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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Spatial Professional learning opportunity

Using Spatial Technologies (geo-visual and Geo-analytical) in Geographic inquiry Geography Gr7-12





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Grade 7-12 Geography teachers are invited to a 4 session module to train, and support the revised curriculum, using spatial technologies 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 Nov.12, 13 - location TBA 
(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, ARCGIS online 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 spatial technological 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 receive an email with your release code and further details


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


twitter @geogmark




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