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General Discussion / Problems with the search function in Flashearth?
« on: August 10, 2015, 01:24:53 PM »
www.flashearth.com
I use to be able to put in settlement names into the search on this site and it would zoom stright in with no problem. But now it doesn't seem to work apart from major capitals - anywhere else and it just says the location can't be found and to try somewhere else.
Anyone know if this is a problem or changes linked to the site, or conflicts due to changes/updates to operating systems?

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General Discussion / Re: Exotic field trip recommendations?
« on: August 10, 2015, 01:07:57 PM »
We took three trips to N. Kenya - the Marich Pass.
http://www.gg.rhul.ac.uk/MarichPass/welcome/aboutmarich.htm
Not what I'd call exotic although you can stay overnight at Lake Nakuru en route from Nairobi, but life changing for students' outlook because they are living without electricity (as least when I last went about 12 years ago!) alongside the Pokot people, seeing how very important primary school is to the children, how few material possessions homes have etc.  It's in a Rift Valley location.

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General Discussion / Re: a 'climate graphs' query
« on: March 22, 2015, 08:54:47 PM »
Ahaaa - yes, that works exactly as I want it to now, thank you very much Jodi!

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General Discussion / a 'climate graphs' query
« on: March 22, 2015, 04:37:23 PM »
I would like to draw some climate graphs for different biomes, but wish to keep the vertical scales common across all graphs to enable easier comparisons.  Either two separate graphs for temperature and rainfall stacked on top each other, or the usual combined temperature and rainfall using both vertical axis on either side would be fine. 
I have excel documents that draw climate graphs automatically as data is entered, but they alter the scale each time to suit the temperature and rainfall ranges - so not very helpful for the visual comparisons. 
Has anyone come across a website or resource that will keep the axes fixed, plus go sub-zero? Any suggestions very welcome - many thanks!
 

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General Discussion / Re: Secret Santa
« on: December 27, 2014, 06:46:38 PM »
...and many thanks to Santa for the UK Mapominoes UK, which is good fun -  needs a very large table for the whole country ....or the floor!  Best wishes for 2015.

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General Discussion / AS and A level geography content
« on: December 18, 2014, 10:40:18 AM »
DfE published details this morning on revised content for AS/A level geography:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/gce-as-and-a-level-geography

Nick Gibb says its been updated to reflect the approaches to geography taken by universities and geographical organisations, with a better balance between physical and human geography....

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General Discussion / Re: Secret Santa
« on: November 15, 2014, 06:36:37 PM »
Hi Victoria, yes count me in too please. I used to do this when it was first started up, but must have missed the message on SLN the last couple of years.  Have just spent the last hour searching - successfully - for my mystery gift.  Well, that search was more interesting that my afternoon task of updating some HoDs training materials.  Haven't seen any of you above for a couple of years now as I haven't made it to the last GA Conferences - hope all is well...!   Christine

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Ofsted inspections / Re: Ofsted subject specific guidance
« on: November 15, 2014, 04:03:57 PM »
Does anyone know when this guidance was taken down off the Ofsted site, and if it likely to return at any stage?

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General Discussion / Re: Geography themed Christmas presents!
« on: November 03, 2014, 06:26:52 PM »
Perhaps as a gift, or guest bedding? Wordle world maps - just a pity the words are related to sleeping and not geographical.....!
http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_306907955780_-1

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General Discussion / Re: Planning new ks3 and subverting levels
« on: June 03, 2014, 06:16:10 PM »
It is a pity that departments all over the country may be faced with having to write their own APP statements, and this is bound to result in lack of consistency nationally. 
The official QCDA APP statements in geography (levels 1-8) were extensively piloted in schools back in 2009-10, and they were all QCDA branded and ready to roll out to schools across England nationally back in the summer of 2010.  But then we had the election....and QCDA was axed, along with the APP tables for geography and the other eight foundation subjects - although they did leak out just before the last person to leave switched the lights off at QCDA in the Autumn.  I still can't believe that for the first time in over a century the government doesn't have a separate body advising them on the curriculum....
In the absence of anything else, I think that these piloted APP tables are the safest bet and are generic enough to meet the new curriculum right across to KS1-KS3.  The level ladder could easily be subverted into RAG colour coded in the seemingly preferred current Ofsted language of 'above', 'at' and 'below' (age related) standards, or interpreted in terms of individual progress being made if needs be.  Having said that, I'd stick with levels - surveys show at least three-quarters of headteachers are going to - at least for the time being.
http://www.4shared.com/office/n_WCNPurce/Geography_Assessment_Sheets.html

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General Discussion / Re: Observation and general teaching advice sought
« on: January 30, 2014, 12:08:42 AM »
Time to fight back!  A couple of weeks ago updated subsidiary advice to inspectors was published on the Ofsted site, alongside the January 2014 Ofsted Framework.  The subsidiary advice is well worth reading, particularly the section on what inspectors should and more importantly shouldn't take into account when making judgements on teaching  eg. the teaching section opens with this:

"Inspectors must not give the impression that Ofsted favours a particular
teaching style. Moreover, they must not report in a way that is not
stipulated in the framework, handbook or guidance. For example, they should
not criticise teacher talk for being overlong or bemoan a lack of opportunity for
different activities in lessons unless there is unequivocal evidence that this is
slowing learning over time. It is unrealistic, too, for inspectors to necessarily
expect that all work in all lessons is always matched to the specific needs of
each individual. Do not expect to see ‘independent learning’ in all lessons and
do not make the assumption that this is always necessary or desirable. On
occasions, too, pupils are rightly passive rather than active recipients of
learning. Do not criticise ‘passivity’ as a matter of course and certainly not
unless it is evidently stopping pupils from learning new knowledge or gaining
skills and understanding."

Knowing what the latest guidelines are for inspectors can give you something to quote back if you feel your feedback is unreasonable in the light of this guidance.
www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/subsidiary-guidance-supporting-inspection-of-maintained-schools-and-academies

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General Discussion / Re: Big ask Evian advert - water cycle
« on: November 12, 2013, 07:56:45 PM »
Still standing in all the madness, thanks!
Sent the images in a zipfile, hope you received them OK?
Let me know if not. 
C.

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Ofsted inspections / Re: Anyone been 'done' under the new regime?
« on: November 12, 2013, 06:29:06 PM »
I was told by an HMI recently that Ofsted weren't doing subject inspections at the moment - too busy presumably doing the standard inspections!  If you go onto the Ofsted site and look up the records for subject inspections, there don't seem to be any recent ones.

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General Discussion / Re: Big ask Evian advert - water cycle
« on: November 12, 2013, 06:18:51 PM »
Hi Adam
I have these. Think I have your email unless it's changed - shall I send them?

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All found and sorted now - thanks to the OCRB ning!

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