Making Geography Cool (Secondary)

Kirsty Costa - Cool Australia
Award winning educator
Rejuvenate Years 7 to 10 Geography with engaging lessons that captivate the interest of your students.
Target Audience
Geography teachers working with Years 7 to 10 students. Also suitable for casual relief and beginning teachers.
30 reviews

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General Description

Hi there ! We’re Angela Andrews and Kirsty Costa from Cool Australia.

We’ve created this course: ‘Making Geography Cool' to provide you with teaching tools that you can use to integrate the cross-curricular priority area of Sustainability into your Geography lessons.

In this 6-hour course, Angela Andrews will help you explore:

  • What sustainability actually means (it’s more than just “the environment”)
  • Pedagogical approaches to Education for Sustainability
  • Sustainability as a cross-curricular priority area in the subject of Geography in the Australian Curriculum
  • Examples and case studies of best practice from other teachers and schools
  • Cool Australia’s free-to-access curriculum resources, digital media and infographics

By completing this course, you will learn practical and creative ways to make Geography come alive for your students. You will utilise Cool Australia’s Curriculum Resources, including lesson plans and worksheets, which support differentiated learning and are mapped to the Australian Curriculum. You will have access to Cool Australia’s Digital Library which contains images, videos, infographics and research to deepen student understanding. The course also contains practical sessions where you will be encouraged to ‘give it a go’. And you will have the opportunity to connect with other teachers from across Australia and to share your stories and experiences.

Please join us !


Cool Australia is an award-winning not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting Australian teachers with tools to foster student learning for life.


Geography teachers working with Years 7 to 10 students. Also suitable for casual relief and beginning teachers.

Available Delivery Formats

Format Description

Most TTA online courses are available with an Online Subscription. For a little more than the price of one course, you can gain up to 20 PD hours per year. Learn more HERE.

A normal online course is delivered over 1-12 weeks and is worth from 3-12 PDhrs depending on the course content and its objectives. Participants will not need to take time off, the course date is the START date only, end dates will be advertised with course hours.

>> This 6 hour online professional development is open for 6 weeks.
We recommend you allocate some time in your calendar, in advance, to enjoy the activities and get the most out of the course.

>> This course supports the teaching of Geography in the Australian Curriculum and NSW Syllabus for Years 7 to 10 students (Stages 4 and 5).

This course contributes to 6.0 professional development hours.


There are no occurrences of Online - Individual in Australia (ACT) at this time.


1. Introduction

1 hour

Read about course requirements, meet your group and find out more about what ‘sustainability’ means.

2. Education for Sustainability

1 hour

Explore the seven principles of Education for Sustainability. Find out the importance of personal connection to the natural environment. Consider how Education for Sustainability fits into current education trends.

3. Australian Curriculum

1 hour

Look at the Australian Curriculum more closely and learn more about sustainability as a cross curricular priority in your state or territory. Identify how you can use sustainability to enrich your current curriculum and engage your students.

4. Find What You Need

1 hour and 15 minutes

Spend some time exploring Cool Australia’s units of work, lesson plans and digital libraries. Identify which resources will help your teaching. Make a plan for action.

5. One Hour Practical

1 hour and 15 minutes

Spend 1 hour taking action on using sustainability to enrich your curriculum. Reflect on how you went with your practical and get further support to help your next steps.

6. Reflection

15 minutes

Reflect on what you’ve learnt during the course and consider your next steps.

Further Study

No duration specified

After you’ve completed the course, you are welcome to explore these bonus lessons to deepen your learning.

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Latest Reviews

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Making Geography Cool (Secondary)
by Maryan Shehata on 17/10/2017

This course has provided me with a number of strategies to make the new Geography course interesting. Kirsty has also shared with us some interesting resources, for which I am grateful for. Highly recommend this course to develop understanding of the new Geography Syllabus and effective strategies to make the course more relevant and engaging for students.

Making Geography Cool (Secondary)
by Maria Mertzanakis on 27/08/2017

This course was quite useful in better understanding the term sustainability and its implications for teaching.

Making Geography Cool - Secondary
by Amina Ho on 18/04/2017

The course introduces and emphasises the sustainability concept (one of the 7 geographical concepts central to the teaching of the Geography Australian Curriculum).

Making Geography Cool - Secondary
by Sadie Rainford on 18/04/2017

The resources available will be useful and the activities encouraged me to think about the wide issues of Geography

Making Geography Cool (Secondary)
by Alexander Baryshev on 06/12/2016

Great course providing useful classroom strategies that can be used to enage and differentiate Geography lessons in keeping with the new ‘National Curriculum’.

Making Geography Cool (Secondary)
by kahina Kharitos on 29/09/2016

Excellent course, great ideas and resources shared.

Making Geography Cool (Secondary)
by Melanie White on 29/09/2016

This was an interesting course that made me think about ways to improve my geography teaching to make it more practical and engaging for students.

Making Geography Cool (Secondary)
by Ben Cook on 29/09/2016

This course and the Cool Australia website give a lot of ideas and resources to help you in the classroom.

Making Geography Cool (Secondary)
by Heidi White on 29/09/2016

A great course that allowed me time to sit down and explore the National Curriculum. The course included great tips and resources that will be fantastic as I begin to plan and implement the new curriculum.

Making Geography Cool (Secondary)
by Jacqualyn McGrath on 29/09/2016

I enjoyed the course; it definitely provided me with new ideas and made me think about how to make my geography lessons more exciting.

Making Geography Cool (Secondary)
by Rick Harting on 13/07/2016

Great course, the information was very easy to access and provided multiple real-life examples that were able to be used within the classroom. Very exceptional support staff and Kristy was a great support within the course. The various activities and course materials made it a highly engaging course.

Making Geography Cool (Secondary)
by Jenny Eory on 05/07/2016

I found the course opened my eyes to many other resources and paths to teaching the Australian Curriculum. Ideas just built from there on how to make Geography cool for middle school students.

Making Geography Cool (Secondary)
by Melissa Ellis on 02/05/2016

An interesting and relevant look at the New Curriculum with practical activities you can take to the classroom today!!!

Making Geography Cool (Secondary)
by David Massingham on 14/04/2016

Kirsty was an excellent presenter, and she provided informative, supportive and insightful feedback to all work submitted by students. She was a delight to deal with.

Making Geography Cool (Secondary)
by Antoinette Johnston on 13/04/2016

Great mix of practical and theory to make a very informative and useful course.

Making Geography Cool (Secondary)
by deborah warwick on 13/04/2016

I enjoyed the activities and to revisit ideas form anew perspective. it is inspiring to get a fresh look and to remember to GO OUTSIDE!

Making Geography Cool (Secondary)
by Josip Zeko on 13/04/2016

I found the course and activities very appropriate and I liked how it concentrated on the principles of Educating for Sustainability. The modules enabled me to be creative on thinking of ideas on how to implement the concept of sustainability in my lessons and teaching resources. All of the modules were excellent and very enjoyable. I particularly like module 1 where I had to draw a picture depicting the concept of sustainability. The modules were varied and engaging and it had a strong environmental focus which I love. Thank you Kirsty for designing an outstanding course and I can feel confident it will only get better with time like good wine.

Making Geography Cool (Secondary)
by James Broe on 13/04/2016

A really useful course to examine how sustainability fits into the new national curriculum. It also provides some excellent ideas and resources to help in the delivery of this key concept to your students.

Making Geography Cool (Secondary)
by Elizabeth Clifford on 18/08/2015

An interesting course, but not what I expected. Would like to see greater links between content and the Australian Curriculum – this course was largely centred on using the Cool Australia website.

Making Geography Cool (Secondary)
by Reema Ali on 18/08/2015

The course was great because it was online and allowed you to take time and really think about the activities and tasks to be completed.

About the team

Cool Australia


Cool Australia is an award winning not-for-profit dedicated to supporting educators with tools to foster ‘learning for life’. We help integrate topics around sustainability, ethics, economics and wellbeing across the curriculum. This enables teachers of all age groups and disciplines to engage young Aussies in real-life learning whilst achieving Australian Curriculum and Early Years Learning Framework outcomes. Our accredited professional development is designed to build your confidence, understanding and expertise. You will learn through a mixture of practical and thinking activities as well as hearing the stories of others. Plus you will access a range of teaching tools that can you can use straight away in your teaching.

Kirsty Costa - Cool Australia


Kirsty helps teachers grow in their profession. She is the Head of Professional Development at Cool Australia, inspiring hundreds of educators each year. Kirsty shares her 15+ years of teaching and training experience. In her courses, she creates a dynamic space for teachers to be creative and curious. She builds teacher confidence and makes information relevant, helpful and powerful. Kirsty also has a background in communication and talking to people about change.