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GTAQ Conference, July 28th, 2012 in Brisbane

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Geography Teachers Association of Queensland (GTAQ) Conference in Brisbane.   The GTAQ conference was a fantastic event thanks to the hard work of conference convenor Rebecca Nicholas and the GTAQ team.  Of special note was the increase in number at the conference.  Hopefully this is an indicator of change and a taste of things to come as the Australian Currciulum: Geography rolls out in 2013.  As always there were some links of interest from the conference - here are just some of them.

* Presentations on the Australian Curriculum: Geography and Geographical Thinking

These are my presentations on the Australian Curriculum: Geography and Geographical Thinking at the GTAQ Conference at the University of Queensland. Feel free to use these presentations as you talk to staff, colleagues, family, children, teachers, students etc about this exciting development for geography in Australian schools.

World Vision has a wonderful website with plenty of great school resources on global issues, aid and development.  
This site would be useful to support the learning program for Year 10 Geographies of Human Well-being unit of the Australian Curriculum: Geography.

 The Destination Spatial initiative, managed by SSSI and SIBA, was created to establish a central repository of spatial resources and information for people outside the industry but interested in learning more about it as a career.

 Global thinking and global action demand global understanding. This initiative by the International Geographical Union aims to bridge the awareness gap between local acts and global effects. It will achieve this aim through research, education, and information.                      

 Following the UNISPACE III conference held in Vienna, Austria in July 1999, the European and French space agencies (ESA and CNES) initiated the International Charter "Space and Major Disasters", with the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) signing the Charter on 20 October 2000.

The site contains a catelog contains no data but rather metadata describing the images acquired by a range of satellites during activations of the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters.

The site also contains a real time page on the latest disasters aroung the world.

* Geographies of the Olympics

Views of the World is the blog of the personal research website of Benjamin D. Hennig based at the University of Sheffield. He has mapped this and other Olympics and has much much more on his blog related to personal and innovative geographies. Some fascinating visualisations and maps of many events and phenonmena - go to the archives to view these rich resources.

1 comment:

Contour said...

Good to see you again Malcolm, thanks for taking the time out.