you would like from this project.
Thank you again, and do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any further thoughts
Mel Worman
Outreach Development Manger – Dynamic Dunescapes, Plantlife

Thought for the Day

Get Outdoors Champion Blogs #2 The Girl Outdoors

During the year, I shall be sharing links and brief descriptions of blogs related to the outdoors, written by fellow Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champions. Here's the 2nd one in the series.

Another blog by a fellow GetOutside Champion.
Sian Anna Lewis was one of the team I was part of, that formed on the first day of the event, and dined together in the evening. We did the selfie challenge together as part of the team too. Sian is a freelance travel and outdoors journalist.

There are plenty of posts on Sian's blog providing advice and reviews on equipment such as clothing, and travelling and exploring, some of which are connected with solo-female travelling. She is also active on Instagram, where you can see more of her adventures.

Sian has also just had a book published which looks excellent reading, and with plenty of tips for travelling, particularly for women. I'm hoping to get my hands on a review copy shortly and will share my thoughts on it then.

New GA Flooding Resources and Case Studies

Flooding is an issue which features at KS3, GCSE and 'A' level, and the GA have just added a new section of resources written in association with the Environment Agency. 

Here are the 9 sections that are included in the materials.

 You can also see a range of VIMEO films, such as this one of Gerd Masselink, and some case study links on a related area of the website.

Lovely work.

Written by Andy Owen and Andy Leeder I discovered.

Ecolint Geography Conference 2018 - #2 - First day in Switzerland

On the Friday of the last week of Easter, I headed for Stansted and a fairly quiet flight to Geneva Airport. I was picked up by Richard Allaway and Ellena Mart, check them out on Twitter, and taken to my hotel.
It was time to explore the city as I had a few hours, and was fairly happy that my presentation was finished (there have been many times over the last decade where I have been working the night before to finish off a presentation)
I read a few final articles surrounding the issue of Cape Town's water struggles.

This article was useful as well, by providing a critical view of some of the claims that were being made by the City Council.

Geneva clearly has no such water struggles, with a lot of the water coming from the lake itself, which is fed by rivers and the melting snowpack from the surrounding mountains. There was a spectacular view on the way in, and you can see a Flickr album of my photos from the trip here.

I finished the day down by Lac Leman for some beers as the sun set, having wandered around the old town in the sun. A great day of exploring a city and uncovering new areas, and filling in my mental map of the place - one of the great pleasures in life. In the evening, met the other presenters, and also Jamie Williams again (who as Geography Jim created one of the very first Geography websites - even earlier than GeographyPages)

Image: Alan Parkinson - more to come

TeachMeet Geography Icons - come and talk to 250+ teachers

If you want to reach over 200 teachers, on a Saturday in June, Birmingham is the place to be...
This is one for any companies who want to reach lots of teachers.
That could include some of the exhibitors from the GA Conference.

I'll see lots of you there...

The importance of reading Ernest

I've recently been reading Issue 7 of Ernest magazine.

It's coordinated by Jo Tinsley.
She has edited a fantastic magazine, and if you check the website you can also order some past issues for the same cost as the present one.
All of them offer a range of photography, and articles of varying lengths which explore ideas around place.

The standout elements of Issue 7 were the sections on East Anglia, with plenty of familiar places which I know very well, including Snettisham, where I lived for 12 years, and also down into Suffolk. There were explorations on the coastal marshes off Wells-next-the-Sea and also along the Blakeney area.

There were also some excellent photos, and a fascinating piece on a map of Antarctic Women, produced by Carol Devine, which fits very well with some of the work we did on Polar regions, and in the week when the expedition led by Felicity Aston which I have been following and producing some materials for (although shamefully slowly) reached the North Pole successfully.

For more on the Polar map of women and Carol's other projects (including an art project on marine litter in Svalbard called Aquamess, which is just the sort of thing I love to see taking place - I've shared and connected with a range of similar projects over the years), visit Carol's website.

Map copyright Carol Devine (2018) 

I shall be ordering some back copies of other issues, as they all look like they will be fascinating reading.

Worldmapper - your support is still needed...

Ben has now shared the slides from the relaunch of WorldMapper at the GA Conference a month or so ago.
You can read about it here.

Thankyou for the rain

This film is getting a lot of love at the moment.

Clips and lesson plans can be obtained from Doc Academy: a free account and login is required.

Madrid - GI Learner - Post 3 of 3

As the week got towards a close, it was time to start sharing the work that had been completed during the time that we had spent together.
We were able to share our StoryMaps and also visit other parts of the city.

There was a chance to visit Real Madrid's Bernabeu stadium too, which is very well worth the visit if you find yourself in the city and have some sort of passing interest in sport and football. A very well put-together tour with plenty of opportunities to get close to the pitch. Must be a real money-spinner for the club.

We packed up and left a week after arriving, and headed for the airport on one of the best days for weather we'd had that week (typical)...
Our work is available to view on the GI Learner website.

Images: Alan Parkinson

Sendai Disaster Risk Reduction Framework - an easy to digest guide

Thanks to Marie Hart for sending me a link via Twitter to this useful document.

A couple of years ago, I attended the Hodder Natural Hazards Revision conference down in London, where Iain Stewart and various Chief examiners presented on wider research and ideas linked to the area of Disaster Risk Reduction.
This phrase is preferred by the scientists working in this area, and explores how the impacts of 'natural disasters' can be reduced by mitigation strategies, alongside the idea of Plan, Predict and Prepare, which is in the GCSE specifications too.
Marie posted a link to a resource on the Plan International website.
It can be downloaded as a PDF, and contains a 'child friendly' guide to the Sendai Framework with activities and cartoon graphics and text to share the messages about what is involved.

Can eating insects save the world?

I have been exploring this idea this week. Stefan was the keynote speaker at the ECOLINT conference in Geneva I attended last weekend.

GA Conference 2018 - Post #18 - Time for Geography

I took the time to go and say hello to the folks at Time for Geography.
I've enjoyed watching how their site has grown.
They have collaborated with a number of organisations, and I have used their videos with lots of different year groups. Check them out, and sign up for an account. 
Watch out for the Grade Booster videos too, with model answers.

GA Conference 2018 - Post #17 - Sheffield's Cultural Landscape

As part of my lecture on Inspirational Landscapes: Changing Places, I was collecting delegates' thoughts on what might make up Sheffield's Cultural Landscape.
I promised to share the final result, so here it is...

A few things have come into my Twitter feed since which are of relevance too. There are plenty of landscape influences there if you'd like to request to follow it: @GeoBlogs (if you're not already)

This story on trying to work out where Ansel Adams took several of his famous images by looking at the position of the moon.

The way that giant cruise ships are affecting the city of Venice.

Worldmapper: support this essential tool for Geographers and teachers

The new Worldmapper website was launched at the GA Conference following months of investment of their own time and money from Ben Hennig and Tina Gotthardt. It is used in classrooms around the country (and beyond) and would be great to support them at this time. I'm amazed no geospatial company hasn't wanted to be involved in ensuring this remains free for all educators to use forever. The new mapping makes this an even more useful site, but as someone who used to run a website knows (albeit rather less useful), bandwidth and server costs aren't free...
Let's see if as many geography teachers as possible can donate the price of a pint, or a skinny latte (or more) to help payback for all the maps we've used over the years.

As it says on the Worldmapper site:

The new website is proving more popular than ever before. Unfortunately this has led to repeated server outages in recent days since the fresh new design and functionalities have considerably increased demands on the webserver that is hosting the Worldmapper homepage.
With this GoFundMe campaign we want to raise the necessary funds that pay towards the running costs for an upgraded server that we would like to switch to, to allow more reliability of Worldmapper while it keeps growing, and maintain the archive as well.

All maps shared under CC license. 

UPDATE: Still time for you to donate if you haven't previously - the target has not yet been reached, and only a few people have donated despite the thousands of teachers who have used these maps.

Australian Coastal Erosion StoryMap

Thanks to the Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria (GTAV) for the tipoff to this excellent resource...

Isle of Dogs

I've been telling everyone I've seen for the last month that they have to go and see Wes Anderson's 'Isle of Dogs'. This is still showing in some cinemas as I write this blogpost, and is a real tour de force of creativity and filmmaking. It's a stop-motion animation which involved hundreds of people for a year and a half, and the creation of tens of thousand of bespoke props and different methods of filming at different scales.
The story concerns the cat loving Kobayashi dynasty, and the fate of the Mayor's son and his dog, alongside a group of other dogs who have been exiled to Trash Island.
My son and I visited the exhibition of sets and figures from the film, which had just opened at the time, and we were able to go in, and collect some memorabilia.
We went to see it at Store X on the Strand in London, which was a temporary space. The exhibits, like the plane crash site above, were incredibly detailed and I loved the Taiko drummers who open the film.We also loved the full sized noodle bar, and the scale of Megasaki city and the temple in the opening shots.

Try to see the film. Thanks to my colleague Claire for sourcing an American copy of the screenplay for my son too.

Images: Alan Parkinson - CC licensed

This week I will mostly be publicising...

GA Conference 2018 - Post #16- Virtual glaciers

One session at the GA Conference introduced a new project which has created a VR resource on Glaciers and Glaciated Landscapes which can be appreciated by everyone without the need for further equipment or materials.

Here's the link to the resource details. This is a 'work in progress' so come back to find more.

You will need to register to access the resources. I'm still waiting for my registration to be approved, and will let you know more when that happens...

I appreciated the explanation of how this is not a replacement for real fieldwork. I always subscribe to Chris Durbin's maxim that a 'virtual fieldtrip is like a virtual pint of beer'.

Madrid - GI Learner post 2 of 3

I'm well behind on catching up after this trip. The GI Learner workshop that we did at the GA Conference shared some of the outcomes in an earlier blogpost.

After the first day of sun, the next stage of the trip was a little rain-affected. This meant plenty of changed plans, and shuffling the sequence of events around.
We were able to take part in a mix of exploration with development of resources and trialling of ideas related to the ERASMUS requirements.
This included a long tour of the city on a tourist bus tour, complete with voiceover and some snow was seen as well.
There was a chance to work on some ArcGIS Online StoryMaps, which offer a range of templates to produce mapping. Students worked with those from other schools to create their maps.
We also visited the Prado, and took part in some other activities to help explore the city.
And the rain kept falling...

In Pin

This remains one of my best day in the mountains, when I tackled this with my friends Simon and Caroline, up in the Cuillin Hills when I was a lot younger.
It's also the location for Danny MacAskill's film 'The Ridge'.

Searching for Shackleton

Endurance Final Sinking.jpgA BBC report last week introduced the story of an exhibition to Antarctica planned for 2019, which will have a secondary aim to try to find the wreck of Shackleton's ship: 'Endurance'.

The ship sank in the Weddell Sea in 1915, close to the current Larsen 'C' ice shelf, and in almost two miles of water.

The result of this was one of (if not the) greatest survival stories in human history with a stay on Elephant Island, and then the journey to South Georgia in the James Caird, followed by a crossing of the island.

The expedition will set off on a ship called the SA Agulhas II.

It is led by Professor Dowdeswell from the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI)

In its archives are documents related to Endurance skipper, Frank Worsley. It is he, with sextant and chronometer, who calculated the vessel's sinking position on 21 November 1915 as 68°39'30.0" South and 52°26'30.0" West.

This is roughly 100-150 nautical miles east of Larsen C.
Image courtesy of the Royal Geographical Society -

Public Domain, Link

Sunset at Wells Beach

Click to see this bigger. It was taken last night on the beach at Wells-next-the-Sea. 

Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony

Brendan Conway has uploaded a clip to Vimeo showing a section from the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
It focusses on the development of the Commonwealth, and the role that geology and geography had to play... plenty on how tectonic movement drove the creation of Commonwealth nations.
Watch it here.

Happy birthday to the Trig Point

It was apparently the Trig Point's 82nd birthday on Wednesday.
Took a slight detour south of Swaffham to pause by this one. Most of the ones close to Ely seem to be on farmland and nowhere near the road You can find your nearest Trig Point on a couple of useful maps / websites, which show you where these concrete pillars can be found. They also take other forms, but it's the pillars that are particularly marked on the OS Maps.
See Trigpointing, which can be used to find your nearest Trig Point for example.

Palin on Erebus

Michael Palin has written a great deal about the journeys he made for the BBC, and as a former President of the RGS has also developed some serious geography credentials.
His latest project has been a book on the fate of the Erebus: one of the ships, along with Terror, which was involved in John Franklin's expedition to find the North West Passage.

The ship(s) disappeared in the 1830s, and remained lost for well over a century until their (spoiler alert) discovery in 2014.

Good to see that Michael is coming to speak at Ely Cathedral in October. Tickets as always include a copy of the book, so are essentially free.
This is one of many talks that Topping Books organises each year. I've previously seen quite a few of them, most recently Ray Mears, and Oliver Jeffers (quite different audiences)

Snowdonia Fieldtrip - Post 3 of 3 - Lowland glaciation fieldwork

The final full day of our 'A' level fieldtrip to Snowdonia was spent following up the upland glaciation day I blogged about in a previous post.
We went down to Harlech first of all, because of the state of the tides. We parked up down by the Menai, and looked across at Anglesey. We were exploring the moraines, and sediment analysis - also called till fabric analysis. We had lunch in the sun, and then headed inland, where we were visiting some other fluvioglacial landforms: an esker and a kame. I hadn't visited these features before, and was interested to see the ways that their formation was explored.

Images: Alan Parkinson - this one of the Esker edited with Prisma

We finished up the valley of Nant Ffrancon as the evening light appeared over the slate mines further down, and visited a Roche Mouttonnee for a team photo, and then back to Rhyd y Creuau for some classroom work and the evening meal.
Earth Hour was that evening, and we spent an hour with the lights off, with some activities organised by the Field Studies Centre. 
After a good night's sleep, woke up on a frosty morning and loaded up the minibus before the long drive home to Ely.

What to expect in a big Urban earthquake

Thanks to Bob Lang for the lead to this excellent resource, which would be useful for GCSE and 'A' level Geographers needing ideas for mitigation and technology.
It's been put together by USGS, using ESRI StoryMaps template. Explore what might happen Before, During and After a large earthquake.

Take part in #30DaysWild

Sign up for your pack to take part in this year's month of outdoor activities.
A chance to get your students outside as the weather improves. We could really do with more outside spaces.

Playmobil Pirate Ship Adventure

As seen on BBC Breakfast this morning - what a splendid effort, and interesting to see the way the ship moved with respect to ocean currents / wave patterns etc.

Daisy - a replacement for Liam

We've been looking at E-Waste, and the role of Agbobloshie....
Previously there was Liam

Here's a story from earlier this week about Daisy, which can dismantle 200 iPhones an hour.
Our question was, what happens to Liam now? Do we need some robots to dismantle him?

Image: Apple

GetOutdoors Champion Blogs: #1 Splodz Blogz

During the year, I shall be sharing links and brief descriptions of blogs related to the outdoors, written by fellow Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champions. I'm going to be starting with those Champions who I met on the day, including those who were on my table when we started the day, and with whom I did the scavenger hunt, and then had the dinner with.
Here's a selfie taken during that challenge...

Splodz Blogz is the home of Zoe Homes, who is probably my closest GetOutside Champions distance-wise, being based in Lincolnshire.
She has been blogging for some years on the subject of the outdoors (naturally) and has a lot of experience in sharing outdoor ideas. Her walk along the West Highland Way last year was filmed as part of the Julia Bradbury programme on the

Zoe's posts are related to the ideas of the value of getting outside (of course), interspersed with her travels, and with reviews of items including clothing and other gear which help to make it a more comfortable and rewarding experience.

GA Conference 2018 - Post #15 - Thanks to Lucy and Bryan

This year's GA conference was the last one that two people who have helped make the last decade's conferences so special will be involved in.
The first was Lucy Oxley, who has organised the GA conference for the last 10 years.
She is leaving the GA to take on an exciting new project. She is opening a new cafe and deli in Sheffield along with Anne Greaves, another former GA colleague who ran the GA's website for many years.

Check out GINGER CAFE Sheffield

Another person who was taking their leave was Bryan Ledgard.
He has been taking pictures at the GA Conference for as long as I can remember, and captures the delegates and the buzz of the conference effectively and with great humour. Check out the website for his awesome travel photography, street shots, and his fantastic shots of musicians. You can also catch Bryan playing live with Dave Burland and the Awkward Squad.
Here's one I took of Bryan in between his hectic schedule of visits to meetings, lectures and other conference events. I shall miss getting a new profile picture taken each year. Thanks for all the images Bryan, including the ones that were allowed to be used for various books that I've written.

Images: Bryan Ledgard (top) / Alan Parkinson (bottom)

New Podcast series coming soon...

I bought a microphone last week, and have just set it up on my MacBook Air, and with the free Audacity software for recording, and will also use Garage Band to record some music and mix that in with other stuff... I may also use iMovie to package the final product together with some visuals.
Trialled the sound and it's good for a microphone that cost less than £20.

Will be recording some small audio snippets as part of my Inspirational Landscapes project with Peter Knight

John Muir Day

Saturday April 21st is John Muir Day

Celebrate by downloading the Mission:Explore book with missions celebrating John Muir, and connecting with some of his memorable quotes and aphorisms.

Free PDF versions, including ones in Welsh and Gaelic.

Sponsor Claire in the London Marathon

If you want to get fully involved in supporting the London Marathon this Sunday, and want to sponsor a runner, can I recommend the lady who brought me back into the classroom after my time out, and continues to inspire me?
Go here to donate to Claire.

Claire will also be running in the Uganda Marathon in June, our main King's Ely Junior fund raising choice.

Data Walking project

I was alerted to yet another fascinating project on walking called Data Walking by this tweet.
David Hunter is the man behind the project, and has shared the outcomes on the website, and data and other files on Github so that they can be used to produce visualisations.

From the webpage.
The aim of the Data Walking research project is to collect environmental data while walking around North Greenwich, to build a rich picture of that area over time. There was one walk per month for the whole of 2016 and open to anyone who wanted to join and explore the area, ideas on data gathering techniques, and the field of data visualisation. Before each walk there was a session to help make different data gathering devices including sensors on micro controllers, smart phones, and hand recorded notes. The data gathered on each walk will then be used to create maps, charts, data experiences, or artistic works by participants to represent the area and the process of the project. 

I received my copy of the book yesterday, and will share more when I've had a chance to have a good read of it.

Snowdonia Fieldtrip - Post 2 of 3 - Upland glaciation

The first full day of our Year 12 trip to Ryhd Y Creuau took us with Jemma on an upland glaciation day.
This was to the area around Cwm Idwal, and we travelled by minibus to the Ogwen Valley - a few ragged areas of snow persisting despite the rain of the last couple of days.
We wandered up into the Cwm and went around the corrie lake, collecting data on a range of glacial processes and evidence, such as measuring striations, and taking images with Skitch. We finished at the head of the Nant Ffrancon valley, then returned to the field centre for food and some work into the evening.
A good first day of our trip.
More images are available in a Flickr album.

Image: Alan Parkinson - more on the Flickr account

A new Fairtrade film in time for Fashion Revolution Week

A useful new film from Fairtrade Schools.
Follow the link for some accompanying materials too.

Great British Seaside

‘The beach is that rare public space in which all absurdities and quirky national behaviours can be found’
Martin Parr

A new exhibition at the National Maritime Museum on the British Seaside.

It features the photography of Martin Parr and others. I'm going to try to get to this before it leaves the museum space.

GA Conference 2018 - Post #14 - New Worldmapper

On the Friday of the conference, I was privileged to be present as the new Worldmapper site went live, with 125 new maps. This is the first tranche of what will be many other maps, and Ben very nicely went through the development of the site, and how he had upgraded the colour palette to make the maps more easy to analyse. There were some new features, and the layout of the site means that it is now easier to find maps, and also download the data to use yourself.

Thanks to Ben for the limited edition stickers and postcards (all reasonable bids welcome on eBay ;) ) and also to him and Tina for coming along to my lecture.

Ben later led a workshop on how to create similar cartograms to the maps on this site, and these materials will be on the GA Conference downloads page, which is starting to grow as more sessions are added.

If you've not been to Worldmapper since the relaunch, you owe it to yourself to head there, and perhaps update maps you've used previously in your schemes of work and resources, and take a look at the shiny new maps while you're there...

Can you guess what this map might be showing?
It's one on the main home page currently...

All maps created by Ben Hennig, and shared under CC license

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Non Commercial - ShareAlike 4.0 International License. For any commercial use (including in publishing) a map use license needs to be obtained.

GA Conference 2018 - Post #13 - My dad, the fisherman

My Dad is a Fisherman was one of the winners of the GA Awards this year.
An excellent film looking at the oceans, and sustainability.
Also features other resources and a game called Go Fish! which is excellent.
Some similar ideas to ones I wrote for Digital Explorer back in the day.

GA Conference 2018 - Post #12 - GI Learner Workshop Materials

Another of the workshops I was involved in at the GA Conference. This was Workshop 56 on the Saturday of the conference.
This was sharing some outcomes from the project that my school has been involved in.
Go here to see the presentation, and link through to some of the materials. More will be coming on stream in the next few weeks. Don't forget you can also join us in Ghent for a conference which will form part of our final meeting of the project in June this year. If you're quick you can get a grant to cover some expenses.

IAPS Session for Prep School Geographers

This may be of interest to those Geographers in the area... I've spoken at a previous event here.

Geography Cluster Group for Teachers of Geography 
at Oakham Thursday 14thJune 2018
Free CPD for Geography Teachers

Key Objectives:
  • To look at teaching styles, resources and content to allow the transition from Prep School Geography to Senior School Geography to be a positive and enjoyable experience.
  • To allow an exchange of ideas by the delegates on resources, teaching ideas and methods that allow them to give prep schools children to both enjoy their geography experience and become confident geographers.

12.30 pm:  Arrive for lunch 
1.30pm:  Paul Baker: (IAPS Geography Adviser) 
 Prep School Geography of the future:
1.the Anthropocene and approaches for teaching in Prep schools
2. Introducing Synoptic Skills
This is not about exams but about content, skills and teaching with some modern thoughts on the Anthropocene and using Synoptic skills 
3.00 pm Teach Meet (Chaired by Howard Collison)
After a few words from Howard on Oakham Geography
  • All delegates are asked to come prepared to exchange ideas and resources they find useful.  This 75 minutes will allow all to learn from each other, get ideas about resources, good web sites. 
  • Questions and Answers about the different resources that are used to allow us to provide the geography required. 
  • Depending on number of delegates this may be in one or two groups so allowing good exchange of ideas and resources. All delegates are asked to come prepared to share teaching ideas. 

 4.15 pm    Depart

Applications for place to Howard Collison at the school, or Paul Baker. 
Message me and I can provide an e-mail contact if you're interested.

Antarctic Ice Animation

"Remote as Antarctica may seem, every person in the world who gets into a car, eats a steak or boards an airplane is contributing to the emissions that put the frozen continent at risk".

This is a very pretty animation which shows the flow of ice away from the centre of Antarctica. It's featured in an article in the New York Times.
You may have to wait a few moments for the animations to start to work...

I meant to mention it during the Ice Flows Workshop that Anne le Brocq and I lead at the GA Conference.

Fashion Revolution Week is next week...

We will be taking part in this event as we have done for the last five years.
A guide to taking part can be downloaded as a PDF by following this link.

GA Conference 2018 - Post #11 - 3D landscapes

Good to meet David Morgan from the Field Studies Council, who sent me some resources for using 3D printed landscapes, or "pocket landscapes" as he called them...
I think they have some potential to become a little more mainstream once schools are able to afford 3D printers. We are fortunate to have two of them in the DT department...

There are plenty of ideas below for how to use them in creating some new resources for teachers. I am hoping to make more use of this in time...

Here's one in situ in the landscape which it is representing...
Me in Cwm Idwal a couple of weeks ago.

GA Conference 2018 - Post #10 - Session downloads starting to appear on the GA website

Milan is steadily putting up materials from last weekend's GA Conference in Sheffield onto the conference session download page (you can also still access materials from previous events)

The sessions I was involved in are all already up there...