Geography Education & Teaching Practice
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Geography Education & Teaching Practice
Useful resources for pre-service and current geography teachers in Australia, particularly NSW. Resources aimed at helping develop holistic, passionate and creative geography educators who foster a love of learning in their students. Set up specifically for students studying EDCZ25800 at Avondale College, but available for anyone who falls into the above.
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What are the aims and objectives of teaching Geography to students?

The aims of teaching Geography are intimately connected with the functions and values. Geography teaching aims at nothing less than an understanding of the inter-action of the vast natural environments on the surface of the earth on entire humanity.
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lightbulb_tree's comment, March 25, 2013 6:10 AM
Prakash comments on the place of geography (ha) in the matrix of isolated subjects taught at high school level. Great points are articulated that may form a handy reply to any glazed-eyed digital native in the classroom – and for reminding ourselves of the wonderful relevancy of our subject to every facet of life on planet Earth. Prakash raises the point that healthy citizenship and, by inference, a sense of identity, is fostered in a geography classroom. I hadn’t reflected on how the shaping of values towards humankind is overtly moulded in geography. Its aims and objectives are noble indeed.
Leigha Tew's comment, March 25, 2013 11:47 PM
As geography is such a holistic subject, there can be immediate value in keeping focus to a small number of goals when lesson planning. Tying the relevance of each lesson, to the following aims as outlined in this article (Practical aim, cultural/intellectual aim and social/citizenship aim) could be very helpful in keeping grounded to what I believe is the very base of geography – ‘responsibly investigating the Earth, society and their inter-actions for the purpose of contributing to a better world’. This article is a healthy and relevant list of aspirations for geography teachers.
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Geographical Association - GTIP Think Piece - Developing Pupils' Writing Through Geography

Geographical Association - GTIP Think Piece - Developing Pupils' Writing Through Geography | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
The GA supports primary and secondary geography teachers through teaching resources, geography journals, CPD events, Barnaby Bear, Worldwise and more.
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Literacy and numeracy are key to all KLAs. This article has some great thoughts on developing literacy in geography.  

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Jordan Macpherson's comment, November 4, 2013 11:38 PM
The key concepts of this article are really quite interesting. I really liked the line that said ' Geography, like any subject discipline, has a very specific language and we should use the particular forms of language and literacy best suited to posing and answering geographical questions.' This statement is one to follow when participaring in Geography exercises.
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What can you do with geography?

We all know that geography is important; but what can you do with it? As students across the country prepare for the 2012 National Geographic Bee, we've expl...
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A useful video for helping students see the practical applications of this subject as well as where it could take them. 

 

Very well put together.

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Bree Janbroers's comment, March 26, 2013 10:36 PM
This is a great resource for those students who are visual learners. It demonstrates a variety of topics from natural disasters to the way society/people live. This video also links and relates how our ‘gadets and tools ‘ can be used to either impact or help the earth; which can grasp a better concept for the students.
Rachel Goods's comment, November 4, 2013 6:55 PM
It is an interesting video that covers a variety of natural disasters and how it relates to where people live and how it is important. Another great visual tool to use in the classroom.
Leigha Tew's comment, November 6, 2013 9:48 PM
Geographical literacy opens up unlimited possibilities for future adventures and careers. Utilising geography skills and knowledge is a practice employed by many different professions on a global scale. It is essential to highlight the significance of learning content and of learning experiences to the students. Always make learning relevant.
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Is Australia Serious About Asia? : Global Brief

Is Australia Serious About Asia? : Global Brief | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
Global Brief is a top-tier international affairs magazine with a heavy global readership. It was founded in 2009.
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Relevant content for Stage 5 Geography NSW. Interesting issues to raise with your classes. 

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Wade Davis: Gorgeous photos of a backyard wilderness worth saving | Video on TED.com

Ethnographer Wade Davis explores hidden places in the wider world -- but in this powerful short talk he urges us to save a paradise in his backyard, Northern Canada.
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Gina Al-Ali's comment, March 23, 2013 10:17 PM
Wade Davies talks about the beautiful area of Sacred Headwaters in north Cananda and how the greed of humans is endangering the natural habitat. Shell mining company plans on building an open gold and copper mine which will process 30,000 tonnes of rock a day for 30 years resulting in millions of tonnes of waste and toxic chemicals being dumped into lakes. This, plus the addition plan to build roads and pipelines, endangers the land, waters and the way of life for thousands of people, including the local Tahltan tribes. The Sacred Headwaters is the home, sanctuary and burial ground of ancestors to the native people and the goal is to help and encourage the Shell company to protect the land.
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More Google Earth Sweetness

More Google Earth Sweetness | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
Last Friday, I mentioned the sweet Google Earth Tour Guide feature. But the updated Google Earth is more than just Tour Guides. The Earth Gallery has also gotten an upgrade. The Gallery is some 100...

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How are satellite images different from photographs?

How are satellite images different from photographs? | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it

"Satellites acquire images in black and white, so how is it possible to create the beautiful color images that we see on television, in magazines, and on the internet? Computers provide us with the answer.

Images created using different bands (or wavelengths) have different contrast (light and dark areas). Computers make it possible to assign 'false color' to these black and white images. The three primary colors of light are red, green, and blue. Computer screens can display an image in three different bands at a time, by using a different primary color for each band. When we combine these three images we get a 'false color image.'

Find tutorials and links to free compositing programs here."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 16, 2013 9:11 AM

Tags: remote sensing, imagesgeospatial, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

Ken Halpern's comment, March 1, 2013 1:23 PM
Very interesting to see how the process works. This is very helpful when trying to get a point across.
Conor McCloskey's comment, March 4, 2013 8:59 PM
The Electromagnetic scale always confused me in High School! Hahaha. I also didn't know that satellites only take pictures in black and white.
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Smartphones as geospatial tools

The disastrous earthquake in Haiti taught humanitarian groups an unexpected lesson: the power of mobile devices to coordinate, inform, and guide relief efforts.

 

Tags: technology, disasters, Haiti, TED.


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Tony Hall's curator insight, February 18, 2013 6:43 AM

This is why ICT is important. No. Vital! Our students need to see things like this so that they understand the positive aspects of technology. They need to see that SMS, Facebook & Twitter are so much more than just a way sharing silly photos of themselves. This technology has the power to affect real, positive change. 

techsavvygirl's curator insight, February 18, 2013 8:21 AM

Augmenting human potential with smartphones

Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, April 23, 2016 4:11 AM
Responding to disasters and preparedness using technology
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Maps and the Geospatial Revolution

Maps and the Geospatial Revolution | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it

"Learn how advances in geospatial technology and analytical methods have changed how we do everything, and discover how to make maps and analyze geographic patterns using the latest tools."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 21, 2013 1:35 PM

When I was a graduate student at Penn State, I was introduced to some great people and programs and I'm glad to see that the institution has continued to excel and be a leader.  You have probably heard of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) and been interested in seeing how this might change higher education in the future.  This MOOC is a free 5-week course designed to be an introduction to mapping, GIS and geospatial technologies so you don't need to be a specialists with a mapping background: it's for beginners.  I know that many geography teachers tell their students about GIS, but are afraid to teach with GIS because they are worried that it will be too hard.  This is an easy on-ramp to 21st century geospatial tools and any geography teacher hoping to modernize their skillset would do well to take this summer course fromthe Program of Online Geospatial Education at Penn State, taught by Dr. Anthony Robinson.  For more information on this, see this annoucement from Directions Magazine and from Penn State News.    


Tags: GIS, teacher training, mapping, cartography, geospatial, edtech, geography education, unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

Leigha Tew's comment, November 6, 2013 9:41 PM
GIS is redefining mapping skills. In 21st Century education, it is crucial that we communicate GIS literacy in our geography curriculums and classrooms. As a geography teacher it is, therefore, also crucial that I have a thorough and sound knowledge of this field. This course could strongly assist such an understanding as professional development throughout my teaching career.
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Which Countries Don’t Have a Minimum Wage?

Which Countries Don’t Have a Minimum Wage? | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
In a surprising move, President Obama proposed during the State of the Union address to increasing the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 23, 2013 9:13 PM

This made many people ask the question "how many countries have minimum wages?"  Nearly all countries in the world have a minimum wage or a partial minimum wage. 

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Following 'Geography Education'

Following 'Geography Education' | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it

Finding Materials: This site is designed for geography students and teachers to find interesting, current supplemental materials.  To search for place-specific posts, browse this interactive map.  To search for thematic posts, see http://geographyeducation.org/thematic/ (organized by the APHG curriculum).  Also you can search for a keyword by clicking on the filter tab above.

 

Staying Connected: You can receive post updates in the way that best fits how you use social media.

Update Notifications: Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+.

              Email: Click 'follow' button at top right of this page.

Sites with Content: Wordpress, Scoop.it.


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Emma Lafleur's curator insight, January 24, 2013 5:34 PM

A great interactive map to learn about different regions of the world.

chris tobin's curator insight, January 24, 2013 5:35 PM

This is a really cool map from class

Marie Schoeman's curator insight, February 20, 2013 4:07 AM

This site collects interesting sites on Geography Teaching. It is anticipated that there will also be articles on differentiation which could assist teachers to present Geography in an inclusive way.

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Rader's GEOGRAPHY 4 KIDS.COM

Rader's GEOGRAPHY 4 KIDS.COM | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
Geography4Kids.com! The web site that teaches physical geography and earth science basics to everyone!
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OzGeographyTeaching » DESIGNING THE CURRICULUM

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Good insigfor on the Australian Curriculum for per-service teachers.

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Mapping the world Lastupdate:- Wed, 6 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT GreaterKashmir.com

Mapping the world Lastupdate:- Wed, 6 Mar 2013 18:30:00 GMT GreaterKashmir.com | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
One week workshop on Application of Remote Sensing Geographical Information System GIS and Global Positioning System GPS in Resource Management organized by department of Geography and Regional Development University of Kashmir concluded The theme...
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Interesting insight into what GIS and GPS is used for.

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Jordan Macpherson's comment, November 4, 2013 11:41 PM
I dont get this article
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John Hunter: Teaching with the World Peace Game | Video on TED.com

John Hunter puts all the problems of the world on a 4'x5' plywood board -- and lets his 4th-graders solve them.
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As John Hunter demonstrates, great things can be achieved with your students if you think 'outside the box' in how you approach your teaching. 

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lightbulb_tree's comment, March 25, 2013 6:40 AM
Wow. John Hunter puts the buzz words to use with his World Peace game. Humbly accepting the collective wisdom of students, he facilitates this complex problem solving based game of consequential, critical and creative thinking. As space is valued in art, Hunter inspires others to clear the space for students to engage, contribute, and create their own deep learning experiences. This is a fantastic example of success in non-traditional teaching.
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Richard Florida: Why Creativity is the New Economy - Culture and Society - Browse - Big Ideas - ABC TV

Richard Florida: Why Creativity is the New Economy - Culture and Society - Browse - Big Ideas - ABC TV | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
Dr Richard Florida is professor of Business and Creativity at the University of Toronto and he delivers this talk – Why Creativity is the New Economy at The RSA in London.
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Leigha Tew's comment, November 6, 2013 9:56 PM
Engaging creative thinking skills, idea collaboration, teamwork and communication are becoming the most sought after skills by 21st century employers. Encourage individuality and unique creative abilities in our classrooms, intrinsically or for the purpose of problem solving is a currently undervalued criteria in the education system. As an educator, enhancing student achievement by encouraging potential and connecting it with opportunity, is one of my biggest dreams. It is time for the education to catch up with the 'new economy' and start recognising the true value of creativity.
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38 Maps You Never Knew You Needed

38 Maps You Never Knew You Needed | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
Some prime examples of map porn for all my fellow amateur cartographers to get lost in. Get it?

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Zac Redman's comment, October 27, 2013 3:40 AM
a very interesting article, something to stimulate the brain and make us think. A great article to show students if they finish their work early and you need something to keep them entertained.
Rachel Goods's comment, November 4, 2013 6:52 PM
These are very interesting facts that would be a good hook to use in a class when you are talking about mapping.
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The Permanence of Geography

The Permanence of Geography | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
The current rise or durability of the economies of the Global South do not signal that economic geography does not matter, but that current investment has simply shifted.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 16, 2013 12:23 PM

In an era where globalization has rendered distances a minor barrier to diffusion, some have erroneously concluded that geography is no longer relevant to economic development and urban planning.  Nothing could be farther from the truth, but that doesn't mean that the 'old rules' of space and place aren't be re-written.  This is a nice article that discusses the continued importance of spatial thinking and geography for urban planning.


Tags: urban, planning economic, urbanism, globalization, unit 7 cities.

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Economic Inequality

Economic Inequality | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 20, 2013 3:48 PM

Make your own conclusions...

Tony Hall's curator insight, February 20, 2013 11:44 PM

Really good series of infographics on unequal distribution of wealth in the world. Perfect for teaching IB Geography Disparities in Wealth topic.

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38 Maps You Never Knew You Needed

38 Maps You Never Knew You Needed | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it

"Some prime examples of fascinating maps." 


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Jordan Macpherson's comment, November 4, 2013 11:50 PM
CRAZY!
Lona Pradeep Parad's curator insight, May 27, 2014 7:46 PM

This shows 38 maps of the world in completely different formats with different map projections and colorings. 

Jake Red Dorman's curator insight, November 13, 2014 11:43 AM

Map number 7 shows what New Yorkers complain about the most in their beloved city. The complaints are split into noise, graffiti and litter. It is no surprise that most New Yorkers complain about noise in Manhattan, well because it is one of the largest cities in the world, of course there is going to be noise. And then looking on the outskirts of the main city in Manhattan there are mostly complaints about litter. The map is mostly blue in most areas. As for graffiti there are a couple pockets spread out which is where I’m assuming most gang activity takes place. Queens, the Bronx, and Brooklyn is where most of the graffiti is located according to this map. I liked this ma because it shows what you’re going to see or hear in certain places in the City area.    

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Fields of Green Spring up in Saudi Arabia

Fields of Green Spring up in Saudi Arabia | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia is drilling for a resource possibly more precious than oil by tapping hidden reserves of water in the Syrian Desert.

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Alex Vielman's curator insight, November 23, 2015 3:37 PM

More and more in the news, people have noticed that oil is the hot topic to discuss. Although oil is a very importance economic source, water is a resource that can sustain the population and keep people alive. Saudi Arabia over the years has developed a huge areas of green fields growing in areas of what is Saudi Arabias desert. Saudi Arabia reaches these underground rivers and lakes by drilling through the desert floor, directly irrigating the fields with a circular sprinkler system. This technique is called center-pivot irrigation. This is so important because even if the country has the money to buy resources like food and water, it is developing these agricultural fields which is allowing them to export products such as wheat, dates, dairy products, eggs, fish, poultry, fruits, vegetables and flowers to markets around the world. Saudi Arabia can now supply its people with these products that they use to import. This is extremely important to the current development in Saudi Arabia. 

Matt Ramsdell's curator insight, December 7, 2015 4:27 PM

Saudi Arabia is a very rich in drilling industry for oil. However many of these fields are green are popping up all over the place as drilling is occuring. Why is this? Well much of the drilling releases water that is trapped within the rocks. This water then flows to the surface where it creates a underground water puddle that keeps the soils moist which in turn allows for greens and other plants to grow. This is more commonly known as water drilling.

Adam Deneault's curator insight, December 14, 2015 4:08 PM
These random fields of green are coming from the rocks that still have water that is trapped inside them from the last ice age. Saudi Arabia reaches these underground rivers and lakes by drilling through the desert floor, directly irrigating the fields with a circular sprinkler system. This technique is called center-pivot irrigation. Because of low rainfall, they get minimum water each year. Hydrologists estimate water will only be able to be pumped out for 50 years. With water popping up fields of green, a new agricultural economy will appear, maybe farming life and new resources that the country never had for their people, they will now have.
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GEOGRAPHY APPS FOR IOS – iPADS, iPHONE AND iPOD TOUCH

GEOGRAPHY APPS FOR IOS – iPADS, iPHONE AND iPOD TOUCH | Geography Education & Teaching Practice | Scoop.it
By Gary Bass. As a teacher of science, with an interest in geophysics, I have been fascinated with the availability of real time data about the earth. Geography is the school subject where students...

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Zac Redman's comment, October 27, 2013 3:18 AM
Geography apps for IOS - ipads, iphones and ipod touch is a great article. It provides examples of educational apps that will assist in the education of your students. Using technology is a great way to keep the students interested, and if the apps are fun the students wont even realise they are learning.
Rachel Goods's comment, November 4, 2013 6:58 PM
These apps are a great idea if you can use these in the classroom, they probably have heaps of apps on their devices at home already, it will make learning fun like they don't even realise it.