Coasts: A Multimedia Tutorial for Geography A-Level

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Coasts: A Multimedia Tutorial for Geography A-Level


Meek, Nick, Teaching Geography


BOOKS Coasts: A multimedia tutorial for geography A-level Richard Bool London: Inspyra, 2005 CD-Rom: £95.00

Coasts is a multimedia CD-Rom resource exploring coastal processes and features. Although the front cover indicates the resource is suitable for A-level courses, the CD-Rom also has a separate section for GCSE tuition.

There are approximately 347 separate pages of information separated into: coastal processes, landforms created by erosion and deposition, the impact of past sea level change, ecosystems and coastal management. The final 'Exercises' section allows users to test their knowledge and understanding through a series of interactive quizzes.

Each section is supported with slides containing detailed text, supporting photographs and Ordnance Survey maps. The slides are interactive, with users being required to click on further information arrows, photographs, maps and animation sequences. The resource also contains over 20 video clips of coastal processes, landforms and interviews linked to tourism. There are also a significant number of case studies incorporated into the A-level resource, e.g. Lulworth Cove, Furzy Cliffs, Poole Harbour and coastal management and flooding issues in Lyme Regis, Southport and Venice. Each case study is well supported by photographs and location maps. The CD-Rom also provides an extensive definition facility with users being able to look up formal definitions of coastal terms.

The GCSE element of the CD-Rom contains 162 pages of resources and is a slimmed down version of the A-level resource. Of note are the case studies of coastal management of the Holderness Coast and tourism and coastal defence in Bridlington. These case studies also have links to supporting websites.

Coasts promotes itself as a multimedia tutorial and as such this resource would be a useful addition to a department's A-level and GCSE resources, allowing students to carry out 'self study' and revision exercises. …

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