Friday, 13 July 2018

Hunstanton Cliffs - a new resource

A few resources which I worked on are hitting the internet now (or soon...) in time for the last part of the summer term, when hopefully there are some decisions being made about what to teach in the new academic year in terms of curriculum resources.

First up is a resource which I wrote a while back, and which has now been added to the RGS website (although there are a few final touches still to be added I think...) The resource has the context of the Hunstanton Cliffs, and their erosion and management,
It's turned out nicely, and may be of use for those preparing students for NEAs and other situations.



While we're on a coastal theme, check out this 170+ page report on erosion at Hemsby which contains a wealth of technical detail and images on this area of the coast which has been in the news for a while since the demolition of several beach side homes.


Wednesday, 4 July 2018

Thought for the Day

The Fens is a great landscape. Hint any mountains to get in the way of the view.
Norfolk Saying

Image: Alan Parkinson

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Managing the coast at Studland

A useful StoryMap


Earth in Vision

A few years ago, I was invited to be involved with the Earth in Vision project as a teacher advisor of some kind (my memory is hazy) but was unable to get involved due to my teaching commitments. The project has been developing throughout that time, with assistance from other teachers such as Lauren Otoo, and earlier this week the website went live.
It was one of a number of projects involving Joe Smith, the new director of the RGS-IBG.


The project explores content from the BBC Archive, and collects that which has an environmental relevance for educators.
There are three special eBooks which have been (or are being) produced as part of the project.



One of them is of particular interest: a book by George Revill which explores how BBC programming has helped shape how people see the landscape in the way that it is (re)presented.
This can be downloaded in various formats from this page.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

Belle Tout

As seen in 'Look at it this Way' in the chapter on coastal erosion...

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Impact of tourism on Iceland's landscape

An interesting website which explores the growing pressures on Iceland. It's written by Ellis Quinn, who writes on the Eye on the Arctic website.

When most people think of Arctic economic development, things like resource extraction are usually first to mind. But northern regions and chambers of commerce are increasingly touting tourism as a key economic tool.

It’s seen as an industry that creates jobs for a variety of education levels, promotes small-scale entrepreneurship, reinforces and promotes local cultures, and creates the sustainable development lacking in many of the expensive and hard-to-get-to regions of the North; whether the remote Indigenous communities of Arctic Canada and Greenland, or the villages of Finnish Lapland and northern Russia.

But tourism is far from the benign industry it’s often made out to be.

As Iceland has discovered, mass tourism in the North can have social and environmental impacts as profound as those of the mining or drilling industries.

Yet successive governments did nothing to prepare for any of it. Instead, Instagram and Justin Bieber inadvertently ended up doing most of Iceland’s tourism planning for them.

Now, not everyone is sure they’re happy with the results.

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Happisburgh Coastal Erosion

One of a new series of BBC Teach videos.