Workshop and field trip sessions

Session 1: Monday 11:00am – 12.15pm
Session 2: Monday 2:25pm – 3:40pm
Session 3 Tuesday 9.00am – 3.40pm (Full day field trips)
Session 4: Wednesday 9:00am – 10:15am
Session 5: Wednesday 10:45am – 12 noon
Session 6: Wednesday 1:00pm – 2:15pm
Session 7: Wednesday 2:25pm – 3:40pm
Session 8: Wednesday 1.00pm – 3.40pm (Half day field trips)
Session 9: Thursday 10:45am – 12 noon
Session 10: Thursday 2:25pm – 3:40pm

Note: Workshop selections will be completed online approximately one month prior to the conference.

Session 1: Monday 11:00am – 12.15pm

Session Room Presenter(s) Title Abstract
1.1 Q214 Mick Law Data Visualisation in Secondary Geography In this workshop, Mick will show you how to easily visualise data using a range of free digital tools. These tools will include spatial technologies, infographics, graphing and communication tools. Data representation is an essential skill in the Australian Geography curriculum, and using digital tools will provide opportunities for increased student engagement and the development of higher order thinking and creativity in the classroom.
1.2 Q217 Jenny Knight OneNote for Geography — the feedback revolution This workshop demonstrates various implications for educators arising from employing tools that enable teacher-student connections, student-student collaboration and student-teacher feedback. Specifically, highlighting the benefits of an interconnected learning environment in the geography classroom using Microsoft OneNote. This workshop will provide the opportunity for greater insight and understanding of the use of OneNote Teacher Creator Tool to create and improve workflows between student/student and student/teacher. The Empowerment of the learner occurs when students own, are engaged with and have control over the learning process. There will be three sections to the workshop. 1. Examine evidence based research that supports the use of OneNote. 2. Presentation of exemplar class specific workbooks that are currently used collaboratively by students and teachers in Year 7 and 10 Geography at All Hallows’ School in Brisbane in providing lesson content and formative feedback. 3. Participant/presenter discussions of scenarios where this software can be successful, and discussions of the expected outcomes from creating Class OneNote workbooks.
1.3 Q213 Dan MacDonald Two rivers, two classrooms: collaborating on curricula to connect students This workshop guides teachers through the processes of designing a Geography course in which the teaching of content and the building of connections occur simultaneously. It draws upon personal experience in which my Year 7 Geography class made weekly connections with a class of the same grade located in Delhi. My Indian counterpart and I designed a collaborative and co-taught course that allowed students to connect with one another in order to learn about the Ganges and the Murray-Darling rivers, while at the same time building responsible digital citizenship.
1.4 Q218 Alvin Sim Brain Compatible Approaches for Engaging Learners in Geography This interactive workshop provides teachers of Geography with practical strategies based on current research on the brain that helps boost student involvement, motivation, and retention. Participants will explore how the brain learns, and they will pick up (as well as try out!) strategies on how to "wire" new information into long term memory.
1.5 Q416 Susan Caldis Authentically assessing and connecting geographical learning to NAIDOC Week This workshop is suitable for primary and secondary teachers. The session will explore how inquiry, formative assessment and project based learning can be combined to provide a rich geographical learning experience for students. Using NAIDOC Week and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and cultures priority as the context for geographical learning, an existing project based learning activity will be referenced as a model for creating a similar experience for your school and student context.  Specific connection to content descriptions, learning outcomes or achievement standards, inquiry questions, skills, and of course the concepts will form part of the discussion. Bringing device will be beneficial but willingness to discuss and share ideas will be essential!


AGTA 2017 ConferenceThe AGTA 2017 conference will be held from 9-12 January 2017 at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne.