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  • 2010
    Image by Psychogeographer under CC license
    “Are you sitting comfortably.....??”Writing (& Reading) the Earth
  • Alan ParkinsonGeographical Association
  • Who am I ?
    2005: Magic Realism: Virtual Geography and Online Communities
    2006: Google Earth: a Users guide
    2007: Getting beyond “cut and paste”
    2008: Turn on... tune in... Geography !”
    2009: A Different View – GA Manifesto
    2010: TODAY !
    View slide
  • Mapcrunch...
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  • Literacy
    Geography
    Secondary Curriculum Development Leader @ Geographical Association
    Writing the earth
  • “Language provides the medium for learning geography in every classroom and should therefore be a major consideration in the planning and preparation of lessons.”Graham Butt, University of Birmingham
    Originally contained in 2nd edition of Balderstone and Lambert (2010)
  • What does it mean to be literate in geography ?How can we support the developing ofliteracy in geography ?How can literacy be embedded into our planning ?
  • Word CloudsWordle / TagxedoClassroom walls
  • Which texts have you chosen to use with students ?
  • Kansas City Library , Car Park
    Titles chosen by local people...
  • 10.10.1050 years since first publication of...“The Weirdstone of Brisingamen”
  • DARTSDirected Activities Relating to Text
  • Produce a code: How to be a responsible tourist
    Either:
    1. Storyboard for an in-flight video
    2. Instruction sheet to be located in
    the seat pocket
    3. Version aimed at younger travellers
    e.g. informative cartoons, poster
  • John Davitt’s RAG: Literacy version...Excel / App / Google Gadget
  • Functional SkillsNew in 2010 for England
  • We live in a society where the image is becoming the dominant means of communication, and where once we used pictures to illustrate our written texts, increasingly we are using written text to illustrate the pictures.Most of us engage with moving image texts more than any other form of text in any given day, so the development of literacy skills in young people should recognise that fact.What links all of these texts is that they are all a form of narrative, so when we develop literacy skills in young people what we are developing is the set of skills which will enable them to engage critically with the range of narratives which are in the world, and to be able to construct their own effective narratives.Bill Boyd, Literacy Adviser, Scotland
  • “The Met Office admitted this week that
    its promise of a barbecue summer was
    wrong, explaining that it was very difficult
    to predict what will happen in three
    months time. Meanwhile, they remain
    absolutely convinced that they know
    precisely what the weather will be like a
    century from now.”
    Jeremy Clarkson – August 2009
  • So what should we do in school geography?
    Involve young people in:
    Reading imaginative/emotional responses – poetry, novels, nature writing (also film)
    Expressing personal responses – creative writing
    Drawing on own experiences of being in the world e.g. walking, sailing, windsurfing, sightseeing
    Doing fieldwork that includes time for reflection, wonder and creativity as well as other strategies
    Undertaking cross-disciplinary approaches e.g. with English (Philip Pullman – Noel Jenkins).
  • Homework: Fiction writing
    • Write the opening of a story which is set in Kenya. In this you should:
    • introduce a main character -write in first person narrative style
    • include reference to factual geographical information which you have researched, using technical vocabulary
    • encourage the reader to want to read on
    • design a front cover & title
  • “Teacher talk dominates classrooms and controls the process by which communication takes place, by deciding what kind of talk is permissible, by whom and for how long.”Margaret Roberts
  • Poetry and PlaceMark JonesTeaching Geography – Autumn 2010
  • Severn Song
  • Why get involved with writing about place ? Eleanor Rawling
    Developments in cultural geography – less detachment more involvement of self, body and place
    New popular interest in outdoors and active recreation (running, hiking, coasteering, cycling, photography, triathlon) especially amongst the young
    Nature writing and nature TV – Mabey, Macfarlane, Cocker, Deakin.
    Nature/culture debates, CountryFile etc.
    Openings in National Curriculum –developing geographical imaginations
  • UWE PGCE English and geography 2009-2010
    Acrostic
  • Continuum of poetry / geography
  • Word Map of the County
  • http://bit.ly/98dX6e
  • “The traditional Glasgow lifestyle, with its high consumption of alcohol, tobacco, fried food, sugar and salt, is notoriously the least healthy in Europe.” Thomas Cook guide
  • Closer to home...
    Moving about Norfolk can be fun. I am used to having people point as I go by. Most shout, "Hey, look, it's a Cosworth!" but in Norfolk they shout, "Hey, look, it's a car!“
    Everywhere else people want to know how fast it goes, but in Norfolk they asked how good it was at ploughing
    They spend millions telling us that it is foolish to smoke, but not a penny telling us not to go to Norfolk - unless you like orgies and the ritual slaying of farmyard animals.
    The next time some friends get married in Norfolk, I'll send a telegram. Except it won't get there because they haven't heard of the telephone yet. Or paper. Or ink.
    Jeremy Clarkson
  • Digital Storytelling
    “I know only one thing about the technologies that await us in the future. We will find ways to tell stories with them.”  Jason Ohler
  • Daily Telegraph – December 2009
  • National Literacy Trust report...http://www.literacytrust.org.uk
    Young people with a blog (61%) as well as young people with a profile on a social networking site (56%) also displayed greater confidence, believing themselves to be good writers. Blog owners and young people with a social networking profile were also more prolific writers than their counterparts. They held more positive attitudes towards writing and computer use, and viewed writers more favourably
  • What if they had
    a profile?
  • Search
    Q
    Home
    Profile
    Inbox
    Friends
    Settings
    Logout
    Last status update here
    Name
    10hrs ago
    Add a picture here
    Info
    Photos
    Boxes
    Wall
    Ads
    What would they be typing now?
    What’s on your mind?
    Share
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    What have they been doing on Facebook?
    Recent Activity
    Add personal information here
    Information
    Two interactions with friends
    What ads would be targeted to them?
    Who would they be friends with?
    Groups
    Friends
    What groups are they in?
    Older posts
  • Search
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    Home
    Profile
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    What’s on your mind?
    Share
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    Recent Activity
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  • Q
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    Snowdon
    I’m feeling on top of the world!!! 10hrs ago
    Info
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    Boxes
    Wall
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    I'm being walked on again 
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    Recent Activity
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    I'm Snowdon, a mountain in North Wales. I’m 1,085 metres high. I’ve even got a nature reserve around me!!!
    Hey Snowdon, thanks for the add how's things going over there ??
    Groups
    Friends
    The Snowdon Wildlife Reserve.
    Yeah, I know, I am fed up of seeing that train!
    Llyn Ogwen
    Glyders
    Tryfan
    Older posts
    By Zoe
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    What are you doing?
    140
    What happened to the American dream??? 
    Sergio
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    Home
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    Just had to send 200 dollars home to Alamos today. Really need a job.
    @Sergio
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    On the look out for a new job. Any ideas?
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    Just dropped a tray of dishes and got fired.
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    Working long hours in the restaurant tonight 
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    Iceland
    Surrounded by sea
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    I am a European country
    @Iceland
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    I am located in the northern hemisphere
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    Mexico
    Q
    You can find me on a plate boundary
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    I’m an island
    By Jon
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  • Travel Writing
  • Activity from “Look at it this Way”With thanks to Gary Dawson
  • Rory’s Story Cubes
  • Stickybits
  • The final chapter...
  • Thanks for reading...