Sunday, 26 August 2012

Fancy a CPD course in Salzburg ?

Salzburg - February 2013

DigitalEarth: GeoMedia and Citizenship

You can get your expenses (travel, accommodation etc. but not cover) for this course covered by COMENIUS funding.

I shall be leading several days of the course - which lasts for a week. It will be a repeat of a course which I am leading at the end of September (the deadline for getting funding for that course has passed)

You'll need to apply promptly and the links to the relevant forms are available from the EuroGeography webpage linked to above. Look forward to seeing some of you there...

Image: Alan Parkinson - taken on previous visit

I believe this course will also run several other times next year... I shall keep you posted...

Monday, 20 August 2012

New GA CPD Courses for 2012-13

The latest GA courses for the new academic year have now been published and are on the GA WEBSITE.

The courses in red are the ones I am leading. Look forward to seeing some of you there...

You can download further information and a course flyer from the links. Feel free to use these with colleagues.

Leading urban fieldwork

For primary teachers and geography subject leaders
London - Tuesday 16 October 2012
Manchester - Monday 22 October 2012
Price: From £150

Primary geography for the non-specialist

For non-specialist primary teachers, including those who may be taking on the subject responsibility within their school
Birmingham - Wednesday 17 October 2012
London - Wednesday 7 November 2012
Price: From £150

Leading a successful geography department

For current and aspiring secondary geography subject leaders
Birmingham - Thursday 18 October 2012
London - Friday 19 October 2012
Price: From £160

Google Earth and beyond: free online GIS

For secondary geography teachers
Leeds - Thursday 18 October 2012
London - Thursday 25 October 2012
Price: From £160

Planning for Ofsted with the Quality Mark Self Evaluation Form

For secondary and post-16 geography teachers and subject leaders
London - Tuesday 23 October 2012
Birmingham - Friday 30 November 2012
Price: From £160

NQT Conference: Making a difference in the classroom

For secondary geography NQTs
York - Thursday 8 November 2012
London - Thursday 15 November 2012
Price: From £160

Outstanding teaching and learning in primary geography

For primary teachers and subject co-ordinators
Manchester - Monday 28 January 2013
York - Monday 4 March 2013
London - Friday 15 March 2013
Price: From £150

Managing safe and effective fieldwork for IGCSE geography

For secondary geography teachers involved in delivering the new IGCSE
Leeds - Monday 4 February 2013
London - Tuesday 5 February 2013
Price: From £160

Being Ofsted ready with the PGQM

For primary geography subject leaders, middle leaders and head teachers
London - Tuesday 5 March 2013
Nottingham - Monday 11 March 2013
Price: From £150

Fieldwork and new technologies

For post-16 geography teachers
Birmingham - Thursday 7 March 2013
London - Thursday 14 March 2013
Price: From £160

    Leading through primary geography

    For primary teachers and geography subject leaders
    Birmingham - Friday 3 May 2013
    London - Wednesday 15 May 2013
    Price: From £150

    Wednesday, 15 August 2012

    Partly Cloudy...

    That's not the current weather, but it's the name of my current weather app of choice...

    Turns the weather data into a nice visualisation...
    Local weather earlier in the first image, plus the details on what is displayed in the second image.
    69p from the App Store.

    The designer also created the cool VirtualWater app...

    Other weather apps I own:

    • Weather - standard app
    • Met Office
    • Living Earth HD
    • Weather Doodle
    • The North Face Snow Report

    Tuesday, 14 August 2012

    SAGT Conference - book early...

    SAGT Conference this year will be held at Hutcheson's School, Glasgow.

    My good friend Val Vannet is President of the SAGT for the next three years.
    I will be presenting a workshop in association with EDINA on the work that I did for Digimap for Schools.
    Here's the description in the programme.

    Writing on the Map Alan Parkinson 
    Using OS Digimap for Schools to help guide global citizens.
    This hands-on session will make use of materials produced in 2012 for subscribers to the Ordnance Survey’s map service, operated by EDINA at the University of Edinburgh. Digimap for Schools won the Geographical Association’s Gold Award in 2011.Alan was the author of a major Secondary resource pack for Digimap for Schools, and will investigate ways to use OS mapping of Scotland to encourage an enquiry approach to teaching about the landscape, and students’ place within it. Understanding the earth starts by understanding our own place. There will also be an opportunity to learn about other GIS-style activities to bring maps to life.
    If Geography means ‘writing the earth’ then a lot of that writing should be done on maps…Delegates will leave with a pack of ready-to-use materials and plenty of ideas and tools to take this type of work further.

    Download the programme and booking form from the SAGT website. It's only £60 for non-SAGT members and £35 for members (membership for a year costs £35)

    Will also be good to catch up with Bob Digby (President of the GA from September), Steve Brace (RGS), Jamie Buchanan Dunlop (Digital Explorer) and Iain Stewart (off the telly) who are among the presenters, and of course plenty of Scottish teacher friends...

    I will then be moving up via Dundee to Aberdeen to lead a day's CPD the following Monday...