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Remote Science Learning
Science is a dynamic and exciting subject that involves plenty of hands-on practical activities. So, how will the Casey Grammar Science Department tackle remote teaching and learning to keep the spark alive?
Towards the end of Term One the Science Department have been very busy making every effort to support Casey Grammar students with remote learning resources via online programs. Year 7-10 students have the new Cambridge Science textbook and supporting digital resources. Students also have access to excellent electronic learning platforms such as Education Perfect, STILE and Edrolo. They are all very powerful learning tools that supplement learning through engagement and check for understand as students work their way through each module. Virtual and interactive laboratories are also being used.
Our laboratory technician Mr Paul Meehan has been making videos of experiments to support teachers deliver the Victorian Science curriculum. Many of our teachers have also been conducting live demonstrations for students to watch using Google Meet. The Head of the Science Department Mr Daniel Isgro has used Google Meet to broadcast ox heart and rat dissections online. He has also used plants and stud sheep from his farm in South Gippsland to explain the survival of organisms through adaptations to VCE Biology students.
Unfortunately all science excursions have been postponed and some science competitions will not be running this year (RACI Titration Stakes and ANCQ). However, students with a keen interest in Science will still have the opportunity participate in the Science Talent Search, Sleek Geek Science Eureka Prize and The Big Science Competition and many others. Students will be sent a SEQTA regarding these competitions very soon.
Furthermore, there are plans for some of our science staff to run an astronomy evening towards the end of Term 2 which will coincide with the Year 10 Universe unit. All Junior School and Senior School students and their families are welcome to participate using online videoconferencing (Google Meet) from home.
Remote teaching and learning may have its limitations. However, many positives are to be gained. It has opened many doors for our students and changed the way we teach science at Casey Grammar.