Friday, 20 January 2012

SOLO Taxonomy

Thanks to John Sayers for volunteering to join me to present a VITAL CPD Teachshare on the 9th of February at 7pm.
It's on the use of: SOLO, which stands for Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes.
It really asks students to place their understanding of work on a scale of 1-5, depending on their ability to make sense of connections. It's a useful technique for discussing progression.

So, although I'll be talking SOLO, I won't be on my own....

A reminder that you can still subscribe to the VITAL CPD GEOGRAPHY portal for a very low price - if you go to the pub tonight and buy a pint and a packet of pork scratchings it'll probably cost you more than a subscription would.... although admittedly they'll taste better....

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

New Discovering the Arctic module

At the end of last year, I completed some projects for the Royal Geographical Society, one of which was to author a new unit for the Discovering the Arctic website.

My unit is related to the materials produced by SWIPA.
(Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic

Click the image at the bottom of the home page to go to the materials

The attention of the world is on the opposite hemisphere today, but I hope you get the chance to check these out over the next few days.
Thanks to the designers who made sense of my notes and scribbles and have put together what I hope you find a really useful set of activities and questions...

Sunday, 8 January 2012

As I blogged recently, a new service for subscribers to the Geographical Association's journal 'GEOGRAPHY' was launched over the Christmas period. This allows subscribers to the journal to access a huge archive of back issues, which goes back in fact to the predecessor of that journal: 'Geographical Teacher', which was published from 1901 to 1926.

Users can now access copies of articles from over a century of journals to view on screen or download as a PDF.
Login to the web site, and look for the JSTOR image down the right hand column of the website.