UniServe Science News Volume 18 October 2001


UniServe Science at CONASTA 50

CONASTA, the annual conference of the Australian Science Teachers Association, was held at The University of Sydney in July 2001 and was attended by 400 Australian and international science teachers, educators, and communicators. The theme for CONASTA 50 was Enriching Science Education - a golden opportunity.

UniServe Science was involved with four presentations during the five-day conference.

Virtual Experiences and the NSW Stage 6 Science Syllabuses - this was a 'Here's How I Do It' talk and demonstration of a recently developed virtual field trip to Kiama. This session was presented by Kaye Placing and Anne Fernandez and was repeated three times with groups of about 20 in each. The feedback was very positive and some useful contacts were made with people who are doing similar projects. This demonstration was supported by a paper in the conference proceedings (

UniServe Science: Web-based Resources for Science Teaching - this hands-on workshop was a 'walk through' of the secondary teachers' section of our web site by Anne Fernandez and Kaye Placing. At least half of the people (about 12) who attended this workshop were from interstate but many commented on aspects of the site that would be useful in their teaching, e.g. alternative strategies in science teaching and assessment. Although many of the NSW attendees were already aware of UniServe Science, they were pleased to have some time to explore the site making use of the fast web access provided by The University of Sydney. This demonstration was supported by a paper in the conference proceedings (

Strategies for Teaching Science with an Emphasis on the Use of IT - a poster session by Anne Fernandez and Kaye Placing. Feedback on the poster (both content and presentation) was very positive from those who took the opportunity to view the poster and make contact with us. Comments from other states would indicate that UniServe Science is quite unique in what it offers secondary teachers.

From Information Technology in Biology Teaching to Inspirational Technology: Where have we come from and where are we going? a symposium by Charlotte Taylor and Mary Peat, School of Biological Sciences and Anne Fernandez, UniServe Science. This symposium was presented, on the day, by Charlotte Taylor, and was very enthusiastically received. This symposium was supported by a refereed paper in the conference proceedings (
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