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Issue Vol. 69, No. 1

Publication Date: May, 2018

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President's Message  

Page: 2

Author(s): Geddes, Ewan

The end of the school year is fast approaching and with it comes planning for September 2018. This is an exciting time as the Ministry has suggested destreaming of key courses might be on the horizon. There are several concerns when destreaming the Grade 9 Geography program that need to be taken into consideration. Conversations have been taking place across the province in many boards as they discuss how to incorporate the Overall Expectations of the course that will be destreamed to meet the needs of all students. Another aspect of destreaming that should be a focus of the Ministry and the boards but will not likely be addressed is the class cap size of the present “essential”, “applied”, and “academic” courses. It would be suggested that the new class caps would be somewhere between the academic and applied caps that are in place at the moment and may vary from board to board. The focus in a destreamed class should be the students are doing Geography. 

Concepts of Geographic Thinking Series - 1 - Geographic Perspective  

Page: 5-21

Author(s):

Students determine, identify, and/or analyse using the success criteria, such as:

  • SPATIAL SIGNIFICANCE 
  • PATTERNS AND TRENDS 
  • INTERRELATIONSHIPS
  • GEOGRAPHIC PERSPECTIVE

Geography and OAGEE in Peterborough, 50 Years Ago  

Page: 22-25

Author(s): Brunger, Alan; Adams, Peter

The Peterborough Geography Teachers’ Association (PGTA) and the Department of Geography at Trent University were both founded in 1968. The PGTA was the regional arm of the Ontario Geography Teachers’ Association, the forerunner of OAGEE. This article is a glimpse of Geography teaching as it was then, with some of the players involved, from the perspective of Peterborough - a sort of sample of Geography teaching in Ontario.

Using Virtual Reality to Humanize the Global Refugee Crisis  

Page: 26-27

Author(s): Sangha-Bosland, Karamjit; Pattison-Meek, Joanne

In this introductory activity, students are provided an opportunity to use virtual reality (VR) technology to humanize the global refugee crisis. Using three-dimensional, computer-generated experiences, VR applications can enhance learning by transporting students to various global environments without leaving their classroom. Students will watch Clouds Over Sidra, a short VR documentary that invites us into the daily life of 12-year-old Sidra, a Syrian refugee living in the Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan. This immersive, story-telling experience will introduce students, face-to-face, with the complexities of a global issue that sometimes feels too overwhelming to take in. 

Geospatial Technology, Trails and Trials - 6  

Page: 28-29

Author(s): Fletcher, Jonathan

It has been a busy start to the new semester for me. It’s not because of my current teaching assignment, this semester I am teaching a CGC1D, a CGC1P/PK and a CHV2OH. I have found that I have been busier due my commitments outside of the classroom and my school. One of my goals that I set for myself back in the summer has to do with my trip to San Diego to the Esri User Conference. 

Using ArcGIS Online to Engage Students on their Indigenous History  

Page: 29-30

Author(s): Alexander, Angela

Karen Talbot is a grade 8 teacher at Francine J. Wesley Secondary School, located in Kashechewan, a First Nations community near James Bay, Ontario. She has shared with Karen’s students measured routes in the real world and then created web maps to display those routes. This exercise helped them understand how long a kilometre is in the real world and how that distance can be represented on a map.

Book Review The World's Most Travelled Man: A Twenty-Three Year Odyssey to and through Every Country on the Planet Mike Spencer Brown  

Page: 31

Author(s): Mansfield, Dickson

I read an excellent review of this book in the G&M (October 12, 2017) when it was released. The title had caught my eye, given that at one point in time, I had travelled extensively myself - however, nothing in the same league as the author. I have not made an accurate count of nations I have visited, however it is in the 75+ range vs the 195 countries Mr. Bown has chalked up. When this book turned up as a Christmas gift, I was intrigued yet a little sceptical. Subsequently I looked Bown up on the Internet and found a number of interesting references, and You Tube interviews, all of which added further dimensions to the author.