Saturday, May 4, 2013
Primary teachers workshop on 7 May
Image above: Rice fields somewhere in China. Colours, patterns and questions - the joy of thinking and seeing geographically.
Links to look at related to this blog
Australian Geography Teachers' Association website
'Towards a National Geography Curriculum' project website
Geography Teachers' Association of South Australia website
ACARA Australian Curriculum portal
* On 7 May a group of primary teachers gathered at Ballyana Conference Centre in Adelaide to spend time deconstructing the Australian Curriculum: Geography for primary students (and teachers).
* Michelle Fulton from Global Education presented the global perspective at the workshop. Click here to view Michelle's Powerpoint presentation.
* The presentation from John Butler on the primary school GeogSpace resources can be downloaded here.
* Before the next session on technology and skills in geography, either download one of the GIS programs on the CD titled 'Free GIS software to get started' or download from the Internet the free GIS program called QGIS at
* To follow-up the work on the day have a close look at the following Spatialworlds entries recently posted.
* Geoinformation galore
* Pure Glat
* Geography play
* Spatial sharing
* Just geography
* Just really interesting
* Dabbling in free spatial technology
* The WOW factor of geography
* More than trees and capes: Cultural Geography
*** ...and from the past on primary geography
* Using Scoop.it to scoop spatial technology
Over the past month I have been using Scoop.it website for my students to research their geographical issues. I continue to be impressed by the potential of this great site to gather sites of interest - many of which I would never have come across by a normal Google search. For quite some time I have been a fan of Dr Seth Dixon's Geographical Education Scoop.it. His Scoop.it continues to feed me some great information and sites every day via an email.
My four Scoop.it topics are Spatial education and technology, Spatial literacy, Geographical thinking and Hisgeography. I am getting some great feeds (blogs, Instagrams, Twitter feeds, Facebook links and the normal Internet sites) through the Suggested content facility of the Scoop.it site which is fed through to my topics each day. As well as the automatic Suggested content that appears for review on a daily basis (to bin or scoop), one can add Posts manually to the topic when anything else is found on the Internet of interest to the topic.
As time goes I hope that these Scoop.it topics will grow into really useful curated sites as an adjunct to the Spatialworlds blog. I highly recommend Scoop.it as a tool for curating and harvesting sites on whatever takes ones fancy. Feel free to follow my two Scoop.it topics at: