Geography comes alive with GIS
This exclusive workshop for GTA NSW members will give you the skills necessary to bring sophisticated GIS technology into your classroom. Spaces are limited!
Thanks to Esri Australia’s GIS for Schools Program, Australian teachers can now request free access to Esri’s industry-leading GIS technology to extend learning opportunities.
The GIS for Schools Program includes free access to ArcGIS Online, classroom learning material, and professional development.
Date: Thursday 24th August, 2017
Location: St Aloysius’ College, Main Reception, 47 Upper Pitt St, Kirribilli NSW 2061
Cost: $99 – includes morning tea and lunch
* Awaiting 5 hours NESA accreditation
Details: Please bring your own device – WiFi available
>> Register now
GTA Regional Conferences: Collaborate, Inspire, Learn
The Regional Conferences will focus on aspects of the new NSW Geography Syllabus for Stages 1 to 5 including programming, fieldwork, assessment, inquiry based learning, spatial technologies and skills and tools.
Dates and locations
Tamworth: Friday, 28 July at the Quality Powerhouse Hotel, 48 Armidale Rd, East Tamworth. Registration from 8:15am. The course will conclude at 3:30pm
Batemans Bay: Friday 4 August at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club, 6 Beach Rd, Batemans Bay. Registration from 8:15am. The course will conclude at 3:30pm
Cost: $180 member $220 non-member
AGTA/GTA NSW Geography Skills Roadshow
The 2017 AGTA/GTA NSW Geography Skills Roadshow will focus on the tools and skills mandated by the new NSW Geography Syllabus Years 7-10. AGTA, in association with the Geography Teachers Association of New South Wales (GTA NSW), has developed a professional learning program that guides teachers to a more advanced understanding of the tools and skills central to Geography’s inquiry-based methodology. This is a hands-on professional learning experience. Participants will be actively engaged in a series of activities that develop key understandings and competencies.
The program below has been designed into three streams:
1. Geography Skills for secondary teachers new to teaching geography – who have little, if any, academic background in the subject
2. Geography Skills for experienced secondary geography teachers – with an increasing focus on using ICT
3. Geography Skills specifically designed to meet the needs of Primary teachers.
GTANSW Member: $240
Non Members: $260
Dates and locations:
Sydney: Thursday 21 September 2017 – Novotel, Sydney Olympic Park
Newcastle: Friday 22 September 2017 – Crowne Plaza Hotel
Arthur Phillip Awards 2017: Geography Fieldwork Competition
The Geography Teachers’ Association of NSW (GTA NSW) organises an annual competition for students and schools to foster an enthusiasm for Geography through engagement and rewards. The emphasis of the competition is fieldwork and the gathering of primary data as part of authentic inquiry based research in Geography.
The competition is open to all primary and secondary schools, both members and non-members of GTA NSW.
All the categories of the competition are based on the research action plan outlined on page 17 of the Years 7–10 Geography syllabus and the K–6 Geography syllabus for 2016. In 2017 the categories will be based on the new K–10 Geography syllabus. The steps of this research plan have also been applied to the senior Geography course for the purposes of this competition and fit neatly with the Senior Geography Project.
Entries close Friday 24 November 2017.
Past Fieldwork Award winners: GTANSW Geography Bulletin
Semester 2 webinarS
The Geography Teachers Association of NSW will be offering a series of webinars in 2017.
Semester 2 dates TBC.
Topics, presenters and registration published here soon.
There is no charge for the webinars. Once registered you will be sent information preceding the webinar to gain access.
Save the date
- HSC Teacher Conference, Surry Hills
- Monday 6 November 2017
Special HSC Issue, No. 1 — 2017
Articles in this special HSC issue include:
- Busting the bands: Hints and tips for new teachers to maximise student performance in the Higher School Certificate (HSC)
- Fieldwork data: Incorporating fieldwork references into HSC answers
- Ecosystems at risk: The role of traditional strategies in managing coral reefs
- Evaluating: Traditional and contemporary management strategies applied to coral reefs
- Ecosystems at risk: Coral bleaching events
- Introducing People and Economic Activity: Advice for those new to teaching senior Geography
- Classroom activities: Inspiration for introducing People and Economic Activity
- Urban dynamics: Sydney: A Tale of Two Cities?
- Geography Bulletin: Past and upcoming editions with HSC relevance
- HSC preparation: Using organisational templates & checklists
- Advice to contributors
Latest issue of GTA's Geography Bulletin
Articles in the latest issue include:
- Editorial — Lorraine Chaffer
- GTA NSW 2017 Conference Feedback — Tiffeny Cox
- Reflections on Geography in Schools — Dr Don Biddle
- Belated 80th Birthday GTANSW — Lorraine Chaffer
- Dark Emu: A fresh insight into Aboriginal landuse in Australia — Bruce Pascoe
- Management: A river is a "person" — Dr Susan Bliss
- Where is the "G" in STEM? Exploring opportunities for Geography and STEM — Louise Swanson
- Place and Liveability: Some teaching ideas — Lorraine Chaffer
- GTANSW Award recipients
- 2016 HSC Geography High Achievers
- 2016 Arthur Phillip Fieldwork Competition
- GTA NSW Life Membership
- 2016 Geoff Conolly
- Primary Geography: Place based learning
- Visual Literacy — Dr Susan Bliss
- Advice to contributors
GTA NSW 2017 membership
Renew your GTA NSW membership now to ensure continuity of membership and access to new and back issues of the Geography Bulletin.
NSW Geography Syllabus
GTANSW are delighted to announce that BOSTES released the new K-10 Geography syllabus on 13 July 2015. Please see the links below for further information about implementation timelines and detail of the syllabus:
2016: Familiarisation and planning, optional to teach K-6
2017: Start teaching K-6, Years 7 and 9
2018: Start teaching Years 8 and 10
The following links provide further details.
News and Resources from AGTA
AGTA Announces an Essential New Geography Resource
Geography Skills Unlocked is an exciting new skills book for Australian secondary schools.
- Contents aligned to the inquiry and skills-based requirements of Australian Curriculum: Geography
- An engaging, easy to navigate design
- A student friendly approach with step-by-step explanations, descriptions and worked examples
- A focus on emerging technologies used to gather, analyse and present geographical data
- GeoSkills and GeoInquiry activities that scaffold student learning
- A wealth of stimulus material including a diverse range of maps, graphs, aerial photographs, satellite images, diagrams and photographs
- Examples drawn from each Australian state and territory with additional international material
- Key terms explained in embedded glossary boxes
Geography Skills Unlocked is published by the Australian Geography Teachers Association and written by a team of experienced Geography teachers.
The latest issue of Geographical Education Volume 29, 2016 includes
- Chair of Director’s Annual Report from Dr Grant Kleeman
- Field ‘Work’ Vs ‘Feel’ Trip: Approaches to Out-of-Class Experiences in Geography Education by Dr Lou Preston
- Landscapes Both Invite and Defy Definition by Nick Hutchinson
- Investigating The Extent to Which Student-Led Inquiry is Supported By Fieldwork Booklet Design by Aaron Bermingham
- A Case Study of Progressing Geography Fieldwork Skills Over Years 7–10 by Julian Woolhouse
- Book reviews
Latest issue of AGTA's Geographia
The February 2017 issue of AGTA's newsletter Geographia is now available. Contents include
- Australian Geography Competition to 2016 International Geography Olympiad, Beijing, China
- AAAE Update
- Geography and Careers Options
- Around the Affiliates
Being a Citizen
A new innovative product to help teachers provide opportunities for students to explore the Australian Curriculum: Civics and Citizenship.
Content of the 'Being a citizen' resource:
- Links to civics and citizenship teaching materials.
- Political mapping classroom activities.
- Social Issues worksheets and processes.
- GIS and political mapping activities
- Links to curriculum documents and teaching materials on civics and citizenship.
- Professional reading links on civics and citizenship education.
Australian orders: AUD$99.00 postage & GST included
International orders: AUD$109.00 postage included
Thinking Geographically DVD
A ready-to-go professional development resource from the Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) to support teachers to become familiar with geographical thinking when using the F-10 Australian Curriculum: Geography. The DVD contains:
- geographical thinking examples, exercises and articles
- over 50 Thinkpieces on geography (thought provoking articles on geographical education in schools)
- curriculum planning and assessment processes and templates
- 100s of direct links to Internet sites to support geographical thinking and the teaching of geography
- presentations and video resource links to support professional learning.
Australian orders: AUD$99.00 Postage & GST included
International orders: AUD$109.00 postage included
Exploring 21st Century Geography DVD
An outstanding collection of teaching resources from the Australian Geography Teachers Association includes spatial technologies/GIS units. The DVD contains:
- articles and resources on 21st century Geography
- GIS skills development, GIS in Physical Geography and Historical GIS books – course processes and activities with geographical data
- 21st Century Internet sites
- technology in the geography classroom articles, internet sites and resources
- inquiry project design and work samples.
Geography Teaching resources
Discover Barangaroo Learning Portal
Lend Lease has developed an online educational resource called Discover Barangaroo, which provides an in-depth case study about the $6 billion urban regeneration project, Barangaroo.
The case study has been tailored specifically to the Geography curriculum for Years 7-12. Students can study how changes in the technology of shipping and cargo handling initiated change in port-related land-uses over period of two hundred years and how these initiated the processes that ultimately contributed to urban decay. They can examine evolution of the plan to revitalise the precinct and the role played by government and the private sector in bringing about the process of urban renewal.
Concepts addressed include urban decline and renewal, urban consolidation, the dynamics of technological, economic and social and demographic change, and environmental and social sustainability. The site includes links to activity sheets, virtual fieldwork activities and teacher support materials.
>> You can access the site at: http://discoverbarangaroo.com.au/login
Once you login (as a teacher) you can access the teacher support materials. The worksheets can be accessed from the site itself. Further information is available from Alisa.Hitchcock@lendlease.com.
Geospatial Skills 5 and 6
The GTAV's publications – Geospatial Skills Books 5 (Years 7 and 8) and 6 (Years 9 and 10) have been mapped to the Australian Curriculum: Geography.
Click here for the specific links to each of the new Geography units for every activity in these books. Highly relevant to each unit in Year 7–10, the price of these immensely successful books has been heavily discounted to help teachers resource the new Geography curriculum. Download the flyer and order here. All books can be purchased from the GTAV for only $5.00 per book.
Australian Curriculum: Geography Scoop.it resources
There are a number of curated Scoop.it pages that support the Australian Curriculum for Geography and NSW Geography K-10 syllabus. These can be found with a Google search or a search within the Scoop.it website.
The GeogSpace website provides materials to support primary and secondary teachers implement the Australian Curriculum: Geography. GeogSpace is an initiative of the Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) supported by the resources of Education Services Australia (ESA).
CARE Australia’s Global Poverty: Teacher’s Toolkit
CARE Australia has developed a website which provides teachers with resources on a range of issues related to poverty and inequality. Topics include global poverty, education, health, women's empowerment, water and hygiene, food and nutrition, climate change and responding to emergencies.
Each topic includes teaching tools such as fast facts, videos, and stories designed to spark curiosity and enhance classroom discussion.
Waste Not is an award winning (26 minutes) documentary film about the beauty of garbage. It shows who keeps our big cities clean and sparkling, and where our garbage goes. Waste Not is also about the future – how a simple thing like recycling could reconfigure our whole society. On a planet with finite resources, zero waste could be the key to our survival.
>> View film trailer
Creating a new generation of planning professionals
Plan Shapers is a new and exciting planning and community engagement educational resource developed by the Department of Planning & Environment. NSW is growing and Plan Shapers aims to engage school kids in how to accommodate that growth in metropolitan and regional NSW.
Through a suite of lesson plans, competitions and resources adapted for the current NSW school curriculum, Plan Shapers will engage young people in planning issues affecting the future of their local area and the wider community.
The PlanShapers program will kick off in Term 4 of 2014 with a competition for high school students. Challenges will include the redesign of a local open space. Prizes will be awarded for outstanding achievements and innovative entries. Teachers will be equipped with easy to access and understand online resources which will support the competition and the ongoing program, such as lessons aligned with the current NSW geography curriculum.
Hot under the collar
"Climate change really shouldn’t be a political issue." Read what Linh Do, community co-ordinator with the Australian Conservation Foundation and Australian Geographic’s Young Conservationist of the Year has to say about climate change. [Published in the Sydney Morning Herald p35, 23 October 2013]
The University of New England is offering a number of interdisciplinary undergraduate and postgraduate programs focusing on sustainability, environmental protection, consultancy and policy and planning.
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