Jul 05

Dates for your diaries….

Lots about to happen next term with the AGTA – note these dates in your diary now.

Course – Marking internals and externals using the 8 point marking system

Monday August 12th: 3.30pm to 5pm – Kohia 


~ Tuesday 20th August, St Cuthbert’s College

Scholarship workshops for students

~ Wednesday 28th August 4-6 pm Clock Tower Building Room 039.

~ Wednesday 23rd October 4-6pm Old Government House Lecture Theatre

Cluster meetings

8 August – Central cluster

29 August – North shore cluster

Course – New and exciting Geography programmes in schools

Wednesday November 27th for full day course: 9am to 3pm.  Kohia



Jul 02

Promoting Geography to students in your school?

Let us know what you do in your school?

Do you celebrate Geography Awareness Week? What do you do in this week? 

How do you “sell” our awesome subject to students and parents?

Do you make videos? print off pamphlets etc – how about you share your ideas with us all here.


Jun 29

The website is constantly being added to with new resources and information…

Please contribute ideas yourself so we can all learn from each other. If you are struggling with how to add material please feel free to email material to the address agtassociation@gmail.com and we will put it up.

There are new examples of internals up for Level 1, some new websites to use with your classes, a re-organisation of resources and some fun ideas for promoting geography as we get into the season of encouraging students to do geography in 2014!


Jun 11

Web page

The spread of people accessing our website is growing – I wonder how long before we reach the Middle East; Central Africa and Central America.

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Jun 10

Attention Budding Cartographers

Have you ever wanted to learn more about Google Earth/Maps. Here is your chance. Google is offering free online classes later this month. Starting June 10 and running through June 24, Google will be offering free, online, self-paced courses on its mapping products Google Earth, Google Maps, and Maps Engine Lite. You will even have the opportunity to do Google Hangouts with experts in these applications. These courses are designed for those seeking a better understanding about how to get more out of these products. I hope that some young person out there will be spurred into a career in Cartography/Geography/GIS by taking these courses.

To register go to https://mapping.withgoogle.com/

Jun 09

The importance of field work and field trips in Geography

Why do fieldwork ?

For decades, fieldtrips (whether local, residential or international) have been an integral part of the geography for students in  secondary schools. Over the years, increasing pressure has been placed on teachers to vary or reduce the experiences they are able to offer students.

Increasing administration and risk assessment, which is of course of paramount importance, have added to the time pressures in an increasingly congested and competitive curriculum, and to this have now been added budgetary constraints and other requirements.

Despite this, and further internal school priorities, fieldwork in geography must not become a casualty. It is a vital and valuable component of the compulsory phase of every student’s Geography experience.

Read the article from the GA_FieldworkEntitlementGuidancev2

Jun 09

Urban Patterns 2.2 at MOTAT!

MOTAT is currently offering a programme targeted at the Geography 2.2 Urban Patterns Standard.


The programme looks at how the population of Auckland has grown and spread from the settling of early pioneers, through to the golden age of the 1950s. The way that public transport has shaped our major roads and suburbs and how the World Wars and the post war boom impacted Auckland’s population are also discussed. With the Victorian Village and 1950s exhibition I Am The Last Tram, MOTAT is a great place to research this topic, and students are able to obtain information from a variety of different sources.

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