Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Primary Science

You don't need to be a Scientist to DO Science! 

Don't think you need to leave it to the experts for your students to learn about Science, there are lots of great PD opportunities & resources to support you in providing Science learning opportunities for our kids.

Check out this online PD from the Open Polytech - no fees! Register now for July's intake.

"The Graduate Certificate in Primary Science Teaching (Curriculum) takes the perspective that science can be fun. It encourages the learning of science by doing science and discusses the effectiveness with which science concepts and principles are embedded into learning experiences. Through the programme practising teachers will become more confident in their science knowledge, and their ability to design and deliver learning experiences that support and inspire students to investigate and understand science knowledge and concepts."

ScienScience Alivece Alive provides outreach programmes in the Christchurch area, they also have some great open source resources. 
Follow them on twitter @sciencealive

Science in a Van
Science in a Van also run outreach programmes, anywhere in NZ.
They have a fantastic blog site, and you can also follow them on twitter @Science_ina_Van 

Science Learning Hub'The Science Learning Hub is developed by educators and teachers in collaboration with New Zealand scientists to provide resources for teachers of students up to year 10.'
Hear what teachers have to say about how they use the Science Learning Hub to support them in the classroom. Twitter @NZScienceLearn 

There are a number of Science groups in the VLN Groups area. The following three seem to be the most subscribed, open and active:
Science VLN Groups

Digital technologies and future-oriented science education
Not forgetting Science Online @TKI. Linked from TKI are a series of papers developed from the questions raised here:
"The Chief Science Adviser raised some challenging questions in his  2011 report. The Ministry of Education responded by funding three new science education projects. His questions were:
  • How can we “engage and enthuse” more young New Zealanders in science?
  • Is the science we teach getting students ready to address serious questions we will all face in the future?
  • How might science education help New Zealand's development as a smart, innovative, knowledge-oriented country? "
Some interesting professional reading.

Lastly not forgetting the VLN Primary School as a way to collaborate and extend Science learning opportunities across our schools. Currently we are running a Day Time Astronomy class - we welcome schools and teachers who have expertise to share across our network.

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