Comics | Alan Parkinson

Thanks to Stephen Schwab for the tipoff to Why Comics?

Why Comics? is based at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London where we are working with the University to humanise academic research to a wide audience. Why Comics? embeds ethnographic comics and animations with a wealth of contextual multimedia devices (such as news articles, maps, videos, documentaries, social media streams, statistics, infographics and reports) to educate, inspire and engage pupils across a wide demographic.Why Comics? encourages critical and reflective thinking on vital global…

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Hand Drawn Maps – their value | Alan Parkinson

I’ve been preparing some work which includes some links to hand drawn maps.
This is part of the Meaningful Maps project which we we asked to be part of at my current school. The project is being led by Stephen Scoffham, with support from Paula Owens and Peter Vujacovic
I’ve blogged about it previously.
I’ve got myself a copy of Helen Cann’s book too.
Going to use some of the ideas from this for my GeoExplorers Club.
 I was also sent a book a few years ago as a review copy by the Hand Drawn Maps association.
There was also this recent tweet showing the value of a particular hand drawn map,…

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Curriculum Making back front and centre… | Alan Parkinson

I posted earlier in the week about my trip to the Education Festival earlier in the year.
The post mentions a speech made by Amanda Spielman, HMCI / OFSTED which brought the issue of curriculum back to the forefront.
There was a mention of Michael Young in the speech that she made, which can be read from the link above. Michael Young (who I have heard speak several times at the IoE in Geography seminars, and have blogged about before) says:

Schools enable young people to acquire the knowledge that, for most of them, cannot be acquired at home or in the community. 

Spielman said in her…

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The Island | Alan Parkinson

A new entry onto my book shelves is this book by Barry Smith.

It describes the place that islands have in our imaginations, as well as describing how their geography shapes the communities that live there. It’s travelled with me to to various places this summer. I shall be sharing some of the ideas from it in future blog posts, and it’s very much a recommended read.

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Risky World | Alan Parkinson

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Risk Navigator is an interesting sound app, which I’ve just installed…

It is part of the Risk Factor project launched by the Canadian government. The app allows you to explore the positive and negative impacts of everyday behaviours from cycling to BASE jumping to becoming President of the United States. It uses Professor David Spiegelhalter’s micromorts as the basis, which we use with Year 9 students to explore aspects of risk.

Watch this video for an introduction to his work…


There’s also a…

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Food Security – vulnerabiities in global trade | Alan Parkinson

Teaching about Food Security this year with Year 9, I have been reminded of the nature of the definition, and how some elements of it are in a state of flux at the moment, such that the UK’s food security is by no means secure in the longer term…

Apart from other elements of the definition a key part of food security is “physical access”. Food needs to be moved around the world as it is not grown close to where people need it. One thing that has been picked up by some of Ben Hennig’s mapping is the differences between where most people live, and where most food is produced.
This Chatham…

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