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General Discussion / Euro 2016
« on: June 06, 2016, 12:49:47 PM »
As it's nearly end of term here, transition day and I love football I made some Top Trump style cards for Euro 2016.  The majority of the statistics are from the CIA World Fact book.  The facts at the bottom of each country are from a range of websites.  Hopefully everything on there is correct.
If you want a set you should be able to download them from the following link

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1glyB5M5o17ees3pqy25y9k74CkoNmWUaw5qgDabDiuQ/edit?usp=sharing

I used a spreadsheet from http://www.soccerwallcharts.com/downloads.html up on the board to fill in scores. 

If it doesn't work/I've got something wrong please let me know and I can change it  :)

Thanks

Mark

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General Discussion / Interactive Whiteboards
« on: May 08, 2016, 04:45:54 PM »
My school has decided they are the future, which means we will no doubt be investing some money in them shortly.  Personally I'd rather the students had tablets or laptops.
I've had limited experience of interactive boards, only using them for one or two students to come up and interact with it whilst the rest watch.
What are other people's experiences, and does anyone know of useful articles they could point me in the direction of.
Cheers
Mark

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General Discussion / Work in books
« on: October 31, 2015, 10:13:32 AM »
I had an interesting conversation about the quality of work in students books with my overall headteacher yesterday.  Amongst some of the pearls of wisdom he imparted to me was this.

'Students who have neat books including the use of different colours for titles, subtitles etc receive higher grades.'

Apparently this is the truth, I'm not convinced at all, anyone else got any thoughts on this?

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General Discussion / Text books or not
« on: October 04, 2015, 12:32:58 PM »
Hi

This morning I received the following as part of an email from a parent.

my child "told me that the geography lessons are not really interesting and from the beginning of the year you discussed only about the refugees and food chain... Also the students still do not have geography textbooks, more then one month and after the school started. I consider that textbooks are very important and  more useful than the Pearl Trees site I was told about; I am not really bothered by the fact that the textbooks are outdated, they contain useful geographical notion."

I'm in an international school where I have been told by another teacher that I should give out a text book because the parents like them.  I don't want to because I don't follow all the topics in the textbook (Geog.3 in this case) and so don't see the point.  We have a set in the classroom and can refer to it when we want to.

I have started putting lessons and resources onto Pearltrees where I can share websites,files, instructions.  Much in the same vein as text book only I can update and control it as and when I need/want to.

I am going to have to have a meeting with this parent, and it is not the first time this has happened internationally.

Has anyone else had similar experiences to this and how did you deal with them? I want to stick to my guns but last time I tried that I was the nail that stood up so to speak.

Thanks

Mark

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General Discussion / We've all done it... just not on tv
« on: August 24, 2015, 01:39:31 PM »
http://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/aug/24/bbc-weather-gaffes-michael-fish-tomasz-schafernaker-met-office?CMP=twt_gu

After a first day back of 3 timetable changes before lunch this has reminded me it could be worse  ;D

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General Discussion / Urbanized Documentary
« on: March 23, 2015, 04:27:15 PM »
http://www.hustwit.com/category/urbanized/

I found this last night and couldn't see it mentioned on here so thought it was worth a share.

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Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers. Over half the world’s population now lives in an urban area, and 75% will call a city home by 2050. But while some cities are experiencing explosive growth, others are shrinking. The challenges of balancing housing, mobility, public space, civic engagement, economic development, and environmental policy are fast becoming universal concerns. Yet much of the dialogue on these issues is disconnected from the public domain.

Who is allowed to shape our cities, and how do they do it? Unlike many other fields of design, cities aren’t created by any one specialist or expert. There are many contributors to urban change, including ordinary citizens who can have a great impact improving the cities in which they live. By exploring a diverse range of urban design projects around the world, Urbanized frames a global discussion on the future of cities.

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General Discussion / Boston - The new Venice?
« on: October 28, 2014, 07:31:22 AM »
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-29761274

Some thought going on about how to tackle rising sea levels. 

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General Discussion / Zombie Geography
« on: February 20, 2014, 11:47:25 AM »
http://www.zombiebased.com/sample-lesson/

Has anyone come across this before, a colleague of mine has forwarded me the link, it looks quite interesting, no way my school would go for it.  The idea of not following a text book was a big enough step for a lot of our parents (and some SMT).

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General Discussion / Chartsbin
« on: February 19, 2014, 09:45:51 AM »
A student found this today whilst doing some research in class, http://chartsbin.com/

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General Discussion / Books for EAL and SEN students
« on: April 05, 2013, 09:00:00 PM »
Hi

This is my first post for a while, I tend to just read more than contribute at the moment, however I was hoping people may be able to help me.

I am looking to get books that would support EAL and SEN students, they wouldn't have to be the same book for both but being out of the UK I feel a bit out of touch with what is available.

I would like if possible to get some sort of visual dictionary that could be used in the classroom then after that I am at a bit of a loss as to what would be best to look for.

Does anyone have any suggestions of where to look, or recommendations of particular books?

I've just seen the following thread http://learningnet.co.uk/geoforum/index.php?topic=8128.0 guess I didn't search as well as I thought I had.

Thanks

Mark

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General Discussion / Weddar ipad app
« on: October 11, 2012, 09:19:14 PM »
Hi

Has anyone had any experience of using the app weddar as a resource.  I've been trying to plan an activity where as many of the students as I can manage report the weather using the app at various points over the weekend and then my grade 8s can look at the data recorded and compare the actual weather to how people felt.

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General Discussion / Britain's most famous teacher(?)
« on: February 28, 2012, 02:17:37 PM »
http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2012/feb/27/katharine-birbalsingh-interview

Is she really with ideas like this?  I know I've been out the country for a year and a half but I've never heard of her, and I wouldn't want to work at her school.

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Geography will introduce "knowledge of countries, cities and important geographical features". The school will have its own certificate of general knowledge, with 500 factual questions.


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