Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Go Jetters

Go Jetters are new on CBBC: a new animated series, and the geography advisors on the show are my former colleagues Paula Owens and John Lyon. The Go Jetters have global adventures.

Check them out on iPlayer, or play the Global Glitch game.

Friday, 4 September 2015

GI Learner project

For the next 3 years, I am going to be involved in a project with a number of EU partners (schools, universities and other partners) called GI-LEARNER. I am co-ordinating the involvement of my school, who is a partner in the project.

I've mentioned the project previously, but am currently in Bruges for the start-up meeting, where we have been discussing the practicalities of setting up the various events, activities, research and resource creation that is going to occupy us for the next few years, along with around 100 students of ages from 7-13.

Partner representatives exploring Bruges

The partners involved are:

Four schools

Sint-Lodewijkscollege, Bruges, Belgium 

King’s Ely, Cambridgeshire

Bundesoberstufenrealgymnasium Salzburg, Nonntal, Austria 

Liceul Teoretic "Dimitrie Cantemir" Iasi, Romania

Two universities

Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Madrid, Spain 

Universiteit Gent, Gent, Belgium

European Association of Geographers  (EuroGeo)

You can follow our Twitter feed here: @GILearner where we will be sharing more information on our project and how it develops.

Watch out for the #gilearner hashtag too.
The school is also involved in the MOOS project, and the attractive website for this project is here.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

New GIS materials

In 2014, the Royal Geographical Society awarded two teachers an Innovative Geography Teaching grant of £1000 to fund the development of new resources, based on the use of Census data.
I was one of those teachers, and worked with Ben Hennig to create a new education section of the LondonMapper website: a new project involving Professor Danny Dorling, which explores London through a series of cartograms using Census data.
My Scheme of Work explores the LondonMapper website and materials, and uses the idea of future urbanists looking back at London to see how it has changed over the years.
It connects with the other unit that I wrote for the RGS called Mapping London.

The second grant was awarded to Paul Turner, who takes over as Head of Geography at Bedales School in September. He worked with Dr Adam Dennett, a lecturer from UCL who works at CASA.
Paul's website and materials can now be viewed here, and he is keen to connect with teachers who want to trial the materials. You can contact Paul via the site.
There are 10 lessons which act as an introduction to QGIS, and the mapping and analysis of Census data.

Monday, 8 June 2015

The Expedition Game - from the RSGS

A brand new resource from the Royal Scottish Geographical Society.

A new teaching resource is available on our website. Together with Perth and Kinross council we have created a downloadable resource, to prompt discussion about personal qualities, leadership, and team work. The resource links to several curricular areas, including Geography, English, Maths, Biology and Outdoor Learning.
The Expedition is a role play game tracing the story of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-16). 

The game links into the SQA, SCQF and Curriculum for Excellence.
Please click this link to access the resource, from the RSGS website. (PDF Download 13.2Mb)

This is a significant piece of work, written by Perth and Kinross Outdoor Education team's David Girling along with the RSGS Education Officer Rachel Hay. I am looking at this with interest as a possible resource for next year.