The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

Introduction to the New Pearson Edexcel GCSEs in Science (Repeated) - T172

Saturday 10th January 2015

12:00 - 13:00

Location : Henley, 201

Speakers

  1. Kathryn Booth - Pearson

GCSEs are changing in September 2016. This session gives an overview of the changes to the Edexcel Specifications, it will give you the opportunity to ask questions and hear about our support.

Salters A-level Chemistry for 2015 (Repeated) - T154

Saturday 10th January 2015

12:30 - 13:30

Location : Henley, 101

Speakers

  1. Chris Otter - University of York

This session will allow you to find out about the exciting developments for supporting teaching and learning of the new specification for Salters' Advanced Chemistry (OCR B). This unique context based course will have a wide range of hard copy and electronic materials to support teachers and students, as well as a range of teacher support mechanisms. Representatives from the University of York and Oxford University Press will be available after the presentation to answer any specific questions you might have.

Margaret Collis Lecture: Talking and Writing Science with Simon Mayo - T155

Saturday 10th January 2015

12:30 - 14:00

Location : Palmer, G10

Speakers

  1. Simon Mayo - PSQM/ Simon Mayo

Simon Mayo, BBC Radio DJ, and more recently author of the ITCH series - exciting novels about a teenage element hunter, will join members of the Primary Science Quality Mark (PSQM) team and teachers from PSQM schools. Together they will talk about science, literacy and also share some of the fantastic outcomes from the Itch Big Read Radio Show competition held last year. Simon will be available to sign books after the session.

Mobile Planetarium and Astronomy Outreach Service - D11

Saturday 10th January 2015

13:00 - 15:00

Location : Henley, Foyer

Speakers

  1. James Green - Cosmos Planetarium LLP
  2. Steven Gray - Cosmos Planetarium LLP

Our aim is to educate children and adults alike to the wonders of the universe. Using our mobile planetarium we can give you a virtual tour of the night sky. We can also show stunning 360� immersive full dome astronomy based movies. Our competent presenter led shows are a voyage of discovery into the Solar System and beyond into our breath taking Universe. They run for 30 to 60 minutes and can be tailored to specific curriculum needs.

The Fair Test Debate - D13

Saturday 10th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Henley, 108

Speakers

  1. James Turner - Budehaven Community School

Please see www.thefairtestdebate.co.uk for full details. The Fair Test Debate is a national conversation among Heads of Science about how learners and schools could benefit from an Awarding Organisation being simultaneously opted for. Objective: discuss the merits of simultaneously opting for the same AO. � Reversal of the �race to the bottom� arising from competing AO � Improved sharing of resources between schools � Greater incentive for AO to improve provision of resources and training � When results are based on assessment by different AO, is comparison reliable and fair? Reversal of the perceived �race to the bottom� that arises from competing exam boards Improved sharing of lesson resources between schools Ease of movement for learners who need to change schools Greater incentive for examination boards to improve provision and dissemination of resources and training Furthermore, as a teacher of science, you will be aware of the need to control variables when making reliable comparisons across data. You will also be acutely aware of the exam results data that form the basis of comparisons in education. When these results are based on assessment by different Awarding Organisations, is comparison reliable and fair?

Creative Ways of Collecting Data - W95

Saturday 10th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Palmer, 104

Speakers

  1. Dr Fiona Woodhouse - Huddersfield University

Good, relevant data is essential to enable a researcher to answer research questions. How do we collect this data, particularly in school settings and often when the data is from your own pupils? What happens if they have low literacy levels or very young. What range of data collection tools are possible to use in these settings? This workshop will consider and discuss some of the ways of collecting data.

AQA A-level Biology: New specification (Repeated) - T114

Saturday 10th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : HumSS, 25

Speakers

  1. Caroline Chambers - AQA

An introduction to our new Biology specification. Come and learn about the changes to our A-levels, including linear assessment and how practical work will be assessed.

Tablets for the Science Teacher - D12

Saturday 10th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Palmer, 107

Speakers

  1. Ed Walsh - Cornwall Learning

An increasing number of schools are using iPads and other tablet devices, both as teaching aids and as tools for students to use. Their portability, versatility and tactile interface open the door to a range of strategies that can improve engagement, understanding and outcomes. This demonstration features a range of ways in which these innovative pieces of equipment can enhance teaching and engage students. Bring a tablet or smartphone and participate! Sponsored by Collins Education.

Digital Outreach with the Zoological Society of London - T161

Saturday 10th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Palmer, 109

Speakers

  1. Rachel Haydon - ZSL London Zoo

Over the last summer and autumn terms, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo ran a pilot project of digital outreach sessions with schools using Skype. These digital sessions were linked to bookable sessions delivered onsite at both zoos. This presentation will share the content of these digital sessions, how they linked to zoo learning programmes and evaluation of these trials, specifically focusing on feedback from teachers and students that took part. It will also provide a platform for teachers to share their thoughts, ideas and interest to help shape the finalised programme in the future.

Developing Literacy Skills in KS3 Science - W93

Saturday 10th January 2015

14:00 - 15:00

Location : Henley, 201

Speakers

  1. Richard Durant - Smart Learning

The new KS3 curriculum requires teachers to develop students� spoken language, reading, writing and scientific vocabulary so that they can articulate scientific concepts clearly and precisely. This practical workshop will look at strategies for developing literacy skills at Key Stage 3. Drawing on research and practice, the session will introduces resources and techniques to improve students� progress in science by supporting their relevant literacy needs.

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