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2017 Geography Webinar Program

  • Using Infographics in the Classroom: Jessica Lonard
  • IT for the NSW Geography Curriculum: Clare Kinnane
  • Setting a Summative task: Sharon McLean
  • Spatial Technologies: Lorraine Chaffer

GIS Esri ArcGIS Sydney Workshop

  • GIS for schools videos

Regional Conference presentations - Wagga Wagga

  • Curriculum concepts: Dr Grant Kleeman
  • Curriculum changes and resources: Dr Grant Kleeman
  • Riverine environments: Lorraine Chaffer
  • Spatial technologies: Lorraine Chaffer

Regional Conference presentations - Tamworth

  • Spatial technologies: Lorraine Chaffer
  • Inquiry Based Learning: Dr Grant Kleeman
  • Tools and Skills: Sharon Mclean

Regional Conference presentations - Batemans Bay

  • Tools and Skills: Sharon Mclean
  • Fieldwork: Nikki Bodel

Regional Conference presentations - Newcastle/Sydney

  • Onwards and outwards with Geography across K-6: Susan Caldis
  • Planning Fieldwork: Susan Caldis
  • Incorporating basic skills to teach content: Lorraine Chaffer
  • Maps in Geography: Dr Grant Kleeman
  • Weather and climate: Dr Grant Kleeman

GTA NSW Annual Conference presentations


Theme: Collaborate, Inspire and Learn

Presentations from the 2017 GTA NSW Annual Conference files are available to GTA members and delegates who attended the conference.

>> GTA NSW Conference delegates access (Username and password provided by the GTA NSW office)
>> GTA NSW members access (Personal GTA NSW username and password)

Masterclasses were videotaped. These will only available to those who attended the conference. Conference delegates were sent a code to login to see these videos.


  • High Possibility Classrooms by Dr Jane Hunter
  • ICT in the classroom by Clare Kinane
  • Making Geography more practical and engaging! by Cath Donnelly


Theme: Geography – making a difference for Australia
Date: Friday, 30 August 2013, 8.30am – 3.30pm
Venue: Rydges World Square Hotel

>> 2013 Presenter Summary
>> Geographies of interconnections
>> Global Education Resources
>> It smells disgusting personal geographies
>> Personal Geographies
>> SurfAid
>> The Curriculum has landed and the AGTA resources
>> Water in the world
>> Food Security 


Theme: Geography - making a difference for Australia
Venue: University of Western Sydney (Werrington Campus)
Date: Friday, 27 July 2012

>> Stephen Galilee: Developments and challenges for the NSW minerals industry
>> Kate Hillyard: Differentiation in the classroom
>> Nicolette Mesiti: Indigenous perspectives in geography


Theme: People and Hazards
Venue: NSW Parliament House, Macquarie Street Sydney
Date: Friday 26 August 2011

>> Kerryn Vine-Camp, Assistant Secretary, Crisis Coordination Branch, Emergency Management Australia: The Role of EMA with Natural Hazards
>> The Weather Channel: Forecast for Disaster: The Weather behind Black Saturday
>> Dick Whitaker, Chief Meteorologist, The Weather Channel: 2010 – a remarkable year
>> Mick Law, Contour Education: Hazards and spatial technologies
>> Pat Beeson, Education Services, Australian Bureau of Statistics: Spotlight on Population Resources for Geography Teachers

HSC Student Lectures

2016 Speakers' presentations

  • Videos of the HSC lecture series — available for members to access for a limited time until the HSC examination is over. Teachers can use these during tutorials they might run for students before the examination. The skills section has not been included due the practical nature of that session.
  • PDF files of the PowerPoint presentations accompanying the videotaped sessions
    • Ecosystems At Risk
    • Urban Places

HSC Review Conferences

2015 HSC examination

Video link to the questions where speakers had agreed to be filmed

  • Skills presentation
  • Question 26
  • Question 27

2013 HSC examination

>> Overview
>> Question 22
>> Question 23
>> Question 24
>> Question 25
>> Question 26
>> Question 27

2012 HSC examination

>> Questions 1–22
>> Question 23
>> Question 24
>> Question 25 (Note: 20.7 Mb)
>> Question 26
>> Question 27

2011 HSC examination

>> HSC Review 2011 resource document
>> HSC Review 2011 presentation

Geography Bulletin resource

The following article published in the Geography Bulletin vol 44 no. 1, 2012 to support the NSW Geography: Stage 5A4 is made available as a public document.
>> Gender Equality: women’s rights by Dr. Susan Bliss

Teacher Workshop at Parramatta Park

>> Teacher Workshop at Parramatta Park held on 12 October 2011 report
>> Parramatta Park Resource: Extracts from the teaching program – Year 7 History and Geography


NSW Department of Education and Training - Video Presentations

Pre 2010 Events




Other resources

The 2015 AGTA RoadshowThe 2015 AGTA Roadshow

Interpreting and implementing the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Geography / New NSW K–10 Geography Syllabus for ACT and NSW teachers professional learning days were held during November 2015. The speakers' presentations can be accessed below.

Australian Curriculum: Geography resources

There are a number of curated 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 website. 

Geography Literacy UnlockedAGTA Announces an Essential New Geography Resource

Geography Literacy Unlocked has been written for secondary geography students seeking to improve their literacy skills. It includes a focus on written, visual and oral literacy.

Geography Literacy Unlocked is published by the Australian Geography Teachers Association and written by Dr Grant Kleeman. One of Australia’s leading geography educators.

Key features:

  • An engaging, easy-to-navigate design
  • A student-friendly approach featuring step-by-step explanations and annotated exemplars
  • A focus on the basics of effective written communication – spelling, punctuation, tense and the use of connectives
  • Descriptions of the principal text types used in geography, supported by annotated examples
  • Guidance for writers in quoting, paraphrasing, summarising and referencing the work of others
  • A focus on the responsible use of social media
  • A comprehensive coverage of the principal forms of visual and oral texts students encounter in geography
  • Templates or scaffolds to support the interpretative skills students are expected to demonstrate.

>> Download brochure and order form

Geography Skills UnlockedGeography Skills Unlocked

Geography Skills Unlocked is an exciting new skills book for Australian secondary schools.

Key features:

  • 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.

>> Download brochure and order form
>> Download Answers to Geography Skills Unlocked Questions (81.2MB PDF)

Geographical EducationGeographical Education

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


>> Brochure

Australian orders: AUD$99.00 postage & GST included
International orders: AUD$109.00 postage included

>> Purchase using Visa/MasterCard or PayPal
>> Purchase using Australian school order

Exploring 21st Century Geography DVD

Exploring 21st Century Geography DVDAn 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.

Australian orders: AUD$95.00 including GST and postage
>> Purchase
>> Brochure

Discover BarangarooDiscover 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.

>> View two videos providing an overview and explanation of the Discover Barangaroo learning portal


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.

>> View CARE’s Global Poverty: Teacher’s Toolkit website

Australia's engagement with Asia: Indonesia

Australia's engagement with Asia: Indonesia

Case studies in water, food, urbanisation and human wellbeing

Australia's engagement with Asia: Indonesia is an engaging and easy-to-use teaching resource that supports the Australian Curriculum: Geography. It includes six DVD chapters with related texts and worksheets developed by World Vision and the Australian Geography Teachers Association.

It directly addresses two cross-curriculum perspectives: Sustainability and Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia.

Access the online resources

The population debate

A special issue of Geographical Research looks at the population debate in Australia, a debate mirrored in many other nations around the globe. The special issue has a strong policy focus, and demonstrates how political argument can be interwoven with academic analysis to produce not just an idea for action but an accompanying motivation for aggressive implementation. View presentations made during a panel discussion at the IAG 2011 Conference.

Urban excursions: Geography adventures in Pyrmont

Urban Dynamics come alive for your students with programs created from over twelve years’ experience developing and running urban renewal programs in Pyrmont for NSW students.

>> Download further details

Arab Gateways

Arab GatewaysArab Gateways: A resource for Australian students and teachers explores some of the history, geography, economics and culture of the Arab region. It promotes understanding of the cultures, values, beliefs and diversity of peoples of the Arab region.

About the project

Arab Gateways has been developed by Education Services Australia with a grant from the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR), which is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The resource aims to enable teachers to promote between the peoples of Australia and the Arab world mutual interests and a greater understanding and acceptance of each other's cultures, values, beliefs and diversity.

The Arab Gateways website provides an online version of the printed resource book with accompanying DVD ROM sent to all secondary schools in Australia.

A teacher professional learning program to support the use of the resource will be delivered by the Australian Federation of Societies for Studies of Society and Environment (AFSSSE) during the second half of 2011 and early 2012.

>> Further details

ABS resources for teaching about population

The Australian Bureau of Statistics Education Unit has launched QuickGeog activities which may be accessed online or downloaded and edited to meet your needs. Each one is designed to be completed in less than a period. They contain a graphic or table of data taken from ABS publications and a series of questions or activities. The first release of activities focus on population.

If you haven't seen it already, take a look at 'Spotlight' from the ABS, where students may investigate how they fit within the Australian population. This is a very engaging way to begin a study of population.

Are you looking for historical data on the growth of population in Australia or migration patterns over time? Historical datasets have been simplified and uploaded to the Education Services pages on the website. They contain some interactive visualisations to engage students and encourage them to look at the stories contained within the data.

The ABS website also has a new set of State and Territory Indicators ( 1367.0) which provide an overview of population, economy and environment for each of Australia's states and territories.

Environmental Sustainability

New educational resources designed and developed in line with “Sustainability” being a cross curriculum priority of the new Australian curriculum are now available for teachers to use. There are three sets of materials all available free of charge:

  • Water Savers – saving water in and around the home based largely on the Mission H2O online game for years 6 – 8.
  • Carbon Tradies – environmental sustainability at home and in the local area associated with the Mission CO2 online game for years 7 – 9.
  • Climate Change – a detailed worksheet using the Climate Change – The cold hard facts DVD for years 9 - 10.

Teachers can download these educational resources free of charge from the savewater!® website and register for a copy of each of the Teacher’s Guides.