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Technology Enabled Learning Ontario
Call for Writers: Secondary

Technology Enabled Learning Ontario (TELO) requires course writers and reviewers from both public and Catholic district school boards to develop online credit courses.

The ideal course writer and reviewers will currently be teaching in the subject area, ensuring an expertise and understanding of the curriculum.

Each writing team consists of:


OAGEE Fall Conference 2017
Geography: Embracing Our World
St. Andrew’s College, Aurora ON
Fri. Nov.10 & Sat. Nov.11, 2017
OAGEE Fall Conference 2017         Geography: Embracing our World
Region 7 York-Durham invites you to OAGEE’s Fall Conference to be held at St. Andrew’s College in Aurora, Ontario. Conference activities at this campus venue on the Oak Ridges Moraine will be held from Friday, November 10, to Saturday, November 11, 2017.
Our working theme, “Geography: Embracing our World,” acknowledges the inclusive perspective exemplified by geographers when observing and interpreting our physical and cultural landscapes. 
Updates regarding the conference will be posted in the Fall 2017 Conference section of the OAGEE website (www.oagee.org). Workshop/presentation proposals and participant registration will also be handled through the conference website. Preferred accommodation has been arranged with the Best Western Voyageur Place Hotel in Newmarket. 
Our planning committee of public, Catholic and independent school teachers look forward to enjoying the conference with you in early November. Co-Chairs John Macdonald (john.a.macdonald@yrdsb.ca) and David Joiner (david.joiner@sac.on.ca) can be contacted for more information. 
David Joiner St. Andrew’s College david.joiner@sac.on.ca
John Macdonald York Region DSB john.a.macdonald@yrdsb.ca
OAGEE Sponsor:    
Region 7 York-Durham publicly-funded and independent schools


Happy Birthday to Gary Birchall 

— a long time, dedicated, passionate geographer and my personal hero!

Gary Birchall has contributed literally a lifetime’s worth of work towards the betterment of Geographic and Environmental Education. It has been almost 50 years since Gary graduated from McMaster University with an Honours Degree in Geography! Gary is a leading voice and activist for geography and geographers in Ontario as he has been the editor of the OAGEE journal, The Monograph, for the almost 30 years. Gary has worked tirelessly and dedicated countless hours to provide current and relevant teaching strategies and resources for teachers across the province.

Previously, Gary has been awarded:

  • Ontario Association for Geographic and Environmental Education - Award of Distinction
  • The OAGEE Award of Distinction is presented to an Ontario Educator who is passionate about and exemplifies great Geographic education within the Province of Ontario. 
  • The Royal Canadian Geographical Society – College of Fellows
  • All the nominees are extraordinary men and women who believe in the Society and are dedicated to informing Canadians and the world about this country.

Happy 75th Gary! You’re not allowed to retire yet….we need you! smiley



"After visiting Camp Kawartha's Environment and Outdoor Education Centres @ The 2017 OAGEE Spring Conference, it is not diffult to determine why Peterborough was designated as a Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development by the United Nations."

Wade Wiggins, Crestwood Secondary School 


A huge thank you to the Camp Kawartha team for a wildly successful OAGEE Spring Conference at Camp Kawartha’s Environment and Outdoor Education Centres! We enjoyed a beautiful day and a fantastic itinerary filled with informative and entertaining activities.

We started at The Camp Kawartha Environment Centre and participated in a series of Sustainable Building and Sustainable Living activities. Get Outside! We explored different ways of Bringing Nature Home and using nearby natural areas as part of our classroom. We enjoyed the opportunity to chat with other teachers and network during an amazing lunch before heading off to our next adventure at The Camp Kawartha Outdoor Education Centre.






Teachers were introduced to a variety of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit games that proved to be fun, engaging and challenging.  We ended a very successful day on the high ropes. Flying Squirrel! Eight members of the “pull team” are attached to one end of a cable that goes up to a pulley system. A willing participant, the “squirrel”, is attached to the other end of the rope and launched into the air as the pull team runs away from the squirrel.  

Click here for photos from the 2017 OAGEE Spring Conference










Thanks again to Executive Director Jacob Rodenburg and the Camp Kawartha team (Craig, Paige, Amanda, and Tina), who are passionate about, and exemplify, great outdoor and environmental education.

Recently, Jacob’s Big Book of Nature Activities won Double Gold from the Nautilus Book Awards, Silver from the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, and was a finalist for The Indie (Independent Book Awards).

Click here for resources from the 2017 OAGEE Spring Conference including:

  • Bird Song Activity & Bird Symphony Information
  • Frog Orchestra Explained
  • Wind Turbine Models and Solar Experimentation Kits
  • Renewable versus Non-Renewable Energy (Craft Stick Game)
  • Lessons From the Goose
  • FNMI Games











The Can Geo Challenge is a great program that gets students excited about learning geography and the world around them. Here are 5 reasons why teachers across Canada love participating, and why you should too.

  1. It is free!
  2. It is available in French and English.
  3. Teachers can choose how to administer the challenge. This year, we are offering three ways students can participate in the challenge; online, downloaded as a pdf or use a projector to display the questions.
  4. All school winners receive a medal, certificate and a one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic.
  5. It’s connected to your curriculum. Our updated questions allow students to explore topics from basic map reading skills to physical landforms, human interactions and global communities.

For more information visit http://challenge.canadiangeographic.ca/







November 11-12, 2016
















OAGEE is pleased to announce the 2016 Fall Conference at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ontario on November 11 & 12. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Power of the Map’, reflecting not only that it is the International Year of the Map, but also the importance that maps play within the geography curriculum and classrooms in Ontario.

Registration to the Fall Conference will include:

Two days brimming with inspirational and highly relevant professional learning opportunities;

  • A powerful keynote address from Helen Scott, Director of the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, and an epidemiologist at the University of Toronto;
  • Access to the Marketplace, featuring the latest geographic resources and services;
  • The revealing of Canadian Geographic’s newest Giant Floor Map – Natural Resources Canada (celebrating the significant role GIS and geospatial technologies play in our day-to-day lives;
  • Unlimited networking opportunities with over 200 educators, education leaders, and exhibitors from across Ontario.

Registration for the Fall Conference will commence shortly after the first week back to school in September.

Keep checking back to the Fall Conference website for updated information and announcements.

The 2016 Fall Conference Committee is encouraging all registrants to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). There will be on hand some Apple IPad’s that can be loaned out for the day, however, workshops that are using ArcGIS Online work better with a laptop device. All registrants will have access to WIFI.
Presenters will need to bring their own devices to present from as workshop rooms are only equipment with Apple TV, projectors, speakers, and flat screen televisions. TCS will provide adaptors if a presenter happens to bring a PC laptop, otherwise, MACs can connect best through AirPlay.



Ontario Inquiry-pac Grade 7 Geography unit
Physical Patterns in a Changing World

Are you searching for a way to engage students in realistic yet hopeful discussions about our physical environments and the changing patterns created by human impact?

This package of dynamic online resources provides everything you need to implement the new Ontario grade 7 geography strand A curriculum through exciting, ongoing inquiry with your students. Including 17 lessons and all required teacher and student materials, this unit guides students in considering the overarching question: How should we respond to our changing Earth? The ongoing critical challenge for students throughout the unit is to create a compelling multi-media “message to the world” to communicate powerful ideas and inspiring examples that will help us respond sustainably to our changing Earth. The broad understandings nurtured include:

  • Humans have always lived in response to Earth’s physical patterns.
  • The physical world is changing because of natural and human activity.
  • The global community can learn to respond sustainably to the opportunities and challenges presented by our changing environment.

TC2 worked for over a year to develop a cascading curriculum plan that incorporates the curriculum expectations and highlights current and relevant geographic issues and themes.  In addition, TC2 is committed to incorporating more First Nations, Metis and Inuit perspectives into the unit.