Libby Hillman, Executive Officer for the Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria will present at the Locate16 Conference 12-14 April at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Ms Hillman is a passionate geographer, has taught across all levels of schooling from Primary to VCE and across many different schools in the independent and government sectors in both Metropolitan and rural Victoria.
Libby worked as an Education Consultant with Minerals Education Australia prior to taking up the role of executive Officer with the Geography Teachers’ Association of Victoria (GTAV). It is through Geography that students can make sense of the world and spatial technology provides the tools for a greater understanding of the world in which we live.
A foundation member of Destination Spatial, Libby has provided the link to education whereby students and teachers have been engaged in a variety of programs to increase their awareness of the opportunities in the spatial industry.
To Infinity and Beyond…… Promoting career opportunities in the spatial industry are integral in securing the future of the spatial professions. Destination Spatial Victorian Committee consists of members of spatial business, professional bodies, government, universities, education and a research centre.
The aim is the promotion of careers in the spatial industry to the general public, especially students. The Committee is successfully working at the core of career decision-making with Year 7- 12 students – especially those studying Geography.
In 2015 a plethora of initiatives have been implemented to increase awareness of the spatial industry. Programs have targeted primary and secondary students, gifted and talented students and students with a disability in areas including metropolitan Melbourne and rural and regional Victoria. Student participation in programs such as Newtech, the GPS In Schools Program, GeoSkills Event 2015 and the MapIT!Challenge will all work towards a sustainable future for the spatial industry. Each of these exciting and engaging programs has been a collaborative effort involving a variety of partners across industry, government departments and local government, the tertiary sector and education.
The key to success has been integrating and aligning the programs into the school curriculum.