Tuesday, 11 December 2007
Friday, 30 November 2007
Please try this activity with your pupils and let us have your comments and suggestions. Some photos of pupils carrying out some permeability tests would be most welcome.
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
The laptops are currently being tested around the world. The pupils in the slideshow are from the LEA primary school, Galadima, on the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria.
Wednesday, 21 November 2007
The Earthlearningidea team is especially pleased as this sort of work is what we hoped would happen when we devised our project. The original activity may be downloaded from our website in English or Spanish.
Tuesday, 20 November 2007
Click here for more information about the project.
Please send us your photos of boys and girls learning from, and enjoying, Earthlearningideas.
Wednesday, 14 November 2007
ESEU is funded by Oil and Gas UK and this means that a nationwide team of centrally-trained ESEU facilitators can deliver the workshops in schools, colleges and universities across the UK.
Click here to view the activities in ESEU's 'The Dynamic Rock Cycle'.
Wednesday, 31 October 2007
Please let us have your comments, suggestions and ideas about this topic.
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
The Geological Society of Australia has a link on its resources page - scroll down and click on 'Tsunami facts'.
Geoscience of Australia also has a good tsunami site.
We were also sent more information about the booklet we mentioned in our post of 16th October. The article was published by the Australian Science Teachers' Association on 12th July 2005.
Thursday, 18 October 2007
Steve Kluge and David Robison from New York, worked on seismograms as soon as these began coming on-line after the disastrous Sumatran tsunamis of December 2004. They created an inquiry-based lab exercise appropriate for high school and first year introductory level college students that involves the analysis of various aspects of data collected during and right after the quake - including locating the epicenter, timing the tsunami, measuring the human impact, and more.
Click here to see the webpage which has links to the activities.
The activity has been done by thousands of students around the world since then, and is featured in the journal of the National Earth Science Teachers' Association (NESTA).
Thank you very much for sending this link Steve; the project looks excellent.
Wednesday, 17 October 2007
The XO laptops are created expressly for the world's poorest children living in the most remote environments. Files from the machines can be backed up on a 'school server' or via an on-line system provided by Google. Click here for more details.
It seems that the laptops would be able to access Earthlearningidea activities. What a wonderful combination! Does anyone have more information about this please?
Here are some more links to information about these laptops. Click here and here.
Tuesday, 16 October 2007
Monday, 15 October 2007
Earthlearningidea has been linked to the websites of UCL Department of Earth Sciences, 'Useful Earth Science Links' and there is an article and a link on the website of the Royal Society of New Zealand. This is very good news. We are also pleased to report that subcription numbers to ELI continue to rise steadily. Please write your comments on this blog.
Sunday, 30 September 2007
This new 'thought experiment' activity is available now on the Earthlearningidea website. Please try it out and let us have your comments.
If you have access to YouTube, there are a number of videos of the terrible tsunami that struck South East Asia on December 26th 2004. However, some are not suitable for the classroom. This one, Tsunami hits Thailand and South East Asia, lasts for 7 minutes and this one, Tsunami shows the ensuing devastation in Banda Aceh and lasts for 52 seconds.
Monday, 24 September 2007
Click here to see all the comments received about this activity. This pdf file may be found on the Earthlearningidea website.
Friday, 14 September 2007
If you have photos of your pupils trying out ELI activities, please send them to us for publication.
Thursday, 6 September 2007
Steve Kluge from New York recently got in touch with ELI about his National Science Foundation funded project, creating a teacher friendly manual for developing earth science lessons using Google Earth.
You can find information about the manual here and the manual itself here. Looks really interesting.
Thanks Steve for your support of ELI and for letting us know about your project. Does anyone else have relevant projects they would like to share with ELI?
Friday, 31 August 2007
This is a brilliant, simple activity and could form part of a lesson about volcanic eruptions and their effects. It could also be used as part of the preparation for the best response to an eruption in a volcanic area. Pupils will be able to relate this simple classroom demonstration to the fact that tiltmeters are used on volcanoes all over the world to help to predict eruptions.
Please try this out and let us have your comments here.
Friday, 24 August 2007
'Quake Shake - will my home collapse?' has already been translated and is available on the website.
Thursday, 23 August 2007
Just click here to see the comments on Quake Shake. All comments and suggestions like this are gratefully received and will be added to the website, after the original activity. By the end of the International Year of Planet Earth, we shall have 57 activities and, hopefully, lots of extension and modification ideas.
Tuesday, 14 August 2007
Thursday, 9 August 2007
Earthlearningidea is now linked to the North American Association for Environmental Education's website. This should help us to spread our ideas even further.
Wednesday, 8 August 2007
Monday, 6 August 2007
We are delighted that we now have subscribers to ELI in Australia. Our aim is to reach every country in the world so please help us to spread by telling your colleagues, and particularly teacher- educators, about us.
We are busy writing new activities and already have some very good ideas ready for publication from September this year.
Coming soon - - video clips to demonstrate our activities.
Thursday, 2 August 2007
Tuesday, 31 July 2007
NAGT works in the USA to raise the quality of and emphasis on teaching the geosciences at all levels. Its purpose is to foster improvement in the teaching of the earth sciences at all levels of formal and informal instruction, to emphasize the cultural significance of the earth sciences and to disseminate knowledge in this field to the general public.
In support of its mission, NAGT organizes the technical program in geoscience education at every Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, and in this context also sponsors numerous technical sessions, workshops, and field trips. NAGT also publishes the Journal of Geoscience Education which has become a definitive source for high quality research about teaching and learning in the geosciences. We shall be writing articles about our Earthlearning teaching ideas for NAGT's e-newsletter.
Thank you for your interest and support.
Saturday, 21 July 2007
Friday, 20 July 2007
Our activities are now known in the Department of Earth Sciences, National Taiwan Normal University.
The professor of the Department of Earth Sciences and Director of the Science Education Centre has agreed to promote our activities. This is excellent news.
The image is from the department's website.
Thursday, 19 July 2007
We shall be publishing one new earth-related activity in the months from September to December and then one a week will be produced for 2008, the International Year of Planet Earth. As you can see from the previous posts, we are gradually spreading across the globe but we still need to reach lots more teacher-trainers in all countries. Please help us.
Wednesday, 18 July 2007
Tuesday, 17 July 2007
The editor of 'Earth Science Ireland' has also expressed interest in ELI and has accepted an article for publication in the autumn issue.
Please help us to contact as many teachers or teacher-trainers across the world as possible. More activities will be published soon.
Wednesday, 4 July 2007
Monday, 18 June 2007
Thursday, 7 June 2007
Tuesday, 5 June 2007
Thanks also Dawn for your encouraging comments about Earth Learning Idea. It is great to know we have the support of the Earth Science Teachers' Association.
Saturday, 2 June 2007
Our first sample activity can now be viewed on our website. The activities page can be found here.
It is a simple investigation into why some buildings collapse when an earthquake strikes and why some do not.
It requires minimal equipment and will lead to lots of discussion.
Would this work for you? Please let us know what you think by emailing us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by clicking the 'comment' link below.
Sunday, 6 May 2007
Our website is in development; we shall be storing the activities there.
This blog will keep you informed about what's going on and let you know when each activity is published. In the right hand column, you can subscribe to the blog via email or RSS reader (click here to find out more about RSS).
Please let us know if you have any thoughts or comments either by emailing us, or by clicking the 'comment' link below.