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General Discussion / GA Conference
« on: March 28, 2018, 09:55:17 PM »
Hope to see many of you in Sheffield next week. We have the Teachmeet on Friday night, followed by the Beermeet at the Sheffield Tap. What are you most looking forward to, if you are going?

General Discussion / Have a good one...
« on: September 03, 2017, 02:40:48 PM »
For all those starting back next week, or who've been back a few weeks now, hope the coming year is a good one for you... look after yourselves :)

General Discussion / Ice Flows Game
« on: July 13, 2017, 05:10:53 PM »
Hi everyone - I'm currently finishing off an education pack based around the Ice Flows Game, developed by Anne Le Brocq of Exeter University. It'll be available in the next month or so, but the game might make a useful part of your end of term activities. Find it, and play it, here: With Larsen C calving a huge iceberg yesterday, the timing is perfect, as it's a reminder that this is a natural part of ice shelf development. If you wanted a comparison tool to see how big berg A68 is, try this:

Job vacancies and job seekers / Term contract at King's Ely
« on: February 07, 2017, 03:59:07 PM »
Summer term teaching post for King's Ely in Cambridgeshire.
The downside - you have to work with me :)

Promotions / New tranche of Costa for Schools resources
« on: January 01, 2017, 08:05:16 PM »
Fancy a coffee in the New Year?*
I was paid some money by Costa Coffee to write 3 new resources to add to the 3 I wrote about 4 years ago.
Free registration required, but they can now be downloaded from the website:

*Other coffee chains and independent cafes are available

General Discussion / RGS Teachmeet
« on: November 12, 2016, 02:14:04 PM »
Thanks to all those who came and attended and/or spoke at the RGS Teachmeet down in London this Wednesday - there were around 100 people there to hear Dan Raven Ellison talk about the Greater London National Park City project. Thanks to Steve Brace and Harpreet Sanghera for hosting, and to those 9 people (including myself) who spoke. Thanks to David Rogers who organised the event, but was unable to attend through illness.
Presentations are (mostly) in this Dropbox folder for anyone who is interested.

Don't forget the GA Conference Teachmeet in April 2017.

Promotions / Making London a National Park City - event next week
« on: September 11, 2016, 11:44:53 AM »
The latest event is coming up next week at the Royal Festival Hall in London, and I'll be there with some students. I know that Paul Turner is also bringing some from Bedales School.

Students come at much reduced rates.

Line-up includes:

Josie Long, comedian
Wayne Hemingway, designer
Dame Fiona Reynolds, campaigner
Andrew Simms, economist
Bollywood Brass Band, musicians
Judy Ling Wong, community activist
Beth Coller, psychotherapist
Simon Jakeman, firefighter
Laila Sumpton, poet
Rifat Batool, headteacher
Dr Tom Coffey, GP
Jasmine Kamal-Pasha, photographer
Mathew Frith, conservationist
Rachel Bradley, sustainability manager
Paul Hamblin, national parks director
Daniel Raven-Ellison, explorer
Charlton Manor Primary, bee keepers
Andy Mitchell, CEO
Charlotte Webster, artist
Chris Romer-Lee, director, Studio Octopi

A new resource that I wrote for the British Red Cross has now been published.
130 pages long, and packed with ideas for teaching about natural hazards and humanitarian aid.
Free to download.

“We urge all geography teachers to download this free resource and encourage young people to think about the humanitarian impact of natural disasters. This invaluable resource pack has been created with the technical input from the British Red Cross combined with the expertise of GA teacher consultants.”
Rebecca Kitchen, Secondary Curriculum Leader at the Geographical Association

General Discussion / Happy New Year
« on: September 01, 2016, 08:08:43 AM »
Best wishes to all those going back this week or next :)

General Discussion / MapSwipe App
« on: August 09, 2016, 12:59:58 PM »
A reason to pick up your smartphone
For iOS and Android

During a humanitarian crisis, it is essential to know where vulnerable people are located, yet millions around the world are not represented on any accessible map.

When Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders (MSF) responds to major disease outbreaks with mass vaccination campaigns, hundreds of teams have to cover enormous areas (as happened in the measles outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo last year). Now, with MapSwipe, we can give vaccination campaign coordinators a super-fast snapshot of where the population clusters are, helping them to send their teams to the locations where they are most needed to achieve maximum vaccination coverage.

MapSwipe is part of Missing Maps, a collaborative project in which a large and committed community of NGOs, academic institutes, companies, and most of all individual mappers, map vulnerable areas in OpenStreetMap. By using MapSwipe to identify where communities are located, you also give these mappers the ability to use their talents to map the towns and villages in these areas without having to search through miles of jungle and bush to find them, saving time and helping to put valuable data into the hands of field teams even faster.

General Discussion / UK Geog Chat
« on: August 09, 2016, 12:41:00 PM »
Started by Matt Childs - details below...

I have set up @ukGEOGchat on Twitter starting 31st August 7.30-8pm each Wednesday for geography teachers to share ideas and good practice/discuss different topics each week. There are many twitter chats around but we need one dedicated to geography!

Follow @ukGEOGchat and use the hashtag ?#?ukGEOGchat? for all geography teaching related tweets!
Lets try and get as many geography teachers on this as possible!

General Discussion / New OCR B Geography GCSE Facebook group
« on: August 06, 2016, 11:47:40 AM »
Created by Jo Payne - closed group so you'll need to request access which we can then provide :)

Promotions / Mission:Explore National Parks
« on: July 26, 2016, 11:15:02 AM »
Officially out now.
We've been on the Ordnance Survey blog: with Steve Backshall using our book
Also a great quote from Julia Bradbury
‘I absolutely LOVE this book, drawing a cow-pat emoji is a must-try! It’s so important to encourage kids to enjoy our UK National Parks from an early age and instil a love of the countryside that will last all their lives thus helping to secure the future of our protected landscapes’.

You can get them from here if you can't get to a National Park shop

General Discussion / Fieldwork ideas including technology
« on: July 26, 2016, 11:10:17 AM »
Developed for Australian schools but useful anywhere - some good ideas and downloads

Thanks to Stephen Matthews

General Discussion / Pokemon Go
« on: July 26, 2016, 10:42:07 AM »
Started collating ideas for its use in a Google Drive document

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