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How do you know what you don’t know? - Issue #17

Richard Allaway
Richard Allaway
All Geographers
While listening to Lee Howell of the Villars Institute (more about this in the future, hopefully), at the recent Swiss IB Geography Network meeting, we were introduced to EarthTime.
Users of EarthTime can view compelling animations accompanied by fact-based narratives from international experts. Drawing upon EarthTime’s vast data library, the stories … are curated in honor of different global events and themes.
Women and Economic Growth’, ‘The Good & Bad of Globalisation’, ‘Sahel in Peril: The Big Picture’,and ‘Surface Water’ are just a few of the amazing resources available on the site. Check it out and get some of these ‘stories’ embedded into your teaching and learning.
IB DP Geographers
How "levee wars" are making floods worse
Freshwater - Flood mitigation, including structural measures (dams, afforestation, channel modification and levee strengthening) and planning (personal insurance and flood preparation, and flood warning technology) 
It is worth joining the 10.6 million people that already subscribe to the Vox YouTube channel. There are some useful videos with content that lends itself to use with DP Geography classes. Here are just a few examples →
Unit 5 - Checklist - Google Sheets
DP1 exams started here on Monday, at the school where I teach. To help the students ensure they have all the necessary notes, etc, I have created some quick checklists. The students seem to have found them useful. You will find them for Units 3, 4, and 5 on the associated revision pages of
Roam Research – A note taking tool for networked thought.
A note-taking tool for networked thought
I wanted a note taking app that ran online as well as having Mac and iOS apps. I wanted the app to make the process of building links between projects and ideas easier. I even wanted it to remind me when I had had that idea before. Roam Research is not cheap but it is brilliant. It does what I wanted in a note taking app, and I use it everyday to help me keep all the plates spinning as they should.
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How do you know what you don’t know? is about spreading some of the things that I am finding useful and sharing it in an easily accessible and digestible way.

The first item will be for all geographers based on bigger ideas and everyday geographies. The idea behind the second item is something that is more focused on the needs of IB DP geographers, educators and students. The item will be linked to the syllabus but other geography educators and students may find it useful too. The third section is a quick update on something I am working on. New content added to, or refreshed on geographyalltheway, something I have recently written, or am involved in. The fourth and final item will be a bit more random. It will be a recommendation. Probably a bit techie, an app, an online service, or similar.

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