That Blue Square Thing

Geography Resources

SouthwoldDespite not teaching geography for quite a long time now, I still occasionally have good ideas about it that I want to put on the internet. Lots of those ideas involve stuff that could be used in other subjects or spreadsheets. This page just provides a way to link to them nowadays.

There's a page with coasts stuff, mainly linked to Dunwich. Roger the Dog has been released to the wider universe. Be worried. There's also pages with ways of doing Beach Profiles in an Excel Spreadsheet and, as of July 2014, Kite Diagrams as well. Because I can.

There's also a guide to producing Climate Graphs and Flood Hydrographs, both using Excel spreadsheets again. I do like a good spreadsheet... And, of course, the Interactive Weather Maps are pretty cool.

There's a page with economic activity stuff. Hmm, that sounds a bit dull, but it's where the Coventry Supermarket work is for now. There's also some stuff on the Ethics of Fair Trade way over in the CiDA & DiDA section. There's more to come on this - now some fashion stuff and some chocolate stuff too.

There's some stuff on Italy. There might be more if I ever get around to sorting it out properly. And there's a page of interesting geography links as well.

Other than where I've made it really clear and obvious, I think I've managed to make sure that everything that's on here is my own stuff and, hopefully, manages to avoid infringing anyone's copyright. If I've included anything that doesn't do that please let me know.

Mrs Endo Mystery

These are the original version of the Mrs Endo mystery cards from the old National Curriculum assessment packs from the 90s.

I didn't write them - although I did copy type this version. The copyright almost certainly belongs to someone else, but I imagine the packs themselves have more or less disappeared from circulation. To me this is a really important piece of work - to have government providing such an innovative form of assessment still shocks me. Good work, even after all these years, and an important resource to come back to when writing mysteries.

Over the years various versions have surfaced, many of which are a bit different from these - just in minor little ways. I still have a copy of the original booklet so adapted the versions I could find to get back to the original, untouched wording. At some point I may get around to doing something with the guidance that came with them as well!

pdf iconThe Mrs Endo Cards. It's simple - the cards tell a story. In the story someone dies. Who and why. And then unpack the complexities of earthquake casualties for as long as you want.

It's the Kobe earthquakeExternal link icon from 1995 of course, for anyone far too young to remember...

Google Maps as a GIS

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) lurk in the far corners of exam courses all the time. But proper GIS software tends to be expensive, cumbersome and ends up gathering dust most of the time - especially if the results aren't easy to display on the interwebs.

So, Google Maps is a half decent solution for some simple GIS work these days. Here are a couple of little guides to two different solutions:

pdf iconMaps Engine Lite - easy to use and share but you can't add images. But so easy to use - try it.

pdf iconGoogle Maps - tricker to use, but you can embed images in the map as well - and graphs if you save them as images first.

It's probably worth noting that Google keeps changing products and both of these methods are slightly experimental. The chances are that additional functionality will be added and that the instructions will be out of date fairly soon. It's a basic guide though...

I did play with Google Earth in the past to do the same sorts of things. There's some stuff about it in the Revision section I think (I don't go there much anymore). It probably mentions that it'll take ages on a dial-up internet connection - it's that old!

Continents of the World

This is a very simple world map with draggable labels using some cool JavaScript. Simple, but hopefully simple enough to form the basis of a tutorial to allow people to create their own versions

> Continents of the World map

> Continents and Oceans of the World map

I've deliberately chosen a Pacific centred map by the way. Partly because it was the best free use one I could lay my hands on quickly, and partly because I thought it might be interesting to present a Pacific centred view of the world for a change.

Other Stuff

I moved some stuff that was here in July 2014.

The Missing Vowels are on the Only Connect page. The What Do You Know grids have moved to the Teaching Resources page as they're more of a generic teaching resource I think.

The Typewriter Sound clip is now on the Cool IT Stuff page.