ESF SECONDARY SCIENCE CPD DAY
30 SEPTEMBER 2011
South Island School
“Improving the Learning Environment inside
and outside the classroom”
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The Science CPD day will this September be held at South Island School.
The event has been divided into a number of different sessions. The day
will begin and end with presentations by Ed Walsh, our Key note speaker.
These sessions will be attended by all staff. After the first morning
session, three optional sessions will begin. Teachers have a choice of
picking one option within each session. Please see the schedule and
presenters section below.
To avoid over-subscription to a number of choices, please liaise with
others in your Department to ensure good coverage amongst all
Support will be provided for the use of laptops and connection to the SIS
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Time Venue Details
8:00 -8:30 Atrium Morning Coffee, Breakfast and
8:30-10:00 Atrium Introduction
Keynote Speaker Ed Walsh
“Using Bad Science to improve Science
10:00-10:15 Atrium Morning Coffee
10:20-11:20 Various Session 1 – Optional sessions for sign up
11:30-12:30 Various Session 2 – Optional sessions for sign up
12:30-1:10 Atrium Lunch
1:10-2:15 Various Session 3 - Optional sessions for sign up
2:15-2:3- Atrium Afternoon Coffee
2:30-3:30 Atrium Ed Walsh – “Improving Scientific Literacy”
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Keynote Speaker Ed Walsh
Ed Walsh, Science Advisor for Cornwall Learning, has taken eight of the case studies
from the book “Bad Science” by Ben Goldacre and turned them into lessons aimed at
GCSE level students. The lessons are designed to engage and excite students and
encourage them to think for themselves that Bad Science is good for school science.
Ed will also presenting his recent work on the use of PSPs in Science Education and
also his work on Scientific Literacy. He will also be taking time to present “Primary
Bad Science” to visiting primary teachers
Vernier will be providing CPD to all subject disciplines. They will run three
sessions, each aimed at Biologists, Chemists and Physicists. The focus of the
presentation will be the use of groups.
Three eminent speakers from HKUST will be presenting a link between Science and
Science in Society.
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Prof.Henry Lam The Human Proteome Project
Prof. Andrew Horner Synthesis of Musical Instruments
Prof DekaiWu :How Google Translate came from HKUST
Ocean Park will present their current program for Physics – “The Physics of Rides”
and details of their current Biological Breeding Programs which have been
running in schools for a number of years.
The ASE UPD8 site is a well respected globally used site for providing inquiry
based Science resources for all student levels. It has a particular focus on links to
authentic Science in society. The presentation will canvass their new units of
enquiry for Physics Chemistry and Biology.
HK Reptile and amphibian society
The society has a number of years of experience presenting reptiles and
amphibians in schools. They will canvass their standard presentation aimed at
years 7-9 Biologists.
Living Island Organisation
The Living Island Organisation is a group that has been set up to protect the
environment of the outlying islands of Hong Kong. They will present their resent
study of the Environmental
Members of the HK Observatory will present their current work in the monitoring
of Global Warming and Ozone Depletion. This will have a focus on Chemistry and
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Ecofieldtrips is a Singapore-based company that run fun and educational field
programs in settings around Southeast Asia. The presentation will include a
more detailed introduction to the company and its highly qualified and
experienced staff. Also covered will be information on the different types of trips
that are run for different age groups and the many destinations available. The
Ecofieldtrips representatives will walk through how a program is generally run as
well as the many measures taken to ensure the safety of every teacher and
student. Applicable to Biology and ESS.
Sept 2011 8
An entertaining and informative presentation on practical elements of Forensic
Science. This presentation is relevant to both Chemistry and Science in years 7-
Reverse Teaching in Science - Paul Drew and Neil Hodgson
A workshop designed to explore how video technology can be used to enhance
learning. Instead of delivering content in class and then asking students to
attempt questions at home, we aim to do the opposite - deliver content by video
for homework freeing up class time for question practice. We will be sharing our
work with participants and also giving you a chance to develop your own
materials. Please bring a laptop. Applicable to all levels and subjects.
Discovery dome is a mobile planetarium that visits schools and clubs in and
around Hong Kong. Two Movies will be shown: Oasis In Space transports the
audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe and Earths
Wild Ride which shows the history of our earth.Applicable to all levels.
The use of Google and other ICT tools to promote Science Education –
Jonathan Horner and Mark Ferguson
A presentation demonstrating actual use of the Google Suite in classrooms and
as an administration / time saving tool.The presentation will also focus on
various other ICT tools to enhance teaching and learning.