Students findings from using police.uk as a geography tool

A series of comments from students using the police.uk site as a tool for showing fighting crime.

1. I liked seeing where the crime had happened in their area so that they raised their level of awareness.

2. You can see where hiding places for criminals are when you link with google street view. You also see worst parts of area and stay away from them.

3. I fund maps tough so don’t know where the worst streets are. What else is there for me. I liked the Facebook page I’d use that.

4. What will happen if the Internet doesn’t work? You might not have twitter or Facebook. How would I know where the crime has happened?

5. If you are moving house it is good to see worst areas. I wouldn’t move to Benwell area as it had more crime!

6. They are not updated as soon as the crime has happened so you only see last months information. That’s where facebook and twitter are good as they are up to date.

7. Maps difficult to understand the crimes seem to link. Areas that have most crime have all the different crimes happening. Good areas have little crime only other crime.

8. Most crimes happen at lancefrost gardens

9. Nice to see police track crimes and. Let’s people know what is going on in an area. Our pack had no maps. It would have been nice to see where the crime was on a map to see if it was near me. I didn’t know the street names.

10. Street maps doesn’t cover all streets on google I want to see what worst street looks like. I could take pictures for google!

11. I use myspace does the police have that as I don’t use facebook or twitter.

12. Police can monitor crime in an area over time. They can almost predict where crime would occur. Map didn’t have much detail. But Map was easy to read.

13. Clear key so I knew what the map meant:)

Using police.uk maps in a geography lesson

I have provided a lesson plan which has got some ideas on how to use the police.uk site in a geography lesson.

Here is a variety of other uses and ideas.

1. Get the uses from the Police themselves. On the site it will provide you with the police team in that local area searched from the home page which asks you for a post code or the place name. This could be as an introduction to the use of police.uk OR to demonstrate the geography skill of your classes get the students to demonstrate all the uses they have found and how they use it. Then evaluate this with how the Police use it. Students come show where they would station the offices in that area and compare this with where the Police actually locate them.

2. Field visit! When you look at the Police map they show you the level of crime at street level. However when I went on street view for the area I was interested low and behold the street view was not available for that street or the other 2 worst affected! TYPICAL. So how about getting the students to visit those sites and to analyse why that site is affected by crime and to take pictures to create their own in class street view of crime as a display!

3. Get students to update the 2011 police.uk site to incorporate the line graphs that the 2010 version had! http://maps.police.uk/ This will aid students to develop key geographical skills essential in geography. Students could then examine the 2 datas and evaluate the benefits/positives and costs/negatives of each map.

4. Students could analyse to see if trends appear. E.g. is one area only impacted by car crime, robbery, burglary etc. To aid students with this they could look at the mapzone GIS idea that Police use. Students could do a GIS project wit the data they have.

5. students examine the social media that their local force has that is linked to the police.uk site. E.g. Twitter, Facebook, youtube. The information that the social media sites contain is for the current month the maps are based on the previous month. Students can then on a google base map label the crimes in the current month and then evaluate this with the previous 3 months. Is crime getting worse or better?

 

Using police.uk maps in a geography lesson

I have provided a lesson plan which has got some ideas on how to use the police.uk site in a geography lesson.

Here is a variety of other uses and ideas.

1. Get the uses from the Police themselves. On the site it will provide you with the police team in that local area searched from the home page which asks you for a post code or the place name. This could be as an introduction to the use of police.uk OR to demonstrate the geography skill of your classes get the students to demonstrate all the uses they have found and how they use it. Then evaluate this with how the Police use it. Students come show where they would station the offices in that area and compare this with where the Police actually locate them.

2. Field visit! When you look at the Police map they show you the level of crime at street level. However when I went on street view for the area I was interested low and behold the street view was not available for that street or the other 2 worst affected! TYPICAL. So how about getting the students to visit those sites and to analyse why that site is affected by crime and to take pictures to create their own in class street view of crime as a display!

3. Get students to update the 2011 police.uk site to incorporate the line graphs that the 2010 version had! http://maps.police.uk/ This will aid students to develop key geographical skills essential in geography. Students could then examine the 2 datas and evaluate the benefits/positives and costs/negatives of each map.

4. Students could analyse to see if trends appear. E.g. is one area only impacted by car crime, robbery, burglary etc. To aid students with this they could look at the mapzone GIS idea that Police use. Students could do a GIS project wit the data they have.

5. students examine the social media that their local force has that is linked to the police.uk site. E.g. Twitter, Facebook, youtube. The information that the social media sites contain is for the current month the maps are based on the previous month. Students can then on a google base map label the crimes in the current month and then evaluate this with the previous 3 months. Is crime getting worse or better?

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IPad2

Well I’ve had the iPad2 for 26 1/2 hours and it definitely is an improvement over the iPad1.

When I was in the queue in Newcastle Eldon Square at 3pm my partner asked me the simple but important question. “But why bother you’ve got the ‘ipad’???

This made me actually sit down and think and evaluate why I actually had got a Bus into town to buy a piece of tech which I had already!?!? So I sat myself down (the queue wasn’t moving and feet were hurting – trying to avoid Apple Deep Vein Thrombosis) and evaluated the pros and cons

Issues

The cons were clear. Price for a glorified YouTube machine (how partner has used ipad1) would be steep.

Still no USB port or Effective Microsoft office pack (keynotes etc are great but I’m thinking about those who will feel it is essential to have for compatibility issues.

The new cover at £35.00 is a bit too much of a gimmick at that price! Hunt around for a case. I’ve got a gimp case and found it to be great. Mind it doesn’t offer the working stand support. I’ve found it a pain in the backside to get the apple one in the position i want so it’s sat on a coffee table in my conservatory:(

Pros

The obvious pros with the ipad2 over the ipad1 are the cameras. They’ll offer as an educational learning tool endless extra opportunities, e.g. iMovie a fantastic tool for creating a presentation with music, video transitions editing, blog pictures, videos, animations, fieldwork pictures, pictures to show students collaborating for display, evident collection to take pictures of good examples of work and bad ones to point out where to move on to with work etc etc

The speed compared to ipad1 is a very obvious improvement. I’ve held direct comparisons and have found going into YouTube and loading a video it takes about 4 seconds less. That doesn’t sound that much but just count 4 seconds and imagine yourself sat there waiting for a website to load!

Download speed is again improved quite considerably about 5-10 seconds faster I’ve found.

The weight has definitely reduced so you don’t get after an hour the feeling if ‘oh I’d best put this down:(

I hope this has given you a bit of information on the pros and cons (limitations) of the new ipad2 compared to it’s predecessor the ipad1.

Enjoy!

IPad2

Well I’ve had the iPad2 for 26 1/2 hours and it definitely is an improvement over the iPad1.

When I was in the queue in Newcastle Eldon Square at 3pm my partner asked me the simple but important question. “But why bother you’ve got the ‘ipad’???

This made me actually sit down and think and evaluate why I actually had got a Bus into town to buy a piece of tech which I had already!?!? So I sat myself down (the queue wasn’t moving and feet were hurting – trying to avoid Apple Deep Vein Thrombosis) and evaluated the pros and cons

Issues

The cons were clear. Price for a glorified YouTube machine (how partner has used ipad1) would be steep.

Still no USB port or Effective Microsoft office pack (keynotes etc are great but I’m thinking about those who will feel it is essential to have for compatibility issues.

The new cover at ??35.00 is a bit too much of a gimmick at that price! Hunt around for a case. I’ve got a gimp case and found it to be great. Mind it doesn’t offer the working stand support. I’ve found it a pain in the backside to get the apple one in the position i want so it’s sat on a coffee table in my conservatory:(

Pros

The obvious pros with the ipad2 over the ipad1 are the cameras. They’ll offer as an educational learning tool endless extra opportunities, e.g. iMovie a fantastic tool for creating a presentation with music, video transitions editing, blog pictures, videos, animations, fieldwork pictures, pictures to show students collaborating for display, evident collection to take pictures of good examples of work and bad ones to point out where to move on to with work etc etc

The speed compared to ipad1 is a very obvious improvement. I’ve held direct comparisons and have found going into YouTube and loading a video it takes about 4 seconds less. That doesn’t sound that much but just count 4 seconds and imagine yourself sat there waiting for a website to load!

Download speed is again improved quite considerably about 5-10 seconds faster I’ve found.

The weight has definitely reduced so you don’t get after an hour the feeling if ‘oh I’d best put this down:(

I hope this has given you a bit of information on the pros and cons (limitations) of the new ipad2 compared to it’s predecessor the ipad1.

Enjoy!

Positive and negative effect of tourism in Thailand

This lesson we found out more negatives than positives in Thailand. One of the things we found out was that the bali bombings in Thailand caused a wider more negative effect this caused less people to visit. Another thing we found out was a disease called SARS and it was spreading around the globe.another negative effect is the smuggling of illegal trade and animals were trained to amuse people.positive things are the island is still foresting by 50percent . Also Thailand is close to the equator. This means it will be hot. Thailand has been increasing with 3.6 million tourist visiting which will make money for them.