Friday 31 August 2007

New Earthlearningidea activity

Our new activity is now ready for you to try - 'When will it blow? - predicting eruptions'. It shows how a simple tiltmeter can demonstrate the bulging of a volcano before eruption. Our short video clip shows the bulging in action.

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

ELI activities are now available in Spanish

Thanks to Aulagea, a service for teachers and learners of the Department of Geology of the University of Buenos Aires, our activities will now be available in Spanish.

'Quake Shake - will my home collapse?' has already been translated and is available on the website.

Thursday 23 August 2007

Quake Shake - extension idea

Many thanks, Thomas, for your interesting extension thoughts for Quake Shake. This sounds a really good idea and one which students would certainly enjoy, especially the 'quake-off' at the end! If you try this out, please let us know the results.

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

Video Clips on Earthlearningidea - Quake Shake

In order to bring Earthlearningideas to life we'll be using video footage of some of the activities to show you what to expect. We've produced a video to accompany the sample activity, 'Quake shake - will my home collapse?' Click here to watch the video.

Monday 6 August 2007

Earthlearning idea has reached Australia

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

ELI is linked to the Geological Society's Education page

The Geological Society has included a link to Earthlearningidea via its website's Education page, bottom right in image above. This will help to disseminate our teaching ideas when we start to publish more activities - one a month from September to December this year and then one every week in 2008. Please subscribe to this blog if you want to be informed when anything new has happened and when the activities have been published.