During the training of our 3D Viewer our lead educationalists were alerted to the need of geography teachers for resources that would exemplify the changes down the long profile of a river. In effect to test the Bradshaw Model. Consequently, our studio artists were commissioned to design new 3D resources to support the GCSE geography curriculum and aspects of river studies at A-level. We are pleased to announce that the models are now available for evaluation, prior to general release as assets within the Gaia 3D Viewer.
The assets cover the following key learning objectives:
- To recognise and explain the formation of landform features associated with rivers.
- To describe and explain changes to the valley and its channel down the long profile of the river source to estuary – including understanding of the upper, middle and lower course concepts.
- To understand expected changes in the river channel, load and flow from source to estuary and test these against the theoretical model.
The resources include block diagrams of a river in its upper, middle and lower courses and 3D river landscape model upon which you can layer contours, so that students can understand how these relate to topography. Detailed notes and interactive features bring learning to life , particularly as a precursor to undertaking fieldwork.
Gaia is continuously developing new digital content and as new environments and models are developed they are added to the lessons library and released to owners of the software in periodic updates. Take a look at the Viewer being used in science. Our model is to work in collaboration with educators to develop new digital content and then share this with all members of the Gaia 3D community. If you have an idea which you think will have wide educational application then get in touch and work with us to promote 3D visual learning from the primary years to university.