The plan is to try something new in 2022.
I am going to do a weekly (roughly) newsletter. On a Tuesday, something not too long, four items in total, with the hope that you find something that you didn’t know and that is useful to you.
How do you know what you don’t know? is about spreading some of the things that I am finding useful and sharing it in an easily accessible and digestible way.
The first item will be for all geographers based on bigger ideas and everyday geographies. The idea behind the second item is something that is more focused on the needs of IB DP geographers, educators and students. The item will be linked to the syllabus but other geography educators and students may find it useful too. The third section is a quick update on something I am working on. New content added to, or refreshed on geographyalltheway, something I have recently written, or am involved in. The fourth and final item will be bit more random. It will be a recommendation. Probably a bit techie, an app, an online service, or similar.
The ‘How do you know what you don’t know?’ newsletter is free, and isn’t (just) for geographyalltheway subscribers. I will try to keep the links to content behind the geographyalltheway.com paywall to an absolute minimum!
Discover Ltd have made a printable poster featuring the Noor Solar Plant (Ouarzazate, Morocco) available. You can download a PDF version that should print well up to A2 size here →
The Noor site is a wonder to behold. We were lucky enough to visit it during our last school Morocco experience and would definitely try and build a visit into our next itinerary.
Discover Ltd offer some teaching resources about the Noor Solar Plant here →
I use the Noor Solar Plant as part of a geographyalltheway.com lesson here →
I have added an IB DP Geography exam style question database to geographyalltheway.com. Access to the database is free for all site users.
The database currently holds 222 exam style questions but I have plans to add more. The questions are searchable by unit, sub-unit, command term and the number of marks available. The questions are all linked to the relevant, related page on geographyalltheway.com. If you 'mouse-over' the command terms you are presented with a definition. There is also the opportunity to leave feedback about each question.
I produced a brief video explainer →
Mark schemes are not (currently) available - so please do not ask!
“Almost a perfect crime.” The hacking ring and an attempt to steal a billion dollars. Investigators blame North Korea. Pyongyang denies involvement. The story begins in Hollywood.The BBC World Service - The Lazarus Heist
The tenth episode of the BBC World Service podcast series The Lazarus Heist has just been released. The ten part series is a super useful resource for educators and students tackling the higher level Global Interactions section of the IB DP geography course. The podcast series goes a long way to 'stick together' a lot of the different elements of the higher level units of the course.
North Korea is regularly used by students when discussing globalisation as it is one (of only a few) examples of a country fully resisting external influences. One of the things I am going to try and do next year is teach my students a little more about North Korea so that they can use it in a more informed way. Using articles such as North Korea: Why doesn't it have enough food this year? will link well with Unit 3 and Food and Health.
Having a quick look through the IB DP geography guide I believe that the series touches upon, at least, the following:
- Unit 4: Power, places and networks
- Global superpowers and their economic, geopolitical and cultural influence
- An overview of contemporary global networks and flows: illegal flows, such as trafficked people, counterfeit goods and narcotics
- Our “shrinking world” and the forces driving technological innovation: patterns and trends in communication infrastructure and use
- Unit 5: Human development and diversity
- The global spectrum of cultural traits, ethnicities and identities, and ways in which the spectrum of diversity is widening or narrowing at different scales
- The effects of global interactions on cultural diversity in different places: the diffusion of cultural traits, and cultural imperialism
- Geopolitical constraints on global interactions: government and militia controls on personal freedoms to participate in global interactions
- Unit 6: Global risks and resilience
- Threats to individuals and businesses: hacking, identity theft and the implications of surveillance for personal freedoms
The podcast series starts with the 2014 'Sony Hack' which geographyalltheway.com has used as as part of 6.1.1 Threats to individuals and businesses for a while. However the series goes much further and weaves an engaging story together.
There is a 'long read' from the BBC to support the series →
The podcasts have also been added to YouTube. This is obviously a new approach that the BBC is trying but it does have some merits as images/photos being discussed in the podcast can be seen in the video clips →
If you are new to IB DP Geography or have a new colleague joining your team - I am leading a virtual IB DP Geography Category 1 in September.
Full details of the workshop and to sign up - please visit → https://www.inthinking.net/.../online-ib-approved-sep-2021
If you do... they need the gatw Pre IB DP Geography course menu!
The idea was to build a 'pre course reading list' but that has evolved into a 'pre course read, watch, listen menu'. I hope you find it useful.
For the last 18 months or so I have been moving the resources on geographyalltheway.com to a new platform. The new platform allows the content to be more responsive to different devices as well as making it easier for me to update and monitor.
I have recently finished added all of my 14-16 MYP Individuals and Societies (MYP 3 to 5) resources to the new platform.
Now to start work on moving the Age: 11-14 resources (MYP 1-3 or Key Stage 3) to the new platform. I will post as I add each unit.
I have added a Paper 2 version of a fun vocabulary revision game - 'the bowl game'. The resource and instructions can be found on the IB DP Geography - Paper 2 revision page and is downloadable as a PDF.
The four I have added are a series from the BBC World Service's The Compass podcast. The series is titled → Water: Too Much And Not Enough. I have added the podcasts to the Freshwater geographic theme but there is definite overlaps with Unit 3.
I have added a new question to the Infographic exam style questions page. There are now 7 infographics and related questions on the page.
The new questions are based on the following infographic →
Feedback on the questions is always welcomed.