Innovative Geography Teaching Grants
The Innovative Geography Teaching Grants provide funding for geography teachers at secondary level for the development of imaginative and creative educational resources, with a university collaborator.
Two grants, each of £1,000, will be awarded annually to each teacher-Higher Education team. The resources created will be based upon a particular theme or timely issue identified by the Society.
In 2015, materials will be based upon international development; particularly progress that has been made towards the review of the Millennium Development Goals in 2015 and the new international targets for development which will follow them.
15 February (each year)
2014 Innovative Geography Teaching Grant recipients
Alan Parkinson (King's Ely School) and Dr Benjamin Hennig (University of Oxford). 'LondonMapper: exploring a World city through Census Data'. By focusing on London, this project provides a context which has national relevance, but is on a more manageable scale. A framework has been produced for using Census data and a range of visually stunning maps to support imaginative enquiry work, which will also extend students’ critical thinking as they explore the sprawling city of London.
The materials produced are hosted on the London Mapper website, and a teaching guide to using them can be found on the Society's GIS Educational Resources pages.
Paul Turner (Sevenoaks School) and Dr Adam Dennett (University College London). 'CENTRISt (CENsus teaching ThRough gIS)'. A scheme of work will be developed for sixth form students, which will allow them to learn new quantitative analysis and GIS skills through exploring the 2011 Census data, while also engaging with wider substantive and increasingly important themes such as the North / South Divide in the UK or widening inequalities between London / the South East and the rest of the UK at a variety of spatial scales.
In the past, the scheme offered different opportunities to individual teachers. Recipients included:
2011: Rachel Atkins (Bristol Grammar School). 'Interactive Whiteboard (IWB) Templates - Interactive Geographers'. This project aimed to inspire teachers to use easily-adaptable IWB techniques for excellent teacher and student interaction.
2011: Jo Debens (Priory School). 'International link between Priory School, UK and the Cape Fear Centre for Enquiry, USA. This project formed a link with the Cape Fear Centre for Enquiry in the USA, enabling students to explore and compare their personal geographies and explore how living near the coast affects their lives.
2011: James Mutton (Featherstone High School). 'I-Pod Touch'. Using mobile technology inside and outside the classroom to enhance the delivery of geographical education.
2011: Samantha Coulson: (William Farr CE School). 'Geography of Film - Scheme of Work'. This project explores geographical issues through the medium of film by giving context to theory. Using a variety of film clips pupils will investigate how film instils a sense of place, culture and change over time.