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General Discussion / Re: geography and slavery
« on: May 06, 2009, 12:45:16 PM »
The freedom centre and the story of the Underground railroad based in Cincinnati has a good website (not sure if it will be so helpful for British slavery) but could link with the colonies.

The museum is also very humbling if you ever happen to be in the area although some of it has a distinctly blame the British theme...

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General Discussion / Re: AQA GGA7 Summer 2009
« on: May 02, 2009, 08:12:44 PM »
Don't do this paper and am not a geology expert but I'm fairly sure of the basics for Millstone grit

Millstone is a carboniferous rock made up of sandy grit with some fairly sizeable pebbles, its a type of coarse sandstone, there's lots of it about in places like the peaks and because of the way it was laid down - most of it at the bottom of seas it tends to have coal in it (I think I'm right in saying the S.Wales coalfields are sitting on it)

Millstone grit is massively jointed so permeable - also water tends to get stored in the rock

The name of it gives away its other property -its very hard! hence used for grinding stones - sharpening your chisel etc or millstones themselves

Q1) Eh?
Q2) Is this so you can find out how rounded the sediment is?

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We have been asked if there any any accreditations students can get in our area early? For example, History have said they may be able to have an entry level History class, which starts and finishes in Year 9, meaning we get the points for students. Obviously Geography could also do this. I was just wondering if anyone had any other great and wonderful, possibly even obscure suggestions of what I could bring through in Geography?

Don't think I have any particularly amazing ideas
Why do you have to do an accreditation in yr9? Why aren't you/teachers in general being allowed to teach high quality, inovative and engaging geography without having to tag an exam or similar on the end of it? The more obscure it gets the more geography you are going to loose by the sound of it....
Some GIS training/course perhaps?

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General Discussion / Changing Cityscapes
« on: April 29, 2009, 05:07:25 PM »
Could be useful. Gateshead
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8020603.stm
Seems to be part of a series:

All this week BBC News is looking at how landmark buildings, infrastructure and eye-catching architecture are changing the face of British cities and towns.

Today - what role do cultural buildings, arts centres and performance spaces play?

It is often claimed they can kick start the regeneration process and help in changing perceptions of a city or town, from both outside and within.

Gateshead has invested in three such projects: The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, the Angel of the North and The Sage music centre.

In this film, folk musician Kathryn Tickell argues that culture has transformed Gateshead and says the Sage makes local people proud.

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General Discussion / Re: GIS - What do you use
« on: April 29, 2009, 12:57:39 PM »
I think it works because they are taught how to use it from an early stage and then when they come to look at something like deprivation in cities they find it very easy to map and then map/correlate with various other factors, unemployment, age of housing or whatever and is a natural part of the way they teach

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General Discussion / Re: GIS - What do you use
« on: April 29, 2009, 10:42:00 AM »
I've got ArcView on my PC at home but I just use it to produce resources for school not for the students to use although I know of a number of schools that use ArcView to a highly sophisticated level in their teaching - not particularly because the spec says they should use GIS but it seems to enhance their learning of some aspects of the course. It is quite complicated though  ???

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General Discussion / Re: Data loggers
« on: April 29, 2009, 10:37:00 AM »
Haven't used data loggers in geog but just a digital thermometer and a GPS works just fine...

The data loggers I use in physics are more for continuous recording e.g. changing temperature recorded every 5s in a beaker of water or velocity of a car on an air track. I can't really think of anything in geography that we record at that scale?

The I Gat U gizmos that Alan flagged on the old forum are a good entry level way of geo referencing I've found

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General Discussion / Re: To farm or not to farm?
« on: April 29, 2009, 10:31:57 AM »
We teach agriculture in year 7 - inspiring entitled Agriculture for the 2nd half of the Easter term. I'm slowly trying to update the resources, got the farm game in, role play etc. There used to be a farm trip in the long distant past but hey ho. Tried using ArcView to map farming types in the UK and overlay with relief, rainfall etc - quite useful but I'm not sure yr7 'got it'. Difficult, but no reason not to, teach a topic so far removed from their day to day life. Agriculture being dull is probably becuase we think its dull and teach it poorly

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Is there a way to download and keep the shows from the iPlayer?

Yes... illegally. Put it into a google search and you will find a load of easy to use legitimate pieces of software, what you do with them is up to you

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