GTA NSW 2015 membership
Renew your GTA NSW membership now to ensure continuity of membership and access to new and back issues of the Geography Bulletin.
ARTHUR PHILLIP AWARDS 2015: ENTRIES NOW OPEN
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 research in geography. The competition is open to all secondary schools, both members and non-members of GTA NSW.
All categories of the competition are based on the research action plan outlined on page 17 of the Years 7–10 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.
1. The GTA Fieldwork and Visual Presentation Competition for Years 7–9
2. The Global Education Research (Fieldwork) Competition for Years 7–12: Three categories: Stage 4, Stage 5, Stage 6
3. The Dr Don Biddle Issues in Australian Environments Fieldwork Competition for Year 10 only
4. The Brock Rowe Senior Geography Project Fieldwork Competition for Year 11 only.
NSW Geography Syllabus
GTANSW are delighted to announce that BOSTES released the new K-10 Geography syllabus on 13 July 2015. Please see the links below for further information about implementation timelines and detail of the syllabus:
2016: Familiarisation and planning, optional to teach K-6
2017: Start teaching K-6, Years 7 and 9
2018: Start teaching Years 8 and 10
The following links provide further details.
Latest issue of GTA's Geography Bulletin
Articles in the latest issue include:
- 2015 AGTA NZ Conference Reports
- An excerpt from the President's opening address at the Arthur Phillip Awards
- Reflection: HSC Geography via regional NSW and Central Australia
- Geography comes alive through fieldwork
- Conceptualising and measuring development
- India: A nation in transition
- Arthur Phillip Awards Program
- Benefits of GTA NSW Membership
- Advice to contributors
Free Global Education resources for AGTA members
The GTAV is holding thousands of copies of resources produced and published by the now defunct Global Education Project. Rather than allow the Federal Government to pulp all the resources, AGTA is funding their storage to enable their distribution across Australia.
There are limited copies available – once distributed, these will be out-of-print. A number of these are available at the Global Education website as free downloads.
Details will be provided as new events are announced.
Discover 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.
GTA NSW 2014 Arthur Phillip Fieldwork: Prize Winners and Categories
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 research in geography. The competition is open to all secondary schools, both members and non-members of GTA NSW.
>> GTA NSW is pleased to announce the results of the GTA NSW 2014 Arthur Phillip Fieldwork: Prize Winners and Categories which can be downloaded here.
The latest issue of Geographical Education Volume 27, 2014 includes
- the Chair of Director’s Annual Report
- two reports related to the Review of the Australian Curriculum: Geography
- Submission to the Review of the Australian Curriculum Submitted by the Australian Geography Teachers’ Association Limited from Dr Grant Kleeman and
- Comments on the recommendations relating to geography in the Review of the Australian Curriculum by Associate Professor Alaric Maude
- four peer reviewed articles:
- Sustainability in the Australian Curriculum: Geography by Associate Professor Alaric Maude;
- Investigating the impacts of global education curriculum on the values and attitudes of secondary students by Dr John DeNobile, Dr Grant Kleeman and Ms Anastasia Zarkos;
- Post-primary education and energy literacy: An analysis of the potential for geography curricula to contribute to Australian students’ energy literacy by Mr Brad Maddock and Dr Jeana Kriewaldt; and,
- Interested and influential: the role of a professional association in the development of the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Geography by Ms Susan Caldis
- Book reviews
Being a Citizen
A 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.
Australian orders: AUD$99.00 postage & GST included
International orders: AUD$109.00 postage included
Latest issue of AGTA's Geographia
The July 2015 issue of AGTA's newsletter Geographia is now available. Contents include
- Don Biddle Award
- Australian Curriculum
- AGTA members
- Tim Costello to stay
- AGTA conference
- AGTA website
- APPA/Aust. Curriculum
- Global poverty
- Competition/Big Week Out
- Geography Education
- Decadal Plan
- Around the affiliates
New resource for Urban Geography
A 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.
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.
Creating a new generation of planning professionals
Plan Shapers is a new and exciting planning and community engagement educational resource developed by the Department of Planning & Environment. NSW is growing and Plan Shapers aims to engage school kids in how to accommodate that growth in metropolitan and regional NSW.
Through a suite of lesson plans, competitions and resources adapted for the current NSW school curriculum, Plan Shapers will engage young people in planning issues affecting the future of their local area and the wider community.
The PlanShapers program will kick off in Term 4 of 2014 with a competition for high school students. Challenges will include the redesign of a local open space. Prizes will be awarded for outstanding achievements and innovative entries. Teachers will be equipped with easy to access and understand online resources which will support the competition and the ongoing program, such as lessons aligned with the current NSW geography curriculum.
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
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.
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
The GeogSpace website provides materials to support primary and secondary teachers implement the Australian Curriculum: Geography. GeogSpace is an initiative of the Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) supported by the resources of Education Services Australia (ESA).
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.
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