Wednesday, 28 February 2007
Noel Jenkins is one of the people behind the new resources, and would like to know what you think...
If you are a Yr10 or 11 student, click on the link below and complete the short survey...
Tuesday, 27 February 2007
If you click on the picture below, it will take you to the site of the Sierra Club (an environmental group) where you can download a Google Earth tour of the region, together with images, video, and some important questions to consider. BE WARNED THOUGH... "The Whole Enchilada" is a very very big file... Although it didn't take very long to download, it made my computer (which isn't top of the range and modern, but isn't that old...) run very slowly - it might be wise to download the individual files.
(Don't forget - people put things on the internet for lots of different reasons... what you see on the Sierra Club site might not be the whole story!)
There is a variety of others that Yr13 should be having a look at as well - "Return to the Southern Ocean" and "Pole to Pole" are two that I've spotted... Have a look and leave a comment if you find any others that will link well to the Cold Environments work.
Sunday, 25 February 2007
Cast your vote below, and leave a comment to tell me what you think!
(My current thoughts are that it seems to be working quite well!)
Saturday, 24 February 2007
Click on the picture to go to the site and get downloading!
Leave a comment and let us know what you think... Are they useful? Could they be improved? Is this a good way to revise?
Friday, 23 February 2007
Tutor time quiz - these will be appearing in register folders early next week - show us how much you know about Fairtrade, and win some prizes!
Tasting Sessions - lunchtimes on 1st and 2nd March in H5... Come and find out how nice Fairtrade products are!
Fairtrade Treasure Hunt - open to teams of upto four students in Yr7 and 8... lunchtime on 8th March...
Fairtrade Raffle - buy some tickets and win some fab Fairtrade goodies!
Look out for the posters and notices in registers for more details... learn more, join in, help farmers around the world to improve their lives, and spread the word!
Useful for RE and Citizenship as well as Geography...
Thursday, 22 February 2007
You need to:
- visit the site below (click on the picture)
- type in your details, barcode yourself and scan your barcode - make a note of how much you're worth!
- try a couple of variations - different age, different gender, same person but living in a different country - make a note of how much you would be worth...
- come back to the blog, and leave a comment, making sure that you include your first name, or your initials.
If you have problems, or can't find a computer to use, come and see me!
You can download it here - Google Earth. In order for it to work, you will need a decent internet connection and a decent graphics card (I don't know much about this, but computer whizzes can check out the technical details here!)
Hours of fun can be had just flying about, but if you want to go on a sightseeing trip, have a look at Google Sightseeing.
Typing Google Earth into a search engine will come up with lots of links to blogs and forums (fora?) where you will be able to find a multitude of tips and ideas, as well as being able to download tours (for example, you can go on a tour of the Da Vinci Code locations...) and various overlays (earth at night, and active volcanoes are good ones!).
Have fun and let us know if you find anything interesting on your travels!
Time is running out to get your entries in for the Ice Edge competition to win a trip to the Arctic! All you need to do is get a team of 2 -4 people together, and come up with an idea to save the planet... Click on the logo to find out more from the website, or come and see me in H5.
Young Geographer of the Year...
also has an environmental theme... Some great prizes up for grabs here as well... Scroll down to the post from 11th February to find out more. Rob Chambers has some useful links on his blog to help you get started... www.geobytesgcse.blogspot.com
Ordnance Survey World Map Competition
The Ordnance Survey are running a competition for students to design a world map with a theme... More details tomorrow...
Year 13 have been reading today about geographer Nick Middleton's journey to Oymyakon, which was part of a project to visit the hottest, coldest, wettest and driest places on earth. He's written about his adventures in an excellent book called Going to Extremes.
Whilst I was looking for information about the weather at the moment in Oymyakon, I found this interview with Nick, from the National Geographic...
The Oymyakon Project's website is also an interesting read, with some great pictures... Including this one - of Oymyakon's airport!
How would you fancy living in a climate like this? What problems would you have to overcome? What advantages of living in a (very) cold climate can you think of? Leave a comment...
Monday, 19 February 2007
Click on the picture to go to the BBC website and listen to the documentary which considers what Japan can do to stop its rural communities from disappearing altogether...
Particularly useful for Yr11, but an interesting listen for everyone else as well!
Friday, 16 February 2007
(Still not found a webcam though...)
Tuesday, 13 February 2007
Those of you who fancy a bit of bed-time reading can click on the picture to download a pdf of the report (in Welsh as well as English... so you can practise your language skills!).
Get reading Yr10, 11 and 13!!
You can also find the BBC coverage of the story, together with a video clip and some readers' comments here.
By the time these children - in a school where, according to the headteacher, one class has 39 boys and only 8 girls - are thinking about settling down, there may be 30 million men of marriageable age who will not be able to find a wife...
Click on the picture for the full story from the BBC. What do you think are the possible solutions? Is there anything China can do?
Monday, 12 February 2007
See what you can find out about them... And if you can tell me how they got their name (which I'll let you find out for yourself!), I'll be very impressed, because after a very long internet search, I still don't know...
Sunday, 11 February 2007
There are some fantastic prizes up for grabs - including an Amazon expedition and working with elephants in Namibia - in the annual competition run by the RGS-IBG.
There are three entry categories - Senior Geographers (16-18 years old) and Young Geographers (13-15 years old) are asked to write a magazine article entitled "Can recycling save the world?", while the challenge for Junior Geographers (12 years and under) is to design an "exciting magazine cover" with the same theme...
You have until the 30th April to get your entries in, so click on the picture for more information about the competition, get your thinking caps on, and then come and tell me all your fab ideas when we get back to school!
Wednesday, 7 February 2007
Tuesday, 6 February 2007
Then check out GeogDocs.
This is a new project from geography teacher Adam Lawson, who is behind many of the great movies you've seen in lessons of late (Sticky does Settlement Factors, Yr10? Montserrat, Yr9?) - and this time it's you lot making the movies!
I haven't had time to investigate properly yet, but it sounds like a great idea, and as a lot of you are already MovieMaker whizzes, I look forward to seeing some of your work on the site soon!
Look out for more information when I've had chance to explore further...
Monday, 5 February 2007
Saturday, 3 February 2007
The programme, which looked at flooding in Boscastle, Lynmouth and Carlisle amongst other places, as well as considering whether the ongoing developments along the Thames (including the Olympic site in Stratford) are wise, was excellent - not least because it was presented by a GEOGRAPHER (Dr Nick Middleton from the University of Oxford)!
It was the first of a series of 4 programmes - the other 3 are Lightning, Storms and Snow - well worth watching, if tonight's was anything to go by!
More information about the programmes, Nick Middleton and weather in Britain on the Channel 4 website.
GCSE Bitesize and S-Cool both have revision notes and questions so you can test yourself...
Alan Parkinson's GeographyPages has a good revision section.
Rob Chambers' school website, GeoBytes, has loads of revision bits and pieces and Rob is also blogging for his GCSE students: GCSEGeoBytes.
And don't forget about SAM Learning.
Let me know if you find any other useful sites by leaving a comment or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Don't forget though, that - assuming you've been completing classwork and homework thoroughly - your exercise book is the best place to revise from...
Tips and things to remember:
- make sure you know your case studies, and make sure you know where they are! Check your maps that you should have been labelling as we've mentioned new places...
- maps... if your map skills are a bit shaky, get practising - be sure that you can read/give 6-figure grid references and that you know your east from west!
- them proper words that geography people use... otherwise known as geographical terminology! Get revising those geographical terms - and use them!
- I've just been reading Noel Jenkins' blog for his students, and amongst the many useful and interesting things on there, I noticed this post about Levels Marking at GCSE. This is something I've struggled to explain clearly to you in the past so if you're still confused, get over to Noel's blog and read about it!
They collect hazard early warning information from across the globe to allow for efficient planning and decision-making. As a result, there are loads of interesting maps (and did you know there'd been a 5.5 earthquake in Chile this morning?), and links to a range of sites, for example the USGS.
Well worth checking out, especially for Yr9 who are "doing" Natural Hazards at the moment...
Thanks to Ollie Bray for highlighting the site on his blog, and to Rob Chambers for pointing it out to me as well.
Thursday, 1 February 2007
Click on the picture for the full story...