[JnrSci4Schools] Term 1 2008 Update
BioSciCH at mail.usyd.edu.au
Wed Feb 6 10:06:12 EST 2008
Dear Science Teachers
Apologies for cross postings
Welcome back to a new year
2007/2008 International Polar Year
2008 International Year of Planet Earth (UNESCO)
Theme for National Science Week 2008 (16 - 24
August) - Planet of Earth - Planet of Change
New section on the UniServe Science web site
We have just started a new section within the
Additional Resources, Teaching Resources
which identifies sites that are rich in
multimedia resources that can be used in the
classroom and we will sieved through the
resources to identify individual resources that fit the NSW syllabuses.
The first such web site is Teachers Domain:
Multimedia Resources for the Classroom and
Professional Development which can be found at
From WGBH Educational Foundation, which
integrate QuickTime movies, Flash Interactives,
diagram and photos, and background information in
pdfs, which can be accessed through the web site.
Many of the QuickTime movies can be downloaded
and saved locally for classroom use. Many of the
resources have been developed by Nova, PBS and
ZOOM (Children's program). The site contains
valuable resources for Junior Science in particular.
With 2007 and 2008 being the International Polar
Year, Teachers Domain has just released a new
feature on there web site. The Polar Sciences
Collection can be found at
New websites for Junior Science (Earth Science)
Your Planet Earth
Your Planet Earth was launched in
2007-8 as a part of the UNESCO International Year
of Planet Earth (2008). It is a programme
developed by the Geologists Association, in
association with the Geological Society of
London, and the Earth Science Education Unit.
The talks have been initially
prepared for the 14-15 age group, but will soon
make versions suitable also for the 8-9 age group as well
These are five ppt shows about
Dinosaurs, Global change, Interior of the Earth,
Geohazards, Volcanoes and another 5 or 6 topics will be added.
is easy to remember: 4567 Myr is the age of the
Earth (more or less!) The images are all in the public domain.
Each talk has a commentary/script built
in, both as separate lecture notes and
within the ppt presentation, so you can use the talks with confidence
Talks are supplemented with exercises, including suggested answers.
Earth and Beyond modules from Astronomy WA
While these resources have been developed for the
Western Australian curriculum, there are many
valuable resources for teaching Astronomy at various levels.
Great Moments in Science with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki
You've heard him on the radio, seen him on TV and
no doubt poured over one of his many books.
Now come and see The University of Sydney's
Julius Sumner Fellow, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki LIVE!
Catch Dr Karl's "Great Moments in Science" talk.
Excellent for motivating students about science!
Students who attend the talks have a great time,
and their teachers are blown away by the
excitement and enthusiasm inspired in their students.
For further information about Dr Karl, his many
achievements and adventures please visit;
This year Dr Karl will be giving his "Great
Moments in Science" talk on three dates;
Wednesday 26 March 2008
Wednesday 11 June 2008
Monday 3 November 2008
Time: 11:30am - 12:30pm
Dr Karl's talks are hugely popular, so we
recommend booking early to secure your place.
If you are interested in booking into a Dr Karl talk, please contact:
Phone: (02) 9351 5268
Fax: (02) 9351 4846
Email: <mailto:alliance at science.usyd.edu.au>alliance at science.usyd.edu.au
Educational Technologist, UniServe Science - Science Clearinghouse
Carslaw Building (F07), The University of Sydney, NSW 2006
BioSciCH at mail.usyd.edu.au
Tel: +61 2 9351 2960 Fax: +61 2 9351 2175
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