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There have been several CPD events held in East London over the last few years.

Using GIS for pre-fieldwork activities and to present fieldwork data

Date: Tuesday 6 July 2010
Venue: Barking Abbey High School, Barking

This free day of fieldwork CPD focused on using Google Maps, Google Earth and GE Graph for pre-fieldwork activities and to present fieldwork data.

The aims of the day included:

  • To understand how Google Earth, Google Maps and other free GIS packages can be used to enhance the local fieldwork sessions you already run
  • To provide practical GIS based solutions to help you prepare students for local fieldwork
  • To use Google Earth Graph to present fieldwork data
  • Programme for the day PDF | MSWORD
  • GIS in the classroom ppt (PPT)
  • Instructions for creating place-marks in Google Maps PDF | MSWORD
  • Using Panaramio PDF | MSWORD
  • Using Google Earth to prepare your students for fieldwork PDF | MSWORD

East London Fieldwork Network Map

As part of this network we have created a local fieldwork map. Ultimately, the map will contain fieldwork resources developed by teachers from across East London. It is hoped that over time this will build into rich resource of local fieldwork ideas and activities for teachers working in the East London area.

View East London Fieldwork Network Map in a larger map

Previous East London Network Event

Date: Thursday 4 March 2010
Venue: View Tube, the Greenway, adjacent to the Olympic Park

Building on the success of last June's Olympic-focused CPD day in Stratford, in March 2010 eighteen teachers convened at the View Tube, the new visitor, education, and community venue on the Greenway next to the Olympic Park, for a half day of Olympic fieldwork CPD.

The event was led by geographer John Widdowson who shared a range of geography fieldwork opportunities available through the Field Studies Council at this venue.

Below are examples of some of the the fieldwork activities offered by the FSC at the View Tube:

Key Stage 3: My Olympic Park - students design their own plans for the Olympic Park site comparing them to the actual design for the 2012 Games

Key Stage 4: No white elephants - students debate the future of the major Olympic venues after 2012 and consider how to make this the most sustainable Games ever.

AS/A2: Re-branding east London - students explore the need for and impact of regeneration in branding east London, particularly the Docklands ‘brand', and assess the re-branding potential brought by the 2012 Games.

A range of geography fieldwork opportunties from KS3 to A level available on the View Tube website.

The East London fieldwork network has a real focus on the opportunities for geography fieldwork surrounding the London 2012 Olympic Games. The first meeting for this network took the form of a day of field-based CPD in Stratford and the surrounding area, during which the 20 teachers who attended participated in a range of activities that they could subsequently adapt and use with students of a range of ages within an integrated fieldwork programme.

The aim of the day was for teachers to consider the types of enquiry questions that could be asked about the London 2012 site and wider regeneration implications for the area. For example, Why was Stratford chosen as the main venue for the London 2012 Olympics and was it a good choice?

The day was led by Ruth Standing, a geography teacher at Barking Abbey School and Alan Kinder, geography adviser for the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.

The sites visited during the day were:

Stratford town centre - to create a 'place profile' for Stratford and to consider whether the redevelopment in the area is already having an impact.

Holden Point viewing gallery - to view the Olympic site

Stratford New Town - to focus on whether regeneration is causing a physical, social and economic divide in the town and to consider a range of viewpoints about the Games.

Stratford Station - to find out about the Stratford transport system past, present and future.

The Greenway (Pudding Mill Lane) - to get another view of the site and to discuss the Olympic legacy.

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