Feb 212012

The climax of Year 7’s unit of work on landscapes. Thanks to Alan Parkinson for the original idea of Landscape in a Box. We made use of Alan’s super KS3 Geographer’s Toolkit publication “Look At It This Way” The landscape assessment was completed over half term. More able students included location maps and detailed research notes as part of their work.All students were able to access the task, though possibly the instructions could have been differentiated better.



Gallery of student work

Video from the lesson: The peer assessment activity and students talking about their work.

What students were asked to do…
Landscape in a Box

Peer assessment sheet: When the music stops, sit down open a box and write some comments for the creator. (Musical boxes activity)
Landscape in a Box

Coastal Processes in the flume

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Jan 282012

I’ve been making use of the flume this week for teaching coastal processes. Longshore drift is really easy to demonstrate, along with cliff erosion, slumping and flowing.

Here’s Year 10 recapping the pros and cons of hard engineering options for coastal management:

Filmed and edited entirely on the iPad.

Instructions to make a flume at Juicy Geography

Nov 172010

If you can’t think of a way to get this clip into a Geography lesson, there’s no hope for you 😉
Danny MacAskill returns in a short film that features his sublime riding skills set against in a backdrop of inspirational locations in Edinburgh and the Highlands and Islands.
In response, students could be challenged to select locations for a similar film that would show off the best of their local area.
(Via Mike Deere – Facebook)

Ten ideas for using BBC Class Clips in the classroom

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May 312010

I’ve been tangentially involved with BBC Class Clips for some time. I thought I’d share some ideas for using short clips in the classroom as I’m preparing a short INSET presentation.

1. Write a short critical response in You Tube style, or following more formal guidelines.

2. Play “stop the video” Give students three questions in advance and get them to pause the video when the question has been answered.

3. Turn the sound off, so that students can write their own voiceover. This could be recorded using Audacity.

4. Pause the video: guess what happens next?

5. Remake the video using Flip videos (could be done in puppet or stop motion style).

6. Embed the video in a PowerPoint or blog post.

7. Give students a selection of clips, they have to choose the clip that best represents the theme.

8. Sum up the video in 3 words / 3 sentences / 3 paragraphs.

9. Use the video as source material for completing a writing frame.

10. Get students to write down 5 words associated with the video. Save to a shared folder and analyze the contents with Wordle

And a naughty bonus, just because you can…
Geo-locate the video (BBC class clips can be viewed directly in Google Earth) Here’s the procedure:

  • Locate the url of the Flash video version of the clip and paste it into a new browser page.
  • Right click to view the source code.
  • Copy all the code between the emp here comment tags (towards the end of the source code and beginning with div id = player.
  • Make a placemark as desired in Google Earth and right click to edit its properties.
  • Paste the video embed code directly into the placemark description.
  • Save the placemark – here’s a demo which needs Google Earth.
  • Video-conferencing opportunity for geography teachers

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    Apr 232009

    All geography teachers are welcome. More details at the wiki and the SLN forum post.
    Please request access to edit the Wiki, when permission is received, add your name to the attendees by editing it. If you feel brave and want to speak about a resource, topic or issue, please add to the agenda.

    We are limited to a number of 20, but have the possibility of increasing numbers; we will also record the meeting so that they can be viewed online. There is a demo facility on the FlashMeeting site. As well as allowing you to test your webcam/microphone, it lets you see what the meeting willl look like. Hovering over various different features (eg the chat, broadcast button, etc.) brings up a box telling you what that feature does. It is dead straightforward and will be well worth coming along, even if it’s as a “lurker” at first!

    The agenda for tonight’s meeting is here.