Friday, 21 December 2007

A little Animoto video

Downloads available now !

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Nice feedback and some nice images...

Thanks to Mrs. Clarke for passing on some good feedback about the lessons on LANDSCAPES so far.
We have been getting some interesting poems in from you when asked about how you 'view' or imagine landscapes to be. We'll be showcasing more of your work in the New Year.
Thanks also to my friend Simon for telling me about the work of Josef Hoflehner, who is a photographer of LANDSCAPES. He has a particular style of photography which takes the key elements of a landscape. Check out his FROZEN HISTORY site for more sets of images, including the eponymous Frozen History set which has images of the hut used by Sir Ernest Shackleton on his Antarctic expeditions. The one below is from the snowscapes series, and is an example of the images. Check them out. He has an exhibition on in London at the moment.
Image Copyright: Josef Hoflehner "Early Snow"

I'm dreaming of a White Christmas....

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

Landscapes in Animation


While you're watching the Christmas TV, or staring at your Christmas cards - how are the landscapes depicted ?
What is a 'typical'' Christmas landscape ? What are its elements ?
How realistic is it as a landscape ?

Click the image above for a larger version, from the classic Tom Jerry "The Night Before Christmas" from the Quimby era (the only real T&J !)

Monday, 17 December 2007

How do you look at landscapes ?

We each look at a landscape in a particular way.
A geographer will have a particular view, a geologist another, a botanist another, a developer another, a hydrologist another, a walker another... etc...

Part of the study of landscapes should be an attempt to explain to students that this particular issue is one that they need to appreciate: that we all have our own internal landscapes which inform our views on the external landscapes that we encounter.

Sometimes landscapes are what we imagine.

Robert MacFarlane in "Mountains of the Mind" talks about how our cultural perceptions, emotional baggage, thoughts and ideas create a landscape as surely as geology has shaped it."

When conservationists bring imagination to landscapes they call it 'opportunity mapping': looking at landscapes not in terms of what is there, but what MIGHT be.

Sunday, 2 December 2007

Cyclone Sidr Resources

BANGLADESH - Cyclone Sidr Resources

Tony Cassidy spent the October half term of this year in Bangladesh.
As part of his travels, he was asked to create a resource.
The week after he arrived back in England, CYCLONE SIDR hit Bangladesh: the worst cyclone since 1991.

Details of the CYCLONE can be seen on the BBC NEWS site, and there is a very detailed article from the DAILY TELEGRAPH here.

Lesson Ideas Resources
1 Rationale- why study this event?Formation of the Cyclone Sidr.

Cyclone protection in Bangladesh.

PowerPoint with linked video and embedded animation.Student worksheet about the formation of the cyclone.
2 Causes, Impacts & Responses. PowerPoint introducing classification task.Student worksheet-classification task.
3 How quickly will Bangladesh cover? PowerPoint comparing development statistics of the U.K. and Bangladesh.Student response worksheet.
4,5,6 Levelled assessment. Students to produce a PowerPoint storyboard about the cyclone for B.B.C. news 24.Task worksheet.

Assessment criteria.

Outline PowerPoint.

The resources are a hefty 26Mb download.

If you use the resources, please make a donation to the OXFAM DISASTER RELIEF FUND. Click the link below, or the logo at the top of this post.



Image: Simon Hathaway

When teaching about landscapes, you need to have access to a range of images, to bring the landscape into the classroom.
My first port of call is FLICKR, which has over 1 billion images, many of them 'geotagged' by location.
Also try the following: (some of these will be blocked by school / LA filters)