Students from Werribee Secondary College had studied coastal landscapes and associated landforms. Fieldwork is considered integral to this unit by the school and with this in mind Werribee’s proximity to a variety of coastal types is exploited.
Students visit Eastern Beach Geelong (urban, bayside beach), Barwon Heads East (estuarine) and Barwon Heads South (ocean beach) with the option to include Ocean Grove time permitting. In each location students identify features and collect data focussing on visible human effects/impacts on the coast. Hypothesis development is one aspect of this work. The collected data becomes the basis for post-fieldwork tasks for assessment.
For this fieldwork students work in small groups. At the different fieldwork locations they may be under indirect teacher supervision along stretches of coastline during data collection depending on supervising staff numbers. At Barwon Heads back beach students are under direct teacher supervision given the nature of the location.
Groups collecting data along the Baron River estuary.
The task requires 1 pre-fieldwork lesson, a full day in the field, and 3-4 post-fieldwork lessons (and homework) to complete tasks.
Completion of this fieldwork contributes towards students meeting these Victorian Curriculum Geography content descriptions:
Geographical Knowledge Strand (Level 8)
Geographical Concepts and Skills Strand (Levels 7-8)
Place, space and interconnection sub-strand
Data and information sub-strand
Pre-fieldwork (at school)
Students at Eastern Beach collecting location-based data using their personal mobile devices.
Post-fieldwork (at school)
The files here are the handouts for students. These are:
Fieldwork activities (PDF), which provides the resources and data recording sheets, and the post-fieldwork tasks (provided before the fieldwork)
Instructions for using the spatial technology apps (PDF) students installed on their personal mobile devices (provided before the fieldwork)
A data response task (PDF) undertaken in class following the aggregation of the data.
Students working on their fieldwork data at school in a computer lab.
Included here are a .kmz file (which opens in Google Earth) of the data collected and aggregated by the class which was used as the basis for the data response task. There are four samples of individual student work responding to the tasks at the conclusion of fieldwork activities handout.
Level 8 Class Field Data (KMZ)
Level 8 Work Sample 1 (PDF)
Level 8 Work Sample 2 (PDF)
Level 8 Work Sample 3 (PDF)
Level 8 Work Sample 4 (PDF)
Interview with Devanshi, Chloe, Max and Jane, four students from Werribee Secondary College about their fieldwork experience using personal mobile devices with spatial technologies and follow-up activities in the classroom.
Interview with Mr Rob Campbell Werribee Secondary College Geography Teacher sharing his thoughts on the use of spatial technologies and student personal mobile devices for fieldwork.
Previous Page | Next Page