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Google Innovator #LON17

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I remember back in 1997 I was given responsibility for training school staff at St.George Catholic Boys School about what the Internet was and how it was going to change everything.  It was my first presentation in many over the next 20 years regarding the rapidly unfolding and exciting areas of educational technology.  I’ve moved from being a tech teaching geek to an ICT Strategy Leader in these 20 years.  This has all now led to a fantastic opportunity for me at the Google Innovator forum in London from 19-21 April in 2017!  To say I’m excited would be an understatement.  It’ll be an opportunity to meet similar like minded, educational tech enthusiastic and people with some great ideas for changing the way we learn and teach.

In order to apply I had to complete an educator exam (3 hours and remarkably tough), a presentation and a 1 minute video in which i expound my educational change idea.

Where will this lead me?  Watch this space!

Dead albatrosses and plastic waste

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I was appalled at the pictures taken of dead albatrosses in the Pacific and the amount of plastic they had within their stomach’s.  The pictures were taken by Chris Jordan on the Midway atoll.  It links with the Pacific

it is an indictment of the wasteful nature of modern society.  Surely it is not beneath the wit of man to invent a decomposable product which dissolves on contact with sea water or has a very limited shelf life.

I was led to the article by George Monbiot’s typically depressing news article about the death of large numbers of species.

As he says

‘Flying to Bratislava or Bermuda for a stag weekend, shopping trips to New York, driving our gas guzzlers 300 metres to school, buying jetskis, leaf blowers and patio heaters, furnishing our homes with rare wood, eating tuna, prawns and salmon without a thought as to how they were produced: these ephemeral satisfactions, to judge by the reactions when you question them, occupy a sacred and inviolable space. The wonders of the living world, by contrast, are dispensable.”

The Trash Vortex

The real size of countries

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How small is Iceland!

How small is Iceland!

This is an excellent post showing the difference between a variety of map projections.  We have a fairly distorted idea of the size of things when we compare places.  The UK is actually very small.  Africa is also significantly bigger when we compare it to Europe and the USA.

 

Look how big Africa is!

Look how big Africa is!

Time for an update

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Start with a Big Breakfast

Start with a Big Breakfast

I’m starting a new job in September so I need to revisit prettejohn.net and update it as it has definitely got rusty.

I’ll be adding sections on teaching WJEC as well as ECDL.

Why the picture of the Breakfast?  Because it’s the best way to start a day!

Bad news for Geography Teachers!

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One of my reasons for ensuring my students are focused on their map reading skills are that they’ll need to be prepared to use their AA Road Map when navigating in the car.  It seems that this argument is getting less and less relevant. I have to admit I really enjoy using the Sat Nav facility of my phone. I’ve just started to use Waze which is crowd sourced and great for analysing where the delays are. It has also reduced the pressure on marital issues that sometimes occur during those fraught moments around roundabouts!

Sat-navs and mobile apps ‘threaten map reading skills’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32545974

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Great summary of hopefully where education is going in the future

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 Learning is only just beginning…

Reshared post from +Rich Kiker

Every educator should watch this video from +Ericsson – The Future of Learning in Networked Society?

Fire juggling in the street! Health and safety gone mad

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All a bit depressing for my children it seems

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Love this creative collection of world maps! ?

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Love this creative collection of world maps! ?

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Wish they were available in Argentina!?

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Wish they were available in Argentina!?

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