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OAGEE Fall Conference 2017

Geography: Embracing Our World

It is hard to believe that is has been over a week since a very invigorating and exhilarating 2017 OAGEE Fall Conference @ St. Andrew's College! 

We would like to thank David Joiner, John Macdonald and their fantastic conference team for a remarkably successful 2017 OAGEE Fall Conference. 

2017 OAGEE Conference Team:

Anne Henry, Michelle Bader-Shaw, Amanda Ellis, Carissa Simon, Lisa Mulrine-Gorman, Torie Abbotts,
John Macdonald, David Joiner
 
SAC Faculty Support
Ben Kitagawa    
Trevor Biasi
Melissa Ramon   
Adam Kowaltschuk
Joe Commisso    
Student Volunteers
OAGEE
Conference Committee 
Cory McKercher
Paul Hackl      
Ling Wong       
Linda Gollick
Claude Brun del Re
 
More pictures from the 2017 Fall Conference can be viewed at here. 
 
Currently, we are exploring the potential of a 2018 OAGEE Fall Conference in NIagara!
 

 

Conference Registration

 

 

 

 

 

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS OCT. 15TH

Online conference registration will be available mid-September when workshop/presentation session and field trip descriptions and schedules are available. Note that those attending the conference, other than special session presenters or exhibitors, must be OAGEE members.

Breakfasts, break snacks, Friday lunch and the Saturday evening banquet are included with registration. However, to assist in conference planning and budgeting, delegates will be asked to confirm their attendance at the Saturday banquet (tentatively scheduled for 5-6:30 p.m., followed by a keynote speaker).
 
After registering for the conference, delegates will receive two automatic emails: 1. communication opt-in confirmation; 2. invoice and conference ID number for session selection. Delegates must follow the provided link in the invoice email to sign up for specific sessions and the banquet. Check your junk email folder if you do not see this automatic response email.
 
Package Price
Friday & Saturday $260 $220 Early Bird before Oct.15
One Day Friday $200
One Day Saturday $150
Presenters $120 $100 discount from conference fee
Full-time Student
(Includes a 12 month membership)
$100
Field Trips  $15
 
All registrations are paid in full during on-line registration. In addition, in order for your colleagues and volunteers to plan effectively, extra fees for field trips are non-refundable.
 

 

 

 
 

This conference brings together approximately 500 members of the higher education, research, and K-12 education communities. This year the conference will include more hands on workshops, led by Esri Canada staff, and special interest group meetings to encourage networking, as well as a number of presentation sessions.
This year’s keynote will be delivered by Dr. Cynthia Brewer, Chair of Geography at Penn State University, internationally known and leading cartographic researcher, and developer of the widely used ColorBrewer colour picker that can be run directly from inside ArcGIS Desktop.
Registration information is below:
Location: University of Toronto, Hart House
Date: October 11th, 2017
Lunch: Provided
Cost: $15
Register: http://hed.esri.ca/gisconference
Should you require additional information, please contact Sarah Taylor at 705-748-4861, Ext. 178.

   








 
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. 
 
Contacts:
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/