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Using Twitter to investigate geographical events in real time.

Social media, such as Twitter, allows young people access to events around the world, as they happen.  This presents the geography teacher with a powerful opportunity to drive geographical enquiry.  The Slideshare embedded above supports a lesson I taught to a range of students a few weeks ago.  Apologies for the late posting, it’s been a busy few weeks! This lesson allows young people to evaluate Twitter as a source of information. The first images are taken from the Twitter language maps of London and New York .  They link to the work of Professor Paul Longley , who received a medal at the RGS(IBG) ceremony earlier this term. The images are a great starter, and the maps can be explored in detail from following the links. Next, we explored the use of hashtags and some (at least they were then) recent news events. The photo complete introduced the study area. I always enjoy these activities as it allows young people to use visual evidence and allows their imaginations to run w

'Well, nobody's perfect.'

As my time at Priory comes to an end, this made me chuckle: It sums up my restless nature. The image above was taken at Durrington Station, I've been catching the train there for a while.  To the left of the image is the way to Portsmouth, and the the right Brighton where my next challenge lies. 'I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perheps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning' J.B. Priestly It's almost time for the thanks, but first a reflection on the year that has past. Words by Sam Atkins: Priory Geography Priory Geography has had what can only be described as a momentous year. Highlights of 2012-13 include:  Best half way Year 11 results ever (72% A*-C).  Year 8 Eco-Challenge.  Our own Digital Leaders presenting at Teach Meet Pompey.  Iceland’13.  Kids Meet and BBC School Report at Action Stations.  Mr David Rogers showcasing @priorygeography’s work at the national BE

TeachMeet Pompey returns in September with Tim Rylands as Keynote Speaker [#tmpompey @timrylands]

TeachMeet Pompey will be back in the new academic year and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. We are delighted to announce that Tim Rylands , who will be working in Portsmouth schools that week, has agreed to keynote the event. Tim Rylands has been described as “an extremely gifted and inspirational teacher, with a love of the creative potential of technology and an excellent rapport with his pupils” We are very excited about this as we are great fans of Tim’s work.  Read more about Tim here . I’ll be hosting the event with my partner in crime Phil Wright and Jo Debens has even promised cakes. You never know, Samuel Atkins may have moulded his beard into something even more wonderful by then too. The evening will begin with a drinks reception on board HMS Victory before moving to the National Museum of the Royal Navy, which has wifi and chairs. This promises to be a fantastic event and we want to take over the Historic Dockyard with teachers! Further details to be