Monday, May 30, 2022

Slow Ways Map Crowdfunder

I've blogged about the Slow Ways project a number of times as it has developed.

It was featured on Countryfile on Sunday.

There is an option to purchase a large map of the UK with Slow Ways routes marked on which can be used to mark routes walked, or plan larger walks. There are 2 maps: a North Sheet and a South Sheet.

I've ordered a pair for me and a pair for the classroom.

Each map costs £5 and you can support the project on the link below.

Friday, May 27, 2022


The new Bruce Hornsby album has a song called LIDAR for all the geographers out there.

Lyrics are all about 3D mapping and open data sets - a little niche :)

Scanning forest canopies, evidence to be found
They're free online in the public domain
Mapping truth, learning skills, through the laze

Big fan of Bruce since 1986, and seen him live three times in that time on his rare trips to the UK...

Saturday, May 21, 2022

GI Pedagogy Training Course in Madrid - 4th-6th of July

Last week I had a meeting of the GI Pedagogy group of partners - which is funded by an ERASMUS+ grant, given by the British Council.

We have been working on resources and an online teacher training course. 

We now have an opportunity for you to join us for a face to face event in Madrid.

The Registration form is here, and you can also request a first-come first-served grant of €200 to help with the cost of attending if you are outside of Spain.

It would be great to have you there. Happy to answer any further questions as well. 

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

RGS-IBG Podcast on ArcGIS Online

Check out the podcast with Jason Sawle: Global Schools Manager with ESRI.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Digimap for Schools Webinar

Earlier today I presented a webinar with ideas for using Digimap for Schools.

The theme was FIELDWORK. Linked to the GA's National Fieldwork Week.

I remember the launch of the service, which came after the previous chance for teachers to claim a free Ordnance Survey map for all 11 year olds.

I also wrote a great many of the resources for the service, which is one of the few resources to have gained the prestigious GOLD award in the GA Awards. 

Here are the slides I used for my webinar - those who came along will be sent a link to the recording, and I will add that here as an update to the post once it's available and badged up. 

It wasn't as epic as Kit Rackley's recent webinar but seemed to go down well. 
Thanks to all those who attended... a good number.

Friday, April 22, 2022

ESRI UK User Conference


I've registered to attend this event on the 17th of May, which will be here before I know it.

I'm looking forward to seeing Jemma Wadham speak about the work that led to the excellent Ice Rivers book, and also catch up with some education related GIS work as well.

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

New Digimap for Schools Webinar

Come and have a listen...

Monday, February 14, 2022


I've just sorted a PRO subscription to the GeoGuessr site for the department. Several students requested it a while back.

I used to play this when it first came out in 2013. It was developed by Anton WallΓ©n, and was originally free, but has moved to a subscription based model and now has a thriving community and a whole range of boards and challenges, including trying to identify countries in a streak as well as a daily challenge.

There is also the option to create your own map using the Map Maker tool.

There are lots of sites giving tips on how to identify countries from a range of clues.

It also makes use of Google Street View, which doesn't cover the whole world of course. A map of the coverage is here.

Interestingly, the game gained a lot of additional popularity during lockdown when people started playing it as a way of 'travelling the world'.

This article looks at the value of playing the game, particularly during lockdown.

There are some very sophisticated groups out there such as GeoTips, who have their own Discord server for keeping track of activity and World Record attempts.

There are also Twitch streamers who play the game live, perhaps in Battle Royale mode, where you compete against other players to identify locations the soonest.

Any other GeoGuessr tips and ideas welcome.

Thursday, November 04, 2021

GeogLive! Maps and Mapping

The fifth GeogLive! event takes place on the 17th of November.

More details here.

You can book a FREE ticket (and see YouTube recordings of previous events) on this link.

Maps are essential in geography. Many simple activities can help pupils develop skills in making, reading and using maps. Want to know more?

About this event

Two part session on Maps, mapping and atlases.

Part 1: Dr Stephen Scoffham : Atlases in the classroom

Part 2: Case Study: Maps in practice: Three Y5 classes collaborate using three different scales of study to explain a sense of human, physical and environmental space and place.

Chaired by Julia Tanner @EYPPC_GA committee, @The_GA

This free webinar will support conversations about maps, mapping and atlas use in the EY and Primary classroom. The chat will be open and will feature lots of inspiring ideas to support what is being said to support your teaching.

This webinar will conclude with a Q+A and some information about the extensive support the Geographical Association offers: high-quality classroom resources, inspirational teaching ideas, Subject Leader guidance, excellent continuing professional development events, and stimulating networking opportunities, reflecting OFSTED’s recent recommendation that teachers draw on "subject-specific support and professional networks ‘ (Ofsted, 2021).

Find out more:

Sunday, October 31, 2021


Thanks to Brendan Conway for the tipoff to this site, which provides population estimates and structure for specific small areas in the UK.

Popbulder is a web-app
that lets you build a population estimate for a set of small areas in Great Britain. The estimates are for the population in mid-2020.

1. The boundaries appear automatically when the map is zoomed in.

2. Click or tap the areas of interest: the estimated population is shown in the top right.

3. Click or tap “Get data” to see the age-distribution.

4. Turn the boundaries on and off manually using the boundary control in the bottom right.

Created by Oli Hawkins.
Here's the pyramid for my particular part of mid-Norfolk - as you can see it's quite a top heavy population distribution.

Adding layers into Google Earth

Seems like this is back again: Andy Funnell has shared some ideas.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Climate Change - Teach with GIS

The new ESRI UK Education Team resources for teaching about the Climate Emergency have now been released and are ready for use. They explore climate change in the UK, and were produced in partnership with the Met Office.

They include Teaching Resources for different key stages including Primary.

They also include a Teacher Knowledge section.
This includes the useful resource on COP26 below.
A typically stylish and useful set of resources generously shared.

Friday, October 15, 2021

The Human Reach Atlas

This is a collection of ESRI StoryMaps which has been published ahead of World GIS Day.

It's called the Human Reach Atlas.

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

La Palma Eruption StoryMap Collection


Excellent work by Alistair Hamill and others, which has been shared by Jason Sawle and the ESRI team.