Saturday, July 7, 2018

New Directions in Humanities Conference in Philadelphia

Image above: 4th July celebrations in Philadelphia.

The focus of the workshop at the Humanities conference at Pennsylvania University

This year I was lucky enough to attend and present at the New Directions in Humanities Conference in Philadelphia from 5-7 July. My workshop explored the distinction between the so called "vocabulary" of subjects such as history, geography, economics, and civics and the "grammar" of these humanities subjects. A conversation was initiated to explore the idea that the most important aspect of humanities education is the development of conceptual thinking rather than just learning content and skills. It was suggested that the concepts developed in the Humanities curriculum in the new Australian Curriculum provide a conceptual lens for teachers and students to make sense of their world and to think in a particular way in the Humanities classroom. The workshop initially demonstrated the nature of the concepts in the Australian Humanities Curriculum and provided practical illustrations that could be used in the classroom. The majority of the workshop involved participants in a simulation activity developed to demonstrate how student conceptual thinking can be encouraged and developed when studying the myriad of topics encountered in the humanities curriculum. 
The point was made that considerable professional learning is being conducted in Australia using this workshop simulation to move teachers beyond the "vocabulary" of humanities and to use conceptual thinking to develop a high degree of "meaning making" when studying humanities in the classroom. 

Here are some of the Australian Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) resources and links I profiled at the conference.

HaSS links

AC History Units
DECD Learning Resources for Australian Curriculum 
Australian Geography Teachers' Association website

Geography Teachers Association of South Australia
History Teachers Association of South Australia
History Teachers Association of Australia

* The Australian Curriculum Portal

 Being a Citizen: a resource for Civics and Citizenship programming

 South Australian Parliament teaching resources

The role of juries eBook (DECD Outreach Education)

Suffragettes site (DECD Outreach Education)

Discovering Democracy resources 

* Parliamentary Education Office resources

A primary school resource from Parafield Gardens Primary School for Civics and Citizenship

A primary school resource from Parafield Gardens Primary School for Economics and Business

* DECD Australian Curriculum: HASS resources 

The DECD "Making the Australian Curriculum work for us' resource has been designed  to support the teaching and learning of the Australian Curriculum: HASS.

As you can see below the resource to date includes a creative animation, broadsheets on the curriculum, sound bites and 'talking heads'.

The Story of the learning areas animation. An excellent animation on 'What is Geography for'

The HaSS curriculum, year by year, all on one page in the Learning Area Explorer.

Achievement Standards Charts and activities (soon to be updated for HaSS F-7)

* The RSLSA Virtual War Memorial

A great resource for commemoration activities, historical research and work on Australian identity in the Civics and Citizenship curriculum.

Changing Worlds: The South Australian Story (DECD Outreach Education resource)

* South Australian Aboriginal Cultural Studies Curriculum
Click on ACS Aboriginal Cultural Studies course, log on as a Guest and then in the next screen,enter password in reverse as mentioned.

* DECD Outreach Education

Some other useful DECD Outreach Education resources for the teaching of HaSS

Muslim Cameleers website: (South Australian Museum)

Curator’s Table: German migrants experiences in Australia during World War I web based resource:

iPad inquiry trails to be undertaken on site at the South Australian Maritime Museum:

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

The Australian experience in South Africa

* Links to look at related to geography in Australia
Spatialworlds blog
GeogSpace website
ACARA website
ACARA Australian Curriculum portal 
Australian Geography Teachers' Association website
Spatialworlds website

SA Geography Teachers Conference in Johannesburg

I am attending the South African Geography Teachers Association Conference in Johannesburg this week. Here are some resources for the participants. 

Links to the PowerPoints for the SAGTA/ GeoforAll conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, June 2017

Some useful links

* GeogSpace: the resource from AGTA and Education Services Australia (ESA) to support the Australian Curriculum: Geography

* Spatialworlds blogspot: 350 postings on everything you wanted to know about geography but to afraid to ask!

*The fantastic resource with thousands of Internet sites related to geography in schools
* Geographical thinking
* Spatial literacy
* Spatial Education and technology
* sites from Seth Dixon
* GTAV Australian Curriculum on each year level

BBC physical geography site

CK site for physical geography.

GIS Zone: A great site to start using spatial technology.

Map Zone: An excellent basic mapping site

ACARA Introduction on Australian Curriculum: Geography    

The Story of the learning areas animation. An excellent animation on 'What is Geography for'

The geography curriculum, year by year, all on one page in the Learning Area Explorer.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Getting out and about with spatial technologies - from Victoria

Image above: The Spatial Technologies and Fieldwork from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA).

Related links to Spatialworlds
GeogSplace (a teaching blog for Year 12 geography)
Geogaction (geography professional learning blog)
Spatialworlds website

Australian Geography Teachers' Association website

This really useful spatial technology and fieldwork resource is the product of a 2015 VCAA pilot project that trialed evidence-based practice of digital learning through the use of personal mobile devices and spatial technologies. Teachers and students from two Victorian schools, Werribee Secondary College and Bayside P-12 College participated in the pilot.

The site contains an application guide, and cases studies on Levels 7-8 Landforms and Landscapes and Levels 9-10 Geographies of Interconnections.

The case studies show how students used their personal mobile devices in the field with free apps utilising global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receivers, to collect their fieldwork data. This became the basis for post-fieldwork analysis tasks using cloud-based data sharing and mapping using a basic Geographic Information System (GIS).

Thanks to Stephen Matthews for this information - a great Australian based resource Stephen, congratulations.