Strategies for Science Teaching and Assessment

Virtual Field Trips Case Studies Problem Based Learning
Role Play Mysteries Posters
WebQuests CyberGuides Mini-conferences
Plays Concept Maps and Future Wheels Predict Observe Explain (POE)
Five Es Vee Diagrams Portfolios
Oral Presentations Multimedia Presentations Collaborative Work
Creating Board Games    


Black Holes: Gravity's Relentless Pull

Virtual Trips to Black Holes and Neutron Stars

Virtual Field Trip: Supporting Geological Exploration Throughout the World - virtual field trip to Shark Bay and the Pilbara, Western Australia, from NASA in collaboration with the Macquarie University, the Australian Centre for Astrobiology and the ICT Innovations Center at Macquarie University

Virtual Field Trip - Kiama, NSW - prepared by UniServe Science as an example of a local area study

Big Bend National Park - Virtual Field Trip, from Texas Christian University

Virtual field trip in Hawaii

Marine Virtual Explorer - from Stanford University

Ecosystem at Risk Virtual Fieldtrip - Minnamurra Rainforest, from HSC Online, Charles Sturt University

Towra Point Mangrove Excursion - from the School of Biological Sciences, The University of Sydney

Virtual mangrove fieldtrip - produced by Jane West, OTEN

Geology Field Excursions: Introduction - from the Department of Geology and Geophysics, University of Edinburgh

Kioloa Virtual Field Area - from Australian National University

Geology of the Smith River: A Virtual Trip Through The Josephine Ophiolite - from College of the Redwoods, Eureka

A Virtual Field Trip to the Stone Forest, Kunming, Republic of China - from John Butler


Virtual Field Trips - these Virtual Field Trips are partnerships between two or more classes .... run by oz-TeacherNet.

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Case Method Teaching - from The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, State University of New York at Buffalo

Critical Thinking in Biology: Case Problems - A Guide for Instructorsl

The Day They Turned the Falls On: The Invention of the Universal Electrical Power System - from National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science at University of Buffalo

The Zoom Lens: A Case Study in Geometrical Optics - from National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science at University of Buffalo

Lost in Space: A case Study in engineering Problem-Solving - from National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science at University of Buffalo

Your Genes, Your Choice - 7 case studies involving genetic engineering.

Regional Perspectives in Ecology and Environmental SCIENCE - case studies from McGraw Hill

Case Studies in Science - from The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, State University of New York at Buffalo

Other Case Study Sites on the World Wide Web - from The National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, State University of New York at Buffalo

UCLA Statistics Case Studies - includes some relating to science such as Did Mendel Fudge his Data? from UCLA Department of Statistics

Handbook of Engaged Learning Projects - classroom projects that have been designed by K-12 teachers to demonstrate engaged learning and effective use of technology. (not all science buta good range for all levels)

Secondary School Materials: Case Studies - from Global Education, Australian Aid Progarm

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The Minimum Essential for Problem-based Learning and Generic Problem-based Learning Essentials - from the Problem Based Learning Initiative, Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine

What is PBL? - from the Center for Problem Based Learning at Illinois Science and Mathematics Academy

Problem-based Learning, especially in the context of large classes - from Chemical Engineering at McMaster University

Sample PBL Problems - Problem-Based Learning at the University of Delaware

Problem-based Learning in Biology with 20 Case Examples

Critical Thinking in Biology: Case Problems

Problem detail: A Bad Day for Sandy Dayton - a physics problem solving sample activity from the Problem Based Learning Clearinghouse at the University of Delaware

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Role-Play/Simulation: Groundwater Contanimation - from EDC's Center for Science Education

Role-Playing Exercises - from Science Education Resource Centre, Carleton College

Teaching Method: Role Play - from University of Saskatchewan

Hitting the Issues Head On: Using Role Play in Science Education - an article in pdf available from ERIC Digest

DECISIONS, DECISIONS! - A Genetics Role-playing Activity - from AccessExcellence

Rainforests of Madagascar: Role Playing and Decision Making - from Access Excellence

The calicivirus controversy: a role play - within the Australian Academy of Science NOVA activity: A plague on the pest - rabbit calicivirus disease and biological control

Darwin/Lamarck Court Case - at AccessExcellence

Life as a Lizard Unit and Role Playing Game - from Tree of Life web project

Demands on the Land - role play activity of wild horse culling and/or relocation, Environmental Education Resource from Bureau of Land Management

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Murder under the Microscope - an online environmental game for school students in years 5 to 10, typically children aged 9 to 14 years.

The Mystery Spot - at AccessExcellence

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Using Posters in Case Studies: The Scientific Poster as a Teaching Tool - from State University of New York at Buffalo - aimed at tertiray level but ideas easily adaptable for other levels.

Guidelines for Designing and Writing a Scientific Poster - U.S. Department of Energy

How to Make a Great Poster - an Educational Resource from American Society of Plant Physiologists

The Class Poster Conference as a Teaching Tool - from North Carolina State University

Poster Presentation of Research Work - from the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering,University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Designing Effective Poster Presentations - Biological Sciences in the Science and Engineering Library, University of Buffalo

Developing a Poster Presentation - from University of Kansas Medical Center

How to Write a Scientific Poster - from The American Physiological Society

How Do You Prepare a Research Poster? - from The American Physiological Society

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oz-WebQuests - from Oz-TeacherNet

The WebQuest Page - original site for WebQuests by Bernie Dodge and Tom March - including articles about WebQuest for Learning from Everything WebQuest! from Tom March, a founder of WebQuests

WebQuests, On-line Research Modules and Other Web-Resourced Learning Activities - from oz-WebQuest, Oz-TeachersNet

The following are a series of Webquests developed by UniServe Science

Managing Australia's Biodiversity -developed for Science Week 2001

It's Just a Theory - the Theory of Plate Tectonics

Australia's Megafauna - on Australia's megafauna and possible causes for its extinction

Our Indigenous Garden - a WebQuest developed by UniServe Science

Black Smokers - on hydrothermal vents

Oz Volcanoes on recent volcanic activity in Australia

Australian Landforms -exploring the formation of the Australian Landscape

Hunt for Space Communication

Space Travel and Communication


Semiconductors and Modern Living

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CyberGuides are supplementary, standards-based, web-delivered units of instruction centered on core works of literature.


Hill of Fire - a cyberguide on volcanoes from San Diego County Office of Education

TrackStar TrackStar is your starting point for online lessons and activities. Simply collect Web sites, enter them into TrackStar, add annotations for your students, and you have an interactive, online lesson called a Track. Create your own Track or use one of the hundreds of thousands already made by other educators.

Having a Ball with Chemistry A directory of online resources created for National Science Week 2008 (America), for all levels



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Mini-Symposium on Genetic Disorders - at AccessExcellence

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Matters of the Heart - at A Science Odyssey, "Matters of the Heart" is a fascinating drama about the effects of changes in medicine and technology on one twentieth-century family

CLOCKWORK - hands on for habitat - a self directed, theatre based education package about biological diversity

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The following resources suggest ways in which Concept Maps can be introduced and utilised in the classroom

A Picture is Worth ... a Thousand Words: Graphical Organizers as Thinking Technology - an article in From Now On (The Educational Technology Journal) - how to use

Concept- or mind-mapping for learning - from Study Guides and Strategies

Learning Resources: Mind Mapping - JCU Study Skills Online, James Cook University

The Graphic Organizer - then select Index - Graphic Organizers from the left hand menu

Graphic Organizers - from Houghton Mifflin Eduplace (aimed at lower stages)

Inspiration: The Power of Visual Learning - software package for creating concept maps, with link to examples of science based concept maps

Concept Maps - from Quantum Science Across Disciplines, Boston University (Examples: Atoms/Orbitals Concept Map; Covalent Bond Concept Map; Molecular Orbitals; and Quantum Science Bio Mindmap)

The Concept Mapping Homepage - What is Concept Mapping?, examples and software available, from University of Twente

Concept Mapping and Curriculum Design - from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

WebMap: Concept Mapping on the Web - from University of Calgary

Free downloadable software to create Concept Maps is readily available on the Web. Some that we have found include


IHMC Cmap Tools - from IHMC Cmap Tools - downloadable software


VUE - from Tufts University, registration and login required

The following include examples of Concept Maps used in scientific contexts

HyperPhysics - physics content presented as a series of concept maps with links to further content, from Georgia State University

Concept map - includes several Biology examples, from Chinese University of Hong Kong


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Teaching Method: Predict Observe Explain - from University of Saskatchewan

Interactions, Issue 8, May 1995 - Using POEs for Assessment - the newsletter of SciencePlus Teachers Network - example for density/floating

Predict-Observe-Explain (POE) Science eTasks - from University of Technology, Sydney - many examples fro a range of Stages and disciplines

Predict-Observe-Explain eShell - from Learning Designs, University of Wollongong - examples plus template

A New Tool for Creating Predict-Observe-Explain Tasks Using Multimedia - from Matthew Kearney, UTS

Interactive Teaching Resources for Thermal Physics Available on the Web - an article published in UniServe Science News

Experiential Science: An "Experience First" Approach to Teaching and Learning Science -an Action Research report prepared at the Faculty of Education, Queen's University

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Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, Evaluate (Five Es)

Constructivism and the Five E's - from Miami Museum of Science

The 5Es - from Afterschool Training Toolkit, Southwestern Educational Development Laboratory

Online Courses for Teachers: Teaching Evolution - excellent examples of using the Five Es in a teaching unit, from PBS Online

Open Wide and Trek Inside - teaching module for Stages 1 & 2 from National Institute of Health which uses the 5e model

5Es teaching and learning model - from Primary Connections, Australian Academy of Science

Guidelines for Developing Inquiry -Approach Classroom/Lab Activities - MS Word file, from The American Physiological Society

The pH Factor - an example of a science topic using the Five Es, from Miami Museum of Science

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The Unfolding Vee - from University of Victoria

How Pathfinder Science Projects are Designed - from Pathfinder Science

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Student Portfolios: Classroom Uses - Education Consumer Guide, Office of Research

An Introduction to Science Portfolios - from Access Excellence

THE USE OF PORTFOLIO ASSESSMENT IN EVALUATION - from CyberNet Evaluation, University of Arizona

Portfolio Assessment - from Prince George's County Public School

Portfolio Assessment: Design and Implementation - free 7 day trial then registration is required to access this site

Portfolio-Based Assessment - from Prentice Hall School Professional Development

Rubrics - for Portfolios

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Preparing Effective Oral Presentations - from University of Kansas Medical Center

Effective Presentations - from University of Kansas Medical Center

Oral Presentation Rubric - from Prentice Hall School Professional Development

Making Effective Oral Presentations - from Northeastern University College of Business Administration

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Presentation Rubric - from North Carolina State University

PowerPoint Rubric - from University of Northern Iowa

Rubric for Multimedia Presentation PowerPoint - from Germantown Academy

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Technologies for Active Learning - from Tufts University (pdf 158kB)

Collaboration Rubric - from San Diego County Office of Education

Online Self and Peer Evaluation for Group-work - from North Dakota State University

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First Steps in Board Game Design - from EdWeb, San Diego State University

Outbreak! Making Board Games About Drug-Resistant Bacteria and Antibiotics - Daily Lesson Plan from New York Times

The follosing are some boards games created by students at San Diego State University

What's the Matter - chemistry board game created by participants in above course

Calorific Consequences - an origin game created by participants in above course

Who's eating Who - food web board game

Game Boards - from Jefferson County School Board, has templates and ready made games for stimulus

Human Body Board Game - a lesson idea from education World

The Clean Scene - Board Game - from North Carolina Division of Pollution Prevention and Environmental Assistance

Rocky's Time Machine Board Game - from Jurassic Coast, Dorset and East Devon World Heritage Site

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