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News of November 2010

Being safe online with wickED

1/12/2010

The Hot Topic on wickED is about keeping safe online. The site has links to a number of websites which have information on learning how to use the Internet safely, and how to avoid or deal with any dangers. Students can go to these websites for good ideas to help keep them safe online.

Science: Thinking with evidence

30/11/2010

Find out about the new science test, Science: Thinking with evidence, that the science team from NZCER has been presenting to teachers around the country. This series of 4 multiple-choice standardized tests for students in Years 7 - 10 is designed to assess how well students use evidence to think about scientific contexts and issues. The tests identify some specific aspects of thinking in science rather than attempting to measure overall achievement. The test results will help teachers to make informed decisions about areas for future learning. Responses to frequently asked questions that arose at the presentations to teachers can be downloaded here.

Monthly updates: NZC Online

29/11/2010

Each month NZC Online brings you an email update with information, links, strategies, and schools’ stories on New Zealand Curriculum Online and Key Competencies Online. This month, for the end of 2010, they have produced a 'bumper' issue. Stories and resources include Exploring the principles at Green Island School, Marautanga learning community conversations, and NZC Update issue 3. To receive your copy of email updates, sign up here.

NZTA Education portal

28/11/2010

A new NZ Transport Agency website helps students make decisions about travelling to school safely.

Teaching and learning resources are based on an "inquiry roundabout", a 6-step action learning process to help students develop safe behaviours.

The Feet First Initiative has competitions and activities for students, and stories from schools around the country.

The Big Event is a new resource for 2011, and the Stay Safe section of the website has many more NZTA resources you can use to help promote road safety, including information sheets, printed resources, video, and links to other national and international road and rail safety materials.

Ever wondered?

24/11/2010

Explore past episodes from TVNZ 7's recent Ever wondered? programme which aimed to inspire Kiwi minds and spark curiosities about today's challenging scientific questions. These are now available via the Science Learning Hub, with each episode in several parts for focussed viewing along with additional notes, activities, and a transcript for each video.

Presented by Dr John Watt, these videos explore such diverse topics as the future of food, the science and technology of what we wear, urban air pollution, Kiwis in space, and more!

Fighting infection

23/11/2010

Exploring the immune system and infectious diseases

What’s going on inside us when we get sick? What do germs have to do with us getting sick? How does our body help us to get better? How does it fight infection? Find out about this and much more in Fighting Infection, the new context on the Science Learning Hub.

Student activities are a feature of this collection, along with a variety of resources that teachers can use including video and images.

Learn about rongoā Māori (medicines produced from native plants in New Zealand), find out how to extract DNA from a tomato, and learn how immune cells fight viral infection through playing a card game.

New Zealand Curriculum Update 3

22/11/2010

See the latest New Zealand Curriculum Update for an overview of the various English-medium instructional series published by Learning Media for the Ministry of Education, and the critical role of teachers in the use of the series. The instructional series are supplied free to schools and support learning across the New Zealand Curriculum. All series include student materials and teacher support materials, and many are accompanied by CDs providing additional audio support.

Software for Learning - Moodle

19/11/2010

Find out about the many possibilities for design and delivery of course content with Moodle's virtual online learning environment. This Software for Learning page has teacher support material and links to the Moodle Tool Guide for Teachers which helps new users of Moodle to select the right tool for the task.

Software for Learning - Open Source Software (OSS)

19/11/2010

Software for Learning has a new category for its software listings. Look out for the OSS symbol that tells you if software is Open Source. Find out about Audacity, Blender, Freemind, Gimp, Stellarium, and much more!

NCEA success with Studyit

19/11/2010

Studyit forums are always incredibly busy before and during the exams. The site had a record 9849 visitors on 14 November (the day before the start of exams), this was 2063 more than the previous best year..

Check out the discussions on the forums. Students may also want to look at the practical study and exam advice, and the exam timetable.


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