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VCE Science Professional Development Day

12 October 2015

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(The VCE Science Professional Development Day is fully booked.)

Ecolinc is offering a fantastic professional development opportunity for VCE teachers on Friday 4th December to learn more about the new VCE study designs in Year 11 in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Environmental Science in 2016. Maria James, Science Curriculum Manager at VCAA, will be the keynote speaker. Maria will provide an overview of the changes to the VCE study designs for Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science and Physics and discuss the implications of these changes for classroom teaching and assessment practices. In addition, Maria will lead a couple of workshops throughout the day about the use of posters in assessing extended investigations. Ecolinc will also lead a number of workshops outlining our VCE programs for 2016. Cost $80.00.

 

The Program

9.15am: Registration

9.30am: Keynote Presentation – Maria James VCAA

WHAT'S NEW WITH THE REVISED VCE SCIENCE STUDIES?

This session will provide an overview of changes to the VCE study designs for Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science and Physics. An interactive discussion session will provide opportunities for teachers to think about the implications of the changes for classroom teaching and assessment practices.  

10.45am:  Morning Tea

11.15am: Workshops:

Workshop 1A:  Maria James –  The use of posters in assessing Biology extended investigations

This hands-on session will enable participants to work with sample experimental data and images to discuss scientific poster construction. A sample rubric will be provided which participants will use to assess posters. Implementation issues associated with the use of scientific posters as a formative and summative assessment tool will also be discussed.

Workshop 1B: David Tait – What Ecolinc has to offer in Unit 1-4 Biology

Workshop 1C: Jacqui Slattery – What Ecolinc has to offer in Unit 1-4 Chemistry

Workshop 1D: Carolanne Glynne – What Ecolinc has to offer in Unit 1-4 Environmental Science

Workshop 1E: Anthony Fernando – What Ecolinc has to offer in Unit 1-2 Physics

12.30pm: Lunch

1.15pm: Workshops:

Workshop 2A: Maria James – The use of posters in assessing Chemistry extended investigations

This hands-on session will enable participants to work with sample experimental data and images to discuss scientific poster construction. A sample rubric will be provided which participants will use  to assess posters. Implementation issues associated with the use of scientific posters as a formative and summative assessment tool will also be discussed.

Workshop 2B: David Tait – What Ecolinc has to offer in Unit 1-4 Biology

Workshop 2C: Jacqui Slattery – What Ecolinc has to offer in Unit 1-4 Chemistry

Workshop 2D: Carolanne Glynne – What Ecolinc has to offer in Unit 1-4 Environmental Science

Workshop 2E: Anthony Fernando – How the Ecolinc field trip to Mount Rothwell supports students studying VCE Biology and/or Environmental Science

2.30pm: Plenary