Based on the successful implementation of the Inquiry for Indigenous Science Students (I2S2) program, the online learning pilot program will focus on year 5 and year 7 teachers. We are accepting expressions of interest from schools until 26 October 2018.

The pilot online learning program will provide teachers and schools with the tools to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives into the science curriculum through the use of inquiry learning. The pilot program, running from October to December 2018 will give schools and teachers a taste of the program by providing access to the inquiry topics and resources for two inquiries - Year 5 'What's Cooking?' and Year 7 'Throw it Far'.

Following the successful roll-out of the pilot program, the remaining I2S2 inquiries will be offered online in 2019.

The online learning program provides the opportunity for teachers to work through the content at their own pace. It is also designed so that the program is customised to the knowledge and competencies of the participating teachers. The online training component of the program will take around three to four hours to complete. Participants also need to commit to using the inquiries in the classroom in Term 4. As part of the implementation of the inquiries, participants will have access to coaching and support throughout Term 4 from the Online Coordinator.

After completing these modules participants will be able to access other inquiries in 2019.

Each inquiry offers the teachers and students a unique mix of science and cultural learning opportunities.  The inquiries use contexts that highlight the historic and enduring high-level science inquiry skills for which Indigenous Australians are renowned. Students undertake hands-on inquiry activities as they work through the requirements of the science curriculum. The inquiries also offer the schools an opportunity to build relationships with their local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Register your interest in the pilot online program by 26 October 2018.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

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