Sunday, 12 December 2010
You can find out more about Matt and his dancing on his website - but there are one or two rude words on there... you've been warned!
This is where it all began:
The first video sponsored by Stride:
And the second:
And most recently, in the run-up to the World Cup, Matt danced the Diski around South Africa:
For their homework this week, my Yr8s were asked to think about where in the world they would most like to dance with Matt and why... Here are the first two:
Charlie: The place I would like to dance with Matt is Paro, Bhutan because the scenery is very nice and it looks very interesting because all of the different colours.
Regan: I would dance with Matt in Andorra, because the views and heights make Andorra very relaxing in the summer. It is a very warm place in the summer and a very cold place in the winter. Andorra is well known for all the snow in the winter, the heights make Andorra very good for winter sports and the snow would make the views even more special.
Interesting choices gentlemen - I'll add some more as they arrive... And if you're not in my Yr8 Geography group, leave a comment and let us know where YOU would most like to dance with Matt, and why!
Thursday, 2 December 2010
If you're getting bored (?!) of sledging and snowman-building, have a go at one of these geographical snow challenges:
1. Measure the depth of undisturbed snow in different places - how and why does it vary?
2. Collect a cup of snow... Bring it inside and let it melt. How much water does it produce? Is this more or less than you expected?
3. If you have a thermometer at home, keep a record of the temperature... How does it change? Why? Keep a record of the times when it’s snowing... Watch the sky and how it changes... How do the temperature, the weather conditions and the state of the sky relate to each other?
4. Choose a particular spot – somewhere in your garden... or out of your bedroom window. Take a photo every hour. Put them together in MovieMaker to make a timelapse movie... (Email me the finished product, or upload to Vimeo or YouTube and email me the link.)
5. Wrap up warm and put your wellies on... Then go for a walk. Put together a snow/ice/cold weather hazard map for your local area.
6. Find some black paper and freeze it. When it snows again, take your frozen black paper outside and catch some snowflakes. Look at them carefully (with a magnifying glass if you have one). Describe them. Have a go at taking some photographs of them.
7. Make a glacier... Send me photos and/or video...
8. What does the snow look like? Feel like? Smell like? Sound like? (Taste like? H&S!!)
9. Make a geographical sculpture... The Eiffel Tower? The Taj Mahal?
10. Make some icicles or freeze some bubbles...
11. Go follow some footprints in the snow... Who or what made them?
12. Make a Frozen Earth video - Grace in Yr11 made a fantastic Urban Earth style video in January, taking photos every 8 steps on a walk through her snowy village... Upload it to Vimeo or YouTube and email me the link.
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
If you're a Twitter type, search #SnowMission...
Sunday, 31 October 2010
I am expecting AT LEAST one brilliant piece of work from each of you, and we'll have a look at everyone's work when I see you on Tuesday.
Good luck and have fun! Miss Ellis :)
Friday, 20 August 2010
They were the first cohort to go through the "new" A Level course, and this was the first year that it was possible to achieve an A* grade at A Level. And two of the geographers - Jo and Michael - did just that!! (Their A*s were two of only seven in the school!)
Well done Year 13 (and I guess that makes you officially "the best A Level Geography group"!!) - very best wishes for the future, whatever you are doing (even if it's not a Geography degree...).
Thursday, 5 August 2010
I have just finished reading Map Addict by Mike Parker which (as well as making me realise I am not quite so obsessed with maps as I could be) was a brilliant read - full of interesting geography, history and stories that make you nod and smile in an "I know just what you mean" sort of way. Click on the picture for the Amazon link.
Disclaimer - there are some rude words in it.
Saturday, 31 July 2010
I'm possibly a little bit biased, having grown up in West Yorkshire myself, but Alan's blogposts of the project so far - Little Germany in Bradford, Ilkley Moor, and Woodlesford (of which I had never heard) make very interesting reading, and I'm looking forward to seeing where he goes next...
West Yorkshire in Ten Squares
And as I was writing that, the fourth instalment's been added... Grid square 4 was Calverley, just down the road from my parents' house, and where one of my best friends from school used to live.
Friday, 30 July 2010
The expedition website is here and you can also follow their progress on their Facebook page.
Monday, 26 July 2010
You can report on your missions via the app and on Twitter, but it would be great to hear some of your stories here too... Leave a comment or send me an email with tales of your adventures, preferably with photographic evidence... There might even be a prize for the best one...
Tuesday, 22 June 2010
Several months later, I had some nice memories of the USA trip, and am hoping to go and visit again soon, but had forgotten all about the Battery Park Busker until I heard he'd been tracked down on YouTube and identified as Freddy Harrington. There are various videos of Freddy and his songs on YouTube, but I was particulary interested to find this one, in which he is interviewed, and he talks about the fact that he is a teacher, and about teaching his daughter about USA geography, and about our increasing connections with the rest of the world... If I go to New York again, and Freddy is there, I'll be sure to have a chat to him about some geography!
Saturday, 19 June 2010
Check out the Strange Worlds photostream on Flickr... Could you make your own??
It would be brilliant to have some Swanwick entries this year... Find out more on the Geographical website, or come and speak to me next week...
Saturday, 5 June 2010
Anyone can explore the map - if you want to add photos and/or stories, you'll need to sign in with your Google account.
Click on the screenshot to link to the site, or have a look at this YouTube video to find out more:
Saturday, 22 May 2010
Saturday, 8 May 2010
Also, if you are in Nottingham, you might like to visit the Nottingham Contemporary, where there is a new exhibition starting today - "Uneven Geographies: Art and Globalisation"... looks interesting!
Below is a screenshot from a nice Google Earth interactive map that allows you to compare the extent of the oil spill (which might not look that big when it's in the sea) to various cities around the world. Click on the picture to link to the site.
Sunday, 2 May 2010
11 workers were killed when the oil rig exploded on 22nd April, and it is thought that upto 5000 barrels of oil a day are continuing to pour into the Gulf of Mexico. The map below (from the New York Times) shows the extent of the oil spill which has been described as a "true catastrophe", and which has caused a state of emergency to be declared in Louisiana. Click on the map to link to the interactive version on the NY Times site, and here to link to the coverage of the disaster from the Guardian.
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
And for those of you who've not yet seen it (and those of you who've seen it several times in lessons and still haven't mastered the pronounciation):
Friday, 16 April 2010
In the midst of all the news about UK airports being closed though, there's not been much coverage of what's actually going on in Iceland - flash flooding caused by the melting of the glacier above the volcano has caused hundreds of residents to be evacuated... Find out more and practise your Icelandic with some of these news reports: http://dagskra.ruv.is/sjonvarpid/4497963/2010/04/15/6/ (there are links to several different news clips below the video) and check out Iceland Review, where there are frequent updates (and links to some impressive videos and photos) in English.
There's also an excellent set of links here to more images, blogs, webcams, etc. and the links I've collected so far (going back to the start of the eruption in March) are here.
Thursday, 15 April 2010
Saturday, 10 April 2010
Check out the Mission: Explore website, follow @geocollective on Twitter, order a copy of the book, and get exploring!!
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Sunday, 28 March 2010
There are further updates from Ian Hardie on this thread - well worth a read, and a several excellent webcams have been set up... Here's an image from one of them from a few minutes ago:Have a look this evening as it starts to get dark, and send me some screenshots!
Some nice aerial images here and a set of photos taken by a local farmer here on Flickr.
Sunday, 21 March 2010
The BBC report with some video footage is here and this is a link to a discussion on a Geography forum, which includes emails from Ian Hardie, who leads Rayburn Tours' Iceland Geography tours, and who has a home in the area.
Monday, 15 March 2010
Explore where you live and see if you're a StreetView Star too! There might be a prize or two if you can find yourself on StreetView and send me a screenshot...
In the meantime, you might also find this article from The Telegraph interesting.
Thursday, 11 March 2010
At our school we took the temperature and it was 3◦C. our reading was witnessed by Mr Hickton who is a member of the Amber Valley Rotary Club.
Sunday, 28 February 2010
This map from the BBC shows the tsunami spreading across the Pacific Ocean:
The Boston Globe Big Picture, as ever, has some amazing images.
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Haiti is one of the world's poorest countries, with many people living in poorly constructed slum dwellings. The death toll is already thought to be in the thousands, and the Red Cross estimate that up to three million people have been affected. The lack of infrastructure is a major issue, and the absence of ambulances, fire engines and emergency rescue teams is noticeable in the images that are appearing on the various news websites.
Emergency response teams from various countries including the UK, together with aid agencies such as Oxfam and ActionAid are preparing to fly out to Haiti, and the UN have released £6 million from their emergency relief fund to help the victims of the earthquake.
Sunday, 10 January 2010
Some excellent images and a range of videos (including some thermal ones) of pyroclastic flows on the MVO website...
Friday, 8 January 2010
Thursday, 7 January 2010
And a nice interactive from the Guardian looking at the causes of the weather and summarising the impacts... (Thanks Alan Parkinson!)
What's it like where you are?
And don't forget to send your snow photos in...
Tuesday, 5 January 2010
Check out the Met Office website here - with severe weather warnings covering pretty much the whole country today and tomorrow...
If you've been out and about, or watched/listened to news or traffic reports, you'll already know plenty about the effects that this "cold snap" is having. I was surprised to hear that Meadowhall was closing early:
If you want to know more about why the snow is happening, check out the pressure charts on the Met Office site - there is a big area of high pressure sitting over Greenland, and low pressure over the Atlantic, causing very very cold Arctic air to keep heading in our direction. An explanation here from the BBC about what snow is and how it forms...
Snow Photo Competition
There will be a small prize for the SHS person who takes the best snow photo and emails it to me by 3.20pm on Monday... To send your pictures, log into your school emails, and then type vel into the address bar.