Engaging the "digital natives”
Vic Dobos
CEO
Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA)
PISA report finds Australian teenagers
education worse than 10 years ago
A study by the Australian Academy of Science
show...
CONTEXT
National Discussion is happening.
• Teacher quality
• NAPLAN
• National curriculum
• IB v State
• PISA 2012 Report...
CONTEXT
CONTEXT
Students in Australia
CONTEXT
Students in Australia
SOME CHARACTERISTICS
• Tech Savvy
• Prematurely mature
• Pampered
• Empowered
• Risk Averse
...
CHALLENGE
HOW TO ENGAGE AND
STIMULATE STUDENTS IN A
CLASSROOM CONTEXT?
HOW TO FOSTER INTEREST IN
SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY,
ENIG...
IT’s Science WEEK
Todd Sampson Talks Science
Simple Message
1. Why he loves Science
2. What excites him about Science
3. H...
ASTA Initiatives
National Science Teacher Summer School
Recognition that teachers are a key agent of change
Supports:
• Pr...
ASTA Initiatives
National Science Teacher Summer School
“The NSTSS nurtures the ‘science’ half of ‘science
teachers’, but ...
ASTA Initiatives
National Science Teacher Summer School
Feedback
“This is such a unique opportunity for science teachers f...
ASTA Initiatives
National Science Teacher Summer School
Feedback
ASTA Initiatives
Making Engineered Quantum Systems RELEVANT
• EQuS - 1/12 Centres in 2011*
• Science to Engineering
• Worl...
ASTA Initiatives
Making Engineered Quantum Systems RELEVANT
Flexible quantum control toolkit – trapped ions
Semiconductor ...
ASTA Initiatives
Making Engineered Quantum Systems RELEVANT
AWARENESS
• Keynote
• Information Sheets
INTEREST
• NSTSS
• Wo...
ASTA Initiatives
Science ASSIST
Project Elements
1 Support and advice for teachers of science
1 Practical science teaching...
ASTA Initiatives
ASTA Initiatives
ASTA Initiatives
ASTA Initiatives
Priority issues for school laboratory technicians and
teachers of science
ASTA Initiatives
Priority issues for school laboratory technicians and
teachers of science
ASTA Initiatives
Vic Dobos - Australian Science Teachers Association -  Advancing the quality of science teaching
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Vic Dobos delivered the presentation at the 2014 STEM Conference.

The STEM Education Conference in 2014 looked not only at some of the key advantages and critical gaps in STEM education but also explore the policy and strategy settings that can enable participation and quality learning of STEM.

For more information about the event, please visit: http://bit.ly/STEMConf2014

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Vic Dobos - Australian Science Teachers Association - Advancing the quality of science teaching

  1. 1. Engaging the "digital natives” Vic Dobos CEO Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA)
  2. 2. PISA report finds Australian teenagers education worse than 10 years ago A study by the Australian Academy of Science shows Australian high school students have abandoned science in a big way in the past couple of decades. Have we 'mistaken the symptom for the problem'?*: Exploring issues of early career teacher retention and attrition Class size, Gonski and schools funding: what are the facts?
  3. 3. CONTEXT National Discussion is happening. • Teacher quality • NAPLAN • National curriculum • IB v State • PISA 2012 Report • Class sizes • STEM • Teacher attrition rates • Science literacy • School funding • Tertiary enrolments in Math's and Science • Employment ready – 21st century skills • Equity • Jobs – where are they
  4. 4. CONTEXT
  5. 5. CONTEXT Students in Australia
  6. 6. CONTEXT Students in Australia SOME CHARACTERISTICS • Tech Savvy • Prematurely mature • Pampered • Empowered • Risk Averse • Protected
  7. 7. CHALLENGE HOW TO ENGAGE AND STIMULATE STUDENTS IN A CLASSROOM CONTEXT? HOW TO FOSTER INTEREST IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENIGINEERING AND MATHS? HOW DO WE OFFER STUDENTS EXPERIENCES THAT DEFINE CAREER CHOICES? In this context: • Budget challenges • Curriculum implementation • Student disengagement • Rapidly evolving technology • Ageing teacher demographic + • Unique student cohort
  8. 8. IT’s Science WEEK Todd Sampson Talks Science Simple Message 1. Why he loves Science 2. What excites him about Science 3. How to change the perception of Science 4. Rebranding Science 5. NO interest in Science – INTEREST in Lives RELEVANCE – making it real
  9. 9. ASTA Initiatives National Science Teacher Summer School Recognition that teachers are a key agent of change Supports: • Professional learning – pedagogical content knowledge • Confidence – lack disciplinary background • Support teaching - Array of resources • New networks – many enduring • SPARK of renewed enthusiasm • Brings back the ‘fun’ • Science that is Real and RELEVANT
  10. 10. ASTA Initiatives National Science Teacher Summer School “The NSTSS nurtures the ‘science’ half of ‘science teachers’, but the ‘teacher half is never far away. It is expressed as the desire to know how best to help students succeed” • Engagement with leading edge researchers • Tapping new ideas & inspiration from university educators • Covers hot topics in Science • Breaking down the cultural stereotype of scientists • Access to national facilities • Social networks and career paths • Exposure to Science, society and policy
  11. 11. ASTA Initiatives National Science Teacher Summer School Feedback “This is such a unique opportunity for science teachers from across the country to come together and experience what is happening at the cutting edge of science” “It was reassuring to realise that as a secondary school educator I remain the key link in the development of our global knowledge base, through inspiring my students” “ I feel empowered by the wealth of knowledge I have gained and feel confident to inspire my students into fields of science and engineering. With each speaker I was able to see the real world application of science”
  12. 12. ASTA Initiatives National Science Teacher Summer School Feedback
  13. 13. ASTA Initiatives Making Engineered Quantum Systems RELEVANT • EQuS - 1/12 Centres in 2011* • Science to Engineering • World leading program • International Collaborators • BENEFITS AND LIMITS OF QUANTUM TECHNOLOGIES • PRODUCUING NOVEL QUANTUM-ENHANCED DEVICES • EXPLORING NEW EMERGENT PHYSICAL PENOMENA
  14. 14. ASTA Initiatives Making Engineered Quantum Systems RELEVANT Flexible quantum control toolkit – trapped ions Semiconductor Quantum dots – probing individual electrons Optomechanics Plasmonics Coupling Superconducting Qubits to Sapphire Resonators Engineered All-Optical Quantum Switch and Router Nanoparticles for Sensing and Bioimaging Quantum matter Tensor Network Simulations
  15. 15. ASTA Initiatives Making Engineered Quantum Systems RELEVANT AWARENESS • Keynote • Information Sheets INTEREST • NSTSS • Workshops • Videos PARTICIPATION • Worksheets (Science ASSIST) • Demonstrations
  16. 16. ASTA Initiatives Science ASSIST Project Elements 1 Support and advice for teachers of science 1 Practical science teaching and learning activities 1 Advice for safe practices in school science laboratories
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  20. 20. ASTA Initiatives Priority issues for school laboratory technicians and teachers of science
  21. 21. ASTA Initiatives Priority issues for school laboratory technicians and teachers of science
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