BBC Dimensions – Using GIS in geography and history

This is brilliant. It opens up so many possibilities for teaching geography and history using maps and GIS – It’s a prototype from the BBC – called Dimensions
About Dimensions
Dimensions is an experimental prototype for the BBC. It is designed to bring home the human scale of events and places in history.
The D-Day landing beaches measured from London to Norfolk in the UK. How far would the Titanic stretch down your street?
Dimensions simply juxtaposes the size of historical events with your home and neighbourhood, overlaying important places, events and things on a satellite view of where you live.
Certain “Dimensions” can be transformed into short walks, so you can get a physical appreciation of the distances involved.
Take a look now via this link

Flood prevention planning using ICT

Great as a decision making exercise activity

FloodSim puts students in control of all flood policy decisions and spending in the UK for 3 years. Whether its deciding how much money to allocate to flood defences, deciding where to build houses, or how best to inform people about the risk of flooding, they are in control.
FloodSim is a serious game with the aims to raise awareness of the vast number of issues surrounding flood policy and Government expenditure and to increase citizen engagement through an accessible simulation.