A visit from an explorer… | Alan Parkinson

On Friday, we were delighted to welcome Daniel Raven Ellison: a National Geographic Explorer to King’s Ely, and my classroom.
Here’s the report that I sent in for publication in the school newsletter.

Dan came and spent the day with the geography department, and talked about his work on a number of projects. Much of Dan’s work takes place in urban spaces, and explores how we can change them to improve them for people. He has a philosophy of “purposeful exploration” and his message was that we are all explorers from the moment we are born, and we don’t need to go to exotic far away places to…

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Manchester GA Branch Lecture – Sustainable Cities | Alan Parkinson

For those within a reasonable distance of the city, you should check out this lecture, being given by Dr. Mike Hardman of the University of Salford.

It will take place on Tuesday the 27th of February.

Ten years ago, I had the pleasure of giving a lecture at the Manchester Branch, and remember the terror I felt when I realised that the three coachloads of students who were pulling up outside the lecture hall had come to see and hear me speak… Seems to have gone down well though as I was asked to go back the following year…

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Mental Maps Research by the University of Gent | Alan Parkinson

You have a chance to get involved in some research on Mental Maps, with a site created by the University of Gent.
Start by telling them your nationality…

Follow that up with some comparisons in scale…

What is your mental map telling you about the relative sizes of countries?
Change the relative size of the two countries for comparison and see how well you score.
Click the information box when finished to find out more about the project.
I scored highly but didn’t get a perfect score. How will you do?

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Ordnance Survey #GetOutside Champion for 2018/19 | Alan Parkinson

I’m finally able to announce something which I’ve had to keep to myself for the last 7 weeks or so…
Back in October 2017, I put in a speculative application to join an illustrious group of people who are selected each year to work with the wonderful folks at the Ordnance Survey to encourage people to #GetOutside and enjoy exploring the amazing variety of countryside that we have in our country (possibly guided with a classic Ordnance Survey map in paper or digital form).
In early December, I received the following e-mail:

There were almost 500 applications last year apparently, and the…

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