Climate Change: A Safeguarding Issue?

This week, the Autumn 2020 edition of the Geographical Association's GA magazine was published. Published in the it is an article I authored titled "Climate Change - A Safeguarding Issue?". I feel now is the right time to put forward the argument that climate change issues should be considered when it comes to a school's safeguarding duties.

Bridger Foothills Fire: The shifting bell-curve (climate change)

To what extent was the Bridger Foothills Fire due to climate change? Read how Montana's climate is expected to change and what this may mean for drought and fire risk.

Bridger Foothills Fire [Video]

An unscheduled Geogramblings vlog and post in reaction to an incident taking place at a location that is very dear to me. The Bridger Foothills Fire ignited on 4th September 2020, and overnight it expanded rapidly from 400 to 7000 acres, consuming the eastern side of the southern end of the Bridger Mountains just outside of Bozeman, Montana. This is not only an opportunity to provide some geography education on the causes, conditions, impacts and responses, but also my way of helping a community I'm connected to (but can't be present in right now) - by helping to spread the word to anyone who may wish to contribute towards fundraisers that will help members of the community get back on their feet.

Bridger Foothills Fire: Close to ‘home’

This is a totally unscheduled and 'unscripted' entry. Woke up this morning to hear of a wildfire breaking out near what is effectively my second home in Bozeman, Montana. https://twitter.com/WeatherNation/status/1302426290989883392?s=20 The video above is a timelapse looking north-east from Bozeman at the Bridger Mountain range. You may need to visit the video and enlarge it … Continue reading Bridger Foothills Fire: Close to ‘home’

Decolonising Geography

The shift and desire to accelerate momentum of the process of decolonisation in light of recent events has us asking, what does this mean for teachers and educators. With a little help, I look into what it means for the Geography teacher community in particular.

COVID-forced changes: Maintaining investigation and fieldwork

A recycled threat to fieldwork, under the guise of a virus, But the #geographyteacher community comes good yet again in sharing ideas how to continue building fieldwork into learning regardless of its future. This post will be updated as more resources and ideas are shared. So keep tabs!

Fact checking and fake news – ideas for teachers to help critical thinking (UKEdConf20)

🆕📽️🌍🗣️ Earlier this month I was delighted to take part in the UKEdChat Online Conference 2020. This vlog offers a recording and summary of my contribution, covering some ideas how we teachers can aid learning through fact checking, fake news and cognitive bias. Also, find out how you can use my UKEdConf2020 talk as part of a certified UKEdChat CPD course.

Interview: Kate O’Donnell (Exploratorium)

The first of, hopefully many, Geogramblings interviews! I talk to Kate O'Donnell from the Exploratorium museum in San Francisco for Discover the World Education's "International Connections" TeachMeet (broadcast on Thursday 11th June 2020). This blog post gives the full 10-minute edit of the interview, where you can get some examples of teaching & learning resources for your Science, Geography lessons and beyond, no matter where you are in the world! If you like 'geographers' interviewing 'geographers', a plug is also given to a rather Curious Geographer!

Teaching climate change issues using GIS

The importance of teaching GIS and climate change and how the two together can provide a powerful way for students to learn about one of the most pressing issues of our time. I also put forward the argument that climate change is a safeguarding issue. What do you think?

On Location: Sustainability in San Francisco

🆕📽️🌍🗣️ On-location video blog! Sustainability in San Francisco - Examples from around the Bay Area of some of sustainable buildings, organisations, networks and communities. This blog features the Exploratorium museum and Urban Ore 'ecopark' amongst others. It was filmed before the coronavirus lockdowns, and so also gives an update how these examples are faring and what they are doing to keep going.