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Useful resources for pre-service and current geography teachers in Australia, particularly NSW. Resources aimed at helping teachers discover a plethora of useful teaching activities and strategies that engage, motivate and challenge students. Set up for studying EDCZ25800 at Avondale College, but available for all geography educators.
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gtaq%202014.pdf

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A resource to provide example and idea as to the incorporation of fieldwork in Geography. 
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Ben Woodham's comment, April 25, 10:15 PM
I really liked this presentation on Geography beyond the classroom. I believe that subjects like geography have an enquiry based aspect that must be explored. The outdoors lends itself perfectly to this enquiry based style of learning. The power of field work and case studies is important as it gets students motivated and stimulates interest in the area of study. The presentation went on the show examples of how mapping, sampling and using ICT can be used outside of the classroom to engage students. It was interesting that link to the Australian Curriculum and how field work and enquiry based learning allowed students to make meaning of their world.
Adelaide Parkin's comment, September 7, 8:45 PM
Great presentation!! It really shows the learning that can be done outside of the classroom. Fieldwork is such an important tool and it really gives students the visualization and experience about what they have been learning all year! Fieldwork stimulates students learning and engages them in their school work. Fieldwork is especially important in geography because it is such a hands on subject yet it is based majorly within the classroom! The more we get our students out and experiencing the world the more effective our lessons will become!
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International statistics: Compare countries on just about anything! NationMaster.com

International statistics: Compare countries on just about anything! NationMaster.com | Lesson Ideas and Resources | Scoop.it
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This is a great site for use with your students regarding comparisons between countries - on nearly any geography related topic. I have utilised this site many times over may years with great results on both long term and short term basis. 

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What is Geography?

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What do you think Geography is all about?  Watch the Animaniacs YouTube video beneath. Pretty amazing eh?  i. Who do you think learnt Geography like this? ii. Write 30 words exactly that describe...
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Geography pods is a great website that contains bucket loads of great information and lesson resource ideas for a huge variety of topics.   Get hunting and familiar with this website. 

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Secondary - Geography - ABC Splash

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Josh Waring's comment, May 6, 2015 7:44 PM
I really like the way that the videos have added suggested grade target audience suggestions, this makes it quick and easy to find something you might need to show students, also the way the videos are separated into topic specific groups is a useful idea. There are a wide range of videos to suit your different topics within Geography.
Madeleine Carr's comment, November 17, 2015 9:11 PM
This is so useful. there are many sources we could use across many years and topics. I love how they are easily categorised into year groups, so the students will feel as if the videos are directed at them/relevant. These would also be a great homework type as we could ask students to view the ABC video and make comments or use these videos to encourage students to male their own.
Jared Bocala's comment, May 10, 12:36 AM
This website is awesome! The site is neat, organised and very easy to browse around it's content. I like how the subjects and topics are categorised with a search bar that would make things easier to find. This is useful for teachers when they are in need of quick resources. The videos that I have watched seem very engaging and presents the content well.
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Science experiment on soil erosion

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Science experiment on soil erosion - This experiment, which has a tremendous visual impact due to its simplicity, it will demonstrate the relationship between precipitation, soil erosion, protection of watercourses and vegetation.
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A great practical example of the importance of maintaining our environment and demonstrating soil erosion etc. 

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Adelaide Parkin's comment, May 18, 2015 8:54 PM
This looks like heaps of fun for both the students and the teacher!! It's a very visual and hands on experiment so it would be a good one to help keep students engage and on focus. Not only that but this experiment helps bring physical geography into the classroom, not all schools would have the ability or budget for numerous excursions per subject so this one would be an excellent not to help show how soil erosion works within the classroom environment.
Jared's comment, August 23, 2015 11:02 PM
This experiment is simple but at the same time very cool to do with the students. This is great because we can witness this phenomenon in a classroom made by our own minds and hand. It would also intrigue the students and would make them very engaged. Because of that, they would take a lot out of this experiment.
Madeleine Carr's comment, November 17, 2015 9:58 PM
this is a really simple experiment for the classroom but would also be a cool way for students to go home and teach their parents by setting up the experiment at home. Even though it is simple, it is extremely important and is an issue locally, such as Wamberal Beach. Directly related to geography and science and could be a great cross curriculum tool
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EDtalks

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Useful presentations to be utilised with virtual fireld studies or class content. 

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bree's comment, November 5, 2013 5:05 AM
I love ED TALKS! I wouldn't use them just as a geography teacher I would use them for any subject. This would be great for students who are visual learning's are find videos very interesting. It would make very easy homework tasks for homework and even school work. It would even make a good 'back up' class for those sick days...
Jared's comment, September 14, 2015 11:44 PM
EdTalks videos are great! They are a great tool for geography teaching because it makes the content interesting! The visual is great to engage the students. They can also be accessed at anywhere and anytime which means they can learn the contents out of the classroom.
Nathaniel Amuimuia's comment, November 9, 2015 9:25 PM
EdTalks are great i've used them at times to get ideas and other tools to make things a bit more interesting. Its a great tool for pretty much any subject. Videos are creative, interesting and educational. can implement them into any classroom setting to help withstudent learning
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Links4Learning: HSIE

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BOS NSW Stage 5 Geography ICT resources

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Zac Redman's comment, October 31, 2013 11:33 PM
This site is a great way to get ideas and resources for a class for stage 4 learning. It provides resources and activities for Geography, History, Commerce and Indigenous Studies, which is great for geography teacher that have no background in these other subject areas.
Rachel Goods's comment, November 3, 2013 10:53 PM
There are so many ICT resources out there, but as I have probably said before you need to be careful that you are not just using it to waste time. It needs to be relevant and to benefit the students, the more resources you see the more it gets you thinking of other ideas.
Jordan Maua's comment, November 4, 2013 7:11 PM
These ideas for students to get out of the classroom and use other things like ICT to learn are great ways for teachers to adapt to. ALTHOUGH as a teacher you will have to minimise the amount of time you spend in ICT lessons because they can and will get out of hand very easily.
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Heal The World: save the planet, save your life: Introduction

Heal The World: save the planet, save your life: Introduction | Lesson Ideas and Resources | Scoop.it
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A webquest on the world, its resources and the responsibility we have to take care of it. 

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Courtney Mallon's comment, May 26, 2015 9:11 PM
This is a legit and awesome task for students to use to make relative class work in geography to the outside world that they live in. It brings awareness, it is educational and students are learning to make a difference. Great activity that touches base with the core of Geography.
Jared's comment, October 13, 2015 12:32 AM
This is a great task that can be readily used in a class. It very educational to the students, making them aware, and then consolidating as it requires action and change their attitudes. The task manages to be relevant as well to their environment and how to heal it.
Madeleine Carr's comment, November 17, 2015 10:11 PM
I really love this. I love teaching and learning this way. I love allowing time to discuss points and opinions and then working together to generate in this case an information leaflet, however you could have the option of creating a posture, flow chart, informative mind map etc. Its really team based and i feel as if this sort of working strategy is relevant to many jobs outside of school and will equip our students for the future, along with developing an understanding of the geography content
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jelly_babies_game_original_instructions.pdf

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a great lesson idea that is creative and hands on. I have used it many times brith both señor and junior classes but modified it slightly. 

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Zac Redman's comment, September 8, 2013 2:00 AM
Students love games and they are even better when the games are actually educational. This game expands the students knowledge on geography with out them even realising.
Karen Breznikar's comment, May 6, 2014 8:47 PM
Great educational game which is easily modified and useful in demonstrating factors that influence population growth and decline.
Karina Parker's comment, May 27, 2014 7:12 AM
My teacher used this resource for us when I was in year 11. It was great for understanding factors that influence population. It is an engaging activity that students will love. The best part? Students get to eat jelly babies!
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Grid and Area referencing worksheets.pdf

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Useful worksheets with clear explanations and links to new national curriculum and cross-curricular activities. This is a sample from new books being developed for the denationalise curriculum. 

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Karen Breznikar's comment, May 6, 2014 8:52 PM

Excellent Resource!!! Grid referencing and mapping is an essential skill in geography and these worksheets are easy to follow and practical assisting students to really grasp the concept.
Ben Woodham's comment, September 10, 2015 9:08 AM
The best way to teach grid and area referencing is to get students directly involved with doing it. Not only should they learn about what the concept is but they should also have an idea of how to do it. This links the things learnt in class to the outside world where students can see the benefit of learning referencing skills. These worksheets would form the basis of some great class work. It would also be great to get students involved with some online grid referencing so they can see how it can be used in ICT. A site like http://gridreferencefinder.com/ provides a great foundation for students to explore how places are related to each other in terms of grid referencing, giving them a greater understanding of how connected our world is.
Adelaide Parkin's comment, September 7, 8:55 PM
some teachers use worksheets as there 'way out' of teaching that lesson. It's a small task you set students when you can't be bothered or a student finishes early. But worksheets can be some much more, these are some really informative worksheets that will be very useful when teaching about grid references and weather recording. These are a great resource for me to have when i actually start teaching!
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Jordan Macpherson's comment, April 30, 2013 1:21 AM
Looks like it could be an intriguing website, but unfortunately is un-able to be read due to the text being read in French.
Jordan Maua's comment, April 30, 2013 1:32 AM
I really enjoyed reading this article/website. My french isn't as great as it used to be so unfortunately I could only read 5 words out of the whole reading.
Zac Redman's comment, October 13, 2013 1:05 AM
If this was in English it may be quite useful for the classroom. Maybe if your second teaching subject is French then this would be extremely useful...
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Coriolis effect

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Encyclopedic entry. Winds blow across the Earth from high-pressure systems to low-pressure systems. The paths of winds—and of ocean currents, which are pushed by wind—are partly a result of the Coriolis effect.
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Relevant to Stage 6 geography NSW syllabus. 

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Jordan Macpherson's comment, April 15, 2013 10:53 PM
This makes me realize that before i teach my class something, I have to fully understand the context and concepts that will hopefully be taught. Reading this made me quite confused, and to be honest, I still don't think i get 100% of it. At the very least, i now understand that he Coriolis effect is caused by the rotation of the Earth and the inertia of the mass experiencing the effect. I think.
Jordan Maua's comment, April 30, 2013 1:48 AM
I struggled to read that article as it was all over the place for me. One thing that I could take away from this article is that we have to know our stuff. Not all of Geography will be like this I don't think. If we cannot understand what we are reading then we are letting the students down more then ourselves. We don't get paid to teach half(sorry about the language)-assed. We have to understand our content to the fullest PLUS more because who knows what questions we will be asked from the students.
Rachel Goods's comment, September 23, 2013 10:40 PM
These articles always get the better of me, with my lack of understanding for these larger words that they use. I need to make sure that I have a thorough understanding of these concepts and ideas before teaching them to my class. If I don't know what I'm teaching then how am I to expect my students to understand.
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Wordle - Beautiful Word Clouds

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Useful for revision tasks, or creative mind mapping

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Jordan Macpherson's comment, April 15, 2013 11:01 PM
I think this is quite a generic teaching tool, one that is not confined to geography. I do like how this little program can give a greater emphasis on certain words for different topics, and i guess i can see how it could help the understanding of different topics. I'mm not convinced i would use this in my classroom, but i do understand the point.
Jordan Maua's comment, May 7, 2013 8:20 PM
I have seen this type of learning method before during my high school years. It is surprising at how just having words can help students learn about any given topic. It allows the student to have a wider knowledge of any given topic in any subject that they struggle to understand. This program is not just strapped to Geography use it for any of your subject choices as you will be surprised at how much it helps the students knowledge range.
Bree Janbroers's comment, May 8, 2013 6:42 AM
I have never seen this before, yet I think its brilliant. This is going to help a lot being a teacher. It will provide a more creative and better understanding for certain topics in geography. This will be very useful for handouts, revisions and assignments.
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Draw On Maps and Make Them Easily.

Draw On Maps and Make Them Easily. | Lesson Ideas and Resources | Scoop.it
Easily Create and Share Maps. Share with friends, embed maps on websites, and create images or pdf.
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Another great tool to use with classes, that once again, I have utilised many times. Let your students get interactive, create précis maps, plot and mark field study areas, identify different feature for different purposes etc- the options are endless.  Note: EDCZ students - you cannot comment on these types of article for your weekly tasks. 

 

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Jennifer Scott's comment, September 28, 2015 11:37 PM
This is a great tool for map work in a classroom that engages the students in a new way that enhances their learning.
Karen Breznikar's comment, October 13, 2015 2:27 AM
I love this app. How easy it makes map making - I could see students using this with enthusiasm.
Madeleine Carr's comment, November 9, 2015 11:34 PM
This looks like a simple and fun tool that the students could learn to use. It can be useful for mapping of specific locations of fieldwork or places that the students are studying. i believe that this will help students develop their mapping skills and also to assist in the students learning about the globe and the positioning of the countries and continents. Students could even be given this and other programs such as google maps to have a play around with and have fun exploring for a reward.
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Five Times Five: Five Activities for Teaching Geography's Five Themes

Serve up a well-balanced nutrition unit! A bunch of activities to pick from!
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Madeleine Carr's comment, November 17, 2015 9:00 PM
This is an excellent article. I seriously enjoyed it so much. I really love the mapping activities. The book character one is brilliant. I forget who told me, however a teacher or lecturer had encouraged me in the past to have a book on my desk to show I'm reading to encourage students to read. I believe this mapping book character exercise would also encourage students to read. The design a country exercise would be so fun and encourage creativity whilst building mapping skills. You could ask the students to fit the country on our current map. My favourite is build an atlas as a class. I would absolutely love that and i believe it would encourage a whole class participation and connection which would be useful and involves individual research.
Frida Reierson's comment, April 15, 1:51 AM
What a great resource! In my opinion, the inclusion of a variety of strategies and activities in every lesson is crucial to effective teaching. Not only does this list provide a range of quick exercises, but additionally long-term projects that can be carried out over a whole term or even year. I highly appreciated the categorisation of activities into five topics (location, place, human-environment interaction, movement, and regions), making the article organised and easy to navigate. After reading through the different teaching suggestions, a few stood out in particular. Firstly, the 'design a country' seems to be a highly engaging activity which allows the students to use their creativity and justify their choices. Moreover, the 'weather report' activity sounds like an incredible long-term project that will undoubtedly get the students excited about 'place' and comparing the climates of different countries. Additionally, discussion around 'The Lorax' is a fantastic idea, as the story ties in well with 'human-environment interaction'. After reading the book the class could also watch the movie from 2012!
Adelaide Parkin's comment, September 7, 8:48 PM
I love this! I just screenshot the article, these are some awesome ideas to get students engage within the geography classroom. Because i am only a geography minor it has not always been my main point of interest so developing interesting lessons on my pracs have been a struggle for me. This article gives awesome ideas for teachers to incorporate different teaching strategies within there classroom and therefore engage different types of learners.
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Map Skills

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Objective: To be able to use and recognise a variety of map symbols and to understand why they are used. IST Learner Profile Link - Knowledgeable & Inquirer Task 1 - Study this presentation and...
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Great lesson ideas and resources for mapping skills. 

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My Ocean

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Game. Build your ocean with this fun matching game.
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Zoe Wright's comment, May 21, 2014 5:45 AM
Looks like a fun game and looks like it would be a fun way to learn about the oceans or could be a good revision tool
Adelaide Parkin's comment, May 18, 2015 8:50 PM
Love the look of this game! It seems fun yet educational at the same time. It would be a create tool for any geography classroom as a fun activity to engage students or even a good revision tool.
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WebQuest: Global Environmental Issues: created with Zunal WebQuest Maker

A resource page for Educational Technology
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A useful and well developed Geography themed webquest.

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Gavin Bowyer's comment, September 2, 2013 12:45 AM
A good example of what can be done with webquests and assessments posted online. I feel that the assessment itself was a little restrictive and backward (especially considering the form it has taken to set it on the internet). I would prefer to see some more scope for students to choose their preferred presentation method rather than simply looking at powerpoints. maybe some websites, prezi's, pod/vodcasts, interactive wiki's etc. I also did not appreciate the advertising on the website for its parent company as some of the stock advertisements were a little inappropriate for my liking.
Zoe Wright's comment, May 21, 2014 5:53 AM
i found the website easy to navigate and is a good example of what you can do on the web.
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Links4Learning: HSIE

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NSW BOS Stage 6 Geography ICT resources

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Zoe Wright's comment, May 21, 2014 5:56 AM
i found the website useful and full of some great resources
Zoe Wright's comment, May 21, 2014 5:56 AM
i found the website useful and full of some great resources
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NSW BOS Stage 6 Geography Curriculum

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Links4Learning: HSIE

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NSW BOS stage 4 Geography ICT resources.

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Zac Redman's comment, September 13, 2013 12:23 AM
This site is a great way to get ideas and resources for a class for stage 4 learning. It provides resources and activities for Geography, History, Commerce and Indigenous Studies, which is great for geography teacher that have no background in history or commerce.
Rachel Goods's comment, November 3, 2013 10:51 PM
More learning resources that can be used in the classroom or even stimulate ideas for teachers, so that you are not doing it in the same way in every class. Cause each class is going to be different and react to different teaching methods in positive and negative ways.
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Introduction to GIS

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Some great applications of teaching and utilising GIS in your classroom. 

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Gavin Bowyer's comment, September 2, 2013 12:49 AM
A great resource for GIS classes and students own interest. GIS is a powerful tool in the hands of a geographer and many other professions. having a basic knowledge and understanding of the basics can really encourage students to develop an interest in the field for a possible future career. I appreciated the lesson being broken down into 13 sizable chunks, each with their own worksheet and demonstration video tutorial. A well thought out, simple and useful resource with a great application, potential and source of interest for some students.
Rachel Goods's comment, November 4, 2013 7:10 PM
I have used GIS once before and I found it a bit difficult to understand, I deffinitly needed someone there to tell me step by step what to do. This would have to be used in a classroom setting, not something where they would need to go home and do it individually. Unless you set up a tutorial video for them to watch on a website.
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Population Debate

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Populations growth in Australia is a key component of the syllabus. The implications it has for sustainability is also extremely significant.

 

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Movie Files « The Story of Stuff Project

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Great video animations relevant to stage 5 Geography NSW syllabus

- Story of stuff (waste management)

- Story of bottled water (resource management)

- Story of cap and trade

- Story of cosmetics

- Story of change

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Rachel Goods's comment, November 3, 2013 10:56 PM
The environment is a very relevant topic that everyone can relate to in some way. Articles like this make understanding easy.
Karen Breznikar's comment, May 12, 2015 5:47 AM
These video animations are great for raising awareness about where things come from, why we buy them, whether they are recycled and pollution, and ecological sustainablity. The information is relevant and demonstrates cause and effect from manufacture to disposal and the effect on our world. Excellent resource!!
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Great animations for geography 

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meteorology

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Encyclopedic entry. Meteorology is the study of the atmosphere and its effects on our weather.
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Relevant to stage 4 and stage 6 geography of NSW syllabus.

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Jordan Maua's comment, May 7, 2013 8:28 PM
Looking at this piece of reading with all its big words kind of put me off the reading. This reading was defiantly a tedious reading even though I read it about 6 times to understand it. For stage 6 students to understand this reading the system will have to been blooding them in Geography from year 7. A lot of big words. If I was to give this to my students I would break it down paragraph by paragraph and get the students to understand what Meteorology is.
Zac Redman's comment, October 22, 2013 12:16 AM
This is a great article on the National Geographic Education site. It has videos and pictures to help visual learners understand what is trying to be explained. The overview of meteorology and what it involves is excellent and provides reasons why knowing about meteorology can benefit us.
Rachel Goods's comment, November 3, 2013 11:05 PM
Lots of videos and pictures to create an interactive educational learning environment catering for the visual learners in your classroom. Explains the benefits of knowing about certain geography topics.
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Prezi - Ideas matter.

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Prezi is a cloud-based presentation software that opens up a new world between whiteboards and slides. The zoomable canvas makes it fun to explore ideas and the connections between them.
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A great tool for teachers to make up their own lesson resources, OR for teachers to allow students to use for assignments and or tasks.

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Jordan Maua's comment, November 4, 2013 7:23 PM
Doing something different is always the go when you are a teacher. Stepping out of your comfort zone and being able to do something different will enhance your skills and also be able to help others out aswell.
bree's comment, November 5, 2013 5:16 AM
I have used Prezi in the past for my assignments. Its such a unique and different way to present a presentation. However, for students and teacher whom aren't familiar with technology, it will appear to be a bit confusing and hard to comprehend.
Karina Parker's comment, May 27, 2014 7:16 AM
Traditional power point presentations can be boring. Using Prezi can enhance presentations to present content in a more modern engaging way.