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Resources for teachers interested in science, technology and mathematics

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  • Video Gallery:Technology Online now has a video gallery. Video content is being developed for many sections of the site, but this gallery will give you another way to find the videos. 

  • The School Journal and the technology curriculum: The recent School Journal article “Pōhā: A Clever Way of Storing Food” includes rich technology content. You can find a summary of the article and links to the technology curriculum at Technology in the School Journal and Connected.

  • Food technology events: Check The New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology Inc for updates on happenings in the food technology community. 

  • Engaging with technological products: Videos  sharing  the way conceptual understandings, hands-on experiences, and the students own technological practice are linked within technology teaching and learning at St John’s College.

  • Planning for Practice: Developing understandings of planning for practice, including Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP),in  the context of Batch production in food practical Y10 classes.

  • Maths explains how lobsters swim: Scientists have uncovered how crustaceans co-ordinate their curious Mexican wave-style swimming movement.

  • MoneyWeek 2014 . October 13–19, the first week of term four. It is a nationwide week of events to motivate Kiwis to look at their financial situation. Financial literacy is an important life skill and part of the New Zealand Curriculum. MoneyWeek is a great time to get your students and school community thinking and talking about money matters. For dynamic tools and resources for the classroom to help schools participate, check out the MoneyWeek website .

  • Staying Safe OnlineCybersafety tipsfrom NZ’s leading online companies is a booklet that has been developed by NetSafe in association with several major online content providers including Facebook, YouTube, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Trade Me, and Twitte. There  practical tips for reducing risk and encouraging safety, to ensure all New Zealanders can use the internet in a positive way. The booklet has been sent out to all schools and is available for download from the NetSafe website. Further digital citizenship resources on Enabling e-Learning:Digital citizenship and cybersafety in schools  and  Digital citizenship modules

  • From thew Biotech Lerarnjng HubForget the bad times: potential drug for PTSD

  • Decoding caffeine: At last, the coffee genome has been sequenced, shedding light on genes responsible for the kick, flavour and aroma of the ever-popular beverage.

  • Hands-On Science Week: This is a week packed with learning opportunities for science-loving teenagers at the University of Otago in Dunedin. The goal of Hands-On Science is to demonstrate, in a friendly and interactive environment, some of the activities that scientists are involved in and to encourage talented young New Zealanders to consider science as a career. It is aimed at senior secondary students and places book out quick.For more information, go to the Hands-on science website.  Registration closes on 17 October 2014.

  • GNS Science Outreach Map :GNS Science is continually adding non specialist geoscience information to their website ,their social media and their YouTube video channel.They have just geolocated some of this material to make it easier to find content related to particular places in New Zealand.  Check out the new GNS Science Outreach Map.There are lots of placemarks on it, so use the side menu to switch layers off or on,or to change the style of the base map . GNS will be adding more layers and content soon

  • Modelling: Making things. For example  students  can make aluminum boats and can power them with a variety of propulsion systems. 

  • Hot or Not? Investigating how latitude affects the amount of solar radiation received.

  • Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) provides resources on climate and energy literacy for the classroom on their searchable portal of online learning activities, videos, and visualizations.

  • Conservation Week 2014: 1-9 November:There’s an amazing world right on your doorstep waiting to be explored. New Zealand is full of great places and hidden treasures. This year’s theme isDiscover the world where you live’and it’s about getting out and enjoying your local treasures. These are the local campsites, scenic reserves, wetlands, forests, walking tracks and other areas that have conservation values that can be found right on your doorstep. (Why not incorporate an environmental science CREST investigation?)

  • Experience Agriculture Day :Do you know of a Y12 or 13 student  interested in studying agriculture? They are invited to visit  Massey University (Palmerston North) for a  free, interactive, hands-on day, 7 October. Teachers; the Get ahead  website showcases careers in agriculture. 

  • Problem Solving professional learning community(New): Problems at NZC levels 1, 2 and 3 will be posted each month for discussion on nzmaths. There is also a thread where you can share good problems that you have used, and a thread for general discussion about problem solving.

  • Science-themed music videos boost scientific literacy:Research has shown that music can reduce stress and increase student engagement in the learning process.Check out this database of 7,000 + songs about science and math.  SingAboutScience.org now has Teachers can type in a topic and find music relevant to what they are teaching.

  • Science Teaching Leadership Programme: Opportunities for nominated primary teachers and secondary science teachers to work with science organisations and lead science in their schools. The newly developed Science Teaching Leadership Programme supports the Government’s strategic direction for Science and Society by providing opportunities for teachers of science for years 1 – 10 to develop leadership skills and enhance the teaching of science within school communities. This initiative requires an agreement from the school or science department to make science a priority learning and development for a year following the nominated teacher’s return to school. Applications are now open for terms 1 and 2, 2015.

  • TRCC Courses:  2014 September-December courses
  •  Renewable Energy:2014 Hochstetter Lecture Tour  is underway: ‘New Zealand’s renewable geothermal resources’. The Geoscience Society of New Zealand’s 2014 Hochstetter Lecturer, Chris Bromley from GNS Science, will be giving talks around the country with support from branches of the Royal Society of New Zealand:Canterbury10 September; Otago 11 September

  • The Airport! This LEARNZ field trip starts 9 September.Enrol in LEARNZ field trips now. LEARNZ will be offering a number of sessions during the Connected Educator Month. The first is a live PD webinar planned for  9 October at 4pm .The session will use the Antarctica - Cool Science in action field trip in Term 4 to help you get started with LEARNZ, to help you get more out of LEARNZ and to help you integrate science into your classroom practice.

  • Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarships:The Ngārimu VC and 28th (Māori) Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board is now accepting applications from students of Māori descent intending to undertake tertiary education in 2015. Information and application forms for the scholarships are available on the Ministry of Education website or by emailing ngarimu.scholarship@minedu.govt.nz.  Applications close 24 September.

  •  Ten by Ten: Healing Wounds.  25 September, Wanaka. Visit our website for full details of the 2014 Ten by Ten talks celebrating 20 years of the Marsden Fund.

  • Connected Educator month (October): Anyone can lurk or contribute to the myriad of education opportunities in Connected Educator month 

  • Discover Computing: A fun, hands-on workshop for Year 12 and 13 students. Massey University is running a free interactive, hands-on workshop to find out what information science is all about! 2 October

  • Realise the Dream 2014Realise the Dream is for secondary school students who have undertaken an excellent piece of scientific research, technological development or electrical/computer science/engineering project. This piece of work needs to be nominated by a teacher or by a regional science or technology fair, and can come from a CREST or Brightsparks programme. Nominations close 6 October.
  • ULearn 2014:  8-10 October, Rotorua

  • Future-oriented science conference: NZCER is running a future-oriented science conference, 21 October. This one-day conference will draw on recent NZ research findings on the teaching and learning of science and highlight examples of innovative practice. This conference aims to make a contribution to practice, policy and research. Email workshops@nzcer.org.nz with “Science” in the subject line to be added to a list for email updates. Registrations are now open.

  • Ignited: Gifted Education in Action. 14-15 November, Nelson. This conference will showcase international and national research, paper presentations and innovative workshops.

  • ISLP poster competition: The 2014-15 International Statistical Literacy Project Poster competition is underway! Winners of the national competition will be displayed at the World Statistics Congress in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2015 and be entered into the international competition. You can register your school to enter by sending an email to emma.mawby@stats.govt.nz  Entries can be sent to the same address any time before the closing date of 16th December 2014. A school can submit more than one poster to the New Zealand competition. It is important to note that posters are only eligible for the competition if they are created by a group of 2 or 3 students. More information about the ISLP poster competition can be found here .



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