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  • Shelley Hersey 03 Mar 2014 11:18am () in 2014 Wetland Biodiversity field trip

    The Wetland Biodiversity field trip to Ō Tū Wharekai promises to be a fantastic learning experience for your students. LEARNZ will take your 2014 class aboard a jet boat from the ocean to the sea up the Rangitata Valley. Capture the excitement of exploring this unique environment and discovering aquatic invertebrates, fresh water fish, braided river birds, rare plants, skinks and geckos along the way. See how your class can get involved in their own conservation projects and discover the importance of maintaining New Zealand's biodiversity - enrol now

    Introduction to Wetland Biodiversity 2014 from LEARNZ on Vimeo.

  • Shelley Hersey 14 Aug 2013 12:17pm () in Useful New Zealand Science Websites

    Kia ora koutou, if you're looking for a website to help students write scientific reports try CAST Science Writer.

    This website provides a free tool that supports students in writing science or lab reports by guiding them through the process of drafting, revising and editing under appropriate sub-headings. It supports a variety of learning styles and abilities by offering sentence starters, text to speech and animated helpers.

  • Shelley Hersey 09 Aug 2013 11:50am () in Science in the New Zealand curriculum e-in-science

    Thanks for sharing this again Gerard, it highlights the opportunities to enhance student engagement in science through the use of technology and improve the way we incorporate the Nature of Science strand in our science teaching.

    We can move away from the expert model where the teacher has to know all and focus on fostering scientific skills and attitudes.

    It would be great if people could share some of their ideas and stories about e-learning and science and how we can make the Nature of Science more explicit in our classrooms.

  • Shelley Hersey 06 Aug 2013 10:36am () in Science in the New Zealand curriculum e-in-science

    Thanks for sharing this Gerard, it makes for interesting reading and a great reminder of the opportunities to meaningfully use digital technologies to engage students and enhance learning, particularly in science. I wonder if you would also be able to share this in the VLN Science a Blended e-Learning Approach group?

    You comment that these reports have led to reflection in your own curriculum area, I'm really interested to know more about this. I would love to hear about what you're doing differently now and what impact it has had?

  • Shelley Hersey 29 Jul 2013 12:18pm () in Useful New Zealand Science Websites

    Thanks Catriona and Jennie for sharing these great websites.

    At the moment people may be interested in the GNS Science learning centre if they are looking at earthquakes. This site has fantastic videos, unit plans, photos, links and information on all things geological.

    There is also a hot topics section currently investigating the Cook Strait earthquakes sequence - remember knowledge and understanding can empower us even when it comes to the unpredictable nature of earthquakes.

  • Shelley Hersey 26 Jul 2013 5:28pm () in Useful New Zealand Science Websites

    Have you seen the new New Zealand Science Teacher website that has recently gone online. This site has been created by NZASE (New Zealand Association of Science Educators) and provides a veritable feast of information on everything you wanted to know about science and science education.

    The website is updated weekly with the latest news, opinion, videos, and articles relevant to science education in New Zealand. Although you need to be an NZASE member to view some content there is still a lot to inspire any teacher. Have a browse and let us know what you think.

    Do you have any other favourite science websites that you use in your classroom? It would be fantastic if you could share these here.

  • Shelley Hersey 26 Jul 2013 5:07pm () in Science Fair.

    Hi Catriona, what a great idea, thanks for sharing and I agree. I think we need to look beyond the traditional science fair project and think about what we are really trying to achieve with Science Fairs. Yes these investigations allow students to follow a set scientific process in much the same way as scientists throughout the world do. But just think how much more motivated some students would be if they were encouraged to create videos, use time lapse, create photo collages, and digitise their log books. It's all about capturing that awe and wonder that is such an inherent part of any good science programme.