Suffolk Geog Conf 1


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First of 2 Keynote sessions at Suffolk Geography Conference on 28th of November 2008

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Suffolk Geog Conf 1

  1. 1. "On the seventh day God didn't rest. He looked at what he had created and thought: 'Oh dammit, England's gone all wrong. The sea is washing silt off the coastlines in the north and depositing them in an ugly bulbous lump near Kent'. Today we call this unholy place East Anglia." Jeremy Clarkson
  2. 2. Living Geography Suffolk Geography Conference 2008 Session 1 Alan Parkinson Secondary Curriculum Development Leader Geographical Association
  3. 3. My contact details alanparkinsonatthega [email_address] GeoBlogs GeoBlogs
  4. 4. This presentation available on Slideshare also: Slideboom (User name GeoBlogs)
  5. 5. Have you been using the Action Plan for Geography materials ? YES NO Please join the NEW GA Network Please e-mail [email_address] with your school details
  6. 6. UPDATE (10 minutes)
  7. 7. The Food Crisis <ul><li>I am writing a unit for the Training and Development Agency </li></ul><ul><li>This will eventually be available as an ONLINE CPD unit </li></ul><ul><li>I would like some teachers to look at the ideas and give some feedback, and then to trial some of the resources that are created </li></ul><ul><li>Form an orderly queue.... </li></ul>
  8. 8. BECTa ICT KS4 Project Now ‘live’ on GA website
  9. 9. New GCSEs Comparison on GA website SfE Conference 2009 Join the debate on the GA Ning GA Conference (SPC) “Transforming Tired Topics” “Textbooks: everyone’s guilty pleasure” “Doorstep geography” “Food Crisis workshop”
  10. 10. Young Peoples Geographies
  11. 11. Well done to Hadleigh High School Hardwick High School Also ‘Centre of Excellence’ (only 8) Deben High School (2007)
  12. 12. Well done to Gisleham Middle School (Bronze, 2008) Pakefield Middle School (Silver, 2007) Beyton Middle School (Bronze, 2006)
  13. 13. SAGT 08 Geography and the Media Slideshare: GeoBlogs
  14. 14. CfBT GIS If you can arrange a venue and get a group of teachers there, I will come along and do some free training... “ use varied resources, including maps, visual media and geographical information systems” KS3 PoS
  15. 17. Living Geography Conferences 2009
  16. 18. Student Experiences Geography: the subject Teacher Choices Underpinned by Key Concepts Thinking Geographically Which learning activity ? Does this take the learner beyond what they already know ? Living Geography
  17. 19. Living Geography: <ul><li>embraces young people’s geography and experiences </li></ul><ul><li>is current and future oriented </li></ul><ul><li>is local but set in wider ( global ) contexts </li></ul><ul><li>raises questions of change, sustainability and development </li></ul>
  18. 21. In pairs or threes... (3 minutes )
  19. 22. Top Ten Tips
  20. 23. “ the only way to have a good idea is to have a lot of ideas...” Winston Churchill
  21. 24. Transformative Innovation
  22. 25. Areas for schools to develop – how many of these are happening in your school already ? <ul><li>Digital inclusion: educational equality for all ? </li></ul><ul><li>Learning spaces: transformed physical and virtual environments </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile learning: handheld technologies being used in the classroom (and outside) </li></ul><ul><li>Learner Voice: listening to and acting on the voice of learners </li></ul><ul><li>Use of games </li></ul><ul><li>Informal learning: outside support / VLEs </li></ul>
  23. 26. Creative Enquiry Cycle Chris Durbin Keith Grimwade
  24. 27. What is Creativity ? •    Creativity involves thinking or behaving imaginatively ; •   This imaginative activity is purposeful : that is, it is directed to achieving an objective; •   These processes must generate something original ; (this is explained as being something new to the learner – a new discovery, a new way of thinking to them) •    The outcome must be of value in relation to the objective   DfES response to Roberts Report (2006) and based on NAACE All our Futures and work by QCA
  25. 29. Living Geography: <ul><li>embraces young people’s geography and experiences </li></ul><ul><li>is current and future oriented </li></ul><ul><li>is local but set in wider ( global ) contexts </li></ul><ul><li>raises questions of change, sustainability and development </li></ul>
  26. 30. Clay Shirky “ the best tool ever invented for improving communication is the table...”
  27. 31. Christmas... Ho ho ho....
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  30. 35. CREDITS Road sign Image: Jack Davison (FLICKR) & GA Member Some slides: Roth Totterdell Fred Martin Christine Lloyd Staples