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OAGEE Spatial Technology Mapping Contest

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Sponsored by: OAGEE, Esri Canada, Canadian Geographic Education

This contest is open only to residents of Canada who are teachers and are OAGEE members (excluding Quebec) and will be interpreted according to Canadian Law. Students will create a spatial technological map using ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Online to communicate a possible solution to a Geographic Issue.

Submission deadline: April 27th, 2018.
What’s involved?
This year’s competition is about explaining the story behind a local or world issue; What is where? Why there? Why care? and to develop an action plan (solution) that can be communicated to an appropriate audience via Story Map. Students must use the geographic inquiry model to help develop an action plan that utilizes the geographic concepts of thinking to better communicate the plan.
How to enter
Teachers with an OAGEE membership will submit, on behalf of their students, a Digital Map/Story Map of a local or world issue with a description (maximum of 250 words) that describes and interprets the problem that has created this issue and suggests a possible solution.
Submission form:
The competition entry deadline is April 27th, 2018.

OAGEE Apology to Randy Wilkie

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One of the many benefits of becoming involved in OAGEE is the ability to meet some truly amazing educators that have served as the backbone of this organization for many years. These people work tirelessly in the background and OAGEE relies heavily on their experience and guidance.

Randy Wilkie’s energy and commitment to Geographic Education is second to none. He demonstrates an honesty, integrity, and respect that can’t help but draw his teacher candidates and members of the OAGEE council to him. Randy’s professional integrity is the foundation on which his students and OAGEE colleagues build relationships and trust.

Unfortunately, OAGEE has not reciprocated this professional courtesy and integrity. We have failed to properly acknowledge the amazing contributions, including our phenomenal OAGEE posters and associated worksheets, donated by one of our most trustworthy and dependable members.

Our “Geography family” became complacent and took Randy for granted as we’ve always been able count on him even when many of our members are unaware of Randy’s dedication and countless hours behind the scenes for the betterment of OAGEE and Geographic Education.

We apologize to Mr. Wilkie for this oversight as we aim to correct this issue immediately and not repeat this mistake in the future.

Using the Resources & Curriculum menu links (left side of this page), please enjoy the following posters and activities compliments of Mr. Randy Wilkie!

Worksheets For OAGEE Poster: “Geography — From Here to There” 

Concepts of Geographic Thinking Series - Geographic Perspective

Thanks Kingston - You Rock!

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A huge thank you to our conference coordinators, Anne Smith and Brenda Scarlett, for their incredible dedication and a terrific 2018 OAGEE Spring Conference in Kingston.  

We started the day with a fantastic forest therapy tour through the relaxed atmosphere of the wetlands and surrounding forest at the Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area. A Kingston Transit bus transported us to our next destination. En route, Dan Hendry, Sustainable Initiative Co-ordinator with the Limestone District School Board, spoke to us about a very successful initiative that provides every student with free transit. Essentially, they seek to change the culture by teaching young people how to use public transit and that it’s “OK to ride the bus”. Our bus arrive at the Miller Museum of Geology at Queen’s University, where we explored an enormous collection of the Earth’s rocks, minerals, fossils, dinosaur exhibit, and received an overview of the geological history of the Kingston area. Mark Badham, Miller Museum of Geology Curator, demonstrated his deep appreciation for geology and provided us with a guided field excursion to rock outcrops in Kingston and the surrounding areas.

“It's a cliche, but every rock tells a story," Badham said. "You can really learn a lot about the history of an area just by the types of rocks that are there. A lot of people still don't realize how many things they use during the day that have mineral components in them. If something didn't come from a plant or an animal, it had to be mined somewhere. That's our source of raw materials.

They [students] don't see it all the time, but their lives depend on the resources we get from the earth."



2018 OAGEE Spring Conference Coordinators, Brenda Scarlett and Anne Smith, at the Miller Museum on Star Wars Day: May the 4th Be With You!













GIS in Education and Research Conference

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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
Should you require additional information, please contact Sarah Taylor at 705-748-4861, Ext. 178.

Happy Birthday Gary!

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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