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    SciCon 2016: Day one done and dusted

    11/07/2016

    Day one of SciCon 2016 passed by in a blur of workshops, informative lectures, networking and discussion among science educators at SciCon 2016.

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    Digital technology part of NZC at last

    07/07/2016

    The announcement that digital technology is to be formally integrated into the New Zealand Curriculum has been welcomed, although there are calls from the IT sector for more funding and for digital technology to be given its own learning subject area.

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    Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 - Term 3 workshops

    04/07/2016

    Across the country, the New Zealand Association of Science Educators (NZASE) is holding workshops on both Friday and Saturday mornings - to give principals and teachers flexibility about where and when they would like to attend, especially in cases where relief time is not possible.

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    Garden Bird survey underway

    28/06/2016

    The annual week-long Garden Bird Survey, run by Landcare Research, is on again this week.

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    New director for National Science Challenge 11 appointed

    21/06/2016

    Ruth Berry, who was previously interim Challenge Director, has been appointed to the role of Director of the National Science Challenge: Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities Cities: Ko ngā wā kāinga hei whakamahorahora.

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    PM's Science Prizes: Eureka moments

    20/06/2016

    The Prime Minister’s Science Prizes began in 2009 as a way of lifting the profile of science in New Zealand and those who excel in the field. Entries open for this year's iteration of the competition on 4 July. To get you inspired in the meantime, we asked 2015 Prime Minister’s Science Teacher Prize winner Tania Lineham for insight into what makes her classrooms tick.  

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    High stakes testing: add your voice

    13/06/2016

    University of Auckland postgraduate researcher Zoe Klomp is conducting research that could help us understand the effect that ‘high stakes testing’ - read NCEA - has on the choices you as a teacher make in the classroom, and how the pressures exerted by NCEA affect the way you teach. Complete the questionnaire and add your voice to this crucial research! Zoe explains her project:

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    Matariki: renewal and remembrance

    03/06/2016

    As we all head home for the long weekend, we look forward to a Monday off work, and the celebration of two big events: it’s the day we celebrate the Queen’s birthday, and it’s also Matariki, the beginning of the Māori new year. Sciencelearn.org.nz have plenty of great Matariki resources you and your class can access, to celebrate the occasion.

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    The really big picture: Kurzgesagt

    30/05/2016

    Looking for a way to introduce your class to some seriously big ideas? YouTube channel Kurzgesagt[https://www.youtube.com/user/Kurzgesagt] might be a great place to start.

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    The big one: progress made in earthquake forecasting

    24/05/2016

    New earthquake forecasting methods could help us prepare for the next big one, two Victoria University of Wellington academics say.

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