Latest Geographical Education now available
The latest issue of AGTA's refereed journal Geographical Education is now available for download. This outstanding professional resource includes the following articles:
- World Views, A Story About how the World Works: Their Significance in the Australian Curriculum: Geography — Nick Hutchinson
- Who Hung the Humanities — David Lambert
- Introducing National Curriculum Geography to Australia’s Primary Schools: Lessons from England’s Experience — Simon Catling
- Building Geography’s New Frontier: Implementing the Australian Curriculum Geography — Ken Purnell
The journal also includes reports and book reviews that will be of great interest to geography teachers.
HSC Mini Conference
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
Wednesday 12 –Thursday 13 March, 2014
Registration closes: One week prior to event
>> Further details and registration form
Free video conference for students with Antarctica Expedition scientist
Latest issue of GTA's Geography Bulletin now available
Articles in the latest issue include:
- Editorial and awards
- Conference report
- Geography of My Stuff - Year 9
- GeogSpace resources
- Exploring the Geography of Food – Year 9
- World Vision resources – Food and Human Wellbeing
- Hazards – Year 7 & Year 8
- Maps Explain the World
- Cartoon Analysis – Telling a Story
- Satellite Images in Geography
- ABS Resources for teaching about population
- Global Education
- Using ICT in Geography
- Advice to contributors
GTA members must login in order to download Geography Bulletin issue 3.
AGTA Conference, January 2015
The AGTA 2015 conference will be held from 11-16 January 2015 in Rotorua, New Zealand.
The conference organisational arrangements are being arranged by the conference's major sponsor Group Events who have arranged special full service return conference airfares with Air New Zealand, conference accommodation as well as pre and post-conference tours.
To benefit from special full service return conference airfares, pre and post conference tour options, and conference accommodation packages it is essential that participants complete an expression of interest form.
AGTA Conference, January 2013
A selection of keynote and workshop presentations from the AGTA 2013 Conference are now available. The keynote speakers included Professors David Lambert and Simon Catling from the United Kingdom and Professors Peter Newman and Lyn Beasley from Australia. The conference included over 50 workshops many focusing on the new Australian Geography curriculum, five field trips as well as social events, winery tour and a conference dinner.
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
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]
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
HSC Geography Enrichment Day for Year 12 geography students
The HSC Geography Enrichment Day for year 12 geography students will be held at the University of Western Sydney on Friday August 16, 2013. At this schools engagement event our academic staff will present current research connected to key areas of focus in the geography syllabus. This material will extend students’ learning in syllabus areas and provide unique case studies for use in the exam. This year’s event builds on a highly successful enrichment day held in 2011.
Students who attend the event and pass an exam on Saturday 17th August will be eligible to be considered for a conditional early offer into three degree programs at the University of Western Sydney: Bachelor of Social Science (Pathway to Master of Urban Management and Planning), Bachelor of Tourism Management and Bachelor of Social Science with Geography and Urban Studies, Heritage, and Peace and Development majors. These are high demand, nationally respected programs. The Urban Planning and Tourism Management programs are currently the top ATAR planning and tourism programs in NSW. To be eligible for a conditional early offer, students will need to pass a one hour exam on Saturday August 17. The exam will allow interested students to apply the enrichment day case studies to HSC style questions. Students eligible to receive a conditional early offer will receive this prior to sitting the HSC exam, however, it will be conditional on them subsequently being awarded an ATAR of at least 55.
GTA NSW 2013 membership
Renew your GTA NSW membership now to ensure continuity of membership and access to new and back issues of the Geography Bulletin.
GTA NSW members' section
The members' section of this website is now open. All members must first register and after verification of their current financial status will be sent a username (email address provided during registration) and a password. Verification may take a short period of time, especially during holiday periods, so your understanding will be appreciated.
>> The latest issue of the Geography Bulletin is now online.
Latest AGTA news
The August 2013 issue of AGTA's newsletter Geographia is now available. Contents include
- welcome to our new look!
- about the AGTA Board
- the role of AGTA
- GeogSpace goes live!
- State association reports
- Pop the champagne!
HSC Student lectures 2013
Once again this year, the GTA has organised lectures for HSC Geography students. The presenters are experienced educators and HSC markers. The sessions cover: Ecosystems at Risk, Urban Places, People and Economic Activity and Skills in Geography.
Exposed to the elements: Photo competition
Photograph the essence of earth science in Australia 2013. Earth science is all around us. Many of us barely notice it influencing our daily lives. Top GeoShot is an annual competition taking place in the lead-up to Earth Science Week. To participate, take and submit a photograph that captures the essence of earth science. Fill out the entry form and submit your entry by email. Winners receive a professionally framed enlargement of their image.
Closing date: 23 September 2013
Email your entry form and images to:
email@example.com or contact us at:
GPO Box 378, Canberra, ACT, 2601
Phone: 02 6249 9673
HSC Exam review lectures
The annual HSC review lectures were held in Newcastle (19 February 2013) , Sydney (26 February 2013) and Wollongong (5 March 2013). Presentations made at the lectures can be accessed below.
GeogSpace website launched
New Resource from AGTA: 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.
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
Conservation: Living in harmony
Details about the Conservation: Living in harmony supplement to be published by the Herald Education are now available. Subscription to the Conservation: Living in Harmony will include:
- Class sets of the supplement - 30 print copies each Monday, March 19 & 26;
- Class sets of The Sydney Morning Herald Digital Edition – 30 logins emailed to the school on March 16.
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.
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.
GPO Box 378, Canberra, ACT, 2601