2012 Fall Conference Resources

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Increase your students' achievement level through the use of student exemplars, tracking charts, and bump it up walls. These student-centred strategies can be used in an any geography classroom.
Water, Water Everywhere is a participatory environmental education workshop aimed at grade 7 and 8 teachers. Water is used as a unifying theme in the Science & Technology, History and Geography curriculum with links to Literacy and Math. Teachers will test hands on activities including: a bottle vs tap water tasting contest with cost comparison, a cooperative watershed mapping game, and cheap and simple activities to build working models of the greenhouse effect and a drinking water filter. Full lesson plans and BLMs available. Developed for OTF.
This presentation is based on the highly acclaimed book Why "Where" Matters. The authors conclude that we are in a new economy driven by and dependent upon geo-information. Success in the GeoEconomy depends on geo-information and associated technologies. This well-illustrated presentation starts with the history of geo-spatial information, and then focuses on how and why geographic information and its use are changing and impacting our society in many different and often unexpected ways. http://www.geoeconomy.com
The purpose of this session is to describe research being conducted by geographers in the Canadian Arctic. Geographers at Queen's University are studying arctic environments in an integrated fashion to determine how climate change will affect High Arctic rivers, soils and vegetation in order to provide an understanding of the hydrological and ecosystem processes that are sensitive to climate change. In this session, geographers will report on field studies designed to understand surface processes of hydrology and soil moisture, movement of dissolved nutrients, release of greenhouse gases and vegetation cover. Following the presentations by researchers at Queen's University, Linda Lamoureux, an elementary school teacher will present on her activities related to community outreach at Resolute Bay, Nunavut. Her presentation entitled "Cape Bounty Outreach: Bringing scientific research to elementary aged children at Qarmartalik School, Resolute Bay, Nunavut" will describe her interactions with students in Resolute Bay in her role as Outreach Coordinator for the International Polar Year Cape Bounty Project.