Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Just a quick update for 2013. The Australian Geography Teachers Association (AGTA) have moved quickly to provide resources to support Geography teachers in implementing the new Australian Curriculum by creating the GeogSpace website. Resources have been developed for each year level as well as across trickier concepts like geographical inquiry or assessment in geography.

The ICTs in geography section of the GeogSpace website in particular focuses on the use of simple geospatial technologies right through to the advanced geospatial tools that teachers can use in the classroom. There are also links to videos, activities, classroom resources and a series of blogs for each illustration which are regularly updated.

So rather than updating material here and on the GeogSpace blogs I thought I'd point you there once you have explored this site. I won't update here (unless something is terribly incorrect or out of date) but there are resources here that will still be useful.

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Welcome and overview

This website has been created as a way to collate the most useful resources for pre-service teachers who wish to use spatial technologies as effectively as possible.

The resources have been arranged in categories. Use the tabbed menu below the title to navigate between them.

It is advisable to have a free Google Account (go to and create an account there) ready before using Google Maps and Earth. A free ESRI account will be required to use ArcGIS Explorer Online.

Below is my introductory PowerPoint presentation.

Here is the Geographical Association's online spatial resources, great for starting out.

Below is a workshop booklet I used with teachers that steps you through creating maps in Google Maps and Google Earth for those with more tactile needs.

Spatial From Scratch Booklet May 2011

Australian Curriculum: Geography

It's out! Released in May 2013 you can find the F-10 and Senior Secondary Curricula below:

Due to be released in December 2012, you can follow developments here. The September 2012 version is available to download here.

Blogs and geospatial information sites

Below I have collected the bast websites out there that can supplement your implementation of spatial technologies. There are sites about spatial thinking, spatial technologies and sites with links to free stuff!

Spatial Worlds
Malcolm McInerney has created this blog site as a way to record his ideas for GIS and share resources for the teaching community. Check back regularly for more thoughts.

Spatial in Schools
A Scoopit! page that we have created to aggregate all of the most relevant articles and links to resources for those educators using spatial technologies. There is a mix of articles, with a nod to those that offer particularly interesting insights in the world of spatial technologies in our classrooms.

Destination Spatial
The Destination Spatial site is a great resource for finding out where spatial technologies can take your students. They can check out tertiary courses in the field and look at the different professions that use spatial technologies in their jobs. Great for those students who are keen on the technologies in the classroom.

The Geospatial Revolution
The Geospatial Revolution website is an ongoing project that aims to highlight the way geospatial technologies are changing the world we live in. There are some fantastic videos that outline the history and relevance of spatial technologies as well as resources for educators and links to other online resources.

Geoscience Australia MapConnect
The free MapConnect service allows you to view and download Geoscience Australia’s spatial data for any location across Australia. Major infrastructure, roads and rail, localities, landuse, contours and spot heights, and vegetation cover (and more) can all be downloaded for free. Check out the user guide we developed for ESRI Australia to get started.

Free Geography Tools
This blog updates regularly and provides links to a range of online tools related to Geography. From websites to blogs to downloadable resources, if it is free and if it relates to Geography, chances are you will find it here.

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