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CrookED Science Newsletter Term 3 2015
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Dear Friends and Colleagues,
 
Welcome to the Term 3 CrookED Science newsletter. 

CrookED Science is a science and technology education consultancy working with primary and secondary schools, school systems, universities and organisations across Australia.

This newsletter brings you 7 items of news: 

Primary Science Meet Up

 


As part of the Sydney Science Festival, CrookED Science will be hosting a Primary Science Meet Up with the support of the University of Sydney School of Physics Outreach and STANSW (Science Teachers' Association of NSW). The event will be taking place on Friday 14th August from 6.30-8.30pm in the Slade Lecture Theatre at the School of Physics. The evening will consist of quick-fire presentations by primary educators around teaching K-6 Science & Technology. It will be a fantastic opportunity to network, share ideas and 'war' stories, or just soak it all in. Evening parking is only $2 per hour. Drinks and nibblies will be provided! 

Please do forward the details on to colleagues. The official website can be found at http://sydneyscience.com.au/event/primary-science-meet-up/. Please ask people to register at http://tinyurl.com/sydneyscience
 

Working Scientifically & Technologically


CrookED Science has just been endorsed via STANSW to deliver BOSTES accredited professional development courses. As such, we will be running Working Scientifically & Technologically: Primary science experiments in a primary school setting for the NSW Science & Technology K–6 Syllabus on Friday 2nd October at St Ambrose Primary School, Concord West.
 
This course is aimed at helping primary school teachers with Working Scientifically and Technologically. Participants will be learning, performing and assessing a variety of achievable and innovative K-6 science experiments in a primary school setting. We will be examining various methods of science pedagogy to facilitate student acquisition of experimental skills. We will also be exploring the nature of the NSW Science & Technology K–6 Syllabus, scientific literacy, resources and risk assessment. In addition, Working Technologically and the Technology substrands will be unpacked by looking at the variety of opportunities for cross-curricular integration in concert with Science.

Completing the course will contribute 5 hours of QTC Registered PD addressing 1.1.2; 3.3.2; 6.2.2; and 7.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.
Course Title: CrookED Science - Working Scientifically & Technologically: Primary science experiments in a primary school setting for the NSW Science & Technology K–6 Syllabus
Course Code: CrookEDSci
Session Code: CrookEDSci_021015

Places are limited! Please register at http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/working-scientifically-technologically-tickets-17903103665. Again, please forward these details on to any interested parties.

The Who’s Who in Education 2015 Hot List

In the inaugural edition of The Educator - Australia's first print magazine completely dedicated to the business of running a successful school, I was extremely flattered to be included in their 2015 Hot List of 'The Who's Who in Education'. There were some big hitters in the list (I was listed ahead of The Hon. Christopher Pyne MP and and The Hon. Adrian Piccoli MP ;-) A big thank you to all who nominated me and for the humbling citation.

CrookED Science On Tour

During Term 2 CrookED Science hit the road (well the air - but the driving map looks good :-) First off, we ran a two-day workshop in Yamba for all of the HSC physics teachers from the Lismore and Armidale CSOs. During NAIDOC Week I went to the beautiful community of Sacred Heart School Beagle Bay in the Kimberley. 
Whilst there we ran an eLearning day for students then developed a 5-year Science scope and sequence for the Y6-10 composite class with aboriginality embedded throughout, by definition. (Metropolitan schools please note - your fees pay for CrookED Science to work gratis in Beagle Bay - thank you!)
This was followed by presenting at the National Science Education Conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association (CONASTA) in Perth on The True Value and Future of Science Teachers. (Click on the image for the presentation). Finally, Term 3 began with workshopping TPACK, SAMR and GAFE at Hennessy College Young. 

In Print


As indicated in the previous newsletter, the fourth paper contributing to my PhD studies, A Comparison of Technology Use Between Biology and Physics Teachers in a 1:1 Laptop Environment, was published in Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education. Also in June, Five Challenges for Science in Australian Primary Schools, was published in The Conversation. It was well received, but with a restrictive word limit of 800, elements of the article proved to be a bit contentious. However, this did result in some robust discussion in the comments section.

Over the next few months a few more articles should be appearing, most notably in The Australian Educational Leader from ACEL and Science Education News from STANSW. 

30 Edu-Tweeters to Follow


Innovate My School recently blogged 30 edu-tweeters to follow: Australia and New Zealand. I was lucky enough to be included along with 29 other great ANZACs on Twitter. Can I recommend everyone makes a foray into Twitter - there is so much to learn by collaborating with other educators. You can find me at @simoncrook and the hashtags #CrookEDscience and #CrookEDscience4parents. Can I also recommend the list of people mentioned plus the hashtags #aussieED and #ozscied.

Best of Luck to HSC Physics Classes!


With the Trials finishing up and the HSC looming, CrookED Science would like to wish the best of luck to all of the schools and HSC Physics classes we are working with this year!

We hope Term 3 is going well for you. Do not hesitate to make contact regarding any elements of our work that may interest you. Please feel free to forward this email to any potentially interested parties and plug on social media.

Kind Regards,

Simon Crook
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