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AGTA 2017 Conference

AGTA 2017 ConferenceThe AGTA 2017 conference will be held from 9-12 January 2017 at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne. The conference organisational arrangements are being undertaken by the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria.

Registrations now open

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Keynote speakers announced

The organising committee has confirmed the following outstanding keynote speakers for this conference — Dr Rachel Carey, Professor William Cartwright, Professor David Lambert, Dr Michael Solem and Professor Bruce Rasmussen.

Call for presenters - Closed

No further proposals to submit a workshop or lead a fieldtrip are being accepted. If you have any queries please email Trish Douglas at tdouglas@elthamcollege.vic.edu.au.

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Geography Skills UnlockedAGTA Announces an Essential New Geography Resource

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.

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Latest issue of AGTA's Geographia

GeographiaThe March 2016 issue of AGTA's newsletter Geographia is now available. Contents include

  • AGTA members
  • AGTA website
  • AC Professional Learning
  • Geogspace
  • AFSSSE/ Aust. Curriculum
  • National Committee
  • AGTA Awards
  • Free resources
  • Geography Education
  • Competition
  • AGTA Conference
  • Around the affiliates

Geographical Education

The latest issue of Geographical Education Geographical Education Volume 28, 2015 includes

  • two reports:
    • the Chair of Director’s Annual Report from Dr Grant Kleeman and
    • The Role of Adaptability in Tackling Climate and Environmental Challenges by Andrew J. Martin and Gregory Arief D. Liem
  • five articles:
    • What is Powerful Knowledge and Can It Be Found in the Australian Geography Curriculum? by Alaric Maude
    • Working with Students’ Ideas in Physical Geography: A Model of Knowledge Development and Application by Rod Lane and Pamela Coutts
    • The Place of Place-Based Education in the Australian Primary Geography Curriculum by Lou Preston
    • The Australian Geography Competition: An Overview of Participation and Results 2004–2013 by Iraphne R.W. Childs and Kathryn Berg
    • A Note On the Status of Geography Teachers in Indian Schools by Sarfaraz Alam
  • Book reviews

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.

 

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Being a Citizen CD

Being a CitizenA 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.

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Australian orders: $99.00 postage & GST inc.

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Thinking Geographically DVD

Thinking Geographically DVDUpdated 2015 edition

Contents of the 2015 edition of the Thinking Geographically resource include:

  • Geographical thinking resources, exercises and articles
  • Over 150 Thinkpieces on geography (articles and resources on geographical education in schools)
  • Curriculum planning and assessment processes and templates
  • 100's of direct links to Internet sites to support geographical thinking and the teaching of geography
  • Links to Australian Curriculum: Geography trial projects
  • Presentations to support professional learning on the Australian Curriculum: Geography.

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Global Education Project resourcesFree geography resources

Individual and multiple class sets of excellent resources produced by the Global Education Project are currently available – while stocks last. These resources are relevant to primary and secondary Geography courses across Australia. Resources ordered will be available for collection from the GTAV Office in Camberwell South, Victoria. If not collected, there will be a postage and handling fee for each delivery.

A number of these resources are also available at the Global Education website as free downloads – www.globaleducation.edu.au.

>> Further details and order form


Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG)News from the Institute of Australian Geographers (IAG)

Members of ATGA will find much of interest in the latest IAG Newsletter including reports from the IAG conference held in Melbourne, news from the universities and the field as well as recent publications by IAG members.


New resource for Urban Geography

BarangarooA new, internet-based, resource for Geography has been launched by Lend Lease (developers of Barangaroo South – part of Australia's largest urban renewal project). The attached flyer highlights the site's features.  The highly interactive material has been developed specifically for the requirements of the Australian Curriculum: Geography (and the existing NSW Geography Syllabus – Stages 4-6). 

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.

>> Download flyer with an outline of the site's features

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


CARE’s Global Poverty: Teacher’s Toolkit

CARE’s Global Poverty: Teacher’s ToolkitCARE 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


GeogSpace website

The GeogSpace website developed by AGTA and Education Services Australia (ESA) is now live. AGTA thanks all members of the writing and development teams for their outstanding contributions to this resource which will support the teaching of the Australian Curriculum: Geography. AGTA will be running special professional learning programs to support teachers in their use of this wonderful new resource. Further information about these programs can be obtained from AGTA Chair Malcolm McInerney.

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Mapping out the world

"We need to give young people the opportunity to form images of the world, of the interactions between people and places that are accurate, realistic and empowering. The next generation will make their own world. We need to give them the power to do it well. Having a substantial and really engaging geography experience as part of schooling is absolutely essential if this is going to happen."

>> Read the article in the Sydney Morning Hearld based on a media release from AGTA Patron, Tim Costello


Putting together the national jigsaw for geography

During the past year AGTA has been actively involved in the development of

  • the Australian Curriculum: Geography through the work of the Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)
  • GeogSpace online resources with Education Services Australia (ESA) to support the implementation of the new geography curriculum.
National geography jigsaw

AGTA considers that both of these developments are critical for the future growth of geography in our schools and certainly warrants the energy and financial commitment AGTA has made to the process. The curriculum has reached the final stages of writing, consultation and validation and is due for release in 2013. Whilst this work has created an increased workload and investment from AGTA and its officers we continue to put together the 'National Geography Jigsaw' to promote geographical education in Australia.

The world of geography in Australian schools continues to be a dynamic and exciting one for teachers and students. AGTA's capacity to deliver continues to be tested by the challenges of promoting the 'brand' of geography in the new National Education Agenda and putting together the jigsaw for the implementation of a National Curriculum for Geography. AGTA continues to meet these challenges with confidence and continues to be seen by others in the education community as an association of high standards and professionalism. Such a reputation is only possible through the support and hard work of all Directors on the AGTA Board and teacher members of affiliates.


Exploring 21st Century Geography DVD

Exploring 21st Century Geography DVDAn outstanding collection of teaching resources including 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.

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