Monday, 25 January 2010

North and South American Landscapes

Picture by Ollie Bray (I think...): Mark is the one on the right... :)

Mark Beaumont speaking tour.... Starts in March 2010

CONGRATULATIONS TO MARK WHO HAS FINISHED HIS TRANS-AMERICAN CYCLE !

Mark's CYCLING THE AMERICAS blog is here for all the latest on his current challenge, which is going incredibly well. He has summited Denali and Aconcagua, and is now cycling the final leg down to the end of his pan-American adventure. There are some spectacular images and video on the blog.

Mark's website is HERE.

He comes to King's Lynn on the 27th of March 2010

The other dates can be found here:

MARCH
Tues 16th
DURHAM Gala Theatre 0191 3324041
Wed 17th
CHESTERFIELD The Winding Wheel 01246 345 334
Thur 18th
BOLTON Albert Halls 01204 334400
Fri 19th
HALIFAX Victoria Theatre 01422 351158
Sat 20th
MORECAMBE The Platform 01524 582803
Sun 21st
HAYES Beck Theatre 020 8561 8371
Tues 23rd
TUNBRIDGE WELLS Assembly Halls 01892 530613
Wed 24th
SOUTHSEA The King’s Theatre 02392 828282
Thur 25th
TAMWORTH Assembly Rooms 01827 709618
Sat 27th
KINGS LYNN Arts Centre 01553 764864
Sun 28th
LOWESTOFT Marina Theatre 01502 533200
Tues 30th
BARNSTAPLE Queen’s Theatre 01271 324242
Wed 31st
EASTBOURNE Congress Hall 01323 412000

APRIL
Tues 20th
BUXTON Buxton Opera House 0845 127 2190
Wed 21st
BARROW The Forum 01229 82 00 00
Thu 22nd
MALVERN Malvern Theatres 01684 892277
Fri 23rd
BRECON Theatr Brycheiniog 01874 611622
Sat 24th
CARDIGAN Theatr Mwldan 01239 621200
Sun 25th
LOUGHBOROUGH Town Hall 01509 231 914
Tues 27th
MIDDLESBROUGH Middlesbrough Theatre 01642 81 51 81
Wed 28th
WAKEFIELD Theatre Royal 01924 211 311
Fri 30th
STIRLING Albert Halls 01786 473544

MAY
Sat 1st
ABERDEEN The Lemon Tree 01224 641122
Sun 2nd
INVERNESS Eden Court 01463 234234
Tues 4th
SOUTH SHIELDS The Customs House 0191 454 1234
Wed 5th
LEAMINGTON SPA Royal Spa Centre 01926 334418
Thu 6th
EPSOM Epsom Playhouse 01372 742555
Fri 7th
TELFORD The Place 01952 382 382
Sat 8th
FELIXSTOWE Spa Pavilion 01394 282126
Sun 9th
CAMBERLEY Camberley Theatre 01276 707 644
Tues 11th
SKEGNESS Embassay Theatre 0845 674 0505
Wed 12th
BURNLEY Burnley Mechanics Theatre 01282 664 400
Thur 13th
RHYL Pavilion Theatre 01745 33 00 00
Fri 14th
DERBY Assembly Rooms 01332 255800
Sat 15th
STAFFORD The Gatehouse Theatre 01785 254653
Sun 16th
RADLETT The Radlett Centre 01923 859291
Tue 18th
HIGH WYCOMBE Wycombe Swan 01494 512 000
Wed 19th
WESTON SUPER MARE The Playhouse 01934 645 544

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Look at London differently...


Georgie is a gorilla on a mission: a MISSION : EXPLORE LONDON mission...
Georgie is going to be in London this Saturday: the 16th of January and wants to carry out some special missions...

For more information see: GEORGIE NEEDS A MISSION on Mission Explore website...

Why not suggest a task for GEORGIE ??

You can send via TWITTER with the tag #GMission or #Gorillamission

If you add a comment here with a mission I'll make sure they get passed on too...


Many of the suggested missions allow Georgie to explore the URBAN LANDSCAPE of London.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Landscape and Art

Another Twitter tip-off...

Patrick Kelley produces a range of excellent art / landscape / design resources on his website which are well worth taking the time to look at...

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Snow again...

Had another snowy transformation of the landscape over the last few days thanks to some huge falls of snow in South Yorkshire, where I spent Monday night - Wednesday lunchtime. It rather messed up my original plans, but that's the British weather for you...

Monday, 4 January 2010

iPhones and LANDSCAPE ?


Image by Alan Parkinson
For those who haven't heard (or are even remotely interested) I finally decided just after Christmas that what I really needed in my life was an iPhone. I opted for a 16Gb 3GS version in glossy white.
There are many reasons why I finally succumbed to the ever-so-shiny phone.

One of my thoughts was that I had seen geography colleagues using it in interesting ways in the classroom, and outside the classroom (the latter perhaps more than the former) and needed to investigate these by actually using them... and then reporting on them...

There were already some useful posts on the use of iPhones which have been building up over the last year or so since the 3G version of the phone was introduced.

Teachers using iPhones

Noel Jenkins posted an interesting thought on his DIGITAL GEOGRAPHY blog giving his thoughts - he hadn't got an iPhone at the time, but has now.

He has put it to good use with his QR CODE FIELDWORK work: WELLINGTON STORIES.
Had the pleasure of seeing Noel present this work down in Somerset at the end of last year.

Ollie Bray had already posted a series of posts on iPhone in education, originally posted back in 2009

Post 1 of 5 had information on an app called MIND MAKER: a mind mapping app

Post 2 of 5 had a post on TRACK ME app, which uses the GPS capability of the iPhone

Post 3 of 5 on iGLOW (which had a useful tip for adding a new ICON on a screen)

Post 3.5 of 5 on a SEISMOMETER app (which I downloaded)

Post 4 of 5 had information on Geography Fieldwork apps

Post 5 of 5 had information on an app called EARTHSCAPE

I also asked my PLN via Twitter, and got some recommendations. for apps.

Some of the websites which I use regularly also have iPhone apps, so I checked those out as well: FLICKR is my photo sharing APP of choice, and I also downloaded COOL IRIS for viewing them. Also the ANIMOTO app for watching videos I've produced, such as the movie for "a different view", and also Rain Today.

Image by Alan Parkinson

I also started a new iPHONE GEOGRAPHY GROUP on the GA Ning.

Here's the first page of the APPS I have so far. Got a 2nd page underway...

There are also some excellent features as part of the phone itself:
CAMERA and VIDEO CAMERA - obviously useful for story telling and fieldwork...
COMPASS - map orientation etc.
NOTES - no more clipboards
MAPS (using the built-in GPS) - endless potential here...
iTUNES and the iPOD settings for music and video and podcasts (including educational podcasts)
CLOCK: choose the WORLD CLOCK and add a range of cities that you are studying (quicker than the ones up on the wall...)

Also came across George Burgess's GCSE GEOGRAPHY revision app: GEOREV.

Might also check out the CLINOMETER, the GPS Cardinal, the RULER PHONE app, a Swiss Climate Change walk app, GEOTagging, We can take you there etc.

Got the BUMP app too - if you meet up, then feel free to BUMP me... Might get a chance at BETT in a couple of weeks time...

OK, so my iPhone adventure is underway...

A lot of these apps seem to have possibilities for exploring and capturing details on, or providing details about, the landscape.

David Rogers has already posted about the opportunities available through a range of apps which display WIKI posts....