That Blue Square Thing

About That Blue Square Thing...

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What is blue and square anyway?

That Blue Square Thing has been up on the web since 2001.

It started back in the days of dial up internet connections with black text on a white background and no images and just gave kids geography homework to do.

There's a lot more stuff now.

Occasionally Asked Questions:

Some questions I get asked about this website:

You can use the navigation section on the left or try the site map.
Yeah, probably. If you're a student, feel free to use anything you need to - with credit (so, say where it came from). If you're a teacher - sure, feel free to use stuff with your classes (with credit...). And feel free to tell other people about it. But please don't put it in a book or try to sell it somewhere on the internet. That would be ripping me off. See the terms and conditions page for the details.
It's always nice when people send me a message to say thanks or tell me how they're using my stuff.
I've written a guide just for you on how to reference TBST
I might have deleted it. I do that occasionally. In the summer of 2021 and then in December 2022 I got rid of a load of older stuff. Try the sitemap first in case I hid it away somewhere, but if you can't find it, e-mail me. I probably still have it and might be able to get you a copy of it.
That's an inevitable part of having a website. Feel free to tell me about it.
Yeah, typos. I'm rubbish at that. Freel free to tell me about it. If it's important I might fix it but I've gotten pretty good at living with typos. (no, it wasn't deliberate; yes I have deliberately left it there...)


They're pretty much all photos that I took. On some of the resources there might be images that have come from somewhere else. I've tried to make sure those are all copyright free and given credit where I need to.
Yeah, I took those. Even the good ones.
I made them. All by myself. You'll find them on my YouTube channel.

This Site:

Yes it is.
Well, I had to call it something.
Yep. The old fashioned way, all done by hand. It might not look all whizzy and what have you, but it's not going to fall apart and does the job I need it to do.
No. It costs me money.
No. It's a website I use for teaching. I sort of think it would be wrong to put adverts on it. I'm old fashioned like that.
It's easier than using Shared documents/a VLE/Google Docs/Microsoft Teams/One Drive/Share Point/Whatever the next in thing will be. This will still be here when that disappears or becomes unusable or I move schools or someone reconfigures it. In other words, it's easier for me to use this.
It also means that people from all over the world can use stuff I put on here. I think that's a good thing to do.
It first appeared in 2001. I am painfully aware that that's probably before you were born.
A teacher in a UK school with all the paperwork to prove it. You really don't want to know anything else about me.
An orange in disguise.

Some things to bear in mind:

This site is not part of any school or other institution. It's mine, made in my own time with hosting I arrange and pay for. The work remains my own.

All of the links from this site were checked when the page was created and get reviewed every now and again. The content should be suitable for high school students aged between 11 and 18. Should the linked site have changed, however, I can not be held responsible for what you might find there. The web is a marvelous but large and sometimes slightly odd place.

Please let me know if links lead anywhere other than where they should.