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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Smashing Darts


Categories: s1 and s2, Advanced Higher, Glaciation
Have just spent the evening making massive balls of playdough for landscape recognition exercise with s3 tomorrow. Now that I've finally managed to clean it from my hands, my thoughts have went to s1. I normally do a paper based exercise looking at Brazil and South America. This revolves around the following:
Physical Geography

Identify Brazilian Highlands and Andes

Identify Atlantic ocean for coastline

Identify Amazon Rainforest and River

Highest Mountain in Brazil

Political Geography

Identify Brazil's neighbours

Urban Geography

Some major cities including Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Recife, Belem, Manaus and Salvador

Lines of Latitude and Longitude

Tropic of Capricorn

Equator

I feel as if the students sometimes get too engrossed in colouring in or do the opposite and rush the exercise and I want a bit more thought about the map. I am going to have a try at using umapper and the geodart game maker. We will have to think about the same places and themes but will have to pose this as a question, meaning that the person creating the game has to find out a bit about the region too. Also, as it's scores based, the more accurate the answer, the better the score, so I'm hoping that we can share games and get a bit of competition going. If this works, I'll share some of the results here. There's a little tutorial at the top of the page for how to create your games, but I'll do a quick example in class.

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