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AusVELS and VCE Conference on Friday 28th November

Register now here for the Friday November 28 AusVELS / VCE Conference to be held at Hawthorn Campus of the University of Melbourne. This is an event not to be missed for your preparation for 2015 and 2016.

The VCAA's
Monica Bini along with Ray Pask and Stephen Cranby will outline the new 2016 VCE Geography Course and also provide an update on the final AusVELS Geography course.

A fabulous keynote by the University of Melbourne's 
Dr David Kennedy will provide a masterclass for Year 8 Landforms and Landscapes and Natural Disasters and Hazards focusing on sea level, storms & tsunami

AusVELS Australian Curriculum 7 to 10 Levels workshops will be delivered by expert teachers Anna Blamey, Dan Blackmore, Andrew Dodson, Margaret Bourke, Chris Marsden, Sara Liversidge and Matt Davidson who have trialed the units and are prepared to share their programs and ideas.

There are also workshops on the current VCE Units 1 to 4 delivered by
Damian Brasier, Theo Hartman and Allison Bray. 

Judy Mraz, Stephen Latham and Di Boase will outine the GEP resource The Poverty Priority written by Nuella Flynn.

Text book publishers will provide an opportunity to research their resources. 

In the event that you need to teach a History class next year, 
Jo Clyne from the History Teachers' Association of Victoria will provide a workshop to update you on AusVELS History and provide resources to assist you. 
Full details for the day and Registration here.

Activities Link for new Secondary Concepts Posters

The Activities Link has now been emailed to teachers who have purchased the Secondary Concept Posters. If you have purchased the posters and not received the email, please contact the Office on 03 9824 8355. 
The Primary Activities will be available in March 2015.

Australian Curriculum Review Final Report recommends Geography as a mandatory subject to Year 10. 

You will be aware that the Final Report on the Review of the Australian Curriculum has been released.
Over the coming weeks GTAV will be reviewing its content and liaising with appropriate authorities to evaluate the implications of this report. 

The GTAV has long advocated for and strongly supports the Conclusion Recommendation of Professor Wiltshire and Dr Donnelly:
"... together with the increasing importance of geographical knowledge in the current and future world contexts, and considering that the vast majority of countries we have analysed have geography as a compulsory subject to at least middle years of secondary schooling, we believe that geography should be a mandatory subject to Year 10."

The GTAV is also in agreement with their recommendation to increase the amount of fieldwork in the Geography curriculum.

The GTAV would also like to acknowledge the quality of the VCAA AusVELS-AC course and the high degree of genuine consultation that was included in its development. We urge the VCAA and schools to implement the endorsed AusVELS Geography course without further delay.  
A Summary of Geography Recommendations is here

The link below is to the VCAA PDF of the new curriculum for F-10 Geography. The final full hyperlinked online version will also contain a Glossary.

All of the text books and online resources support this new AusVELS-AC course so the GTAV urges implementation of Geography in 2015.

Interaction focuses on 'First Peoples'

InteractionGTAV members can now download the September issue of Interaction. Back issues of Interaction dating from 2001 are also available for GTAV members to download.

Feature article
Changes across the landscape: an Aboriginal perspective in Geography: Delsie Lillyst

Appreciative inquiry for reconciliation in Australian schools: Nuella Flynn
So, what’s so cool about “cool burning”?: Thea Nicholas
Geography and the cross-curriculum priority – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander histories and culture: Nola Turner-Jensen
First Peoples: A lesson in sustainability: Liz Suda
Facing reality – Indigenous communities and climate change: Susan Bentley and Megan Bourke
A millennium ago: Nick Hutchinson
Landforms and Landscapes: applying the crosscurriculum priority: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples’ histories and cultures: Nuella Flynn

Primary Geographer
Glocal mapping: Looking at where I live with fresh eyes: Simon Collis

Planning @ Deakin: David Jones

Geography ICT
Using ICT in Geography to design and create a sustainable city: Jacki Tossol


Latest issue of AGTA's Geographia now available

GeographiaThe September 2014 issue of AGTA's newsletter Geographia is now available. Contents include

  • AGTA members
  • Curriculum review
  • AGTA conference
  • AGTA website
  • AAAE membership
  • Teaching resources
  • 21st century geography
  • Professional learning
  • GeogSpace
  • National competition
  • Decadal plan
  • Around the affiliates

Global Education Project

The Global Education Project, funded by AusAID now DFAT, has been a part of the GTAV for over 15 years.

Sadly - the Federal Government has announced that it will cease funding  this  Australia-wide  project at the end of 2014.

This program has been providing high quality professional learning and resources across all subject areas and cross curriculum priorities.

 Over the 15 years the Global Education Project has worked with many to provide professional learning to 10s of 1000s of teachers in rural, regional and metropolitan Victoria.

We would like to acknowledge the outstanding, highly respected and dedicated work by GTAV staff over these years in providing such high quality professional learning to Victorian teachers.

The GTAV is working extremely hard in trying to keep this program alive so that teachers can still have access to this high quality outstanding project.

New AusVELS-AC Geography Curriculum for 2015 Implementation

The VCAA website currently has the former VELS curriculum labelled as AusVELS until they release the new AusVELS-AC curriculum. The publication of the second iteration has been delayed as a result of the Commonwealth government's review of the Australian Curriculum. However the VCAA has assured the GTAV that it will accelerate the publication of the full new Geography curriculum so that it is available as part of the online curriculum for all schools from the start of 2015. 

The link below is to the VCAA PDF of the new curriculum for F-10 Geography. The final full hyperlinked online version will also contain a Glossary and reference to the Cross-curricula Priorities.

All of the text books and online resources support this new AusVELS-AC course so the GTAV urges implementation of Geography in 2015.

We will notify members here and via GTAV eNews when the online version is live. 

New GTAV Careers Brochure

Just in time for Subject Selection and Careers Events is the Branching out with Geography Careers Brochure.
Also hand them out at Parent Teacher interviews.

First 20 free to members plus $3 postage.  Click here for full details and order form for this magnificent careers resource that all students should have. 

Use the GTAV
Branching out with Geography Brochures with the GTAV Prezi presentation looping on full screen at your subject selection/ career event. A Powerpoint version of the Prezi presentation can be downloaded here. Add some music or talk to the slides.

Topographic Map Kits

Full details and Order Form Here

GTAV Trial Exam 2014

The trial examination is now ready for distribution. Full details and order form Here

New GTAV Primary and Secondary Geography Concepts Posters

These stunning A2-sized Posters are supported by classroom ready activites. There is a set of seven posters for Primary and another seven for secondary levels.

View them at Conference. View Primary posters and order form Here. View the Secondary posters and order form Here

The Activities are now available for the Secondary Posters. The Primary Activities will be available in March 2015

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AGTA Conference, January 2015

New Zealand is a great education resource right on our doorstep where we can bring earth science alive to our students. Call it your classroom in the great outdoors... for Geography - Earth Sciences - Conservation & Environmental Science - Sustainable Tourism - Farming & Agricultural - Indigenous studies and more...

Relative to Australia, all these experiences are contained within a small area that is easily travelled over in a short time. So much can be packed into the time when an organised tour takes the group efficiently from one venue to the next. This professional development conference will address the new Australian Geography Curriculum and help you implement new resources into your classrooms for interactive lessons.

>> Download the conference latest flyer

>> View AGTA 2015 conference details  including resource papers demonstrating the links New Zealand provides to the teaching of the Australian Curriculum: Geography.

>> Register for the AGTA 2015 Conference

Thinking Geographically DVD — Revised edition

Thinking Geographically DVDThe new revised DVD has over 50 additional Thinkpieces, new links to Australian Curriculum resources materials, new professional learning presentations and new curriculum planning suggestions. This is a much improved product to support the implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Geography. The DVD contains:

  • geographical thinking examples, exercises and articles
  • over 50 Thinkpieces on geography (thought provoking articles on geographical education in schools)
  • curriculum planning and assessment processes and templates
  • 100s of direct links to Internet sites to support geographical thinking and the teaching of geography
  • presentations and video resource links to support professional learning.

>> Brochure 
>> Guide to using the Thinking Geographically DVD

Australian orders: AUD$99.00 Postage & GST included

>> Purchase using Visa/MasterCard or PayPal
>> Purchase using Australian school purchase order form

Exploring 21st Century Geography DVD

Exploring 21st Century Geography DVDAn outstanding collection of teaching resources including spatial technologies/GIS units. The DVD contains:

  • articles and resources on 21st century Geography
  • GIS skills development, GIS in Physical Geography and Historical GIS books – course processes and activities with geographical data
  • 21st Century Internet sites
  • technology in the geography classroom articles, internet sites and resources
  • inquiry project design and work samples.

>> Brochure

Australian orders: AUD$95.00 Postage & GST included

>> Purchase using Visa/MasterCard or PayPal
>> Purchase using Australian school purchase order form

Urban Futures Geography Competition

RMIT continues to support Geography with this competition open to Victorian Yr 10, 11 and 12 students.   Now more than ever people are choosing to live in cities and this trend is rapidly increasing. Melbourne’s population is forecast to hit 5 million before 2030. This presents challenges and opportunities for planning, designing and managing our cities.
The task? "Provide a photo or image to communicate an urban problem you have identified, and explain the problem and your ideas for a solution in 200-300 words".
Full details here. This is a great way of promoting Geography in your school.  Entry is free and via email but closes on 24 August. 
Assoc Prof Joe Hurley is also providing a masterclass on Planning at Annual Conference.

VIP visit to the GTAV

Mrs Rashmi Mishra, Principal of Kendriya Vidyalaya, a government school in Delhi, was a guest at the GTAV as part of her visit to Australia on the School Leaders in the Asian Century Study Program.
Rashmi, one of a delegation of ten principals, spoke of her school of nearly 4000 students who attend in two shifts over a six day week.  She also spoke of the strengt