Geographical Association Annual Conference 2011

Today I finally got round to booking my place at the Geographical Association’s Annual conference. This will be my sixth annual conference and it is the most important CPD event in a geography teacher’s calendar.

When booking I had to decide which workshops that I wanted to book a place on, this required me to plan out my conference.

I am sure that my timetable will change nearer the time but so far the plan is as follows:

Thursday 14th April

Field Visit: London’s 2012 Games, an Update – My Thursday will be spent on a field visit led by Bob Digby looking at the regeneration in East London.

Public Lecture: Confessions of a Map Addict – In the evening I will be attending the public lecture by Map Addict author Mike Parker, I blogged about the book here.

Friday 15th April

8:45 – 9:35 Workshop 5 – DIY Weather Charts led by Dr. Sylvia Knight, Royal Meteorological Society.

9:50 – 10:40 John Hopkin’s Presidential Lecture

11:40 – 12:30 Forum iGCSE: an alternative to GCSE – this will be interesting as this is something we have discussed a fair amount at school over the last few months.

13:50 – 14:40 Lecture: Progress in Development 1: Aid and Disaster

14:55 – 15:45 Lecture: Progress in Development 2: FDI and Tourism

16:30 – 17.20 Workshop 21 – Thinking in the Field led by Daniel Moncrieff from the FSC

17.35 – 18.25 Workshop 26 – OS OpenSpace for Schools

Saturday 16th April

9:00 – 9:50 Workshop 32 – Resourcing IB Geography led by Richard Allaway (creator of http://www.geographyalltheway.com/ )

10:05 – 10:55 Keynote Address by Hans Rosling director of the Gapminder Foundation

11:45 – 12:35 Lecture: Geography as if the planet matters by Dr. John Morgan from the IoE.

14:00 – 14:50 Lecture: Making the Best Use of the Land

15:05 – 15:55 Lecture: The Securitation of HIV/AIDS, Hazel Barrett; I have heard Hazel speak at two previous conferences and found her lectures fascinating.

For more details visit the annual conference page at the Geographical Association website here.

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