Thursday, 31 December 2009
This site aims to provide teachers and schools information about GIS, examples of their use for educational activities, as well as software and literature to enable a context of such activities.
The GeoRed site result of a collaborative project between the Association of Geography Teachers and the Department of Geography Faculty of Humanities, University of Lisbon and is funded by the Directorate-General for Innovation and Curriculum Development, the portuguese Ministry of Education.
Users can download lots of exercises made by other teachers, aiming to use GIS in the classroom.
Best wishes and all the best.
Sunday, 20 December 2009
Saturday, 19 December 2009
Friday, 18 December 2009
BRING IT TO LIFE allows you to create your own planets.
A good BBC MAGAZINE feature on Fish and Chips has just been added.
Thursday, 17 December 2009
After last February's launch, the map is tracking the arrival of snow over the country.
It has been improved this time round, with a better key on the assessment of the score out of 10, and also a feed showing other tweets complete with avatar and more information...
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
My last major event of 2009 was a trip down to Kent. Down to Canterbury, with heavy traffic on the M25 a little annoying - long queues over QEII bridge.
Monday, 14 December 2009
I have over 130 presentations shared on there...
One of them is on Grassland Biomes, and has now been viewed almost 16 000 times...
Sunday, 13 December 2009
A few recent articles on the theme of food paint a gloomy picture of future food supply.
Britain faces food shortages
Eat less meat and dairy to save the planet
Also an excellent series of videos, including Tim Lang on A DIET FOR A WARMING PLANET
A great source of writing about the landscape and our relationship with it can be found daily in the Guardian's COUNTRY DIARY column, which has been going for over 100 years.
Saturday, 12 December 2009
The idea is to record our perspective on our urban lives and habitat through an online stream of tweets that describe urban events and experiences as they happen.
By the end of the urban day we will have created a collaborative narrative - a descriptive portrait of urban life..
To take part all you need is:
1. The ability to Tweet (www.twitter.com)
2. To be in an urban area on Saturday 9th January 2010
3. To include #utday in each of your related tweets
We'll then be able to search the tweets to reveal our story.
Please do spread the word around, the more of us the better.. and leading up to the day, add the URBAN TWEET DAY Twibbon to your Twitter profile picture. If you don't already, you can follow us on Twitter here.
Any questions, thoughts or ideas?
Friday, 11 December 2009
Supporting young people in making sense of the world in which they live –
The magic of Geography
“Ideally, it will be embedded in the curriculum to subjects where it has relevance, such as geography, science and ICT,” he says. “Teachers can be quite creative. For example, if they are doing a unit on tourism, they might ask their pupils to consider the implication on the environment of choosing a certain holiday destination over others.
“It helps to refer to climate change as something that will affect us into the future, as well as now, and connecting it to young people’s lives.”
With world leaders meeting hundreds of miles away, it helps to see how what they are learning is relevant to them.
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Wednesday, 9 December 2009
An interesting article in Friday's TES on a plan by Stephen Heppell to open up a school in Rotherham: my home town.
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Discover if you live on rocks from an extinct volcano, in the middle of an ancient river or deep under a Caribbean-like sea teeming with exotic creatures. This is now possible with the British Geological Survey’s (BGS) release of OpenGeoscience.
OpenGeoscience is a new web service that provides geological maps for the whole of
The BGS has been making geological maps of the
Since 1891 the BGS have been collecting images of geological interest from around the
These include photographs of recent floods in
Dr Keith Westhead, Head of Information Delivery, BGS said “OpenGeoscience provides the public with a wealth of geological information including maps, photos and digital data, which they can combine with other environmental information to help understand the world around them.”
OpenGeoscience is free for teaching, research and other non-commercial activities. Dr Steve Drury, Senior Lecturer in Remote Sensing at the Open University said “It is a world first and, in my opinion, a development of major public interest by literally putting geosciences 'on the map'. It will become a kind of 'GoogleRock' for a great many people.”
Search for your own local area to find out more:
- Edinburgh lies on an extinct volcano
- Luton and
Stevenagesit on the same rocks as the White Cliffs of Dover. These formed when much of was covered by a shallow sea that was full of tiny animals which accumulated on the sea floor to form chalk Britain
- Spectacular examples of rocks which formed when lava entered the ocean can be seen on the tidal
islandof Llanddwyn Glasgow is built on the remains of an ancient tropical forest Nottingham’s Castle Rock was formed on a wide plain with seasonal rivers much like the today Colorado River basin The Lizard peninsula in Cornwallis made of a slice of ancient ocean floor
In its first release, OpenGeoscience includes the release of the BGS Digital Geological Map of Great Britain at the 1:50,000 scale (DiGMapGB-50) for free viewing and access via a web map service (WMS). It also includes the free provision of 1:625,000 scale geological map for the
Professor Paul Smith, Head of School, Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences at
For GeoScenic sample images go to:
It includes a very useful set of Google Earth KML files...
... then I'll begin this post...
Isle of Islay – Iain Banks' "Espedair Street", Ferguslie Park, Paisley
London – "Bone People" – Kerry Hulme
Bedfordshire – "Waterland" – Graham Swift - description of the Fens
Newcastle – Wainwright’s Guides to SW Lakes
Portsmouth – "Touching the Void" – Joe Simpson – mountain landscapes
Sheffield – "Jamaica Inn" – Daphne du Maurier – moorland in Cornwall
W. Midlands – "Sunset Song" – Lewis Grassic Gibbon
Brighton – Sebastian Faulks – "Birdsong" and "Charlotte Gray"
Ipswich – "Around Ireland with a Fridge"
Ashford, Kent – Paul Theroux – "The Great Railway Bazaar"
Scotland - "The Lord of the Rings"
On the same morning, David Rogers was using John Davitt's Learning Event Generator to work with students on the Copenhagen Climage change conference, and challenged them to create some Army chats, which he then shared through Twitpic...
Sunday, 6 December 2009
Saturday, 5 December 2009
Friday, 4 December 2009
- merchandise (those daft car flags will presumably be back soon....)
- flat screen TVs (particularly HD equipment...)
Thursday, 3 December 2009
A report by the National Literacy Trust has been making the news today.
Wednesday, 2 December 2009
URBAN STORY walks follow a social, economic or environmental issue that can seen easily on mapping but is often subtle in the urban landscape such as levels of crime or a specific aspect of health.