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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Spirited Away (a whole class on Friday, would you believe...)

Categories: Development and Health, Advanced Higher, s1 and s2
Last week before Santa. Higher were using posterous in class on Friday. I'm glad we did this task as I now have a better insight into where we need to fill the gaps. Using the maps in the previous post, most of you have an idea of factors which influence development (Climate, relief, vegetation, communications, trade etc ), but don't quite fully develop your reasons for differences in development within Brazil. I've put a general comment at the top of the page and have started leaving individual comments on the answers. Please have a go at re-drafting your answers after tomorrow's lesson and from the comment feedback. We'll probably do a bt of drag and drop organisation for an answer to this which I'll paste into posterous for you. I then want to look at differences between countries, and I'm going to start by referring back to the demographic transition and doing a lving graph, but not directly about population, about this:

Many thanks to Richard Allaway for this. S1 are doing their map skills test (this should probably be made a little more challenging), while s2 are hopefully going to watch Spirited Away over a couple of periods. This is not only fine Japanese Anime, but visits several themes that we have covered in the Japan topic or have still to cover, such as the tensions between the traditional and the modern, alienation in a new place (remember Lost in Translation- Thanks Tony) and something I'd like you to look for, any environmental theme.
Finally, Advanced Higher, hmmm, where were you on Friday? I'm hoping that I'll be receiving the draft of the issues which should have been in with you on that most mysterious of days... We'll be processing more of our field data tomorrow, should you remember where the class is :-0


At 8:10 pm, Blogger tempus fugit said...

I've noticed that in UK you teach a unit about Japan. Do you know the film BABEL? I think you should consider to use it, or, at least, some parts of it.
Pedro Damião (Portugal)

At 9:37 pm, Blogger Kenny O'Donnell said...

Hi Pedro, thanks for the comment. I haven't seen BABEL, but have heard of it, and thought it might be a bit graphic. Have you used it- and if so, how? I looked at your blogs, some very nice cartoons and interesting photos. I will keep an eye on them. Thank you for reading the blog.

At 9:53 pm, Blogger tempus fugit said...

I am planning to use the film this year when I'll teach "Development" issues, to show some diferences between two societies (Moroco and Japan).

What do you mean when saying that the film "might be a bit graphic"?

My blogs are very recent but I am trying to disseminate some interesting resources that I find, including in blogs like yours. ;-)

It is aimed to portuguese Geography teachers but you're very welcome as well.

Odblog and other UK geography teacher's blogs are on my daily routine reading the news from UK geography teching.

Where do you found those images (climate, relief) about Brasil?

At 10:17 pm, Blogger Kenny O'Donnell said...

I think the viewing certificate here might make it difficult to show in class as it includes some adult content, but as I said, I haven't seen the film, and there may be clips that could be used, would be interested to know.
The Brazil maps are from a while ago from an old powerpoint. I really don't remember where I got them. I also have a file somewhere which has similar maps which overlay on Google Earth, which you'd be welcome to (think it may be in work). I think most Geography teacher blogs are doing the same as you and I, and are passing on the good things tat they find. That's how I find most of my resources.
Keep up the good work


At 12:06 am, Blogger tempus fugit said...

Hello again Kenny

Do you know the "Brazil HDI Atlas" software? If you don´t know it I could send you by email or make a link on my blog. It is quite interesting.

At 7:08 pm, Blogger Kenny O'Donnell said...

A link in your blog would be great, would be interested to see that. Thanks for the comments.

At 9:18 pm, Blogger tempus fugit said...

Hi Kenny
The link is online on my blog.
If I can help you with the translation, let me know.
Good work.

At 10:03 am, Blogger tempus fugit said...

Hi Kenny
I found something about Japan that might interest you (Food and sustainability).

Follow this link to my blog:



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