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Pairing students & teachers in TPL for the win!

Written by Ben Newsome on July 31st, 2017.      0 comments

Shared experiences = accelerated learning!

The ability to see students interact with a lesson is often times the BEST way to see if a given lesson will actually work or not and lately we couldn't agree more! Recently we worked with Condell Park Public School in Sydney, who had gone to a massive effort to arrange teachers and students from surrounding schools to join us for a full day of Lego Robotics TPL. Find out how it went!

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Robot at Condell Park TPL session
Collaboration is the key!

Teaching Topics: edchat, education, robotics , scied , STEM, teaching

Podcast: Teaching STEM lessons using maritime history

Written by Ben Newsome on July 30th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 12 of the FizzicsEd podcast

From shipwrecks & salvage to ship engines and sails, the maritime heritage of every country affords a context that students of all ages can relate to. We chat with Anne Doran, an education officer at the Australian National Maritime Museum and find out how her background as a teacher librarian and gallery attendant has helped her craft marine science lessons that grab student’s imagination. From oceanography to exhibits on the evacuation of Pompeii, Australia’s premier maritime museum is certainly an interesting place to visit… let’s dive in!

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Anne Doran from Australian National Maritime Museum
Taking students on voyage of discovery!

Inspiring TEDTalks by kids... STEM in action!

Written by Ben Newsome on July 29th, 2017.      0 comments

Get inspired!

It's often the case that the best way to teach students is to have students teach other instead! When it comes to describing a scientist to kids, inevitably they think they have to be old (and sadly male too) where as the reality is that people from all walks of life can be a scientist with the right support. So, why not flip this thinking on its head and show students recordings of TED talks where kids are the creators of ideas? The following presentations were done by students no older than 15 years old... nothing like some role models you age to look up to :)

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Time for something awesome!

Teaching Topics: edchat, education , kids, STEM, teaching

Podcast: How virtual excursions enrich classroom teaching

Written by Ben Newsome on July 23rd, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 11 of the FizzicsEd podcast

No matter what topic your class is studying, you can connect your students with experts from around the globe in museums, science centers, zoos, aquariums and more using conferencing technology. Jan Zanetis, ISTE Board Director and the Executive Director for the Center for Interactive Learning & Collaboration discusses how schools are using this experiences to enrich their lessons as well the how the use of video has transformed the teaching landscape via flipped learning.

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Jan Zanetis, Managing Director for CILC and ISTE Board Member
Global learning made accessible!

Google takes you inside the International Space Station

Written by Ben Newsome on July 22nd, 2017.      0 comments

Explore to your hearts content!

Ever wondered just what it would be like to tour the International Space Station? Well, with Google Maps you can! Google has teamed up with NASA to create a tour of all the sections of the ISS! Using your mouse or fingers you can look around each module to your hearts content, zooming on interesting technology and reading about the history, origin and the use of each module.

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Inside the ISS Cupola February 2017 Image via Google Maps
Out of this world!


Essential components of a STEAM lesson

Written by Ben Newsome on July 20th, 2017.      0 comments

It all about the Engineering Design Process!

When it comes to teaching kids about the design process in the real works, nothing beats a STEAM lesson (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Mathematics all meshed together). Students love a project-based lesson where they can explore their creativity to solve challenges using materials in new and interesting ways. There are many ways to create a STEAM lesson, however, the best lessons often have a number of common components that make the students outcomes shine. Consider these steps as part of your next STEAM lesson planning!

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soldering circuits
Students getting creative!


Podcast: Teaching design thinking with Makers Empire

Written by Ben Newsome on July 17th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 10 of the FizzicsEd podcast

When it comes to design thinking, having students create 3D objects that solve a real-world problem is pretty close to a perfect lesson. In this talk with Mandi Dimitriadis from Makers Empire we discover just how far 3D printing has come (you can even print in chocolate!) plus the critical importance of project-based learning in allowing students to explore their own creativity.

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Mandi from Makers Empire
Teaching design thinking through 3D printing

What is an ISTE conference actually like?

Written by Ben Newsome on July 14th, 2017.      0 comments

Discover one of the largest teaching events on the planet

Ever wanted to find out the latest and greatest technology tools, tips & tricks that'll spice up your learning space? More importantly, would you rather discover this information from educators that are actually using the technology in their classroom? Perhaps joining the next ISTE conference might be for you? Over 20,000 educators can't be wrong!

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Sign: Powerful learning starts here
It certainly does :)

Teaching Topics: coding, edchat, edtech, edutech , events , teaching

Podcast: Combining science, sport & leadership with the GWS Giants

Written by Ben Newsome on July 11th, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 9 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Working with disadvantaged communities can be challenging yet incredibly rewarding. Meet Gavin Robertson, Ali Faraj and Emad Elkheir from the GWS Giants, a major football team who is not only kicking goals on the field but is also working tirelessly with schools, libraries, charities and more to unearth the biggest issues facing youth, families and the broader community in western Sydney. We discuss how the GIANTS care initiative is providing opportunities for students to discover leadership skills, goal setting and a love of learning through nutrition workshops, science shows, multicultural events and accelerator programs.

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GIANTS Care Initiative by GWS Giants
Working for western Sydney kids!

Podcast: How volunteering for museums opens doors & deepens knowledge

Written by Ben Newsome on July 3rd, 2017.      0 comments

Episode 8 of the FizzicsEd podcast

Getting a gig at a major science museum can be highly competitive. We chat with Karen Player, Manager for Museum Outreach at the Australian Museum, who began her museum career in 1998 when she began volunteering on the museum floor. Plus we look at what it was like as an early career science presenter and discuss her current work with the Museum in a Box program, delivering science outreach events as well as the highs & lows of teaching classes via video conferencing.

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Karen Player from Australian Museum

From volunteer to outreach extraordinaire!

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