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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

geotechnologies and Inquiry module +other stuff

Hi All; as in last year this year’s Geotechnologies and Geographic Inquiry module is now up. Please read carefully before signing up as there is a commitment from your school also.  There are only 20 spaces so it will fill quickly and you must register through Key to Learn. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Using Geotechnologies (geo-visual and Geo-analytical) in Geographic inquiry Geography Gr7-12 / T&L-SWSH – Course #145

Grade 7-12 Geography teachers are invited to a 4 session module to train, and support curriculum, using geotechnologies to enhance the geographic Inquiry process. Particular attention will be placed on teaching /learning strategies, classroom techniques ,planning ,and assessment as , for ,and of learning.

Session 1 & 2 October 17 and 18 - location East York Collegiate, rm# 144
(there is an expectation that teachers commit to the entire cycle of sessions)

The First two sessions will include:
• Training in a range of geo-visual and geo -analytical tools including ArcGIS and Google Earth
• Explore various planning and Teaching learning strategies to support effective geographic Inquiry
• Deconstruct effective lessons and begin to co-plan specific lessons
• Use field studies including GPS and Geographic inquiry methods

Session 3 will consist of participation in exploration classrooms or guided inquiry –based learning for teachers to implement the geographic inquiry and geotechnological skills with their students.
Teachers will be expected to collaboratively and co-operatively reflect on the exploration classroom visits and consider how to modify their own lessons and activities to integrate geotechnologies and geographic inquiry. Ongoing online conferencing module reference materials, access to online training as per site licenses, and coaching by SWSH instructional leaders will be available as teachers return to their classes to implement the strategies and unit plans that have be co-developed.

Session 4 Debrief and Consolidation: Sharing of evidence based practices, successes, obstacles , student stories, images, re-tooling the online conference for a wider audience participation , as an exemplar for replicable practice.

Teaching and Learning will pay for two days of release and the School or Teacher (jeli days) will pay for 2 day. Space is limited to 20 participants. Please register on Key to Learn. After registration you will a email with your release code and further details


Design Exchange, Gardiner Museum and the Textile Museum of Canada invite teachers of all subjects and grade levels to join us for an information evening on Wednesday, September 19th, from 5:00 pm 'til 8:00 pm.

+ free shuttle bus running between the three museums
+ exhibition tours
+ school program information
+ complimentary refreshments
+ meet other educators
+ giveaways and discounts!

*Canadian Stage will be onsite at the Design Exchange to talk about a joint
Theatre + Design program launching this fall!

Get a first look at the Gardiner Museum's 3 new fall school programs!

TXTilecity Guides will be onsite at the TMC to introduce the Museum's new website and mobile app mapping the textile history of Toronto and its related program of walking tours for students from K-12.

Start your visit at any of the three museums and use our free shuttle bus service to travel to the other sites.

Teacher Night is a free event for all area educators, but registration is required. Space is limited! Click here to register today!

Cheers Mark

Mark Lowry

Geography and Geotechnologies Instructional Leader

Social World Studies and Humanities

Toronto District School Board

1 Civic Centre Court

Toronto , On ,M9C 2B3

Tel; (416) 394-7269

Cell; (416) 576-4515

Fax; (416) 394-6420




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