Saturday, 29 June 2013

Wind Turbines

An update from the Telegraph which will add an extra 'layer' to those lessons on Wind Turbines...

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

300 up...

This blog was launched to support my KS3 Toolkit book when it was published.

There are now 301 posts here, which include further resources to flesh out the lessons in the book, as well as other more general landscape-related posts. Thanks for reading.

The book is still available from the GA shop - if you see me, I'm happy to sign your copy ;)

ScoopIt for the new Australian Curriculum

The GTAV (Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria) has created ScoopIt pages for the new Australian Geography Curriculum.
Landscapes are covered in Year 8, and there are some useful links on the page.

Search GTAV on the ScoopIt homepage to find others...

A nice idea for the changing UK curriculum.... 

Monday, 24 June 2013

Ten thousand images

Earlier today posted the ten thousandth picture up on my Flickr page.
Check the sets for plenty of themed sets of images. There are certainly plenty of LANDSCAPE images from various EU countries, and all over the UK.
Images available under Creative Commons non-commercial / attribution license.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Landscape Change game

Thanks to Matt Podbury for the tipoff to this little simulation game.

Create the landscape feature by choosing the agent of change and the timescale
How many can you get to match ?
A nice bit of fun....

Students could research the veracity of the answers, or suggest other agents of landscape change and the impacts that they have...

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Landscape ideas...

Some nice ideas for exploring the rural landscape from FACE.

Some from my GA colleague Paula Owens here.

Go HERE to download your own copy.

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)

Countryside event at the RGS-IBG

Countryside in crisis? 
Thursday 27 June 2013 7.00 - 8.30pm (registration opens from 6.00pm)
Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR

Environmental risks and hazards like bovine TB, ash dieback and neonicotinoid pesticides are affecting our biodiversity and agriculture. With scientific uncertainty about the impact and scale of these risks, policy-makers face difficult decisions.

Badger culls have been implemented, neonicotinoid pesticides have been banned for their effect on the bee population, and the public are helping spot the early warning signs of Ash Dieback. How can all groups of society input into this decision-making process and is Government getting its policies right and striking a balance between maximising innovation and minimising harm?

The event will be chaired by Tom Heap from BBC Countryfile
Tickets – All welcome
£10 / Free for RGS-IBG Members, school members and Fellows / Book online or by phone 020 7591 3100

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Wind Farm song...

Just listening to this, and an interesting mention for wind turbines....
Nice track too...

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Map of the world's glaciers

Via Jason Sawle.

Map is HERE.
Hold down shift and drag out a box to zoom in...

Thought for the Day

"For as far as our records go back, we have held these two things dear, landscape & memory. Each infuses us with a different kind of life."

Barry Lopez