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Latest issue of GTA's Geography Bulletin

Geography BulletinArticles in the latest issue include:

  • Editorial
  • 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

>> GTA member access to the latest issue of the Geography Bulletin

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.

>> Download a 2015 Membership form.


Forthcoming events

GTA NSW Annual Conference, Thursday 5 November 2015

Theme: Sustainable futures — ourplace, our future
Date: Thursday 5 November 2015, 9am – 4pm with registration from 8.15am
Venue: Novotel Central, 169 – 179 Thomas Street, Sydney 2000
Cost (inc GST): Member $260, Non-member $300 :: Concession: Member $150, Non-member $200

GTA NSW Annual Conference presentationsThe conference theme of ‘Sustainable futures: our places, our subject’ is in the context of the new K–10 Geography syllabus and evidence based best-practice geography teaching methodology.

Closing date for registration: Thursday 29 October 2015 — limited places available, so early registration is advised.

>> Further details and registration form

GTA NSW Annual Conference presentations 2014

Videos of the keynote addresses presented at the GTA NSW conference on Tuesday 5 August 2014 are now available for viewing. You must log in to the members section to access the videos.


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.

COMPETITION CATEGORIES:
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.

>> Flyer with further details and registration form — Closing date: Friday 20 November 2015

GTA NSW 2014 Arthur Phillip Fieldwork: Prize Winners and Categories

>> Results of the GTA NSW 2014 Arthur Phillip Fieldwork: Prize Winners and Categories can be downloaded here.


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.

http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/australian-curriculum/k-12-geography.html

http://syllabus.bos.nsw.edu.au/hsie/geography-k10/content/

http://syllabus.bos.nsw.edu.au/hsie/geography-k10/

http://syllabus.bos.nsw.edu.au/about/#implementation

http://www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/australian-curriculum/memo-to-principals-geo-k10-syl.html


Latest issue of GTA's Geography Bulletin

Geography BulletinArticles in the latest issue include:

  • Editorial
  • 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

>> GTA member access to the latest issue of the Geography Bulletin

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.

>> Download a 2015 Membership form.


News and Resources from AGTA

Geographical Education

The latest issue of Geographical Education 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

Latest issue of AGTA's Geographia

GeographiaThe 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

Being a Citizen

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.

>> Brochure

Australian orders: AUD$99.00 postage & GST included
International orders: AUD$109.00 postage included

>> Purchase using Visa/MasterCard or PayPal
>> Purchase using Australian school order

Thinking Geographically DVD

Thinking Geographically DVDA 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.

>> Brochure

Australian orders: AUD$99.00 Postage & GST included
International orders: AUD$109.00 postage included

>> Purchase using Visa/MasterCard or PayPal
>> Purchase using Australian school purchase order form

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.

Australian orders: AUD$95.00 including GST and postage
>> Purchase
>> Brochure


Geography Teaching resources

Discover BarangarooDiscover 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.

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. 

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

>> 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

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.

>> Further details and order form

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

A collection of Scoop.it resources prepared by Lorraine Chaffer to support each secondary school year level is available from this website's Resources page.

GeogSpace website  

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).

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.

>> View CARE’s Global Poverty: Teacher’s Toolkit website

Waste Not

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


Creating a new generation of planning professionals

Plan ShapersPlan 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.

>> For further information, please contact planshapers@planning.nsw.gov.au or visit http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/planshapers.


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]


Sustainability Degrees

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.

>> Download further details

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