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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Some News and interesting tidbits for Geography in TDSB

Great Minds on:

AirPano created a breathtaking 360° interactive panorama of Egypt's Great Pyramids of Giza

Great chart for Demographics and Urban studies

This should start a great deal of critical discussion


TDSB Learning Modules- on Key to Learn

Geography Applied- Support teachers of the TDSB Grade 9Applied Geography


job imbedded learning for teachers of CGC1P (Geography of Canada). Have teachers commit to share and provide feedback as to how they have incorporated their learning into their practice by sharing at the end of the module.

Primary Focus: to increase achievement of students and credit accumulation through the use of literacy, numeracy and Geographical thinking skills, assessment for/as learning, teaching with technology and Differentiated Instruction in two mini modules, one in each semester. A teacher from Session 1 will then co-facilitate in Session 2.

Schools will cover day 2

1  Full Day (early  October):  Introduction literacy & numeracy frameworks (Ministry of Education)  Geographical  Thinking Concepts, Assessment for/as learning and Differentiated Instruction  plus application of a range of Technologies

2 Full Day (Late October) Exploration Classroom (2 different locations) to be led by teacher experts

3  Full Day   (November/December)  sharing of learning and best practices, next steps   

Ongoing – online conferencing module reference materials & school visits, as per requests

Follow-up –Conduct a needs assessment with the teachers to determine opportunity gaps and next steps

Target Audience & maximum size: Grade 9 CGC1P classroom teachers (10 each Semester) 

Location:, online, school sites and TBA

Using Geotechnologies (Geo-Visual and Geo-Analytical) in Geographic Inquiry, Geography Grade 7-12  there are still a couple of spaces left

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 and 2 will be taking place on October 17th & 18th. Please refer to Direct Line and Key to Learn.

Don’t forget the OAGEE conference!!





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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