Return to Batsworthy Cross

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May 032006

The summer is fast approaching and it’s time for some active citizenship. I’m going to unleash a group of Year 9 students to make a film about wind energy in Devon, focussing particularly on the Batsworthy Cross site that generated an interesting debate in this blog.

The students will have complete creative control; researching, filming directing and editing the film themselves. It will be fascinating to see what conclusions they come up with.

Please get in touch if you live locally and feel like sharing your views on camera. We are aiming to complete the filming during July and can be quite flexible over times and dates.

Feb 152006

I’ve just completed an article on the use of Google Earth as a teaching tool to make decisions about wind farm locations. Read article: Investigating Wind Energy with Google Earth

The suggested activites make use of a number of web sites. Creative Commons images linked to Google Earth come from Geograph. The MAGIC interactive map, an excellent UK government resource provides geographic information on a wide range of environmental themes. The lesson also uses the DTI wind speed database.

Investigating Wind Energy gets students to use a number of fairly simple, yet powerful applications to arrive at a decision about a site for a wind farm. They are handling real geographical data, giving the task lots of credibility. Wind energy is an emotive subject and the exercise will get students to question their own values and attitudes. There is plenty to challenge students of different abilities along with an option to extend the activity with some simple modelling in Sketch Up and Photoshop Elements.

I would welcome feedback!