Wednesday, 30 June 2021
Monday, 21 June 2021
I've spoken and blogged about this book many times, and you can now listen to extracts from it on Radio 4 as it has been selected, around 35 years after its first UK publication as the 'Book of the Week'.
A heads-up that, to my delight, Barry Lopez's masterpiece Arctic Dreams (1986) will be Book of the Week on @BBCRadio4 this week, starting 09.45am today.— Robert Macfarlane (@RobGMacfarlane) June 21, 2021
The book––and the writer––that made me a writer.
Barry passed away in December this year.https://t.co/Eo8vKQKIV0
Barry Lopez is someone whose work has been important to me throughout my career.
Saturday, 19 June 2021
The GeogLive! Team are busy planning the next GeogLive! event, which will be at 5-6pm on Wednesday 30th June.
This is part of the activity of the GA's Early Years and Primary Phase Committee to support teachers who may or may not be GA members (but you need to be a GA member)
They have chosen to focus on fieldwork, prompted by Iain Freeland’s comments in the blog about geography in outstanding primary schools, and feedback from those who attended the first event. They will also, of course, be referring to the Research Report published by Ofsted yesterday. We will be using the same format as at our first GeogLive! event, as this worked well for us and provoked plenty of positive feedback from participants.
If you are able, and would like to join the event, then please do register through this link below.
Saturday, 12 June 2021
The book is still available to purchase, and this blog has shared relevant stories linked to the chapters and updates over the years. Some of the ideas have been adapted and used by others since, and they may not even know that the book was the first time they were shared in print.
Thanks for reading. There will continue to be occasional postings as the book is still available to purchase.
Friday, 21 May 2021
As it says on the website:Define an area of interest anywhere in the world, and we'll automagically create thematic factsheets containing interactive maps, charts, written overviews, and statistical summaries – all based on open geodata.
Here's the report that was generated...
It was a tipoff via Richard Allaway.
This has great potential for generating secondary data about locations.
Thursday, 20 May 2021
This is a rather fine map tool / experiment / visualisation.
It is called River Runner, and will allow you to follow the route taken by a rainfrop.
Make your raindrop fall anywhere within the contiguous United States and the website will work out the route it will take to the sea and the tributaries and rivers it will flow through. It will then take you along that route.
It's really rather good visually, and I am assume is also accurate.
Check out Sam Learner's other map projects.
Saturday, 15 May 2021
We have just started doing fieldwork again at my school, with trips to Cambridge and the Norfolk Coast carried out, or taking place last week and this week.
If you have an opinion on this, OFQUAL are running a consultation on the issue, which started yesterday and runs through to the 28th of May. As the consultation page says:This consultation focuses on the subjects for which preparation and work for non-exam assessment and fieldwork activities will be taking place this term for students who will be taking their exams in 2022. It covers
- non-exam assessments in dance, design and technology, drama (and theatre), film studies, food preparation and nutrition, media studies, music, music technology, and physical education
- fieldwork activities in geography, geology and environmental science
- assessment of speaking skills in GCSE modern foreign language (MFL) qualifications
- assessment of spoken language in GCSE English language
However, we recognise there are other activities about which students, teachers and exam boards might have questions. We hope that, with further lifting of public health restrictions, it will be possible for students to complete work in other subjects as usual during the next academic year. We are keeping this under review and will provide more information about, and where necessary consult on, further arrangements for 2022 in due course.