The Association for Science Education

ASE Annual Conference 2015 - University of Reading

DNA Fingerprinting and Forensic Blood Typing (Repeated) - W92

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 10:45

Location : Exhibition Marquee, A110

Explore genetic diversity using forensic science! Your students become crime scene investigators as they analyze biological evidence using DNA fingerprinting, a technique that identifies people via genetic differences. Gel electrophoresis is used to create DNA fingerprints from crime scene and suspect samples. A match between samples suggests which suspect committed the crime.

Reduced Scale Science: A New Way to Improve Practical Work (Repeated) - T06

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : AMS, Lab G9

Speakers

  1. Bob Worley - CLEAPSS

Practical procedures for pupils using conventional equipment are often time-consuming and left out of teaching, consequently lowering pupil expectations of secondary school science. Small-scale chemistry is quick, saves on chemicals and offers variety in presentation. The course covers indicators, precipitation, salt preparation, reaction kinetics, iron/sulphur reactions, working with toxic gases and carrying out small-scale vigorous reactions.

"Square Pegs" Science for Everyone - T09

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Palmer, 105

Speakers

  1. Juliana Texley - President, National Science Teachers Association

Although we celebrate diversity, we often short-change the most diverse learners in our classrooms and out. This presentation will discuss students who are able but have great difficulty fitting into structured school environments--their psychology, their motivations and ways to excite them to science.

From Good to Outstanding - W03

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 11:30

Location : HumSS, 126

Speakers

  1. Katy Bloom - National Science Learning Centre

Moving from Good to Outstanding is not just about having a wide pedagogical approach, but how you engage all your students. Do you have high expectations, appropriate challenge, ways to make progress visible, and well rehearsed routines to move students into peer assessment or co-operative structures quickly? Can you show the difference between experience and expertise? This hands-on workshop explores the evidence-base of what great practitioners do really well.

7 Steps to Organising a Successful Overseas Group Trip - W02

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : AMS, 133

Speakers

  1. James Catterall - Gapforce

Bringing your subject to life with a well planned overseas group trip is a very appealing idea to many teachers. However, the thought of organising such a trip leaves many with a sense of dread and additional workload they can do without. Fear not as this session guides you through the 7 steps needed to arrange a successful school group trip that students, teachers and the wider school community will be talking about for years to come!

Science Rocks! - T07

Thursday 8th January 2015

09:30 - 10:30

Location : Henley, 208

Speakers

  1. James Rolfe - Judgemeadow Community College

An introduction into the use of videos, produced on smart phones/tablets, to enhance learning and practicals in science lessons. The session will focus on different ideas for videos and how they can be used in lessons. The session is designed as a starting point so only a minimal amount of editing is covered and only a tiny amount of technical know how is required. Check out our YouTube channel for examples - JudgemeadowSci.

OCR Introduction to A-level Physics (Repeated) - T11

Thursday 8th January 2015

10:00 - 11:00

Location : Henley, 108

Speakers

  1. TBC - OCR

TBC

Concept Cartoons: New Resources for a New Curriculum (Repeated) - T15

Thursday 8th January 2015

10:00 - 11:00

Location : Carrington, 201

Speakers

  1. Jo Horlock - Millgate House Education
  2. Jo Moules - Millgate House Education

Concept cartoons have been around for a long time but have only covered a small proportion of the secondary curriculum. There is now a brand new set of concept Cartoons specifically for KS3 and KS4 and written with the new curriculum in mind. In this interactive session we will showcase some of the new concept cartoons and explore different ways of using them in science education. Whether or not you have used Concept Cartoon before this workshop will give you some thing new.

Basic Microscopy for Teachers & Technicians - BC03

Thursday 8th January 2015

10:00 - 11:00

Location : Booked course, pre-registration required. Confirmed upon booking.

Speakers

  1. Frank Campbell - Irwin Science Education

A description of the microscope: the different types of microscopes used in schools and their applications, care and maintenance.

Assessing Practical Skills in the 2016 GCSE Science Courses - T14

Thursday 8th January 2015

10:00 - 11:00

Location : HumSS, 27 LT

Speakers

  1. Ed Walsh - AQA
  2. Jo Gough - Treviglas Community College

The next suite of GCSE science courses are likely to see practical skills being assessed in a rather different way. As part of the development process pilot schools have been working with draft criteria and applying them to practical activities to evaluate their impact and usefulness. This session will be led by developers from AQA and the Head of Science from one of the pilot schools. It will be an opportunity to see how the pilot went and the lessons learned about how practical work can be valued as well as be assessed.

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