AGTA 2017 Conference
The AGTA 2017 conference was held from 9-12 January 2017 at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne.
>> Conference presentations: Support materials from keynote speakers, workshop presenters and field trip leaders are available for download.
Australian Geography Competition
The Australian Geography Competition is a contest for Australian secondary school students, assessing their geographical knowledge and skills. The Competition aims to encourage student interest in geography and to reward student excellence. The Competition is open to students studying geography (or an integrated social science that includes geography) in all Years of secondary school. Primary schools may also enter. Over 66,000 students from 670 schools entered in 2016.
In 2017, the Competition may be held in schools from from Wednesday 24 April to Tuesday 9 May. The answer sheets are centrally marked and all participants receive results and certificates – high distinction, distinction, credit or participation. Students will be graded at school year levels –Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10, Year 11, and Year 12.
Registrations close 1 March, 2017.
Latest issue of AGTA's Geographia
The February 2017 issue of AGTA's newsletter Geographia is now available. Contents include
The latest issue of Geographical Education Volume 29, 2016 includes
AGTA Announces an Essential New Geography Resource
Geography Skills Unlocked is an exciting new skills book for Australian secondary schools.
Geography Skills Unlocked is published by the Australian Geography Teachers Association and written by a team of experienced Geography teachers.
The 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.
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.
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
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’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.
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.
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."
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.
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
An 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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