I made a New Year promise to include a regular slot in my blog for 2014, called my ‘monthly WARP’. This is based on an acronym where the ‘W’ stands for a web resource, the ‘A’ for an app, the ‘R’ for a reading resource, and the ‘P’ for a photograph or image.
My fifth WARP – for May – consists of the following:
This site displays current news items in a giant tiled display – which looks really good when projected onto a whiteboard screen. It makes a nice starter, and a great support to bring topical news issues into lessons. Once you have registered, the display screen can be customised to focus on news items from a combination of countries, or just one specific location. I usually set mine to UK news, and also filter out certain themes, like business, sport and entertainment. If you hover over an individual news headline, more detail is given, along with links to a range of related articles. Boom!
>This site allows you to access newspapers from different locations on a world map. It is really useful for gaining an insight into a particular issue from a different country’s perspective. The map can be filtered by language, and also has a good search facility.
This month’s featured I Pad app is I GEOLOGY. This free app contains over 500 geological maps of Britain. Once the app is open, the GPS finds your location and allows you to discover the geology you are standing on, both bedrock and superficial. You can also search with place names and post codes. A useful support for fieldwork. The maps use the British Geological Survey’s national scale (1:625 000) and ‘Landranger’ scale (1:50 000) geological data sets of the UK.
My highlighted reading this month is Mike Davis’s “Planet of Slums” – an exploration of the possible future of a radically unequal and explosively unstable urban world. Davis traces the history of informal slum settlements from the 1960s ‘slums of hope’ through urban poverty’s ‘big bang’ of the debt decades of the 1970s and 1980s, right up to the current mega-slums of Sadr City, Cape Flats and the like.
“In China the greatest industrial revolution in history is the Archimedean lever shifting a population the size of Europe’s from rural villages to smog-choked, sky-climbing cities; since the market reforms of the late 1970s it is estimated that more than 200 million Chinese have moved from rural areas to cities. Another 250 million or 300 million people – the next ‘peasant flood’ – are expected to follow in coming decades”
“Of the 500,000 people who migrate to Delhi each year, it is estimated that fully 400,000 end up in slums; by 2015 India’s capital will have a slum population of more than 10 million. ‘If such a trend continues unabated’ warns planning expert Gautam Chatterjee, ‘we will have only slums and no cities’ “
“By 2015 Black Africa will have 332 million slum-dwellers, a number that will continue to double every 15 years”
A few photographs this month with a theme of ‘water’ from my annual school trip to Uganda. I am currently working on a report onthe trip, and will publish this in a later blog. More photographs from Uganda can be found at: http://www.picturetrail.com/ptberry