Based on the successful implementation of the Inquiry for Indigenous Science Students (I2S2) program, the online learning program is accepting expressions of interest from schools until 15 February 2019.

The online learning program provides 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 online learning program was piloted in Term 4, 2018 with a focus on two inquiries - Year 5 'What's Cooking?' and Year 7 'Throw it Far'

Following the successful roll-out of the pilot program, there will be an additional three inquiries offered in 2019 to include Year 6 'Let's Stick it Together', Year 8 'Fire: A Burning Question' and Year 9 'Burn and Grow'.

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. After completing these modules participants will be able to access other inquiries resources and materials.

This program also allows participating teachers to collaborate within an online interactive community and engage further in professional dialogue with other schools across Australia. Participants need to commit to using the inquiries in the classroom in Term 1, 2019. As part of the implementation of the inquiries, participants will have access to coaching and support throughout Term 1 from the Online Coordinator. 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 15 February 2019.

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