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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Del.iciou.us and a little walk....

Categories: Glaciation, Limestone, s1 and s2, Geography General

I've been reading quite a lot tonight about del.icio.us social bookmarking, and Ollie Bray flagged up a nice video on YouTube showing how it works. I've used it to organise my own bookmarks for a short time now, and have suggested it to other teachers, but I'm going to show it tomorrow in a little detail for Higher and Advanced Higher. I feel that we use the internet so often now in class that the number of sites recommended becomes confusing (this was one of the main reasons I started the blog). Higher could easily bookmark by topic, making revision through the tags much simpler, while Advanced Higher will hopefully build relationships with those in other schools through the field weekend and the wiki, and would really benefit from being able to share each others links.

I've also been playing about with walk score. This has been floating around on some of the web pages that I regularly visit for a few days now, and to be honest, have been too pre-occupied with other things to have a look. It's not particularly relevant for any class work that we are doing as of yet, but I suppose you could explore some urban/settlement themes through it. I got a little carried away as usual and started putting all kinds of addresses into this. My present house has a walkability score of 31 out of 100 (which means there's not too many facilities/amenities within walking distance). If you really want to, you can view the walkability score for homes of the stars....while I'm on a vaguely urban note just now, I should reference Rob Chambers Geobytes Blog for some really useful info at the moment.

I am starting Limestone tomorrow with my Higher class, and will probably use some images from Geograph and some video as a starter, while the Advanced Higher are basically working away on section one. I liked my new s1 class today, who seemed very enthusiastic and participated well in deciding their own code of conduct, as well as sharing their thoughts about Geography, what it means to them and followed this by some questions about the course...and one about a dog..... :-0


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