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Sunday, January 27, 2008

A bit of everything I said I'd do, but never got round to

Categories: Development and Health, Atmosphere, Advanced Higher

I'm finding it harder to blog as regularly as I'd like to and as much as I promise to this school year. One of the reasons for this is that I've been doing a lot more in terms of whole school events. I led a course on how I've used my blog with classes and talked other teachers through setting up their own last week. I asked for a copy of their links, and I'm only just getting round to sharing some of them. Maybe these will be useful for some of you in the coming weeks- Mr McNeillie has set up his own class blogs for year groups-Here's an example of one. Mrs McHugh has started a Business Education blog, and there are several others which I've left on my school account. I'll try to put some more of these up over the next week.

More pressing might have been my promise to put up something about the Development indicators questions for Higher. I thought about writing an answer, but really, it would have been almost identical to what's already in Bitesize, and while reading this you can also revise the whole topic more fully before testing yourselves. After canvassing your wishes for supported study last week, we decided to look at Rural Land Resources. Some people had asked for some support on Population, so hopefully these links might be of some use- a new report on the effects of the One Child Policy and a section on Pro and Anti Natalist policies from Rich Allaway. I have been harping on about the importance of understanding the Energy Balance for atmosphere in class, and we worked on a question with a diagram similar to the one here. Be advised to have a read. For showing the changing position of the sun over a year, there is a nice animation I said I'd show you but am struggling to locate, and I also found a good time lapse video showing twenty four hours of sunlight.

Advanced Higher probably struggle to find revision resources, as much of your work is practical, but Highland Learning has some reasonable bits and pieces on it for you, and we're doing some mapping past papers tomorrow as well as discussing fieldwork results.

Lastly, I don't know what you'll think of this, probably because I'm not sure what I think about this myself. Reading Doug Belshaw recently, I followed a link to Remember the Milk. I am sure this would really help some people organise themselves (study planning?), especially chronic paper re-arrangers like myself. I'm just not sure if I'm ready to give yet another bit of my life to this machine in attempting to be a little more efficient (ironic, considering this posts' title)...


At 6:55 am, Anonymous Doug Belshaw said...

Hi Kenny,

I hope you do try Remember the Milk. It really is very configurable and makes one's life very much easier. :-)

At 10:58 am, Blogger Kenny O'Donnell said...

You're probably right. I am seriously struggling with password retention for all the various sites I use now, and also often find after viewing my rss reader and a couple of forums at night that I've already used up a lot of time. I suppose I'm just worried that another site will mean another read, will mean more time! I like the idea behind the site though.


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