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Critical Evaluation

Critical Evaluation | Geographical Inquiry | Scoop.it

One of the most important information literacy skills for students is learning how to critically evaluate information found on the Web. This page includes forms for teaching the process, articles for learning about the aspect of literacy, and a list of bogus sites to use to showcase that all things on the Web are not real.

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Kathy Schrock provides this really helpful list of sites that highlight teaching critical evaluation of information. My particular favourite is a fake website set up to "buy an ancestor online," showing students how careful they need to be with sources on the Web.

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An Annotated Bibliography

An Annotated Bibliography | Geographical Inquiry | Scoop.it

Did you know that the north pole is not actually at the north pole? It makes for an interesting allegory in this postmodern world – what’s true?

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This is my annotated bibliography for an upcoming essay that I will publish as part of my Inquiry Learning subject. This is a list of academic scholarly resources that I have found in searching for Geographical Inquiry. Some of these are not accessible publically as they are behind a pay wall although many public universities provide subscriptions to these resources - ask a librarian!

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Investigating Your World With My World GIS

Investigating Your World With My World GIS | Geographical Inquiry | Scoop.it

Find inquiry-based activities to teach social studies/science concepts and geospatial skills using My World GIS software, designed for K-12+ students.

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Often as Geographers, there is a need to find Geographical Information Systems (GIS) applications. This one is very useful and brings together some inquiry learning activities using GIS which could be used with a range of ages for various learning objectives.

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Teaching Geography

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Why do people migrate? How does place influence the spread of disease? Should water resources be used for salmon or potatoes? These real-world questions form the basis of inquiry for geographers, teachers, and students. Teaching Geography offers a foundation in geographic content and inquiry learning that translates into engaging lessons for the classroom.

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This is an excellent example of how Geographical Inquiry could work in the classroom. Some of the videos are a little dated now but this resource won a number of awards in the US and could be used as part of various case studies in examining Geographical Inquiry.

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Support units | Geographical inquiry | Introduction | GeogSpace

Support units | Geographical inquiry | Introduction | GeogSpace | Geographical Inquiry | Scoop.it

Geographical inquiry gives students the opportunity to actively engage in understanding their own place and the world they live in. Teachers can work with students to develop their ability to ask geographical questions, and to look for answers through investigative work both outside and inside the classroom. Fieldwork and new technologies support students to explore geographical concepts together.

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This small site provides an excellent starting point for teachers looking into Geographical Inquiry.  There are a number of other excellent links for Geography teachers as well with resources, videos and activities for learners at a range of different scopes and sequences.

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Web tools to support inquiry based learning

Web tools to support inquiry based learning | Geographical Inquiry | Scoop.it
Web tools, Apps, resources and programs to support the delivery of inquiry based learning in schools.
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Karen Bonanno is a leader in providing access to a number of really insightful and practical apps and web tools plus programs for teachers out in the real world of education in classrooms. Brilliant resource! This collection of tools is a helpful resource in the never ending search for resources, especially to support inquiry based learning.

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Inquiry learning and the Australian Curriculum

Dr Mandy Lupton, keynote at ASLA XXIII Biennial Conference - This presentation examines how inquiry learning is portrayed in the Australian Curriculum.

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This is a really useful presentation by an expert in the academic field who overviews Inquiry Learning in the Australian Curriculum. Scholarly but accessible to the classroom teacher

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Apps in the Geography lesson and classroom

Teaching Geography is ably supported through ICT and there is a rapidly expanding range of apps to engage students in the application of geographical knowledge…
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A brilliant little presentation on using Apps in Geography lessons and in the classroom. This whole Inquiry Learning approach requires some helpful resources and this is surely one of them!

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Spatialworlds

Spatialworlds | Geographical Inquiry | Scoop.it
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The Spatialworlds blog is a repository of teaching resources, images, commentary and website links for those interested in spatial education, spatial technology and geography in schools.

This is a blog kept by Malcolm McInerney, a well respected South Australian history and geography teacher. He currently teaches at Thebarton Senior College in Adelaide and is the immediate past chair of the Australian Geography Teachers' Association (2008-13). Malcolm was influential in the development of Geography being within the ACARA framework.

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Aussie teens online | ACMA

Aussie teens online | ACMA | Geographical Inquiry | Scoop.it
Aussie teens online
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A really interesting infographic - good grief, there's a lot of internet usage out there

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Teaching resources

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AGTA is the national professional subject association serving geography teachers in Australia.

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This page provides an excellent overview of some key resources for teaching Geography in Australian schools. The website has further resources relevant for teachers with some practical classroom based skills that will be of use to the classroom teacher. In line with Purnell and Muldoon (2012), these resources will be helpful for the skills aspect of teaching. The other two of understanding and disposition can be developed over time.

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Hutchinson, N. Inquiry as the Heart of Geography. GTAQ, 47(3), 7-12.

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In the article, "Inquiry as the Heart of Geography" Nick Hutchinson outlines the ways in which Inquiry has been approached in the past and has nearly killed the interest of learners. Quoting Habermas (cited in Castree, 2005), Hutchinson argues that Geography is capable of sparking curiosity, providing instrumental technical knowledge, interpretive imagination and even emancipating populations through critical literacy (p. 12). An insightful and practical read. The rest of the jounral is also insightful and provides some excellent resources for furthering the quest of learning about inquiry. 

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Inquiry pedagogy and the Australian Curriculum | QUT ePrints

Inquiry pedagogy and the Australian Curriculum | QUT ePrints | Geographical Inquiry | Scoop.it
Lupton, Mandy (2013) Inquiry pedagogy and the Australian Curriculum. Primary and Middle Years Educator, 11(2), pp. 23-29.
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Mandy Lupton explores inquiry learning in the Australian Curriculum. While this paper is somewhat academic, it's an excellent explanation of the processes involved across the spectrum of the Australian Curriculum: "This paper explores inquiry skills in the Australian Curriculum in relation to inquiry learning pedagogy" (p.1).

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National Geographic Education - Google+

National Geographic Education - Google+ | Geographical Inquiry | Scoop.it

National Geographic Education - Join us for extreme learning! Our whole mission here is to engage with educators and learners.

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A Geography site without the little yellow rectangle would be like an ocean without fish.. okay, perhaps you can come up with a better analogy but you get the point. Has some brilliant resource material for Geographical Education.

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The Benefits of Inquiry-Based Learning - YouTube

This video highlights the Benefits of Inquiry-Based Learning.

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Scott Crombie talks about Inquiry Based Learning (IBL) in this video. This video is one in a series of video called the "Inspiring Science Education Project"

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Web tools to support inquiry based learning | Eduwebinar

Web tools to support inquiry based learning | Eduwebinar | Geographical Inquiry | Scoop.it
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This is a gold repository of sites and associated apps that are really useful in supporting inquiry based learning. Created by Karen Bonanno, it also contains a link to the previously "scoop.it - ed" item under the same guise.

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Web tools to support inquiry-based learning

http://eduwebinar.com.au Inquiry-based learning is an active learning process, based on identifying relevant questions to research so that the student can deve…
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Another helpful presentation by Karen Bonanno, this little presentation is a good overview of some tools available for inquiry-based learning. Applicable to many levels and strands of learning

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Thinking Geographically, Malcolm McInerney, AGTA Chair

The workshop examines the question of what it means to think geographically. With the Australian Curriculum: Geography to be taught in many Australian schools…
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With Geography not a "strong suit" for many teachers, there is a strong need for professional development within Geography and "thinking geographically." This Slideshare, presented by Malcolm McInerney outlines the process of Geography and "thinking geographically." Implicit in this process, not mentioned anywhere is the process of Geographical Inquiry - how else would you teach about these 7 concepts?!

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Mind's Wonderings: Education and Technology

Mind's Wonderings: Education and Technology | Geographical Inquiry | Scoop.it
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Rebecca Nichols is a high school teacher here in Brisbane who has delved into the applications of Education and Technology.

 

She once shared with me that she once had to teach in a paperless classroom, meaning she says that "I had to really think about how I was using technology to teach learners."

 

This blog is the result of this searching and contains some really useful websites and other resources to help in the Geography classroom.

 

Her hero is Hans Rosling - of Gapminder fame.

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