“the only way to have a good idea
is to have a lot of ideas...”
Web tools, online collaboration and
a ‘Living Geography’ approach to
Secondary Curriculum Development Leader
GA, clker.com, vintek.net
The structure for the session
1. Living Geography – what is it, and why should
you be teaching it ?
2. Web tools to aid pedagogy and resource creation
3. You are not alone: co-constructivism and your
Image: Berwick Upon Tweed – Alan Parkinson
My contact details
This presentation hosted
quot;As I travel the world, I find
myself asking questions
that only geographers can
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Does this take Which
the learner learning
beyond what activity ?
they already Student Experiences
Teacher Choices Geography: the subject
by Key Thinking
• embraces young people’s
geography and experiences
• is current and future oriented
• is local but set in wider (global)
• raises questions of change,
sustainability and development
What’s your ‘view’ of geography ?
What’s your students’ view of it ?
(An egg hatches and a rhino comes out)
Lisa: Rhinos don't hatch from eggs.
Homer: What did you just see, Lisa?
Lisa: I know, but . . .
Homer: What did you just see?
With thanks to Margaret Roberts for idea...
A YPG curriculum will:
– be planned through dialogue: between
teachers, young people, teacher educators
and academic geographers
– draw from young people's everyday
– extend the way that young people are
involved in, and can directly influence, the
– emphasise dialogic pedagogies
– enable young people to use their capacity
to think geographically when encountering
With thanks to Joe Dale
(MFL – embrace cross-curricular !!)
There are only ever choices.... When
choices are made and accepted by a
sufficient number of teachers, they
tend to become 'common sense'
The choices YOU make
are all important !
The Food Crisis
• I have written a new unit for the Training and
• This will be available as an ONLINE CPD unit
• It explores the issue of FOOD SECURITY.
• Check it out on the GeographyTeachingToday
BECTa ICT KS4 Project
Now ‘live’ on GA website and well
worth plundering !
With thanks to Tony Cassidy for these resources....
Large number of armed and There is a well developed
experienced warlords from welfare system in the
the civil war. country.
Failed state- government is
not in full control. Stable government which is
in control of the country.
High returns from ransoms
paid for ships and crews- Average income in Somalia
average $2 million. is $600 dollars per capita.
Huge coastal area makes it
uneasy to police.
Where is Somalia?
There are few employment
opportunities in Somalia.
Much of the population isWhy is piracy an Most ransoms are unlikely
to be paid.
reliant on food aid.
are widely available.
issue? Large coastal area.
Large number of ex-
Strong international support fisherman that know the
for the Somali government. area well.
Small coastal area. Pirates are viewed as heroes
by the local population.
Pirates are shunned by the Illegal fishing of Somali
local population. waters has put fisherman
out of business.
What connections are there with
• Higher energy costs
• Changing retail landscape
• Less disposable income
• Price-cutting and bargain-hunting
• De-multipliers starting off...
• Higher unemployment
• Impact on global warming ?
What can you explain in a
text message ?
Some other options* for you...
1. Explore BECTa materials
2. Sign up for the GA NING
3. Explore the GA MANIFESTO and the
lesson ideas that have been provided
for teachers to adopt and adapt...
4. BECTa ICT
* - students like alternative formats for homework and project tasks
Making a magazine cover / poster
1. Go to http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/
2. Choose Magazine cover or Movie Poster
3. Decide on the cover image, save to your desktop and then upload it to the site.
4. Decide on the description / taglines / title etc. for your chosen format, and fill in
the relevant boxes (don’t fill them all in as the poster will look too cluttered.
5. Once you are fairly happy, press
6. This will show you the magazine as it looks at the moment. Look at the placement
and colour of the text. Can you see it clearly on the cover.
7. Click EDIT COVER (just underneath the image) and you can make those changes.
You can keep doing this as often as you like, but as soon as you press SAVE, the
cover will be saved and can’t be changed.
8. Save the image into the folder that your teacher will tell you.
9. Get a blank powerpoint slide and paste the image into the middle of the slide.
10. Use AUTOSHAPES for arrows and some text boxes to explain your choice of image
Don’t forget audience / purpose
All images under Creative Commons
• Bank note on title page - image by Flickr user
• Tiger Woods losing sponsorship -
- image by Flickr user ATIS547
• Woolworths - image by Flickr user mrlerone
• Clock by ToniVC
• Thanks to Gary Simmons & Danny O’ Callaghan
for “vibrant hub” or “dead heart” CBD slides
All images under Creative Commons
- image by Flickr user ariel.chico
• Information Commons – Alan Parkinson
• Bayards Cove, Dartmouth – Alan Parkinson
• Shillpages for “The End”
• DS and belongings: Artzy.viva
• Text message by Skimbalu