Scientists in Schools

Resources

Use these resources for inspiration in your partnership.

If you would like us to add other resources, please contact us.


Starting points

You might like to try these activities (with student worksheets) to get your partnership started. All the worksheets can be copied for use in the classroom.

Note: these files have been provided as PDF files to keep the file size as low as possible. If you'd like the files as Word documents, please contact us.


Hands-on activities

There are plenty of great, simple hands-on ICT activities that are ready to use in the classroom. Try these sites:


ICT in Practice projects

As part of an ICT in Schools partnership we are offering a special opportunity to be involved in an ICT in Practice project.  An ICT in Practice project provides a context for partnership interaction and activity.
Projects are open to all new partnerships who are looking for a framework to build their ICT in Schools partnership.  The projects could be used as a whole of class ICT exercise or project based learning.  The projects could also be used as an extension activity by a teacher for a smaller group of students outside of the mainstream class.

The projects are representative of authentic ICT research and practice and are linked to the Australian Curriculum.

The ICT professionals working in the partnership will be able to showcase their careers, inspiring and engaging the next generation as they share their knowledge and enthusiasm for ICT.

ICT in Practise projects will commence in Term 3, 2015.

Arduino Project

If this is your first foray into robotics then you may be interested in the Arduino project. This is a great way for you and your ICT partner to introduce some hands on programming that gives immediate feedback to your students. Arduinos are the ideal starting point for dipping your toes in the ocean of robotics.

Arduinos are open source and there is a huge user generated resource available on the internet.  ICT in Schools has developed additional support material developed by teachers in our partnerships that step you and your students through using the Arduino.
Each partnership will be given a class set of Arduinos and support material.

Contact us at ScientistsInSchools@csiro.au if you are interested in this ICT in Practice project.


Curriculum information

The Australian Curriculum is being developed progressively by the Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). The Foundation to Year 10 curriculum for English, mathematics, science and history is now available on the Australian Curriculum website (external website).


Useful organisations and programs

ICT teacher associations run regional conferences plus offer plenty of resources and information about ICT teaching. The national Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE) website includes links to each state and territory association.

Competitions can provide a great focus for a partnership. Try:

See also the list of complementary programs that might be useful for your partnership.


Funding and grants

The following programs may be able to assist with funding for partnership activities.


Ideas from partnerships

Run a tech fair
Volunteer scientist Jason Scholz helped his partner school set up a science fair, and in the process wrote a fantastic resource booklet to help students (and teachers!) develop science fair projects. He's kindly made the booklet available to download (Microsoft Word, 118KB).

Set up a website
A website can be a great way to record the work you do in your partnership, and can help long-distance partnerships stay in touch. Take a look at:

Find more ideas in the partnership showcases.