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Earth Structural Layer Cake

Earth Structural Layer Cake | Geography classroom | Scoop.it

"One of their lessons [in a series involving geologic sciences] involved teaching the kids about the structure of the Earth. One of her friends came up with the idea of presenting a model of the Earth made out of cake. So my sister asked me if I could make a spherical cake with all the layers of the Earth inside it."


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How good is this?...and the recipe is included for you to have a go!

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Canberra Girls Grammar GSSF's comment, September 1, 2013 10:30 PM
Year 8 Unit 1
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I think that this came out awesome! I definetly don't think that I would be able to pull something like this off. However what I found intersting about this was that it was like a cake map. Students were able to get a visual about what the earth's core is like. It visually shows them all the different layers of the earth. Just by visually seeing the cake like this will help a lot more kids to remember this lesson. Also by the baker putting the countries in their accurate locations makes this cake even that much better. They are veiwing a map and they don't even know it. I think this cake is a great tool to use to show students just how the earth is actually made up. By allowing the students to visually see it also makes it more likely for them to remember the material. Viewing maps can teach so much, which is why I think this "cake map" is an awesome way to teach and get the kids attention!

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project option we currently do for this unit

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The Australian Curriculum v8.0 Geography Foundation to Year 10 Curriculum

The Australian Curriculum v8.0 Geography Foundation to Year 10 Curriculum | Geography classroom | Scoop.it

The Foundation - Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Geography aims to ensure that students develop:

- a sense of wonder, curiosity and respect about places, people, cultures and environments throughout the world

- a deep geographical knowledge of their own locality, Australia, the Asia region and the world

- the ability to think geographically, using geographical concepts

- the capacity to be competent, critical and creative users of geographical inquiry methods and skills

- as informed, responsible and active citizens who can contribute to the development of an environmentally and economically sustainable, and socially just world.

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Mapped: The countries that use the most electricity (#1 might surprise you)

Mapped: The countries that use the most electricity (#1 might surprise you) | Geography classroom | Scoop.it
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Do you think we use too much electricity in Australia? Interesting set of data here for a variety of classroom activities. 
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Do you think we use too much electricity in Australia? Interesting set of data here for a variety of classroom activities. 
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Weather Forecast Maps

Weather Forecast Maps | Geography classroom | Scoop.it
Animated wind, rain and temperature maps, detailed forecast for your place, data from the best weather forecast models such as GFS, ICON, GEM
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Incredible world map visualising the weather in real time... A-mazing!!
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Yarloop’s ‘burn scar’ seen from space

Yarloop’s ‘burn scar’ seen from space | Geography classroom | Scoop.it
THE devastation left by the deadly firestorm that ripped through Yarloop can be seen from space, with NASA releasing a satellite image of the towns burn scar.
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Amazing images... capturing the extent of the bushfire damage, with unburnt vegetation appears red, scorched vegetation appears brown while buildings, roads and other developed areas appear light grey and white.

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Essence of Place: What is it? - Don Enright

Essence of Place: What is it? - Don Enright | Geography classroom | Scoop.it
Have you defined your park or historic site's essence of place? Can you identify what makes it absolutely, irreplaceably unique?
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A very insightful article about 'sense of place'..."We know what our place is—and what it isn’t—and we understand how all of its wonderful qualities (its landscape, its history, its community, its sights and smells) add up to foster an ineffable feeling of place. We live and breath it every day."

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A very insightful article about 'sense of place'..."We know what our place is—and what it isn’t—and we understand how all of its wonderful qualities (its landscape, its history, its community, its sights and smells) add up to foster an ineffable feeling of place. We live and breath it every day."

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Definitions of Place

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Brief Description of this Post First, this post provides a summary of definitions of place as a noun (not as a verb) in general dictionaries. It does not include discipline specific dictionaries.  ...
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'Placeness'- an interesting website by Edward (Ted) Relph exploring the concept of place, sense of place, spirit of place, placemaking, placelessness and non-place, and almost everything to do with place and places...who would have thought?

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'Placeness'- an interesting website by Edward (Ted) Relph exploring the concept of place, sense of place, spirit of place, placemaking, placelessness and non-place, and almost everything to do with place and places...who would have thought?

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Bushfires Menace Towns in Western Australia : Image of the Day

Bushfires Menace Towns in Western Australia : Image of the Day | Geography classroom | Scoop.it
The Terra satellite observed two large bushfires in Western Australia. One of them threatened the towns of Northcliffe and Windy Harbour.
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Incredible images from NASA...

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Take the world's hardest G20 quiz

Take the world's hardest G20 quiz | Geography classroom | Scoop.it
Think you know Australia's place in the world? Our G20 quiz is harder to pass than a security barricade.
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G20 Quiz...great addition to your Geography lessons this week via ABC News 

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Geography | Asia Education Foundation

Geography | Asia Education Foundation | Geography classroom | Scoop.it

The Australian Curriculum for Geography provides a number of opportunities for students to learn explicit content about Asia. It 'enables students learn about the ways in which Australia and Asia are interconnected, both environmentally and socially, and how transnational collaboration supports the notion of shared and sustainable futures within the Asia region.

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Another fabulous addition to the suite of rich resources from the Asia Education Foundation. Sample map of Asia opportunities View or  download the A3 sample map of Asia opportunities in the Australian Curriculum: Geography (PDF 207 KB).Identify the Asia content being implemented in your classroom to address the Asia priority. As part of the audit, identify new opportunities as provided by the Australian Curriculum to incorporate Asia across year levels.
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Another fabulous addition to the suite of rich resources from the Asia Education Foundation. Sample map of Asia opportunities View or  download the A3 sample map of Asia opportunities in the Australian Curriculum: Geography (PDF 207 KB).Identify the Asia content being implemented in your classroom to address the Asia priority. As part of the audit, identify new opportunities as provided by the Australian Curriculum to incorporate Asia across year levels.

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Skype in the classroom showcase

Skype in the classroom showcase | Geography classroom | Scoop.it

We've pulled together our favorite Skype lessons and put them into handy collections based on subject. Choose a subject, browse the lessons and get involved

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Meet Teachers and Students from around the world...in THEIR classroom, from YOUR classroom.

#CulturalExchange #mapping #collaboration #globaleducation

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Jamie Mitchell's curator insight, March 7, 2016 11:52 PM

Meet Teachers and Students from around the world...in THEIR classroom, from YOUR classroom.


#CulturalExchange #mapping #collaboration #globaleducation

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The Good Country Index

The Good Country Index | Geography classroom | Scoop.it
The Good Country Index is pretty simple: a measure of what each country on earth contributes to the common good of humanity
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This is so interesting! A fabulous collection of data to analyse, compare/contrast, question and discuss...and so many layers of data to explore...love it����
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MyReadingMapped™- interactive maps of historic events

MyReadingMapped™- interactive maps of historic events | Geography classroom | Scoop.it
Google Maps of historic events such as explorer expeditions, sunken ships, aviation crashes, environmental disasters, ancient ruins and battle sites.
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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, June 19, 2014 12:25 AM

Fantastic resource for history and geography teachers and students...WARNING: it's very  addictive!

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Risk assessment of a residential trip - Resources - TES

Risk assessment of a residential trip - Resources - TES | Geography classroom | Scoop.it
I'd like to share the RA I've used for my French residential trip (Yr 8, 6 days in France). I think It's quite comprehensive and has been developed and regularly reviewed over the past 8 years. I know it's not easy to get started. Hopefully this document will give you some ideas on what the risks are / who is at risk / what control measures need to be put in place / and if the risk is still high what additional measures you need to think of.
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10 great virtual field trips to check out in 2017

10 great virtual field trips to check out in 2017 | Geography classroom | Scoop.it
Virtual field trips let you take students all over the world to unique experiences they wouldn't get otherwise. Here are 10 to check out.
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Virtual field trips let us take students to places they likely wouldn’t visit otherwise — and often for free. No matter what you teach, there’s someone in the world with experience, expertise or perspectives that your students can benefit from. Here are 10 virtual field trips you and your students can take for free. Some virtual field trips are seasonal and others are available year-round.
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Fieldwork ‘fundamental’ to Geography

Getting students out of the classroom and conducting their own investigations increases engagement and interest in Geography.
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' Wise words about the value of fieldwork into your geographical inquiry....'Caldis says inquiry-based learning is not new to a lot of teachers, but doing it geographically and incorporating fieldwork may be. 'You can do inquiry without fieldwork, but you shouldn’t be doing fieldwork without inquiry, otherwise you don’t know why you’re out there investigating stuff! 'For [Geography], fieldwork is fundamental'
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Geography for 2016 & Beyond

Geography for 2016 & Beyond | Geography classroom | Scoop.it
free geography teaching resources
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This site contains a vast range of dynamic and effective teaching and learning resources suitable for geography students aged 11 - 18 years old.  Fantastic photo collection, free for classroom use.

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Jamie Mitchell's curator insight, March 7, 2016 11:49 PM

This site contains a vast range of dynamic and effective teaching and learning resources suitable for geography students aged 11 - 18 years old.  Fantastic photo collection, free for classroom use.

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What is Geo-literacy?

"Geo-literacy is a new term for a long-standing idea consisting of three components: interactions, interconnections and implications. It is the ability to use geographic understanding and geographic reasoning to make far-reaching decisions. Whether we are making decisions about where to live or what precautions to take for natural hazards, we all make decisions that require geo-literacy throughout our lives. This video illustrates what geo-literacy means to individuals, and to our shared global community. Share it with your friends, family, and colleagues, to help spread the word."

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Stop for 3:51 minutes...Geo-literacy extends far beyond knowing where places are on a map.  National Geographic Education has put an emphasis on geo-literacy, which entails spatial thinking skills and understanding systems in addition to content knowledge about locations and places.

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Stop for 3:51 minutes...Geo-literacy extends far beyond knowing where places are on a map.  National Geographic Education has put an emphasis on geo-literacy, which entails spatial thinking skills and understanding systems in addition to content knowledge about locations and places.

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AP Central - Defining Geography: What is Where, Why There, and Why Care?

AP Central - Defining Geography: What is Where, Why There, and Why Care? | Geography classroom | Scoop.it

The Nature of Geography
Most everyone knows that history is the study of events through time. Basically, historians ask "What happened when and why then?" But many people, it seems, have a problem defining geography. One reason why geography has languished in the curricula ...

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Some very interesting definitions about 'Geography' and 'Why Geography?' in this article..." all geographic teaching and learning should relate to the human need to know, emphasizing "Why care?" The definition presented here identifies in simple, easily taught, and easily learned terms the extreme complexity of geography.

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A Brief Visual History of Travel

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A Brief Visual History of Travel: gapyear.com presents the epic journey of the human race, from the plains of Africa to the beckoning universe, and beyond.
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Amazing...definitely a few worthwhile lessons (if not a whole year of content!) here to explore...History and Geography links to AC and beyond!

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, February 11, 2015 12:31 AM

Amazing...definitely a few worthwhile lessons (if not a whole year of content!) here to explore...History and Geography links to AC and beyond!

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Why Some People Really Don't Need to Ask for Directions | IFLScience

Why Some People Really Don't Need to Ask for Directions | IFLScience | Geography classroom | Scoop.it
Using a clever combination of virtual reality and brain imaging, researchers have located a “homing signal” in the human brain, revealing why some of us are always getting lost while others navigate with ease. It all depends on signal strength and reliability (like wi-fi). The work was published in Current Biology this week. 
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Do you ask for directions or prefer to struggle with a map and frustrate your travelling companions? Is it a matter of gender or do we have an inbuilt navigation system in our brain?

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#GTAV2014 Conference, Day 1 and 2 (with images, tweets) · vanweringh

Below are tweets from the first and second day of the Geography Teachers Association Victoria. Fantastic resources and ideas were shared. Thank you to all for making it such a valuable and interesting event.
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Thanks Ilja @vanweringh for collating this great conversation and resources from the GTAV Conference...especially for those of us who couldn't be there in person :-)

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Map Shows Airplanes Getting The Heck Out Of Ukranian Airspace

Map Shows Airplanes Getting The Heck Out Of Ukranian Airspace | Geography classroom | Scoop.it
On a normal travel day, the airspace over...
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Terrible world news today...Geography and Global Education. How will you explore world event like this in the classroom?

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Google's Smarty Pins Game Tests Your Geography Knowledge

Google's Smarty Pins Game Tests Your Geography Knowledge | Geography classroom | Scoop.it
Google unveiled a fun new game called "Smarty Pins" that tests players' geography and trivia skills.
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Google previously released other games, including Santa Maps Dive and Spell Up. For its part, Smarty Pins is similar to a game called GeoGuessr, which challenges players to identify a photo by clicking its location on Google Maps.

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Promote Reading, Writing, Geography and Patience With an Old Fashioned Penpal

Promote Reading, Writing, Geography and Patience With an Old Fashioned Penpal | Geography classroom | Scoop.it
A long-term project like writing to a penpal is a great way to consistently work on reading and writing.
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A great Human Geography activity...so many cross-curricula opportunities for Reading, Writing and even ICT if you combine a visit via @SkypeClassroom...

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, June 19, 2014 6:14 PM
Letter-writing, addressing an envelope and checking the letterbox...did you have a Penpal? Perhaps add a @SkypeClassroom hook-up for a 21st Century twist...
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A great Human Geography activity...so many cross-curricula opportunities for Reading, Writing and even ICT if you combine a visit via @SkypeClassroom...

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Why maps matter -- FCW

Why maps matter -- FCW | Geography classroom | Scoop.it
With new technologies and an explosion of geodata, more and more agencies are mapping to make sense of their missions.
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'...using maps leads to better decision-making' and so much more, such as critical thinking, visual literacy ...geodata and making sense of our world. Geography is such a critical life skill.

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NASA unveils Earth Day 'global selfie' mosaic – News – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

NASA unveils Earth Day 'global selfie' mosaic – News – ABC Environment (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) | Geography classroom | Scoop.it
NASA has compiled thousands of 'selfies' submitted via social media to create a mosaic image of the Earth.
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