How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #28
A busy (when aren't they...) week that included (starting) to feedback on first drafts of DP Internal Assessments. I have just started Food and health with my Y13 Standard Level class - their final unit. The HL class should be starting there final unit, Extreme environments, in a couple of weeks time.
As mentioned in issue #22 - the world goes through the 8 billion benchmark today (according to the UN). There is plenty of news coverage upon the topic - including the above resource from the United Nations Population Fund and the following from The Guardian →
A map that shows you how far you can travel from each station in Europe, in less than 5 hours. So much geography in that!
The long read: A wave of bestselling authors claim that global affairs are still ultimately governed by the immutable facts of geography – mountains, oceans, rivers, resources. But the world has changed more than they realise.
Plenty of people sharing and talking about this article on the 'socials'. If you have read Prisoners of Geography (and you probably will have done if you are reading this newsletter) then you should read this article too. Worth sharing with your students - especially any looking at applying to geography related courses at university.
IB DP Geographers
I have mentioned the free access that educators and students can have to the Financial Times (issue #3) via FT Schools.
This article is useful for DP Geography Unit 3 Global resource consumption and security → Resource stewardship →
Divergent thinking about population and resource consumption trends: pessimistic views, including neo-Malthusian views
I am working on a little project which I should be able to say more about next week (or the one after that). Part of that work involved going through all the DP geography units on geographyalltheway.com. I took the opportunity to add the date of publication, of each of the YouTube clips, below them. It helps geographyalltheway.com users reflect upon the age of examples, etc.
I like the way that YouTube adds information upon the funding of YouTube channels - even on the website embeds. You can see what I am talking about on the image below - which is from this page of geographyalltheway.com.
It would seem I am in the process of moving away from some of the digital services that I have used for years. It's all in an effort to actually reduce the number that I am using.
I have stopped using Pocket [mentioned in issues #13] and now use raindrop.io [issues #8 and #14] for both the saving and sorting bookmarks and queuing things up to read later.
I have stopped using Feedly [mentioned in issue #24], which I have been using for 9 years, and have moved to Feedbin. I wanted one place where I can follow blogs (RSS feeds), read newsletters, and follow Twitter lists. A week in and I'm a convert. The native apps are great - plus it works with dedicated reader type iOS apps such as Reeder and NetNewsWire.