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Issue Vol. 65, No. 4
Publication Date: January, 2015
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Author(s): Hughes, Shawn
I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday and that many of you had a great start to the 2nd semester. This holiday season I had the opportunity to face one ofmy greatest fears – Disney. Admittedly, I have fought this trip for many years, but I was destined to lose this battle to my family. All I could think about was the promotional description of a book by travel writer Chuck Thompsonthat read “The guru of extreme tourism sets out to face his worst fears in Africa, India, Mexico City, and—most terrifying of all—at Disney World.” Yet surprisingly, like Chuck, I found many positive aspects to Disney.
As we rode the bus to Epcot, I heard some teenagers joke “get ready to learn!” They were not wrong. On our first day, attractions such as Spaceship Earth, Living with the Land, The Circle of Life, explored the concepts of biodiversity and environmental responsibility. At the ChevyTest Track my boys designed and tested virtual custom concept vehicles, including the vehicles’ efficiency (fuel-saving and environmentally-friendly). Soarin’ took us on an amazing IMAX flight over the various California landscapes. I couldn’t
help but imagine applying this amazing “hang-gliding” adventure to our own IMAX film “Over Canada: An Aerial Adventure”.
Lastly, we toured the World Showcase where we watched great videos about China and Canada, ate in Morocco, and had a beverage in Germany (twice). As a result, I am a Disney convert.
This was a great way to end the year following a fantastic 2014 OAGEE Fall Conference at Ryerson University that wasled by Paul Hackl, Ling Wong, and their dedicated team of volunteers. Several of the 2014 OAGEE Fall Conference team, including Mike Farley, have graciously agreed to host the 2015 OAGEE Fall Conference at the University of Toronto Schools (UTS) on November 13th & 14th. Mike was recently inducted as a member of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) College of Fellows and received the RCGS Innovation in Geography Teaching award.
The 2015 OAGEE Spring Conference is scheduled to coincide with the Sources of Knowledge Forum in Tobermory. Field Studies exploring the Bruce Peninsula will occur on Friday May 8th and teachers will have the added-valueoption of attending the 2015 Sources of Knowledge Forum titled “The Great Arc: Life on the (L)Edge” for the weekend(May 9th & 10th).
The timing of these conferences could not be better aswe start to receive invitations to Training Sessions for The Ontario Curriculum: Canadian and World Studies, Grades11 and 12, 2015 (Revised), The focus of these conferences isto provide resources and supports for the revised Canadian and World Studies, Grades 11 and 12, 2015.
Needless to say, OAGEE’s volunteers have been busy. We eagerly anticipate the release of the new Ontario Curriculum, Grades 11 and 12: Canadian and World Studies. Our volunteers work hard to aid Ontario Geography teachers with the successful implementation of the new curriculum and to build capacity in their Geography programs. In the Fall 2014 Issue of The Monograph, I incorrectly attributed the creation of the conference logo to Mike Farley. In fact, Conference Coordinator Ling Wong created the amazing logo for the 2014 OAGEE Fall Conference. Ling is the OAGEE Regional Councillorfor Toronto DSB.
Author(s): Stevenson, Mark
In this lesson, students critically examine information by analyzing: 1. who the source is, or represents, 2. what is the source’s position on the issue, and 3. what factors motivate the source to sway public opinion in their favour. Based on these analyses they will form their own opinions.
Author(s): Zapf, B.
This lesson will introduce students to the important fact that weather and climate are different. Utilizing a collaborative learning assignment, students will be able to explain the different aspects that influence climate. Students will also be introduced to the characteristics of precipitation. Students will independently create a triple entry chart that compares relief, convectional and cyclonic precipitation. This activity will be completed as homework if not completed in class.
Author(s): Farley, Mike
Electro City is a fun and educational online game that simulates, in a very simplified way, energy management. Electro City
allows players to create their own city and explore different approaches to energy and the environment.
Author(s): Farley, Mike
The Great Canadian Geography Challenge website states that the contest “is a national student competition designed
to foster an interest in Geography among young Canadians and to raise the profile of Geography with teachers and the public”. It is run by Canadian Geographic Education, part of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Past questions from the Great Canadian Geography Challenge can be a great tool for the new Grade 9 Geography courses (e.g. as diagnostics).
Author(s): Childs, J.
Although typically associated with superhero comics, graphic novels exist for a range of agelevels and they now explore numerous real world topics including logic, quantum theory,economics, statistics, genetics, philosophy, and history. In a graphic novel, the illustrations and text are equally important in conveying the narrative. Phillipe Squarzoni utilizes beautifully drawn, black and white images and concisetext to chronicle his research into the causes,evidence, consequences, and solutions to global climate change. At the same time, he poses questions related to personal and societal choices in Western culture, including the goal of continuous economic growth as well as issues related to energy use, food production, and transportation.