Factfulness: a new project | Alan Parkinson

“a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases”Barack Obama Readers of the blog will be aware of the Hans Rosling book ‘Factfulness’, which was published earlier this year by Sceptre, and has a bright orange cover.
This has been selling very well, and getting favourable reviews from a wide variety of readers, and obviously getting a lot of love from the geography community.
There is a link the Sustainable Development Goals, also known as the Global Goals

As part of my engagement with the book, I am working through the book and…

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IPCC Report | Alan Parkinson

Last week was a week when we saw another reminder of the current climate breakdown that is happening being recognised as the most urgent of needs.
On Monday, some UK newspapers had this report on the front page, although most led with two Strictly stars kissing. Remember that as the waters lap around the world’s coastal cities, and you trek northwards with your belongings in a shopping trolley…
The IPCC report makes fairly grim reading, but I have been looking through it for some positives, as part of my preparations for a presentation at the Scottish Association of Geography Teachers’…

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Adobe Creative Cloud | Alan Parkinson

My son has started his ‘A’ levels, and needs to have access to Photoshop for his ‘A’ level Photography and Media Studies work.

I have subscribed to the Adobe Creative Cloud for his work. I’ve got the full suite, so have access to a huge range of creative tools now. They can be seen below.

I’m teaching myself Photoshop, and this is one of my first attempts: an image of Southwold.

One of my aims this year is to learn how to use more of these tools: just having a play with Spark at the moment.

Image copyright: Alan Parkinson – click for biggest

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Teachmeet RGS 2018 edition | Alan Parkinson

It”s time to sign up for the 2018 version of the Teachmeet at the Royal Geographical Society.
The Eventbrite page is open.

A TeachMeet is an informal gathering of like-minded teachers coming together to present to, and learn from one another’s classroom practice including practical innovations and personal insights in teaching. Participants volunteer to demonstrate good practice they’ve delivered over the past year, or discuss a product that enhances classroom practice. TeachMeet events are open to all and do not charge an entry fee. Please note that you do not need to be a member of the…

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