NSW Australian curriculum: Geography

For 2018, Jacaranda have published new digital editions of Jacaranda Geoactive NSW Ac on learnON, the new digital learning platform from Jacaranda. The updated print editions were published in 2016.


Discover the Jacaranda Geoactive NSW Ac series

Trusted Geography content delivered in new and better ways

Combining quality content, a “learning made visible” framework and an exciting new platform, Jacaranda provides new and better ways to dramatically improve teaching and learning. To meet the needs of all schools, the updated Jacaranda Geoactive NSW Ac series will be available in print and digital formats.

Jacaranda is introducing a brand new eBook powered by learnON, the immersive digital learning platform that replaces eBookPLUS in 2018. learnON transforms trusted Jacaranda content to make learning more visible, personalised and social. For teachers, learnON includes additional teacher resources such as quarantined questions and answers, curriculum grids and work programs—no separate eGuide purchase is required.

For customers not ready to make the transition to digital-only learning, the Jacaranda Geoactive NSW Ac series will be available as a familiar print textbook (published in 2016). The print editions also include an activation code for learnON so schools can take advantage of the benefits of both formats, and see how learnON makes it easy to start or progress their digital teaching and learning journey.

To complement the Jacaranda Geoactive NSW Ac series, myWorld Atlas is available for Years 7-10.

Content for the NSW Australian curriculum 7-10: Geography

The Jacaranda Geoactive NSW Ac series provides 100% coverage of the NSW Geography K–10 Syllabus.

Tools and inquiry skills


Includes Jacaranda SkillBuilder, the ultimate that develops students’ geographical skills in context of the content covered

Focus on fieldwork


Advice for data collection and using fieldwork instruments and techniques within the classroom, school or local environment

Teaching Programs


Teacher support including a BOSTES template Teaching Program for every chapter, advice, weblinks and Syllabus Outcomes links

Topographic maps


One full-page topographic map and associated exercises per topic enable students to develop essential mapping skills

Scaffolded worksheets


New worksheets for students with learning support needs (including Life Skills) with each worksheet mapped to a life skill outcome

Case studies and statistics


Brand new, up-to-date case studies written for the new curriculum, with links to additional case studies in the Jacaranda myWorld Atlas



The Fieldwork Inquiry and Geographical Inquiry ProjectPLUS develop students’ inquiry skills through collaborative learning

100s of digital resources


A comprehensive range of interactivities, videos, weblinks, extended writing tasks, online content and worksheets engage students

Smart design


Easy to follow layout carefully integrates content, visually stimulating images, outcomes and skills to simplify lesson planning for teachers

Jacaranda SkillBuilder

SkillBuilder is Jacaranda’s unique, comprehensive reference resource that sequentially develops students’ geographical skills. For every topic, two SkillBuilders progress learning through a Tell me, Show me, Let me do it sequence. Each lesson is supported by an engaging interactivity and video, which explain and model the steps for more than 70 geographical skills across the series.


    SkillBuilder content is easy and quick to navigate


    Each skill is clearly defined, its importance is explained and a model is provided


    A clear step-by-step recipe approach supported by a video to visually explain the process


    An opportunity to apply the skill, plus interactivities and questions to reinforce learning


    Interactivities support the application of the skill in an engaging way that enhances the learning experience


    Videos visually explain and model the steps in the process for each skill

Powered by the Jacaranda learnON platform

Starting in 2018, all core curriculum titles for the NSW Australian curriculum in Years 7-10 will be delivered by learnON, the new immersive digital learning platform from Jacaranda that replaces eBookPLUS in 2018.

Jacaranda learnON transforms trusted Jacaranda content to make learning more visible, personalised and social. It has been developed to achieve the highest level of digital sophistication, while supporting a wide range of users from the digital novice to the digital expert. That’s why every title delivered by learnON comes with printables (PDFs) of the reading content and activities, as well as the opportunity for teachers to unlock premium features for their classes. Find out how to unlock premium features at any time, at no additional cost.

All Jacaranda Geoactive NSW AC titles powered by learnON comes with these powerful features out-of-the-box:

Everything in the one place, from theory to media, questions, answers and more, creates a seamless learning experience

Videos and interactivities embedded within the reading content, at the point of learning, support and enhance learning

Students gain visibility into their own performance via a user-friendly dashboard and on-demand reports

Customisation features such as highlighting, notes and favourites personalise the learning experience

Students receive immediate feedback via worked solutions and questions that are automatically marked

Teachers gain visibility into student performance with continual access to all students’ activities and results

Premium feature

Teachers can intervene at the right time by providing immediate and personalised feedback to students

Premium feature

Collaboration enables a virtual classroom experience as students are connected to their teacher and peers

Premium feature

Premium customisation enables teachers to upload their own resources, create and assign assessments, and more

Premium feature

Want to demo the learnON platform for Geography?

Learning made visible

All titles delivered by learnON align with the Jacaranda “learning made visible” framework.

This evidence-based pedagogical framework has been carefully constructed to make learning visible to students, teachers, schools and parents. At Jacaranda, we believe that making learning visible ensures that no student is left behind and no student is held back.

All Jacaranda Geoactive NSW Ac titles delivered by learnON provide:

Diagnosis – pre-test (for)

learnON includes a pre-test to determine students’ proficiency before they begin a new topic of study

Learning goals

Taken directly from the curriculum, learnON includes clear goals outlining what students will learn in each topic

Practice (as)

learnON enables practice through the completion of questions and particular activities, directly in the learnON platform

Rich instruction

learnON includes theories, worked examples, videos, interactivities, discussions, activities, group work, investigations, practical tasks and more


In learnON, students receive feedback from a number of sources including the platform (via worked solutions and auto-marked questions), their teacher or peers


With visibility of students’ results, teachers can easily identify less abled and/or weak performing students in learnON and provide remedial exercises

Acceleration (Vertical)

Teachers can accelerate students in learnON, assigning work beyond the level they are enrolled in (for example, giving a Year 7 student Year 8 work)

Extension (Horizontal)

learnON enables teachers to extend individuals or groups of students, providing work beyond the curriculum, including their own material


learnON provides opportunities for offline and online collaboration, from the entire title level down to the subtopic and even specific content level

End of topic formal test (of)

Teachers can use the quarantined topic tests in learnON as summative assessments, to be completed online or used as offline printable tests

Evaluation – post-test (of)

Used in conjunction with the pre-test, learnON includes a post-test to measure students’ achievement and improvement through the topic


Jacaranda’s most trusted titles and resources in one high-value bundle.

Get these titles as part of the Jacaranda Bundle plus – a high quality digital learning package of 10+ engaging resources that comes with dedicated training and support, making it easy for schools to start or progress their digital learning journey.


Titles in the Jacaranda Geoactive NSW Ac series

Choose from two formats: digital only, or digital and print. 

  • learnON + print

    Title: Jacaranda Geoactive 1 NSW Ac Stage 4 4e learnON & Print
    ISBN: 9780730330325
    Author(s): Swanson, Gray, Bowden, Harrison, Govers and Newman
    Publish date: December 2016
    RRP: $94.95
    Year: 7 & 8
    Delivery: Student text including learnON


  • learnON

    Title: Jacaranda Geoactive 1 NSW Ac Stage 4 4e learnON
    ISBN: 9780730347569
    Author(s): Swanson, Gray, Bowden, Harrison, Govers and Newman
    Publish date: November 2017
    RRP: $69.95
    Year: 7 & 8
    Delivery: Activation code


Choose from two formats: digital only, or digital and print. 

  • learnON + Print

    Title: Jacaranda Geoactive 2 NSW Ac Stage 5 4e learnON & Print
    ISBN: 9780730330271
    Author(s): Swanson, Gray, Bowden, Harrison, Govers and Newman
    Publish date: December 2016
    RRP: $94.95
    Year: 9 & 10
    Delivery: Student text including learnON


  • learnON

    Title: Jacaranda Geoactive 2 NSW Ac Stage 5 4e learnON
    ISBN: 9780730347521
    Author(s): Swanson, Gray, Bowden, Harrison, Govers and Newman
    Publish date: November 2017
    RRP: $69.95
    Year: 9 & 10
    Delivery: Activation code



The Jacaranda Atlas celebrates 50 years with a brand new edition.

In 2017, Jacaranda is publishing the ninth edition of the iconic Jacaranda Atlas. For the first time, the hardcover atlas comes with a complimentary eBookPLUS so students and teachers get the best of both formats.


See the new Jacaranda Geoactive in action

Click the buttons on the menu to cycle through each feature:

Embedded videos

Videos are embedded at the point of learning to allow students to gain an overview of each topic

Integrated interactivities

Interactivities are embedded at the point of learning to deepen students’ understanding of key geographical concepts and processes

Visual glossary

Visual glossary links allow students to select a key geographical term to see the definition of the term and, where applicable, an image to help consolidate understanding of the term

Google Earth links

Google Earth links help students quickly and efficiently locate and interact with key places that are referenced in the text, from the Google Earth application

Interactive maps

Interactive maps allow students to manipulate map layers to help them identify and build up their understanding of geographic patterns, and create customised maps which can be saved as images

Interactive climate graphs

Interactive climate graphs allow students to compare and contrast climate graphs of places around the world with Australian capital cities


Discussion widgets mimic a typical classroom discussion, enabling teachers to pose a specific question or statement, and students to provide their view point and comment on others’ responses


Auto-marking of many questions means students receive immediate feedback, their progress is tracked and teachers save a considerable amount of time

Teacher feedback

Teachers can provide feedback to individual questions so students receive comments at the point of learning, and teachers can intervene at the right time


Interactive Geography atlas for Years 7-10

myWorld Atlas takes the content of the iconic printed Jacaranda Atlas online to bring Geography to life.


How to buy

The updated Jacaranda Geoactive 1 and 2 Stage 4 and Stage 5 NSW Ac 4e titles are available as a standalone purchase, as part of a value pack (combined with additional digital products) or as part of the Jacaranda Bundle plus (a package of 10+ premium digital resources) to suit the needs of all schools and individual parents.

Purchases can be made direct from Jacaranda or through a bookseller. Prices and options are outlined below:

Individual purchase Institutional license

Single titles
learnON + Print – $94.95
learnON – $69.95

Value packs
Pricing from $79.95

The Jacaranda Geoactive Stage 4 and Stage 5 NSW Ac titles are available as a standalone purchase, as part of a value pack or as part of the Jacaranda Bundle plus for Years 7-10. Bundle pricing from $110 per student.

Contact your Jacaranda Sales Consultant for more information.

How to purchase Purchase via the Jacaranda Shop. Payment is made over a secure connection. Contact your Jacaranda Sales Consultant for more information.
Digital license durations All digital resources (learnON, eBookPLUS and myWorld Atlas) are subscription-based products and expire at the end of the licence duration for your purchase. To understand the duration of your digital license, please click here.


Important information for print customers:
The textbooks come with an activation code for learnON (the new digital learning platform) and eBookPLUS. This means customers can choose to activate one or both codes, depending on the needs of the classroom.

To learn more about the features and benefits of learnON, including how to unlock premium features for free, click here.

Important information for second-hand customers:

If you are the second or third user of a learnON (or eBookPLUS) registration code, you will be given access to the Lite version of your title. To find out what Lite access means to a second-hand owner, and how to upgrade to the full version of learnON (or eBookPLUS), please click here.

To check the status of your registration code, please click here.

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