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The Association organises conferences for geography teachers, designed to assist teachers implement changes in Geography Syllabuses and to provide teachers with an opportunity to refresh their professional teaching by sharing ideas for classroom and fieldwork activities and hearing about current developments in geographical education.

Upcoming events

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
Time: 8:30am-2:45pm
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

>> Further details and registration form

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

>> Further details including program

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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.

>> Download competition brochure and registration form

Past Fieldwork Award winners: GTANSW Geography Bulletin

2015 :: 2014 :: 2013 :: 2012 :: 2011

Semester 2 webinarS

The Geography Teachers Association of NSW will be offering a series of webinars in 2017.

There is no charge for the webinars. Once registered you will be sent information preceding the webinar to gain access.

Term 3 Program
Date and time: Tuesday, 15 August, 4.00 – 5.00pm
Topic: Assessment
Presenter: Susan Caldis

Date and time: Wednesday, 13 September, 4.00 – 5.00pm
Topic: Spatial Technologies
Presenter: Lorraine Chaffer

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