Thursday, 28 July 2011


Nick Crane series just started.

Some interesting content, if nothing new to a seasoned geographer...
The supporting website, in association with the OU has links to a range of useful additional detail.


Also check out the opportunity to RUN YOUR OWN TOWN. This is a decision making interactive where you get to run a town and make important choices...

The White Stuff

Some useful videos and other materials on DAIRY FARMING suitable for lower secondary and primary students.
Check out "At the Moovies"....
A few more tipoffs via the FACE newsletter:

Environmental and Land Based Diploma resources

And here's another useful FOOD BASED resource

Getting Stuffed!
Stuffed is a new website from the Food for Life Partnership, and offers debates through which schools, and others, can explore some of the issues surrounding our current food systems. For example, how climate change will affect our food supplies, what impact peak oil will have on how we currently feed ourselves and if we really pay the full price for food at supermarket checkouts. There are no answers here, just information and opinions that will help to inform, affirm or challenge current thinking about food. Read more

This site has great potential for use with FOOD related themes

Great to see...

Over to a National Trust property earlier and it was great to see a copy of Mission:Explore, badged with the National Trust Outdoors Books of the Year 2011 sticker
Watch out for our new website: DISCOVER EXPLORE, which launches next week...
Here's a teaser image...
One of the time-traveller graphics... by Tom Morgan Jones...

TED talk by Josette Sheeran

Josette Sheeran works for the World Food Programme.
She recently presented at TED, and the talk is now live.

Josette Sheeran, the head of the UN's World Food Program, talks about why, in a world with enough food for everyone, people still go hungry, still die of starvation, still use food as a weapon of war. Her vision: "Food is one issue that cannot be solved person by person. We have to stand together."

Added to work on FOOD and HEALTH....
Follow @JosetteSheeran on Twitter

You need to watch this video....

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Food aid and Dadaab

I am spending part of this evening working on some overdue food and health resources (they'll be with you as soon as possible Rich :) )
Part of the work involves looking at food and what could be deemed as "sufficient food"
One context for this could be to look at the rations that are handed out in refugee camps such as Dadaab, where thousands of Somalian refugees continue to arrive daily.

I came across this web resource which has some excellent satellite images of the various DADAAB camps.

Also today, there have been some tweets from Martin Penner, who is currently working in Dadaab for the World Food Programme.

This gives a real flavour of the work that he has been doing, but he also stresses the importance of the food rations as giving nutrition: pulses for protein and nutrient rich flour with corn/soya blend is given. Children receive extra products if they are malnourished, of which over 40% are
He has been telling the story of some of the people who have arrived at the camp and is following a lady called Sahro and her family.
He described the registration form that will entitle her to food and offer her food security.
These events are happening right now... living geography.
Right, back to the writing...

Mike Oldfield Incantations Deluxe Edition

Going back to the late 1970s tonight with this one on Spotify... I can still remember listening to it for the first time... Great to hear 'Guilty' again too...
Interesting coastal landform on the front cover too... bonus points to anyone who can name the location...

NASA Visualisation Explorer

A good free NASA iPad app, with thanks to GOOD (once again) for the tipoff...
Just installed it, and there are some useful things in there.... and it's my 'favourite' price...

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

London 2012 - a virtual tour

From the GUARDIAN website.
1 year to go to the games....


Spending a few days barn & dog-sitting in a rather fine barn in the Dartmoor National Park.
It's stocked with shelves full of books, WiFi for Spotify and a wine cellar... So it's got pretty much all I need.
One of the books is Ian Mercer's 'Dartmoor', which is published as part of the Collins New Naturalist Library with a lovely cover by Robert Gillmor.
I liked the description of Ian Mercer as "a geographer and naturalist at heart, never happier than when revealing the secrets of a landscape".

The author's foreword begins:
"This book is about my perception of a landscape, and what knowledge is needed as a foundation to that perception..." which is an interesting statement, as it links with some of the ideas in the GA's current CURRICULUM consultation.

He goes on to say "the attraction of true local geography is that it depends upon the wielding of a broad brush much of the time, but allows the display of intricate detail to illuminate corners of the canvas wherever necessary."

Dartmoor has a number of interesting landscape elements: the geology is complex and age-old, there are the tors crowding the skyline with their slopes of clitter below, the mires in the low-lying areas, scarps and plateaux, the 'passes' cut through the peat by early travellers, lines of reaves, the china clay and kaolinite, the leats that were used to drain water towards mills and as urban drains, the commons and forests and the reservoirs.

As soon as I drove up onto the high moor from Moretonhampstead earlier today, over the sheep track (cue the old joke about breaking wind as the car drives over it...) we were into ponies, sheep and shaggy faced cattle with Dutch and German tourists parked up nearby with long lenses.

Opening the OS map of the moor provides plenty of other factors that have changed the landscapes.
The National Park designation, the battle to preserve the commons that has been going on for hundreds of years, and even the military. Large areas of the moor are designated as "danger areas". The military have been using the moor for over a hundred years, often to practice firing weapons.

There were also the tin miners and the stannary towns including Chagford, which I popped into earlier (more shops should be like the Aladdin's cave of Webber and Sons)

There were also the turnpike roads, which converged at Two Bridges. A fine pub garden to sit in, and the track starts from there to Wistman's Wood, which I shall return to later.

There is a lot of useful detail in the book on the role of National Parks and the NPA

There are mentions of some management of visitors and the landscape, including the DARTMOOR VISION (from 2008) and also the TAKE MOOR CARE campaign, which reduced the speed limit to 40 mph on the unfenced areas of moorland.

There are some useful FREE DOWNLOADS. These include some really useful resources - check them out...

There is also a link with past glacial activity, and periglaciation. This is an important period in the UK's history, and you'll find patterned ground, stone stripes and other evidence of frozen ground on the border of glaciated landscapes.

Dartmoor was also a case study that I used for Edexcel 'A' level as there was a section on a landscape that was the result of GRANITE.
Chapter 2 explores the importance of granite to the landscape, and the volcanic intrusions into the country rock that shaped the prominent features. Also introduced me to the metamorphic rocks such as hornfels.

Later chapters explore the weather and the importance of water, flora and fauna and the various farming practices that have shaped the moors. The moor is an Environmentally Sensitive Area, and has a number of SSSIs.
There are also a few locations where climbing is possible. These include Hound Tor, below which is the famous snack van (popped in there last year): "The Hound of the Basket Meals".

Finally, there is mention of one of my favourite mysterious places: the fern covered ancient oaks of Wistman's Wood. The trees are contorted, and grow amongst a clitter of boulders to a height of around 4 metres. They have beards of ferns and other plants, and lichens. A place of real mysterious power....

All images: Alan Parkinson

Was also reminded of the album cover to the Yes album "Tormato", which features a map of part of Dartmoor, particularly the area around Yes Tor. Check out "Release, Release"...

A recommended read...

Litre of Light

A great article from GOOD magazine... I presume that you're following them after all the times that I've mentioned them.
This latest post describes a simple way that people living in slum houses can reduce their energy needs by installing a simple plastic bottle in the roof, filled with a combination of liquids. It acts like a light tube, which some people install in houses where it's not possible to have windows.

It's called a LITER OF LIGHT...

Prime photograph...

Thanks to Ginny Light for the tipoff to this story...
It's about time...

The GREENWICH PRIME MERIDIAN is a significant location, as it marks the point from which all the dates and times of the world are set.
It's also, as of earlier this year, somewhere that you have to spend £7 to stand on...
Of course, the line runs between the North and South Pole, so there's thousands of miles of the line that you can stand on for free... plus it's an imaginary notional place anyway...
But that aside, the connection with the forthcoming Olympics, and a chance to ask lots of overseas visitors for £7 might be relevant...

An alternative place to have your photo taken...
I've got a picture of the Meridian somewhere on a badge.
Similar to the commercialisation of Lands End. Perhaps you'll have to pay to stand on the summit of Snowdon or Scafell Pike before too long ?

Thought for the Day

I have looked long on this land
Trying to understand
My place in it

R.S. Thomas

The Curriculum: lessons to be learned...

Over to Keele University last week, and the grand surroundings of Keele Hall.
The last time I'd been there was for a wedding many years ago...

The occasion was a conference on the curriculum.
The first session by Michael Young, emeritus professor from the Institute of Education (and someone that I'd heard speak before about the importance of 'powerful knowledge'. He read out a paper which we'd all been given a copy of on the table... not my favourite participatory sport...

Was also interested to hear Tim Oates, who is in charge of the new Curriculum review, but he spent quite a long time getting to the point of his talk, then went straight after finishing, with no chance for any questions...

Monday, 25 July 2011

Global Cities of the Future

Thanks to Joseph Kerski for the tipoff to this...

Global Cities of the Future

Labour's plan to save the High Street

I've previously blogged about the Conservatives' appointment of Mary Portas to "save the High Street", and now here's Labour's 4 point plan....

  • Enact a temporary cut in VAT from 20% to 17.5%, giving struggling retailers a boost and putting £450 back into each family’s pocket.
  • Introduce a retail diversity planning clause, putting communities in charge of the future of their local high streets. Local people and local retailers would have a say on any retail plans for their area, giving them the power to put the heart back into the high street.
  • Create a ‘competition test’ in the planning system, leading to greater choice and lower prices for shoppers. The test would ensure a level playing field between small and large shops.
  • Repeat Labour’s empty shops initiative, enabling councils to pursue innovative uses for empty shops and reinvigorate high-streets, such as using vacant units for cultural, community or learning services, rather than leaving them empty

The colour of your city

Started following Eric Fischer (@enf) on Twitter today.
He produces wonderful visualisations of Flickr photos (amongst other things)
Check out the Flickr set for some images...

Image shared under CC license by Eric Fischer - thanks !

Check the other FLICKR sets for some wonderful images that are beautiful and abstract..

Sunday, 24 July 2011

A-Z of Tourist Misinformation

Thanks to Russel Tarr for tipoff to this resource

It's an A-Z of Tourist Misinformation...

Might make an interesting cultural geography task...
Would be useful to try to write them for other locations too...

Topical Tropical Rainforests

A long overdue post....

A day last week working with Fay, Caitlin, Calum, Agnes, Sophie and Jamie in Priory School, Southsea.

It was a student leader co-contruction day, with the focus being a unit on Tropical Rainforests.

There was a lot of interesting discussion which I tried to capture and build into some new activities.

One area that we discussed was Palm Oil, and its use in processed food.
We thought about the issue of the Future of the forest and the different possible futures that it might have
We used the Human Planet clip of Tete climbing the tree to get honey
We also added an extra activity that was inspired by the recent story of the numbers of tribes that are still un-contacted, and the pros and cons of contacting them against leaving them. One of the main issues here of course is the size of the forest and the various groups that want to use the forest in different ways.
We mentioned the idea of sustainability a lot.

One additional topical link which I will be following for the next 5 weeks is that my niece is heading off for a 5 week Amazonian adventure to Peru today with BSES (British Schools Exploring Society), and I will add something inspired by that trip to the website / scheme of work as well...
You can follow the blog of the Amazon adventure by visiting the BSES website
There is also a FLICKR set which will presumably be added to.
There are some images of the training weekend so far, which would make useful resources.
Also got a copy of Bruce Parry's 'Amazon' next to me, and am going to fillet that too to see what's useful...

Also got the BSES Expedition Checklist which has potential as a resource to be used...

Been exploring a few links and found the Twitter feed of the BSES, which led me to James Borrell: one of the scientists who's going along to the rainforest, so there'll be some interesting options to follow for the next 5 weeks.

More to come on this shortly...

Cold Rush...

Apologies for ripping off the title from various coverage of this issue, which relates to the Arctic circumpolar area. The melting of Arctic Ice is opening up numerous possibilities for development in the region, and many companies are eyeing the new territories and shipping routes that are opening up.

For loads of maps, graphics and other data related to the Circumpolar regions, don't forget the GRIDA site, which has featured here quite a few times before. There is a full ARCTIC atlas here....

There have been a range of recent articles, and books that are relevant here, including Laurence Smith's 'The New North'.
Going to be finishing off a project shortly which will explore this area in more detail. More on that to come later....

Egg, Bacon, Chips and Beans

Always good to see this book... one of the classic books to grow from a website...
One of the books at the rather nice house I'm staying in for the next few days...
It has some great quotes too, including the one from HJ Heinz (of beans fame) in the previous post....

Lots of geography of course in the book with the power of 'place' coming through in the individuality of the cafes that are visited. I've visited quite a few of the cafes in the book, and have particularly good memories of Pete's Eats and of course the Grindleford Station Cafe with its ubiquitous signage...
Also good sections on the great variety of each of the ingredients, and the 're-invention' of toast as part of the "electric breakfast"...
A recommended read...

QR Code Generator

The genius of Russel Tarr has created a new addition to the educational world.
A lot of teachers have been exploring QR codes, and Russel has automated the job of producing a series of codes for use in the classroom as a new edition to the CLASS TOOLS suite of tools.


Enter a series of questions and answers and the tool does the rest...

Will give this a go ready for my next CPD session...

Thought for the Day

“To do a common thing, uncommonly well, brings success.”

Henry John Heinz

Saturday, 23 July 2011

National Parks Week

Next week is National Parks Week
A range of events will be taking place in each of the National Parks
I'm spending the week in the Dartmoor National Park, so will keep you posted on what happens locally...

New Nick Crane series

Just reading about Nick Crane in the Telegraph on a new series called 'Town' which starts on Thursday on BBC2 at 9pm.
In the feature he talks about the growing importance of the town, and his love of Ludlow.
He describes himself as "a lapsed geographer, a writer, an enthusiast of British landscapes both natural and built" and that "by 2030 an astonishing 92% of us will be urban citizens".
There are 4 films: Perth, Scarborough, Totnes and Ludlow.
Sounds like a useful series.

Friday, 22 July 2011


Just done a short piece of work for OXFAM GB which is related to their new GROW campaign, which is introduced below...

At a time when food is such a high profile issue this is a timely campaign...

Watch out for some new TEACHER MATERIALS which will emerge during the Autumn term :)


From September 2011, we'll be moving our Mission Explore site to a new address of and adding some fantastic new functions and excitement...

Come along now and sign up to be the first to know when the exciting new developments go live...

GA Chronology

A chronology of significant events and moments in the history of the Geographical Association has just been added to the GA website by Anne Greaves.
It has been collated by Peter Fox, drawing on an earlier book by W.G.V Balchin
It can be viewed / downloaded from HERE. (PDF download)

Sadly it doesn't seem to mention me though :)

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Famine in the Horn of Africa

The IB Geography specification calls for students to study a FAMINE.

Food security is also a global issue and food features in many GCSE and GCE specifications. Famine is often linked closely with drought, land degradation, climate change / weather patterns other than the usual / El Nino and conflict: all geographical topics.

This TELEGRAPH article describes the key issues involved in defining what is meant by a famine. There is a 5 point scale for food emergencies that is used by the UN, and a Famine is no. 5 on the scale.

There are some issues with the definition of a famine which are described in the article - there is some link with the rates of mortality in a region which are statistical.

Don't forget that Twitter is one of the best ways of getting regular updates on the situation in the Horn of Africa. The World Food Programme @WFP has regular updates. They have been tweeting the stories of some of the arrivals of people who have been heading for the camp of Dadaab.

To discover more about the camp, there is a detailed illustrated FOCUS ON DADAAB booklet which has been produced by Medecins sans Frontieres (link goes to a 3.7 Mb PDF download)
Below is a FLICKR slideshow of images tagged "Dabaab"

Just as I was finishing my research on this theme, Ben Hennig added yet another incredibly useful map, and a sobering and informative commentary too) to his VIEWS OF THE WORLD website. Click for biggery...

Map above has been created by Benjamin D. Hennig and is property of the Sasi Research Group (University of Sheffield). We welcome the use of our maps under the Creative Commons conditions; please contact us for further details – we also appreciate a notification if you used our maps somewhere else. High resolution and customized maps are available on request.

As Ben says, you can change this map by visiting the UNICEF website...

You can also guarantee a meal is provided for someone by completing THIS QUIZ

I finish this blog post with some of the raw footage that was released yesterday by the WFP of the reality of the situation facing tens of thousands of people currently...

And a final thought from Ben Hennig's blog post.... a box

A while back now I had one of my only really good ideas :)
It eventually made it into Teaching Geography in Autumn 2009 (GA Journal subscription needed to download)

This week, Jo Debens at Priory School Portsmouth shared the great work of some of her students, who had been creating "Pompey in a Box"....

Also links with my previous blog post on BENTO Curriculum making...
Nice work !

"a future ruin"...

Is how Iain Sinclair describes the London Olympic Park.
It's fair to say that he's not a big fan of the developments... He recently took a trip with Evan Davies which was recorded by BBC Radio 4

In his latest book "Ghost Milk" he investigates the history of some of the grand projects that have taken place in some of the cities of the world, and further afield. Just downloaded the sample to my Kindle app.

Radio 4 have produced an audio slideshow of the walk that he took...

This article on the INDEPENDENT has a lot of useful additional quotes, including a few Millennium projects that I am familiar with in Doncaster and Sheffield....

Favelas: the up-side...

Just been editing some material for a forthcoming textbook, and it painted a rather gloomy picture of life in the favelas of Brazil. 
Of course it doesn't always have to be that way...

You could start with this image:

How would you use this image in the classroom ?
Vigidal Favela, Rio de Janeiro: Photo by Felipe Menegaz/Wikimedia Creative Commons License

This article in The Rio Times provides a useful starter for discussions on the more positive aspects of life, to counterbalance the general view of life in them.

The favelas are also in the firing line when it comes to preparations for the 2014 World Cup finals.
Several favelas have been cleared, or are scheduled to be cleared, with over a million people apparently due to be affected, as this Guardian article explains (complete with a useful video)

As you would expect, there are some more links that can be obtained from a range of sources.
This Guardian article looks at the pacification of favelas.

McPath... what do you think ?

McPath - Daily Mail
McPath - Guardian

Are there differences in the reporting of the story ?

An interesting potential context for looking at local planning issues / health of young people and the relationship between school and community. The basic story is related to a school that is apparently having a path built to link it to a nearby McDonalds...

Is there more to the story than that ?
Apply your geographical enquiry sequence to it...

And of course for a really creative planning activity, don't forget Noel J's wonderful WELLINGTON PLANS.

North is up...

I liked this article from a journal I've mentioned before UP HERE.

It's about the idea that many people think of North as being uphill, and South as going downhill...

I reckon there's a good piece of work in here to tackle with students. Read the article - as with all UP HERE pieces, it's nicely written in an engaging style...

Does North feel "up" to you ??

Find Chaffy

My son loves 'The Dandy' - we subscribe so that he never misses an issue and gets it early.
One of his favourite cartoonists is Jamie Smart.
One of Jamie's projects is FIND CHAFFY. We got the first book and now the second one is out and has just arrived. Chaffy is a white 'rabbit' with one ear longer than the other...
The idea is the same: to FIND CHAFFY in amongst a range of wonderful locations. Here is Chaffy with a load of robots.

Visit FIND CHAFFY to get a flavour for the books...
We're hoping to offer a home to a Chaffy soon... We reckon he needs a geographer to look after him...

Geography World Championships

You can follow a team of students that did particularly well at the GA Worldwise challenge, and is about to head off to California for the World Geography Championships to represent the UK.
18 countries are represented in the event, the final of which will be held at Google HQ.
They have set up a blog which will hopefully track their journey and progress.
Good luck to the team of Matthew, Jamie and Rajiv.

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

42 years ago today...

One small step for a man....

Thanks to Shaf for the reminder...

And I remember that day... sat in my pyjamas with my dad a LONG time ago...

Google logo...

Further feeds my food fixation... also just arranged another small bit of food related work with OXFAM GB...

If anyone would like to buy me one of these...

I would be delighted...

Earth Overshoot Day

While looking for some up to date figures on ecological footprints, I came across this information, which is similar to the NEF idea of our planet going into ecological debt.

Earth Overshoot Day is the date when we start eating into the earth's resources.

Earth Overshoot Day marks an unfortunate milestone: the day in which we exhaust our ecological budget for the year. Once we pass this day, humanity will have demanded all the ecological services – from filtering CO2 to producing the raw materials for food – that nature can provide this year. From that point until the end of the year, we meet our ecological demand by liquidating resource stocks and accumulating carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Fits with the recent resurgence of the issue of discards and the Hugh's FISH FIGHT campaign, that I blogged about some months ago, and the story that there are only enough fish in the seas around the UK to sustain the industry for half the year.

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Fancy earning some money to write geography resources ?

The Geographical Association is going to be working with a web-based publisher to develop a range of geography materials for a subject specific expansion of their existing website in 2011-2012.
I have been asked to assist in ‘recruiting’ a team of colleagues who might be interested in contributing to the launch of this site, and working with me over the coming months to produce a range of quality geography resources. I have a list of names already, but there are spaces for a few more colleagues to get involved.

Ideally, you should be a practising geography teacher. 
The aim is for the geography materials to stand out as a source of truly engaging classroom materials. The resources will all be available in editable formats, so teachers will be able to use them creatively, adapting them to suit their own classes and incorporating them within their own schemes of work.

If you'd be interested in principle in contributing some resources, and earning advance payments and ongoing royalties, please contact me directly at  .  There's no commitment to be involved at this stage, and no guarantee that you will be involved either - simply reply to this email to let me know that you'd like to participate, and I'll be in touch again soon once we have a ‘dream team’ assembled and have further information on what we might be asking you to do.

UPDATE: Thanks to those who have got in touch so far.
Will be closing the "list" of those who might be involved at the end of Thursday the 21st of July

Digitalearth conference materials

Nice work by Michaela Lindner Fally for getting the materials from the recent digitalearth conference in Salzburg up online so promptly.
My colleague John Lyon had a good time and we are going to be returning to Austria later in the year to develop the next stage of the project.
Check out the website and click through to see some of the materials and also a link through to a book with the proceedings of the event.
I was impressed by Joseph Kerski's presentation which was done using the ArcGIS Online tool....

2050 Teacher Toolkit

Reminder of nice 2050 Energy pathways tool

New book by Optimus

Just browsing and making review comments on a new book published by Optimus Education.

It's called 'Inspiring Sustainability through Geography'.
Will let you know some thoughts once I've had a chance to take a good look. Some interesting ideas so far...

New data set and graphing tool for Sub Saharan Africa

Thanks to Will Tuft for the tip-off to a new production of the Guardian's excellent DATABLOG.
This will enable students to begin to explore some of the key issues affecting SUB SAHARAN AFRICA.

Keeping the map up to date

A useful video from the Ordnance Survey blog which shows visually the rate of change that takes place in the OS MasterMap Database each year - there are over 5000 edits to this base layer every day.

This second video shows a small area to the NW of Swindon, and how it changed over a 7 year period.

Follow @ordnancesurvey on Twitter to get more resources like this.

RAF Marham

There was great news for the Norfolk economy last night with the announcement that RAF Marham would be staying open.

RAF Marham is about 10 miles from where I live, and the airspace above my village is frequently visited by Tornadoes. We also used to take 'A' level groups over there to visit the weather station, and discuss the relevance of the weather and the atmospheric situation to the operations at the base, and for pilots.

With around 5000 people employed at Marham, and many thousands of other jobs tied in with the continued working of the base, it is clearly very important in terms of the multiplier effect of its continued operation, as well as its strategic importance.

Monday, 18 July 2011


Thanks to Armin Grewe for my invitation to the Google+ party.

Google+ is Google's latest effort to catch the buzz, or is it a wave, of social networking.

It offers a range of features that have got users thinking about their potential use for educators.
Several Twitter followers and other people are getting to grips with how to use it.

This blog post describes the use of hangouts and huddles.

The HACK EDUCATION blog describes the potential benefits of being able to share particular resources with a 'circle' which means that there can be more control over who sees, or has access to, material that has been placed online.

If you need an invitation, drop me an e-mail...

Made with GIS

The latest video from Joseph Kerski of ESRI.
How cities are "made with GIS"...

Discover Explore - new from the Geography Collective

Mumbai or Burnley

This story was in the news a week or more ago now (another delayed blogpost), and described the apparent 'return' of call centres from the sub-continent to the UK.

There has been quite a lot of coverage of this in various news media.
Santander is the firm involved, and I pay them a substantial amount of money each month for my mortgage !
There are, of course, some alternative views to be brought to bear when you're thinking about this issue...

For example, what about the people working in the call centres whose jobs have now gone ?
There was this tweet by George Monbiot on the issue...
 The Daily Mail provided a useful comparison between Mumbai (or Bombay as they call it) and Burnley...

How could you use this story to update some of the activities in textbook series such as GEOG.DOT when it comes to the impact of globalisation...

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Ticket to ride..

From the GA's manifesto "a different view"...

Written by David Lambert:

"If we think education in its broadest sense is important, then geography is important too. Thinking geographically helps us understand ourselves in the world... or, as our manifesto says, helps us travel with a different view. If geography, as it is laid out in the manifesto, were not part of the curriculum then we'd risk turning out young people who were only partially educated."

This airline ticket was made with the generator - one of hundreds on the Generator Blog.

How about providing students with an airline ticket to a destination as they arrive at your lesson ?

Where would the ticket be to ?
What else would you provide them with ?

This could perhaps come after a unit which develops a passport of their UK identity....

Something to discuss with the NQT folks at the conferences in November....

Geography and Golf

I've posted a few times about the relationship between Geography and Golf...
Image: Alan Parkinson

The Open Championship is played on a links course - this year it is the Royal St. George's course on the Kent coast. I originally started this on Thursday when the Championship had just started, but turns out I'm finishing it off just as Darren Clarke is on the 12th hole on the final round...

The links land is land which links the coastal fringe with the better quality agricultural land further inland...
A good book in this regard is Lorne Rubenstein's 'A Season in Dornoch', which is excellent.
The links land tended to be too sandy for some land uses, and too salty for most agriculture apart from some grazing. (There are some sheep next to St. George's I've just seen...)
Also recently blogged about the controversy over Donald Trump's plans for development of a new golf resort.
Also good links to Geography of Sport type units, perhaps towards the end of the summer term, when there's also the Tour de France.

Angus Willson also pointed out that although there is an iPhone app for the Open Golf, you can't actually take your mobile in if you're spectating...