Monday, 10 June 2013

300 up....

This blog was started in 2009 following an event which I ran as part of my work at the time for the Geographical Association. It was a meeting of a group of people to kick-start further support for Geography teachers.
We've reached the 300th post...

This will be the last post on this blog for the time being

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Thanks for reading...

Friday, 7 June 2013

Wind Farm lesson

For my new teaching job I had to teach a lesson on the theme of Wind Farm Development.

Fortunately, the department has been using my GA KS3 toolkit 'Look at it this Way'
This book is still available to buy from the GA Shop.

I decided in the time that I had to prepare for my interview lesson, which was very short and ended up being in the early hours of the morning of the day itself, that I would adapt a lesson from the book. Some of the students had apparently been doing some of the activities already, so had a flavour of what to expect.
Here's an image of a wind farm that I took while on my way between home and Sheffield.
I discovered that in terms of the definition of a wind farm, then as few as two wind turbines could be classed as a wind farm for planning purposes, although some local authorities classed it as three. There was no overall definition in terms of numbers.

Wind Farm, Lincolnshire Fens, as seen from the A17
Image by Alan Parkinson

As I had a bit of advance notice of the lesson topic, I was able to ask some of my friends to tell me some words to describe wind turbines, and I was able to create a word cloud.
Word cloud created using

Thanks to those people who helped with the lesson in this way.
And here is the lesson itself.
I uploaded it to Slideshare...

Wind lesson from GeoBlogs

And here's the lesson plan....

Note that this is an interview lesson, so is not necessarily representative of normal practice...
I over-prepared and adapted some of the activities (of which there were too many)

Back to the classroom...

Some news over on Living Geography

Monday, 3 June 2013

ArcGIS Online Story Maps

A useful blog post here to explain how to download the MAP STORY TOUR template and start to use it with ArcGIS Online.

It's not a straightforward procedure, but this post by Rupert Essinger takes you through it nice and clearly.
I'll perhaps give it a go, to check that it works before using it with colleagues at a course at the end of the week...