Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Resources useful for exploring connected curriculum opportunties

Image above: Exploring opportunities to connect geography with other curriculum areas.

Related links
Spatialworlds website
Australian Geography Teachers' Association website
'Towards a National Geography Curriculum' project website
Humsteach blog

GeogSplace blog  

Where am I??
Melbourne, Australia: S: 37º 47' E: 144º 58'

 GeogSpace plus other Australian Curriculum learning areas

Over recent weeks we have seen the publication of on-line resources to support the Australian Curriculum for English, History, Geography, Science and Mathematics. These resources have been developed by the national teaching associations for the subjects (HTAAAATE and AGTA, AAMT and ASTA) with money supplied from the Australian Government via Educational Services Australia (ESA). The SACOL (Supporting Australian Curriculum Online) resources are worth a look because they contain professional learning materials on the learning areas as well as specific teaching materials for the new F-10 Australian Curriculum in these subjects.

If you have not already done so, go to the ACARA Curriculum Portal to view the English, Geography, History, Science and Mathematics curricula.

The SACOL resources provide teachers with the opportuntiy to consider the connections of geography with the other learning areas (as previously discussed in a Spatialworlds posting). The GeogSpace site as part of the Exemplars Illustrations of Practice actually articulates the connections between the learning areas (as shown below)

A recent workshop on the connections between geography and history may also be of interest for those exploring the opportuntiy to create a connected curriculum.

Here are the SACOL sites relevant to exploring possible curriculum connections:

The English site

The History site

The Geography site

The Mathematics site

The Science site    

As for the business and economics and civics and citizenship sites, no decisions have been made as yet (waiting for the money from the Federal Government). Hopefully these learning areas will have the chance to develop resources to support the Australian Curriculum in those subjects when they are published by ACARA. They may provide further opportunities for connecting the geography curriculum in particular.

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