Geography coastal field trip goes virtual

Fieldwork is an essential component of the senior Geography course, and since all excursions were cancelled due to COVID restrictions, IGS staff are using creativity to ensure key learning goes ahead.

Head of Year 11 and Geography Teacher Carmelo Fedele took his students on an exciting virtual field trip during Week 5 of Term 2, to ensure students were prepared for their upcoming assessment.

Carmelo trialed virtual fieldwork and decided on one that was the best fit for his students.

“The web-based software uses satellite imagery, street view and elements of GIS to explore the world from any device,” he said.

“I used fieldwork data and dozens of photographs taken from previous trips to create an authentic experience as possible. Students will visit beaches along Sydney’s east coast from Bondi to Coogee and beyond.

“They will measure wind speed and direction, wave period, sediment size, temperature, humidity and beach gradient as well as observing erosional and depositions landforms, coastal sediment processes, human impacts and strategies to manage them.”