ASE Newsletter 29 October 2010
 

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ASE's new website features

ASE's new website features

The ASE's Annual Conference planner is now online! Stay tuned to our website for conference updates and much more!

Have you experienced all the new website has to offer? If you are an ASE member, log in now and participate in the ASE Forum, view the members area, and receive discounts when booking the annual conference or buying books. Not a member? Why not join? 

New CSciTeach Awardees

New CSciTeach Awardees

On 16th October 2010, the ASE awarded four members with CSciTeach. Congratulations to Nicola Chetwynd-Stapylton, James De Winter, Linda Needham and Eleanor Hoskins.

Why not see if you meet the criteria? Visit the ASE website for further details.

ASE Annual General Meeting 2011 and Nominations for the ASE Quality and Audit Committee

ASE Annual General Meeting 2011 and Nominations for the ASE Quality and Audit Committee

The Annual General Meeting of the Association for Science Education will be held at 10.45 hours on Friday 7th January 2011, in Room 108, New Henley Building, at the University of Reading. All members of the Association are entitled to be present and to vote.

The proposed changes to the Rules and By-Laws of the Association and an explanation of the effects they will have are available on the members’ area of the ASE website, by calling the ASE Switchboard (01707 283000), or by emailing info@ase.org.uk.

The role of the Quality and Audit Committee Committee is to protect the interests of ASE members and staff by ensuring that all that is done by the Council and its committees is in the best interests of the Association. At the AGM in January 2011, three member(s) will be elected to the Q and A Committee. The remit of the Committee, as well as the application form, can be viewed in the members’ area of the ASE website. Please submit completed applications to ASE’s Suzanne Dickinson via email no later than Monday 13th December 2010. For more information about the work of the Q & A Committee, please contact Roger McCune (Chair) at rmccune@ccea.org.uk

 

Featured Book - Teaching Assistants' Box of Tricks

Featured Book - Teaching Assistants' Box of Tricks

This book supplies teaching assistants with engaging activities that help them to support pupils in science lessons. This is a book for teaching assistants and for teachers; it is full of ideas and strategies that can be freely shared between both. Author Jo Foster discusses the situations that face teaching assistants daily and provides a wealth of practical strategies that work to move learners on.

Jo Foster is running a workshop at the Annual Conference on Saturday 8 January, come along and see the activities that support pupils in science lessons.

To view all publications available from ASE, please click here.

Getting Practical

Getting Practical

The Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University have been collecting some case study reports based on the use of the Getting Practical Programme in schools. Read about how the teachers and schools have been implementing the toolkit and improving their practical science teaching. Visit the website to find out when free CPD courses will be offered in your area.

Schoolscience.co.uk - where things never stand still!

Schoolscience.co.uk - where things never stand still!

Schoolscience.co.uk has many new resources available, including Planete Energies from Total, Voicebox from UCL, and four new resources on infectious diseases from the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry. Other features include the new Teacher Zone and Free Resources section. Be sure to follow schoolscience on Twitter!

LabSkills

LabSkills

FREE USB stick of chemistry resources available to every secondary school and FE college in the UK. The resources are ideal as pre-lab activities. Make sure your school has registered for your copy.

Six Free Activities on Primary Upd8 Website

Six Free Activities on Primary Upd8 Website

There are now six activities that can be downloaded for free. These include:

  • ‘Snail Hunt’ and Snail Space
  • Two Darwin 200 anniversary activities
  • Two brand new activities based on Ricky the Puppet’s trip to Antarctica, Ricky’s Backpack for KS1 and Ricky’s Shelter for KS2
  • Christmas Lights, an electrical circuits activity for Year 4
  • Spreading Swine Flu, which looks at the number of people affected in last year’s swine flu epidemic
A new resource is published every couple of weeks during term time. A year’s subscription for your school costs £120 for non-ASE members or £30 for ASE members. 

Bringing Cutting Edge Science into the Classroom

Bringing Cutting Edge Science into the Classroom

The national network of Science Learning Centres has worked with Research Councils (RCUK) to create an innovative programme of high quality CPD courses, developed with leading researchers working at the cutting edge of contemporary science.  The courses are delivered by the Science Learning Centres and the researchers themselves.  Each course is designed to support Key Stage 4 science specifications and many support post-16 teaching.  The courses focus on recent advances in scientific research and enable teachers to improve their knowledge and understanding of the fundamental science concepts underlying the research in contexts linked to the curriculum.

The courses take place in autumn 2010 and spring 2011 at locations across the UK, including zoos, science centres, observatories and research centres. Thanks to funding from RCUK these courses qualify for an Impact Award of £200 per training day. Any teacher from a maintained school or college in the UK can apply. For more information visit: www.slcs.ac.uk/cuttingedge.

Science on Stage Festival

Science on Stage Festival

The next Science on Stage Festival for European science teachers will be in Copenhagen from Saturday 16th April to Monday 18th April 2011.

The UK will be sending a delegation of 12 people. Delegates will be expected to participate fully in the festival, supporting colleagues, and offering either workshops, on stage presentations, or master classes, as well as presenting projects/ideas at the fair. All delegates will need to be prepared to show some innovative ideas for teaching science on the UK stand. Delegates will also be expected bring back ideas they have gained and use them to enhance their work. There will be a chance to show this in a session at the 2012 ASE Annual Conference.

For more information, please download the application forms and flyer:
The deadline is November 1st. Visit the website for more details or contact Alison Alexander at alisonalexander@aol.com

ASE News

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Consultation overload?

We’ve done a huge amount of work recently responding to consultations and promoting ASE’s views in the press and on the radio. We could complain of consultation overload, but we want the ASE’s voice to be heard and we have some useful input to give. Generally, if we need to produce a response to a consultation we will set this up with one of ASE’s special interest groups and we can then respond with authority on Early Years curricula, on vocational science or whatever the issue under discussion happens to be.

ASE News

More news articles
Have you booked to attend the Annual conference yet?

Have you booked to attend the Annual conference yet?

28 Oct 2010

In addition to the wide range of courses and events on offer, there are a range of special lectures supported by our partners.

ASE’s New President, Professor Steve Jones, at the ASE Annual Conference

ASE’s New President, Professor Steve Jones, at the ASE Annual Conference

25 Oct 2010

Professor Steve Jones will give the ASE’s Presidential Address to kick off his year as ASE President.

Sir David Attenborough presents The Natural Curriculum: Inspiring children to learn with nature at the ASE Annual Conference

Sir David Attenborough presents The Natural Curriculum: Inspiring children to learn with nature at the ASE Annual Conference

20 Oct 2010

The Association for Science Education is glad to welcome Sir David Attenborough as a speaker at the 2011 ASE Annual Conference.

ASE Events

More events articles

ASE Regional Events

Have you checked out the Region pages on the new website? Each region features documents, events, regional forums, and links. Click here to view a list of upcoming regional events and stay tuned to your region page for more events.

05 Jan 2011 - 08 Jan 2011
ASE Annual Conference 2011, University of Reading, 5-8 Jan 2011

Location : The University of Reading, Reading, UK

The Annual Conference, a major science education CPD event for all those involved in science education. You can now register for the conference online!

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