Websites for Educators
Association for Science Teacher Education
The Association for Science Teacher Education is a non- profit professional organization composed of over 800 members from countries across the globe. The mission of the ASTE is to promote excellence in science teacher education world-wide through scholarship and innovation. The ASTE focuses its action in three major areas: professional development for its members at the annual conference, work carried out by various standing and ad-hoc committees and its regional associations.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of individual learners. Its 160,000 members from 148 countries are professional educators from all levels and subject areas: superintendents, supervisors, principals, teachers, professors of education and school board members. The ASDC provides expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building and educational leadership essential to the ways in which educators learn, teach, and lead.
Australian Council for Education Leaders
ACEL actively supports the development of leadership capabilities across Australia through its national and branch initiated professional learning activities, international conferences, publications, online programs and other partnership initiatives in leadership development. Access to these leadership-focused opportunities is available for the classroom to system leaders.
ACEL is a not-for-profit company and a 21st Century learning organisation that is continuously improving its practices to harness national and global opportunities. As the premier provider of resources and experiences for educational leaders, ACEL’s membership continues to grow with over 6500 members actively connecting and participating in regular professional learning opportunities.
Australian Curriculum Studies Association
The Australian Curriculum Studies Association Incorporated (ACSA) was established in 1983 as a broadly based educational association supporting the professional interests of educators in curriculum work from all levels and sectors within and beyond Australia. ACSA works to support educators so that all students have access to a meaningful, relevant and engaging curriculum. ACSA provides national advocacy and leadership in curriculum. It is committed to curriculum reform resting on the principles of social justice, equity and respect for the democratic rights of all.
ACSA acts as an advocate for the profession in forums in which education policy is shaped. It engages in research, innovation, policy development and critique and dissemination of curriculum ideas.
Australian Science Teachers Association
The Australian Science Teachers Association is a federation of the eight state and territory science teacher associations (STAs). Representing the members of those STAs in a variety of forums. ASTA helps to encourage excellence in science teaching. Several awards are given to assist in promotion and extension of teaching excellence.
ASTA offers professional development for science teachers in the following ways:
- opportunities for teachers to participate in national in-service programs and projects
- an annual conference in CONASTA
- advice on resources, teaching methods and curriculum
- opportunities for teachers to participate as consultants in government reviews at Federal/State/Territory levels.
On 1 March 2010, Curriculum Corporation merged with Education.au to form Education Services Australia Ltd, a new, national, not-for-profit ministerial company. Education Services Australia was established by all Australian Ministers of Education with a brief to support national education priorities and initiatives. The Curriculum Corporation website continues to provide free lesson plans and resources for teachers.
Curriculum Leadership Journal
Curriculum Leadership is a free online journal published by Education Services Australia for the benefit of the Australian and New Zealand school education communities, on behalf of the ESA Board. Curriculum Leadership aims to provide comprehensive coverage of issues concerning school education leaders in Australia and New Zealand, while also aiming for a broad international perspective.
The journal takes up issues and trends relating to primary and secondary education. Core subject areas are curriculum policy, leadership and management, technology, pedagogy, the teaching profession, and assessment. Vocational and careers education at the secondary school level are covered, as well as the transition from school to work and higher education. There is also some coverage of early childhood education, particularly in terms of the transition to school.
Education Network Australia
Australia’s leading online resource and collaborative network for the education and training community. The edna repository has over 30,000 quality assured web-based resources useful for education, training, teaching and learning and research. These are categorised to provide an extensive browsing interface.
edna supports a number of events calendars which collate information relevant to the whole education and training community. These include conferences and events in Australia, overseas and online, as well as scholarships, fellowships and similar funding opportunities.
Education Services Australia
Education Services Australia is a not-for-profit, ministerial company established to provide services to the Ministerial Council for Education, Early Childhood Development and Youth Affairs (MCEECDYA) and other education and training bodies. It commenced operations on 1 March 2010 builds on the existing expertise and reputations of Curriculum Corporation and Education.au Limited to provide efficient education services to meet the future needs of all education sectors, particularly in relation to the implementation of national initiatives such as the National Curriculum and the Digital Education Revolution.
The Learning Federation
The Le@rning Federation, a project of Education Services Australia, manages the national resource collection and infrastructure of digital curriculum resources. These resources are aligned with the curriculums of the Australian states and territories and will be aligned with the Australian Curriculum as it develops.
Since 2001 these high-quality, innovative resources have encouraged and supported schools to embrace 21st-century education and to implement the Digital Education Revolution.
Maths Online is a high quality, independent online maths tutoring program based on Australian state curricula for Years 7-12.
Maths Online was developed by experienced Australian teachers. The program features hundreds of fully animated and narrated maths lessons with over 15,000 exam-style questions to test a student’s mastery of maths. Maths Online is provided free of charge to every secondary school student in Australia. This has been made possible by McDonald’s Australia and its hundreds of franchisees which have covered the costs of supplying the program.
Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning
McREL is a private, nonprofit corporation based in Denver Colorado, dedicated to making a difference in public education. It draws upon the best of education research to develop classroom instruction that works, innovative strategies for increasing student achievement. McREL conducts research, develops products and provides consulting and professional development services to educators.
NASA eClips™ are short, relevant educational video segments. These videos inspire and engage students, encouraging them to see and understand real world connections. The videos can be downloaded for use off line or accessed directly from the website. A great range of eClips are offered for
- Going Green? What Does that Mean?
- Exercise in Space
- Changing theories – The Scientific Method in Action
- Communications in Space
- and many more…..
- Heart Rate and Blood Pressure
- Robotic Arms
- Using Lunar Soil to Make Oxygen
- Law of Conservation of Energy
- and many more…..
- Noeon Lights – Spectroscopy in Action
- Surface Tension on Board the International Space Station
- Protective Materials for Spacecraft
- and many more…..
NASA 360 For General Public
- NASA and Pro Athlete
- Composite Materials
- NASA in Your Home
- Green Technologies at NASA
- and many more…..
NASA Math and Science @ Work
Advanced students require challenging materials to keep them focused on their studies and to help provide insight into the limitless array of options in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
NASA’s Math and Science @ Work project provides challenging supplemental problems based on space exploration topics. This project engages students by providing real world applications to promote critical thinking and problem-solving while exposing students to careers in space exploration.
These problems are for high school students in advanced classes, years 10-12, and are formatted in a free-response style. Problems are available for Calculus, Statistics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, U.S. History and Human Geography.
‘PrimaryConnections: Linking science with literacy’ is an innovative approach to teaching and learning which aims to enhance primary school teachers’ confidence and competence for teaching science. A partnership between the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Government Department of Education, PrimaryConnections focuses on developing students’ knowledge, skills, understanding and capacities in both science and literacy.
Current research highlights that successful science education requires teachers to be supported not only with curriculum resources but also with professional learning to boost their pedagogical content knowledge in the teaching of science and literacy. The PrimaryConnections program provides both components, which have undergone substantial trialling and will support the implementation of the Australian national curriculum.
Science by email
Science by Email is a free weekly email newsletter featuring science news and activities. Science by Email delivers the world’s best science direct to your inbox. It contains
- the latest science news
- fun-filled activities and experiments
- environmental insights
- a quiz
- SCOPE TV previews
- the best science websites
- occasional competitions
- upcoming events.
Science Continuum P-10
Effective science teaching relies on understanding students’ pre-existing ideas about science concepts and supporting students to develop more scientific understandings. The Science Continuum P-10 identifies focus ideas at each level of the Victorian Essential Learning Standards (VELS) for Science. Linking expert practice and research, it explains:
students’ ideas, based on their everyday experiences
the age-appropriate scientific view
critical teaching ideas and teaching activities.
Connections between concepts and pathways of student concept development are mapped in the printable Science Concept Development Maps. Each critical teaching idea is also linked to further resources, such as Digilearn, Sample Science and Primary Connections.
The User Guide provides further information about effective use of the resource and explains the resource rationale.
Square Kilometre Array
Australia – New Zealand
The SKA (Square Kilometre Array) will be a revolutionary radio telescope made of thousands of receivers linked together across an area the size of a continent. The total collecting area of all the SKA receivers combined will be approximately one square kilometre, making it the largest and most sensitive radio telescope ever built. The SKA will give astronomers insight into the formation and evolution of the first stars and galaxies after the Big Bang, the role of cosmic magnetism, the nature of gravity, and possibly life beyond Earth. If history is any guide, the SKA will make many more discoveries than we can imagine today.
Two locations are under consideration: Southern Africa and Australia /New Zealand. At an estimated cost of 1,500 million euro, the SKA will be one of the largest international investments in science. A project of this size and scope will need skilled scientists and engineers from many disciplines. The teaching resource Windows to the Universe was developed to help teachers introduce students to radio astronomy and the challenges faced by the SKA. Download Windows to the Universe free from the SKA education website along with useful information, games and events.
Universe Sandbox is an interactive space simulator for Windows based PCs. Unlike most astronomy software that simply shows what the sky looks like or where the planets are, Universe Sandbox is a powerful gravity simulator.
The Sandbox allows another star to be added to the solar system and it is possible to watch it ripping the planets from their orbits. The Free forever version allows the student to explore and discover any simulation. Thereis also an option to upgrade to to the premium version for unlimited control.
The program allows students to
explore our Solar System
blow up moons
play pool in zero gravity
rip Saturn's rings apart in 3D
destroy our Solar System with a single rogue star
view the paths of hundreds of asteroids and moons
compare the moons and dwarf planets
make a football orbit a bowling ball