Saturday, 18 February 2017

Vouchercloud: top tourist destinations

Vouchercloud has produced a map to show the top tourist destination in each country in the world.

This is a large map - click on the map following the link to see the whole thing and download it if you want a copy.


Thursday, 16 February 2017

GA Conference Teachmeet - April 2017

The GA Teachmeet is on again.  It's part of the GA Conference 2017
As in previous years, it's being co-ordinated by David Rogers, along with Lucy Oxley.



We are particularly keen to have some younger teachers (nobody wants to see ANOTHER 50-something bloke on stage), and those from Primary as well as Secondary, and in particular, people who have never presented at a Teachmeet before.... so they can feel the sheer terror and then exhilaration of sharing ideas with peers when they've had a few free beers first... so sign up here.

If you just want to come along and watch, you'll need a ticket from the Eventbrite page, but the event is even more enjoyable if your name is in the old slot machine too...

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Place Based Research

One of the sessions at the recent GTE Conference that I most wanted to see was Emma Rawlings-Smith's presentation on her research so far into how place is represented in textbooks. I was interviewed by Emma last year as part of this research, with respect to how we wrote the AQA 'A' Level textbook for CUP and the OCR 'A' and 'B' books for Hodder.

Emma has a blog which is used to show her progress in her research.

The blog is called GeoPlaces and is on the Weebly platform.

The blog is connected with her PhD research. It's also very useful to connect the academic ideas on place with the teaching that is involved in the new 'A' level Changing Places topic. Emma interviewed me on my decision-making process when writing and editing the draft of this chapter in the Cambridge University Press textbook.
There is a useful set of resources here.

Finally on Changing Places, you may want to see an article by Richard Phillips in the latest Geography Review magazine, which looks at Changing Places in the context of Hackney. You can follow him on Twitter too.

You could also usefully watch Alan Smith's TED talk below:

Saturday, 21 January 2017

A Plastic Ocean

Now available to stream (fee required) on Vimeo...

A Plastic Ocean from Brainstorm Media on Vimeo.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

New Costa for Schools resources

A few years ago now (about 4 I think), I wrote three sets of resources for Costa Coffee, based on the work of the Costa Foundation.

They asked me earlier in the year to produce another set of 3 resources, based around the experience of buying a coffee. I was interested to see that in the end, quite a lot of the Costa specific references were taken out, so this is very much about the 'value' that is generated by our love for coffee. There are of course lots of independent coffee shops as well as the chain names.

You'll need to register (for free) with an e-mail and password to download the resources.

They have been really nicely designed up, and I'm going to make use of them in the coming term as part of a multi-choice curriculum section that I'm currently working on, as part of our unit on consumption and 'stuff' for Year 8.

Thanks to Jennifer Ferreira for her help with some of the links here, and those other colleagues who shared ideas or gave permission to use their ideas. Thanks to Hannah at EdComs for liaison...

The use of textbooks

Two seminar presentations that are worth watching, particularly David Gardner....


Thursday, 22 December 2016

Christmas Blogging Break

I'm about to take my annual break from blogging for a few days...

Thanks for reading the blog this year.

Image: Ronald Lampitt, who also illustrated 'The Map that came to Life' and many Ladybird books...