Friday, 31 October 2014

Antarctic Ozone hole

Ozone hole layer remains size of North America, Nasa data shows
Antarctic hole in protective layer of gas stands around same level as 2010, 2012 and 2013, but scientists say recovery is on track
·         John Vidal
·, Friday 31 October 2014 13.33 GMT
This image shows ozone concentrations above Antarctica on 11 September 2014.Photograph: Nasa

Thursday, 30 October 2014

 Geography Education: More Than Just Facts
 Teaching the Why, Not Just the What, of Geography By Phil Gersmehl

This is a very interesting article supporting the What Is Where? Why There? Why Care? definition of Geography as well as the importance of the Geographic Inquiry Process.
Please click on the link below.
Published Online: October 28, 2014
Published in Print: October 29, 2014,

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Displaced Women and Girls: Leaders and Survivors

Fourteen years since the adoption of Security Council resolution 1325 in 2000, significant progress has been made on the women, peace and security agenda. There is growing recognition that women’s empowerment is a key ingredient for democracy, stability and lasting peace. Yet, the increased violence, mass displacement and humanitarian catastrophes of the past year have had a detrimental impact on the security of women and children — particularly girls — hindering progress towards achieving peace, security, reconciliation and stability for all. - See more at:

A scene from the Mugunga IDP camp on the outskirts of Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on 17 December 2012. Photo: MONUSCO/Sylvain Liecht

Happy Early Halloween! Sometimes, when you stare into the Great Red Spot, it stares back ...

(Actually, the "eyeball" is the shadow of Jupiter's Moon, Ganymede. More here: )

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Great interactive maps and charts, ideal for Senior Geography classes.

Explore WEC’s unique facts and figures about all aspects of energy and make the most of graphics and charts using our interactive map. 
E.g. Explore our energy resources data: identify national and regional fossil fuel reserves, renewables installed capacity, rank top producing countries and value resources’ potential in countries around the world.

Great visuals.  Click on "earth" to change the data represented. Wonderful tool for forecasting wind and ocean conditions

Monday, 27 October 2014

9 Maps to Change How You See the World

9 Maps to Change How You See the World

Get ready to have your mind blown Oct 18, 2013

These maps are a great minds on activity or even a good starting point for the Inquiry Process to begin.  Do not forget to look at the other tabs for other resources.
Click on the link below:


Torrential rain has caused flash flooding in Genoa and Montpellier. Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria have received an EU aid package after flooding disasters struck those countries in May and June, earlier this year.Click on the link below to view other great images of flooding in Europe.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

TGTA Meeting

Hello fellow geographers!

After a year of leave, I am back and ready to meet with everyone to lead and discuss Toronto geography initiatives for the 2014-2015 school year. After attending OAGEE, and meeting with colleagues, many ideas were thrown around. A teacher mentioned the need for sharing resources and lessons with one another, especially with the new curriculum coming our way.

I propose we have a meeting on Monday November 10th from 4-6pm at the Merchants of Green Coffee (2 Matilda St. near Queen and Broadview) where we can briefly discuss any concerns we have with the new curriculum and to discuss any PD we require from TDSB to better deliver this new document. We can also plan and discuss our next winter meeting (possibly February at the start of semester 2) and a spring field trip (possibly April) for 2015. 

If you can bring a lesson or two, and/or a few resources, websites to the meeting, that could begin some good sharing and save us all a lot of time planning something new that already exists!

You can bring paper copies if you would like, but everyone should bring a laptop, tablet or IPad with USbs to share and to peruse websites since the cafe has wifi.

Please RSVP by replying to this email to by Nov. 8th. I will send another email on the 8th to let you know how many people will be attending so you can photocopy accordingly. We could also email people with documents or post them to the TDSB geography blog.

Hope to see lots of you on the 10th!

Dimitra Tsanos

Fun and Interactive Games for Education

ChangeGamer promotes the use of computer games to study themes such as energy, climate change, natural disasters, the environment, economics, politics, history and science.  The main function of ChangeGamer is to find high-quality games, and to create student activities for each of those games.  The vast majority of games are free, browser-based, and playable on a number of different platforms (e.g. PC, Mac, Chromebook, etc.).  All of the posted activities are free and have been tested in middle and high school classrooms (Gr.7-12). We have created answer keys for a number of the student activities where applicable - if you are a teacher and require any of these email us through the contact page using your school email address. Please visit the link below.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Welcome to theNational Film Board of Canada

We are Canada’s public producer and distributor, and this is our online Screening Room. We offer free streaming of documentary and animated films as well as interactive stories, all of which explore the world we live in from a Canadian point of view.

Something to check out.

Just one-third of the world's longest rivers remain free-flowing  Geographic Concepts of Thinking: Interrelationship , Spatial ...