Feedback from this 29 November conference indicated that it was a stunning success. The keynote speaker Dr Hermione Parsons was inspiring in her depiction of the centrality of Geography to the Supply Chain and Logistics industry. This high technology industry is providing a growing number of jobs for students who love all things spatial. The Parliamentary Secretary for Education, Mrs Inga Peulich spoke about the importance of Geography in the new curriculum and acknowledged the highest achieving Victorian students in the Australian Geography Competition. Victoria provided the winner of the national junior section and also half of the 2014 Geography Olympiad team that is representing Australia in Krakow Poland next year. Victorian Geography is going from strength to strength! Conrad Remenyi, Senior Project Officer from DEECD distributed the GTAV awards to these students. Monica Bini (VCAA) provided the final draft AusVELS curriculum in hard copy to all of the participants and explained the AusVELS changes to the ACARA curriculum. She also provided an update on VCE Geography that is currently in a review period. Extensive consultation with teachers is expected in March 2014. GTAV will work with VCAA to facilitate this consultation.
Intensive workshop sessions for the new AusVELS Yr 7 to 10 units occupied the rest of the day. A separate stream also provided workshops on VCE Units 1 to 4 for teachers who are new to VCE Geography or returning to teach VCE Geography. These sessions were led by expert current teachers, many of whom had trialled the AusVELS units this year and last. They provided practical advice on teaching schedules, timing, fieldwork, examples and case studies and assessment. In many of the sessions, there were also guest appearances and input from relevant industries, organisations or government representatives to briefly outline their resources, with the facilitator then showing how this can be integrated in the teaching of the new unit.
All of the Geography publishers provided displays and advice at morning tea and lunch.
Special thanks to all presenters, displayers and attendees and our host, St Catherine's School Toorak.
Left to Right. Anand Bharadwaj (Trinity Grammar School) National winner of Junior section; Garry Zhu (Camberwell Grammar School) Top Victorian in Intermediate section; Michael Clark (Warracknabeal) Equal First in Victorian Senior section; Mrs Inga Peulich MP; Stephen Latham; Leon Shi (Melbourne High School) Equal first in Senior section, Victorian Geography Big Week Out Representative and 2014 Geography Olympiad representative, Janice Mui (Mac.Robertson Girls High School) Second in Victoria Senior section, Victorian Geography Big Week Out Representive, 2014 Geography Olympiad representative; Conrad Remenyi (DEECD)
Left to Right: Monica Bini (Curriculum Manager, VCAA) , Dr Hermione Parsons ( Director of the Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics, Victoria University), Conrad Remenyi (Learning and Teaching Division, DEECD), Stephen Latham (Education Officer, GTAV) Trish Douglas (GTAV President), Mrs Inga Peulich MP (Parliamentary Secretary for Education)
Some Evaluation comments:
"All excellent presentations, feel much more confident now"
"Thank you to GTAV for yet another fantastic and useful PL day"
Smart Steps for Secondary Schools has been produced in partnership with the Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria. Smart Steps makes it easy for teachers and schools to address walkability by building it into the Australian Curriculum: Geography. Smart Steps consists of:
Year 7 Unit 2
Liveable and Walkable Communities is strongly linked to the content descriptors for Year 7, Unit 2, Place and liveability. The aim is for students to gain an understanding of the liveability of places, what liveability means to them and how this term can be applied to their local neighbourhood through walkability. It will allow students to investigate aspects of liveability including community safety, walkability and how young people can enhance the liveability of place and improve their connectedness to and identity with their community.
Year 9 Unit 2
The Place and Liveability unit is strongly linked to the content descriptors for Year 9, Unit 2, Geographies of interconnections. The aim is for students to gain an understanding of how people are connected to places in a widevariety of ways, and how these connections help to make and change places and their environments. Through anunderstanding of walkability, students will investigate perceptions of places, the effects of their leisure choices on places and implications for the future of these places.
Register and download Smart Steps for Secondary schools: www.victoriawalks.org.au/smartsteps
The latest issue of Interaction is full of information and articles about the new Australian Curriculum: Geography and supporting GeogSpace digital resources. Members must login to download the issue. Contents of the latest issue include:
The time has come to make it happen – implementing the Australian Curriculum: Geography and the GeogSpace resources: Malcolm McInerney
Geography in primary schools – the new Australian Curriculum: John Butler
Concepts and the Australian Curriculum: Geography – working with change: Stephen Matthews
Trialling the Primary GeogSpace illustration: Isobel McLennan
Biodiveristy – Our World, Our Country, Our Community and Me: Julie-Anne Bouras, Toni Williams and Denise Wong
Six good reasons to try QGIS
Historic digital maps: Kate Vaux
Scoop.it!: Claire Jones
Back issues of Interaction are also available online to members, if you are logged in to this site.
A ready-to-go professional development resource from the Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) to support teachers to become familiar with geographical thinking when using the F-10 Australian Curriculum: Geography. The DVD contains:
Australian orders: AUD$99.00 Postage & GST included
International orders: AUD$109.00 postage included
One of the key outcomes of the GTAV Conference was VCAA indicating that 2014 can be a transition year for Geography. To aid in this process, GTAV has produced a guide for Geography teachers - Translation Table Yr 7-10 AusVELS (AC).
The August VCAA Early Years to 10 Bulletin anticipates the publication of the new AusVELS (AC) for the Geography course early in 2014 so Government and Catholic schools will still be reporting to the previous VELS Standards but using the expanded AusVELS eleven levels F-10 in 2014. The official implementation year for AusVELS (AC) Geography is now 2015 for Government, Catholic and Independent schools in Victoria.
Most print and online resources available and professional learning activities in 2014 for Geography will relate to the new AC curriculum. This table is one of many possible ways that the current AusVELS (VELS) Standards can be met and reported to using the AC:G Units and some of the Content Descriptions whilst supported by the new AC texts and multitude of other resources. It shows places in the current VELS course that are covered in the new course.
Note that the VELS / AusVELS (VELS) Progression Points shown have always been examples and are not mandatory for curriculum planning and reporting purposes. They are a guide. The Standards are in Bold in the table and are for Reporting at Level 8 and Level 10. This is a translation document that maps the two courses. GTAV welcomes other checklists that teachers will develop and would be pleased to see other examples. The other AC Content Descriptions can certainly be used by teachers in 2014. The GTAV strongly supports schools, where possible, transitioning in Yr 7 to 10 in 2014.
Download GTAV Transition table here
Geographies of Human Wellbeing explores the nature of wellbeing using indicators and online data analysed using a variety of ICT and mapping techniques. Produced by the GTAV as part of the Global Education Project, this resource is aligned to the Australian Curriculum: Geography – Year 10, Unit 2: Geographies of human wellbeing.
Sections in the resource cover the following:
1. What is human wellbeing?
Looks at definitions of human wellbeing and the different ways it can be measured.
2. The wellbeing of women and girls
Focusses on gender inequality, Millennium Development Goals. Skill development focuses on using Gapminder and reading and interpreting scatter graphs. Case study: educating rural women and girls in China
3. Population and poverty
Uses India as a case study. Skill development reading and constructing population pyramids and drawing choropleth maps.
4. Disease – HIV AIDS
Includes reading, interpreting statistics and creating graphs from the data. Global maps to show how HIV AIDS distribution has changed over time. It also includes an extensive GIS activity based on HIV AIDS data.
5. Human wellbeing student inquiry
Using the inquiry process and the skill development from the previous sections, this section shows students how to undertake their own inquiry about another aspect of human wellbeing.
Download your copy here.
Thank you to the 827 people who made the Conference an enormous success over the three days. The four Keynotes, Dr Cliff Ogleby (Uni Melb), Dr Bob Brown, Professor Tim Flannery and Dr Juliana Mansvelt (NZ) and also James Merlino, the Deputy Opposition Leader and Shadow Education Minister, had been extensively briefed on the new Australian Geography curriculum. All spoke glowingly on how Geography is an essential part of students' lives and vital for 21st century citizens. We were delighted with the links they drew with their specific areas and also the overall endorsement of our great subject.
Thanks to all of our partners, sponsors and presenters, especially to the major GTAV partner, Melbourne Water. Click the Melbourne Water logo below for access to extensive educational resources.
A pack of 15 Colour Data booklets with photocopiable Question sheet and Answer sheet is available for school now for $55
Special offer. Purchase 2013 Trial Exam with the 2012 and/or 2011 for an additional $20 each while stocks last.
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The GTAV's publications – Geospatial Skills Books 5 (for Yr 7 and 8) and 6 (for Yr 9 and 10) have been mapped to the Australian Curriculum: Geography.
Click here for the specific links to each of the new Geography units for every activity in these books. Highly relevant to each unit in Year 7–10, the price of these immensely successful books has been heavily discounted to help teachers resource the new Geography curriculum. Download the flyer and order here.
All books purchased from the GTAV only $5.00 per book
GTAV has updated and enhanced the A3 double-sided full colour brochure Mapping your Career with Geography. It is now printed and ready for purchase at only 30 cents per copy. It is perfect for Geography promotion events in your school and the wider community. All students and their parents should have one. View the flyer here.
A free GTAV PowerPoint for subject selection, promotion and careers events to support the Mapping your Career with Geography can be downloaded here.
A Prezi version of the PowerPoint has also been produced. Prezi software is not required to display it. To access this on the cloud, go to www.prezi.com. Using the Explore tab seach for GTAV Careers. Select our GTAV Claire Jones version or view some of the other copies and modifications that other teachers have shared.
The Federal, State and Territories' Education Ministers endorsed the Australian Curriculum: Geography as a common base for the development of courses by states and territories on 10 May 2013. They supported the curriculum aims to ensure that all students develop a sense of wonder, curiosity and respect about places, people, cultures and environments throughout the world; a deep geographical knowledge of Australia, Asia and the world; and the capacity to be competent, critical and creative users of geographical inquiry methods and skills.
The GTAV welcomes this exciting initiative and thanks ACARA, the panel members, writers, VCAA and AGTA and our interstate GTAs for their work so far in bringing this curriculum to life. In particular we thank our members for their willingness to participate in and contribute to all of the consultations to inform our numerous submissions to ACARA and VCAA throughout the development of the curriculum.Since the commencement of the process in October 2008, there have been 4 advisory panels and over 10 writers who have crafted the many iterations of the curriculum leading to this final document. AGTA ChairMalcolm McInerney said, "The publication of the curriculum is a very important day for geography in Australia because for the first time we have a geography curriculum for all of Australia - a 21st Century curriculum deserving plaudits as a world class geography curriculum."
On Monday 20 May 2013 ACARA released the AC:G. View this exciting and engaging course here.
Minister for School Education Peter Garrett has this to say about the Geography Curriculum here.
In this media release, Mr Garret says the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Geography will help students better understand the world they live in.
“The new Geography curriculum will give students a real sense of our place in the world, our environment, sustainability and the interconnection between places and people.
Students focus on their local area from Foundation to Year 2, then study Australia and neighbouring countries from Year 3, covering Asia, South America, Africa, Europe and North America by Year 6. In an increasingly globalised society we know how important knowledge of the world will be for the jobs of the future, so students will have the chance to focus their studies in the later years. Students can focus on West Asia and/or North Africa, Europe, the United States of America and China across Years 7–8. Throughout Years 9–10 students will be encouraged to focus on the Pacific Islands, Africa or South America. Geography is about more than just location and this curriculum reflects the richness of this subject area, covering the key concepts of place, space, environment, interconnection, sustainability, scale and change,” Mr Garrett said.
Geography is the linking discipline connecting to science, to the humanities, to commerce and languages. Geographic Association Chief Executive David Lambert asserts that it is Geography that straddles these learning areas using diverse sources and data, and asking challenging and engaging questions about the change students can see in the world around them.This new Geography curriculum incorporates 21st Century digital, spatial, multi-media and other learning technologies across Environmental, Economic, Physical and Political Geography.It helps students to keep their options open, rather than having to narrow their courses down.
Monica Bini at VCAA is very busy translating the AC:G into an AusVels framework to enable implementation for F-10 from 2014. VCAA Executive Director of Curriculum, David Howes, acknowledging the delay in publication of the curriculum, informed the GTAV that schools who are unable to implement in 2014 can introduce it in 2015. Details here.
The ACARA curriculum has been written for 5% of yearly teaching time or 25 hours for each of the Yr 7 to 10 units. There are two units for each year from Yr 7 to 10, hence 50 hours per year of Geography. Geography should comprise at least 2% for Foundation to Year 2 and 4% for Years 3 to 6. These are identical indicative times to those allocated to History for F-10. Schools are indicating that they will split each year level in half and teach a semester of History and a semester of Geography from Yr 7 to 10. In Semester two the Geography teachers would then teach the other half of the students Geography allowing a degree of specialisation and better utilisation of Geography trained teachers. Similarly the History teachers can again teach more in the discipline where they have the most expertise.
GTAV Committee endorses the AC:G F-10 and has been deeply involved in consultation throughout the whole process. It has assessed the curriculum and recommends 30 hours of teaching time for each of the Yr 7 to 10 units i.e. 60 hours of Geography for the year. This is to allow the addition of 5 hours of fieldwork to each unit for Victorian schools and to enable sufficient time for inquiry-based learning with rich tasks and engaging concepts.
In the Primary setting, GTAV recommends that an initial focus on Geography in the implementation stage should involve up to 60 hours in one term. This includes the integration where appropriate into the English and Mathematics learning areas and standalone sessions to ensure that all students develop the stated aims of the curriculum. A review should than be undertaken and appropriate time be allocated to Geography to deliver the stated curriculum at each year level. Many schools will make Geography a focus for one term initially, to give their teachers and students a chance to be immersed in Geography as a ‘new’ subject. Many primary schools have 10 hours of English, 5 hours of Maths and 4 hours of specialists per week which leaves 6 hours for Geography.
GTAV will be providing targeted course development Professional Learning to assist schools and teachers in implementing the curriculum. The Annual Conference in August has the AC:G as a key focus with a forum each day and workshops developed to support it. All of the major publishers will be in attendance to display their AC:G resources and offer workshops on their products.The GTAV is also developing outstanding resources to support this curriculum. This will be in addition to our Scoopit, Facebook, GTAV eNews, Twitter and Webpage resources. GeogSpace is a free online resource to support the AC:G that has been developed by AGTA and ESA. It is likely to be launched on 30 May. ABC Splash Geography will provide similar high quality media rich resources to that already provided to Science and History.
GTAV Education Officer Stephen Latham believes"With the economies of scale of a national curriculum and the advances in educational and digital technologies, we will be better resourced than ever before. Let's get behind this curriculum to implement 21st century engaging courses to continue the resurgence of Geography."
The Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) and Macmillan will be developing and publishing the next edition of Keys to Geography: Essential Skills and Tools to meet the new Australian Curriculum: Geography.
To help us develop the best quality resource to meet your needs, we invite you to take a 5 minute survey. Survey participants will be in the running to win:
Hurry, the survey entry will be closed on Friday, 4 October 2013. The lucky winners will be contacted by Macmillan via email by 1 November 2013.
The Victorian Institute of Teaching in June 2013, at very short notice, discontinued its Pdi Professional Learning (PL) Search and PL provider registration service. Consequently the GTAV and other PL providers are no longer able to reference their PL activities and events to the Professional Standards to generate a Pdi Program Code. These Program Codes are entered by the teacher into their VIT MyPd account page to automatically add the number of hours and the provider's assessment of the Professional Standards that the activity was attempting to achieve. The teacher simply needs to complete a tick box PASS Evaluation (Perception of Achievement of Specified Standards) and brief feedback and reflection.
Past Pdi Program Codes can still be inserted in your VIT MyPd. GTAV quickly pre-registered the 2013 Annual Conference and 29 November 2013 conference before this service was closed. We have assembled all GTAV and GTAV-GEP Program Codes dating back to 2010 here to assist members with their PL records and VIT audits. We strongly suggest that you insert the Program Codes for the GTAV and GEP PL activities that you have attended before the end of the year.
Read all of the latest news from AGTA in the latest issue of Geographia. Contents include
• welcome to our new look!
• about the AGTA Board
• the role of AGTA
• GeogSpace goes live!
• State association reports
• Pop the champagne!
The AGTA 2015 conference will be held from 11-16 January 2015 in Rotorua, New Zealand. The conference organisational arrangements are being arranged by the conference's major sponsor Group Events.
Full details are available on their Group Events website including special group flights from Australia, earlybird registrations, conference accommodation as well as pre and post conference tours.
To benefit from discounted earlybird flights, pre and post conference tour options, and conference accommodation packages it is essential that participants complete and submit an expression of interest form and registration form before 20 June 2014.
Whilst in 2012 and 2013 there has been an explosion of teaching resources published and linked on our Facebook page, curated to AC:G and Global Education units on GTAV's Scoopit page, highlighted on GTAV eNews and even tweeted from @GeographyVic, there are still resources deep in this website that members should explore. As an example, in the VCE Resources page http://www.gtav.asn.au/Resources/VCE/global_pers_mat.php there is a wonderful resource on Malaria and Polio produced by the Rotary eClub of Greater Melbourne specifically for VCE Geography. This Rotary International website provides web links for teachers and students with information that will assist their understanding, case studies and background information about the topics End Polio Now and Rotarians Against Malaria.
The latest 2013 Resource Catalogue lists all the high-quality teaching resources available from the GTAV.
We are in safe hands with members from the Primary, Secondary and Tertiary sectors, Government, Catholic and Independent schools and also from the Corporate sector. We have a wide cross section of teachers from Graduate to Retired with a wealth of knowledge and experience. Central to this is our shared love of Geography.
Standing: Karoline Walter, Adrian Defanti, John Ramsdale, Alex Rossimel, Pat Beeson (retiring), Anna Blamey, Philip Headley (Treasurer), Matt Davidson, Melinda Rankin and Ann McKay (Vice President).
Seated: Trish Douglas (President), Kerry Bainbridge (Immediate Past President), Anne Miles (Secretary), Cleo Westhorpe, Leonie Brown (Vice President). Absent from photo are Associate Professor Ian Rutherfurd, Jane Bellamy, Lou Preston, Sue Young, Neil King and Maree Boyle.
The GTAV is an active foundation member of Destination Spatial, a focus group with representatives from the Spatial Technology industry and Universities. Destination Spatial provides young professionals to talk to school groups about relevant courses for students who love maps and all things spatial.
Pictured clockwise from GTAV Executive Officer Libby Hillman:
An outstanding new resource published by the Geography Teachers Association of Victoria Inc (Global Education Project Victoria) is now available. Chapters include:
Case studies in water, food, urbanisation and human well being
Australia's engagement with Asia: Indonesia is an engaging and easy-to-use teaching resource that supports the Australian Curriculum: Geography. It includes six DVD chapters with related texts and worksheets developed by World Vision and the Australian Geography Teachers Association.
It directly addresses two cross-curriculum perspectives: Sustainability and Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia.