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Episode#46 Shenona Mitra - Youth Climate Action

Episode#46 Shenona Mitra - Youth Climate Action

November 18, 2021

In the second episode of Series 8 of GeogPod, John speaks to Shenona Mitra, who is a climate activist and vice-chair of the Youth Climate Ambassadors (YCA) Wales, to discuss climate change and what it feels like to be a youth activist and how young people can change the world of climate activism.

Series 8 of GeogPod is kindly sponsored by Hodder Education.

Hodder Education work with expert authors to produce the very best Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-level Geography resources for you and your students, and on their website, you’ll discover exam board approved textbooks, revision guides, teaching support and more.

Episode #45: Michila Critchley - InterClimate Network

Episode #45: Michila Critchley - InterClimate Network

November 11, 2021

In the first episode of Series 8 of GeogPod, John speaks to Michila Critchley, Associate and Programme Coordinator for InterClimate Network, which is a registered charity with a mission to inspire young people in the UK to become leaders and advocates for action on climate change. 

Series 8 of GeogPod is kindly sponsored by Hodder Education.

Hodder Education work with expert authors to produce the very best Key Stage 3, GCSE and A-level Geography resources for you and your students, and on their website, you’ll discover exam board approved textbooks, revision guides, teaching support and more. 

Episode #44: Kirstin Coughtrie - Technology in education, Gaia Learning & Britannica

Episode #44: Kirstin Coughtrie - Technology in education, Gaia Learning & Britannica

October 7, 2021

For the final episode of series 7 of GeogPod, John spoke to Kirstin Coughtrie, founder of Gaia Learning about the use of technology and AI in teaching, the advantages and challenges of home-schooling, and how Britannica's resources can help pin a home school programme to the specification. 

Series 7 of GeogPod is kindly sponsored by Britannica. 

Take Britannica's LaunchPacks GCSE for a spin with history and geography lessons, built with Shireland Academy educators and mapped to UK curriculum needs. Within each KS3-4 topical pack, find a learning route, learning journey instructions, printable activities, and corresponding Britannica LaunchPacks articles and multimedia resources. 10% off for GeogPod listeners! 

 

 

Episode #43: David Alcock - ‘Hopeful geography‘

Episode #43: David Alcock - ‘Hopeful geography‘

September 30, 2021

David Alcock, is a geography teacher, teaching and learning champion at Bradford Grammar school as well as a writer and presenter.

David joined John to discuss, among other things, his concept of 'Hopeful geography', which he has developed over a number years of work of and reflection.

Series 7 of GeogPod is kindly sponsored by Britannica. 

Take Britannica's LaunchPacks GCSE for a spin with history and geography lessons, built with Shireland Academy educators and mapped to UK curriculum needs. Within each KS3-4 topical pack, find a learning route, learning journey instructions, printable activities, and corresponding Britannica LaunchPacks articles and multimedia resources. 10% off for GeogPod listeners! 

 

Links from the pod

David's blog

'Optimism, progress and geography – celebration and calibration' - David' article for Teaching Geography

Gapminder

 

Episode #42: Caiti Walter - The building blocks of curriculum design

Episode #42: Caiti Walter - The building blocks of curriculum design

September 23, 2021

This week John sat down with Caiti Walter to discuss her route into geography teaching and to explore her views and strategies when it comes to designing a geography curriculum (plus much more). 

Series 7 of GeogPod is kindly sponsored by Britannica. 

Take Britannica's LaunchPacks GCSE for a spin with history and geography lessons, built with Shireland Academy educators and mapped to UK curriculum needs. Within each KS3-4 topical pack, find a learning route, learning journey instructions, printable activities, and corresponding Britannica LaunchPacks articles and multimedia resources. 10% off for GeogPod listeners! 

Links from the pod

Caiti's blog

Deep curriculum thinking - Part 1: building blocks

Map Chart

Ventusky

If It Were My Home

The Queen's Green Canopy

Episode #41: Dr Simon Carr - ”Our eyes are the most sophisticated piece of geographical equipment we have”

Episode #41: Dr Simon Carr - ”Our eyes are the most sophisticated piece of geographical equipment we have”

September 16, 2021

This week, John spoke to Dr Simon Carr. Simon is Associate Professor of Geography and the University of Cumbria, specialising in geomorphology and climate change.

Much ground was covered in the pod, including Simon's work in geomorphology, the Anthropocene, what constitutes a truly natural environment and the importance of getting out and seeing a landscape for yourself. 

Series 7 of GeogPod is kindly sponsored by Britannica. 

Take Britannica's LaunchPacks GCSE for a spin with history and geography lessons, built with Shireland Academy educators and mapped to UK curriculum needs. Within each KS3-4 topical pack, find a learning route, learning journey instructions, printable activities, and corresponding Britannica LaunchPacks articles and multimedia resources. 10% off for GeogPod listeners! 

Episode #40: Dr Amber Murrey - Geographies of race and racialisation and designing an anti-racist curriculum

Episode #40: Dr Amber Murrey - Geographies of race and racialisation and designing an anti-racist curriculum

September 9, 2021

This week John was joined by Dr Amber Murrey. Amber is an Associate Professor in Human Geography, Fellow and Tutor at Mansfield College, Oxford University. 

John and Amber touched on many issues in their chat, including confronting the silence on racism in school geography, what an anti-racist curriculum could look like, the Chad-Cameroon oil pipeline and witchcraft!

Series 7 of GeogPod is kindly sponsored by Britannica. 

Take Britannica's LaunchPacks GCSE for a spin with history and geography lessons, built with Shireland Academy educators and mapped to UK curriculum needs. Within each KS3-4 topical pack, find a learning route, learning journey instructions, printable activities, and corresponding Britannica LaunchPacks articles and multimedia resources. 10% off for GeogPod listeners! 

Links from the pod

Amber's article in Geography with Steve Puttick

Amber's article with Nicholas Jackson on 'Localwashing'

Amber's Twitter

Episode #39: Professor Ben Hennig - Iceland, Worldmapper, Trump tweets & more

Episode #39: Professor Ben Hennig - Iceland, Worldmapper, Trump tweets & more

September 2, 2021

Ben Hennig is Professor of Geography at the University of Iceland, an honorary research associate at the University of Oxford and also the founder of Worldmapper.

Ben sat down with John to talk about his career to date, his work at the University of Iceland, the origins of the Worldmapper project, Trump tweets and much more. 

Series 7 of GeogPod is kindly sponsored by Britannica. 

Take Britannica's LaunchPacks GCSE for a spin with history and geography lessons, built with Shireland Academy educators and mapped to UK curriculum needs. Within each KS3-4 topical pack, find a learning route, learning journey instructions, printable activities, and corresponding Britannica LaunchPacks articles and multimedia resources. 10% off for GeogPod listeners! 

Links from the pod

Ben's website

Views of the World (blog)

Worldmapper Project

GeoVis Lab Iceland (research group)

Re-Enlightening Views of the World (4-minute ‘lightning talk’ about Ben's work)

Selected readings mentioned in the podcast

Overview of Ben's main academic publications on GoogleScholar

Sheffield – A Tale of Two Cities (by the Sheffield Sasi Research Group)

COVID-19’s Spread Across the World (access by request) 

In Focus: How Joe Biden Won the White House (access by request)

In Focus: Trump Tweets: Power and the Global Politics of Social Media (access by request)

In Focus: Nationality, Citizenship and Refugees: A Global Perspective (access by request)

Spatial and temporal inequalities in mortality in the USA, 1968–2016 (open access)

Monitoring fish spawning sites in freshwater ecosystems using low-cost UAV data: A case study of salmonids in lakes in Iceland (pre-print, open access) 

Episode #38: Jamie Woodward - Understanding climate change during the Quaternary and microplastic transport and storage in river catchments

Episode #38: Jamie Woodward - Understanding climate change during the Quaternary and microplastic transport and storage in river catchments

June 10, 2021

This week John spoke to Professor Jamie Woodward from the University of Manchester about two key global issues; our developing understanding of climate change during the Quaternary and microplastic transport and storage in river catchments.

Both are major examples of how physical geography research has impacted on national and global policy. Jamie’s research on microplastics in rivers is now feeding directly into the Parliamentary Inquiry into Water Quality in Rivers.

Jamie Woodward is Professor of Physical Geography at the University of Manchester.  

Thanks to Collins for sponsoring series 6 of GeogPod.

Links from the pod

The Ice Age: A Very Short Introduction

Microplastics in Rivers

Jamie's Ted Talk, 'Changing Rivers'

Free resources

 
Episode #37: Stephen Scoffham - Quality geography, atlases, capital cities and making geography fun!

Episode #37: Stephen Scoffham - Quality geography, atlases, capital cities and making geography fun!

June 3, 2021

This week John spoke to Dr Stephen Scoffham, former GA President, Visiting Reader in Sustainability and Education at Canterbury Christ Church University and author of atlases, text books and much more besides. 

John and Stephen covered a lot of ground, including why geography matters, what makes good quality geography teaching, tackling controversial issues, capital cities, whether geography should be taught as a single subject or integrated, and the Collins Atlas series

Thanks to Collins for sponsoring series 6 of GeogPod.

Purchase the Collins Atlas series on the GA Shop.

Some of the recent GA publications Stephen has been involved in:

Leading Primary Geography

Geography Plus: The UK: Investigating who we are 

 

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