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  • 1. Developing authenticcontexts fortopicsAlan ParkinsonFreelance GeographerEducation Director, Explorer HQhttp://livinggeography.blogspot.comiGCSE
  • 2. FRGS, CGeog@GeoBlogs
  • 3. Background• Worked on textbook for Cambridge iGCSE for Collins– wrote structure for book and worked oncontent, and teacher support materials• Also written substantial IB / iGCSE content forRichard Allaway’s ‘Geography all the Way’ website• Worked for GA for 3 years, then 2 years freelancingfor numerous companies and organisations creatingteaching materials and working with teachers acrossthe UK & EU, including courses at Salzburg University• September 2013: Returning to the classroom atKing’s Ely (plus GA CPD/ writing / Mission:Exploring)
  • 4. Background• Worked on textbook for Cambridge iGCSE for Collins– wrote structure for book and worked on content,and teacher support materials• Also written substantial IB / iGCSE content forRichard Allaway’s ‘Geography all the Way’ website• Worked for GA for 3 years, then 2 years freelancingfor numerous companies and organisations creatingteaching materials and working with teachers acrossthe UK & EU, including courses at Salzburg University• September 2013: Returning to the classroom atKing’s Ely (plus GA CPD/ writing / Mission:Exploring)
  • 5. iGCSE involves case studies and placestudies… & skills development
  • 6. Whileworking forthe GA…
  • 7. What could the ‘i’ stand for ?iGCSE
  • 8. Which is obviously important….Global connectionsInterdependenceInequalityFood securityGeopoliticsResource issuesClimate Change
  • 9. But itcould alsostand forotherthings….
  • 10. IndividualAshcollectedon a visittoIceland
  • 11. Image:TomMorganJones/MissionExplore
  • 12. Enquiry approach…Margaret Roberts
  • 13. Apps makenew thingspossibleNetworksGlobalisation
  • 14. Airportshttp://planefinder.net/route/
  • 15. Lived here, here andhere....
  • 16. http://worldnames.publicprofiler.org/PARKINSON
  • 17. a different view
  • 18. “maps, like notebooks, are the rawmaterials of my work, constantcompanions.”Michael Palin, April 2013
  • 19. “Childhood is a branch ofcartography”Michael Chabon
  • 20. Mission:Explore
  • 21. Magic PostcodesS66 1AGHD4 6QQHU5 3ERPE30 2QBPE31 7QJPE32 2NX
  • 22. 7 point classification of vandalism (Wilson and Healey, 1987)AcquisitiveTo acquire money or property, for example, breaking open telephone boxesTacticalThe damage is a conscious tactic, a means to achieve some other end, such as breaking awindow to be arrested and get a bed in prisonIdeologicalSimilar to tactical vandalism, but carried out to further an explicit ideological cause or todeliver a message, for example, chalking slogans on wallsVindictiveDamage in order to obtain revenge, for example, breaking school windows to settle a grudgeagainst the head teacherPlayDamage in the context of a game; for example who can break the most windows of a houseMaliciousAn expression of rage or frustration which is often directed at symbolic middle class property.It is this type that has the vicious and apparently senseless facade which people find sodifficult to understandInnocuousDamage done to property defined by youth as unimportant or of no value
  • 23. Author…
  • 24. Home Profile Inbox Friends Settings Logout SearchView photosInfo Photos BoxesWhat’s on your mind?ShareNameInformationFriends10hrs agoView videosOlder postsWallRecent ActivityAdsGroups
  • 25. Home Profile Inbox Friends Settings Logout SearchView photosInfo Photos BoxesIm being walked on again ShareSnowdonInformationFriendsGlyders TryfanI’m feeling on top of the world!!!10hrs agoView videosOlder postsWallRecent ActivityHey Snowdon, thanks for the addhows things going over there ??Yeah, I know, I am fed up of seeingthat train!AdsGroupsLlyn OgwenIm Snowdon, a mountain inNorth Wales. I’m 1,085metres high. I’ve even got anature reserve aroundme!!!TheSnowdonWildlifeReserve.By Zoe
  • 26. Facebook pagesfor NationalParksfor Riversfor Aid workersfor ….
  • 27. SAMRRuben Puentedura
  • 28. Lives on the Linehttp://life.mappinglondon.co.uk/
  • 29. Personal experiences & passions
  • 30. Curriculum / specification as music
  • 31. ‘Streaming’ geographyGeography in the cloud@GeoBlogs
  • 32. GaragebandSpotify
  • 33. Playlists
  • 34. iGCSE involves case studies and placestudies…
  • 35. What do I mean by ‘authentic’ ?au·then·tic/ôˈTHentik/AdjectiveOf undisputed origin; genuine:"authentic 14th-century furniture".Made or done in the traditional ororiginal way: "authentic Italian meals".Synonymsgenuine - true - real - veritable - original
  • 36. What do I mean by ‘authentic’ ?Another definitionau·then·tic/ôˈTHentik/AdjectiveOf undisputed origin; genuine:"authentic 14th-century furniture".Made or done in the traditional ororiginal way: "authentic Italian meals".Synonymsgenuine - true - real - veritable - original
  • 37. “authentic learning”• ‘real world relevance’• ill-defined problems – no ‘easy answer’(Mysteries ??)• sustained investigation – not double pagespreads…• multiple perspectives e.g. migration…• collaboration• reflection• assessment integrated into task
  • 38. “authentic learning”• ‘real world relevance’• ill-defined problems – no ‘easy answer’(Mysteries ??)• sustained investigation – not double pagespreads…• multiple perspectives e.g. migration…• collaboration• reflection• assessment integrated into task
  • 39. “authentic learning”• ‘real world relevance’• ill-defined problems – no ‘easy answer’(Mysteries ??)• sustained investigation – not double pagespreads…• multiple perspectives e.g. migration…• collaboration• reflection• assessment integrated into task
  • 40. Authentic narrativesSome examples I’ll be using
  • 41. New YorkTimesJune 2013China’splans for250millionpeople…
  • 42. Radio 4
  • 43. Tue 11th JuneLink with GA resourceClive Myrie speaks to Mike Nowak, a Pole who lived for many years in Britain, butwho has now returned home to Warsaw.Mike came to England long before the 2004 enlargement of the European Union, sowitnessed the increase in Polish immigration for himself. Suddenly he was able tospeak in his mother-tongue all day, every day, and witnessed Polish shops andbusinesses starting up around him.Recently he made the decision to return to Warsaw. Clive asks what changes Mikehas seen back in Poland since he first left, and finds out where Polish opinion standson further EU immigration.
  • 44. US Migration
  • 45. http://migrationsmap.net/#/USA/arrivals
  • 46. http://www.humaneborders.info/
  • 47. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/01/map-us-mexico-migrant-deaths-border
  • 48. Local inspiration
  • 49. @SaveHoptonBeach
  • 50. “They’re calledfloodplains becausethey flood”
  • 51. Ben Hennig Cartograms
  • 52. Tasks that students are set relate tothe real worldCould be done by those working injobs in these areas…Could even be set by real people – inperson or via Skype / video message –challenges to be completed and fedback…
  • 53. Parental audit…• Parents with particular skills who may beprepared to lend their expertise..• Surveys at parents evenings and other eventswhere parents are around• Work Experience links – reporting on thegeographical skills that were used in theworkplace
  • 54. Geography in CareersCareers in Geographyhttp://geography.org.uk/resources/careers/getstarted
  • 55. Some examples..• GA website: ‘Geography through Careers’
  • 56. Academic GeographiesOllie O’ Brien – This Placehttp://casa.oobrien.com/thisplace/
  • 57. 71Mapcrunch.comhttp://www.mapcrunch.com/GeoGuessr / GeoSettr / LocatePlace71
  • 58. T-shirt design on atheme….Overpopulation
  • 59. Risk
  • 60. Gapminder Populationhttp://www.gapminder.org/popregNew area of the websiteFocus on EDUCATION
  • 61. 79@GeoBlogs@pensionerfrank
  • 62. Google Forms – collect real data and visualise itCollaborate on presentations, documents andgraphics
  • 63. 81Out now - iBooks102
  • 64. Image by Jack DavisonWhere to go formore ?
  • 65. References & reading• Lombardi (2007) – Authentic Learninghttp://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/eli3009.pdf• Rawding, C (2013) – Effective innovation in thesecondary geography curriculum (Routledge)• Roberts, M (2003) – Learning through Enquiry – newedition due out Summer 2013• Widdowson, J and Parkinson, A: Fieldwork throughEnquiry – due out in Summer 2013
  • 66. For more of my ‘stuff’…• http://www.slideshare.net/geoblogs - 250+presentations and resources• http://livinggeography.blogspot.com - over4500 posts• Twitter: @GeoBlogs• Back to the classroom:http://geographyteacher2point0.blogspot.co.uk/