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General Discussion / Brazil prepares for World Cup - news article
« on: June 10, 2013, 08:15:20 PM »

An article about Manaus and the likely legacy impacts of hosting World Cup fixtures. Might be of use to IB Sport option or similar.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/09/world-cup-brazil-cost-mounts

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General Discussion / Christmas countries quiz
« on: December 14, 2012, 06:48:36 PM »
Hope this quiz is of use to someone for the end of term. There are two PowerPoints to download - one has 53 picture questions which work well when printed as 9 slide per page handouts. The second has the answers to go through on the board:
https://www.box.com/files/0/f/0/1/f_5160567314

The idea for this and some of the questions were taken from the visual geography page on the SLN website. Thank you to the original creators. The rest of the questions were produced by my year 12 class.
http://www.sln.org.uk/geography/visual.htm

Nik



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General Discussion / Urban Regeneration Award
« on: October 30, 2012, 05:19:43 PM »
World Architecture News - Urban Regeneration Awards

Details of the 6 shortlisted projects. Might be of use to exam spec urban sustainability teaching.

http://www.worldarchitecturenews.com/index.php?fuseaction=wanappln.projectview&upload_id=21029


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General Discussion / Life in the shadow of Mount Etna
« on: October 28, 2012, 04:01:44 PM »

A BBC article with ice visuals and audio about Mt Etna


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-20026259


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General Discussion / Baby boom for mothers born outside britain
« on: October 28, 2012, 04:00:49 PM »

Saw a little article in The Times last week that might be of use to people teaching population issues.
The only links I could find are from these two papers. As always, the comments section makes interesting reading.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2223009/A-quarter-babies-born-UK-children-immigrants-mothers-Poland-India-Pakistan-birth-record-numbers.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/immigration/9632954/One-in-four-British-babies-are-now-children-of-immigrants.html

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General Discussion / Living in a Box
« on: October 24, 2012, 10:14:08 PM »
Excuse 80s song pun.

My year 7 have made me very happy with their creative approaches to the 'Landscape in a Box' homework project they have been working on.

I would highly recommend this activity to everyone.

Many thanks to Alan's original idea and the videos and sheets on the sites of Noel and Matt:

http://www.geographypods.com/landscape-in-a-box.html

http://www.digitalgeography.co.uk/

http://livinggeography.blogspot.co.uk/search?q=landscape+box




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General Discussion / Ageing Populations
« on: October 01, 2012, 10:38:44 PM »

Some nice infographics, links to other stats and the main report:

http://unfpa.org/ageingreport/

'UN warns over impact of rapidly ageing populations'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-19784509

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General Discussion / Exam marking concerns
« on: September 26, 2012, 11:11:05 AM »
Two y11 pupils asked for a REMARK of the same GCSE unit they sat in June 2012. The results came today and were as follows:

candidate A         original mark 40/50   new mark   43/50   original UMS 88   new UMS   95

candidate B         original mark 40/50   new mark   38/50   original UMS 88   new UMS   83

So our two candidates who were given the same mark and UMS in the summer are now 12 UMS points apart.
This has left me even more concerned than usual about the quality of exam marking.

I am interested in whether people feel this is something that is worth appealing and how that process should begin?

Nik

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First link is for an interesting visual representation of life expectancy patterns in London.

http://life.mappinglondon.co.uk/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-18917932

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-17062735


Nik

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General Discussion / Urban regeneration article
« on: July 05, 2012, 09:10:17 AM »

'Some of England's biggest cities outside of London are to be given significant extra powers and money.'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18709029

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-18708564

Might be of use to someone teaching urban based exam units.

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General Discussion / Spain is not Uganda - country comparisons
« on: June 13, 2012, 08:04:20 AM »
'Spanish Prime Minister Rajoy sent a text to his finance minister in the midst of negotiations on the terms of a bailout for Spain's banks. Urging him to hold out for a good deal, it said: "We're the number four power in Europe. Spain is not Uganda."

The remark caused a storm of protest in Uganda and some ironic tweets pointing out Ugandan economic success. So how do the two countries compare?'

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-18408448


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General Discussion / Glasgow - tower block demolition
« on: June 12, 2012, 07:03:45 PM »
'Demolition of Glasgow's Red Road housing estate'

A good 12 minute clip on Newsnight starting at 33.54. Might be useful for those teaching settlement/housing issues to exam classes.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01jxyhx/Newsnight_11_06_2012/

Other clips and articles on the BBC website

http://www.bbc.co.uk/search/news/?q=red%20road&video=on&audio=on&text=on


Nik




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General Discussion / River fieldwork - oranges or dog biscuits?!
« on: April 24, 2012, 07:27:45 PM »
We are venturing out for a day of rivers fieldwork soon and was wondering what techniques people prefer for measuring river velocity? We have some flowmeters but would welcome comments and suggestions re the use of oranges and dog biscuits.

many thanks

Nik

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