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TSTV - Travelling Science Television

Project Title TSTV - Travelling Science Television
Project Coordinators Professor Sue Trinidad

Period 2006-2007
Funding Agency Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM) Project (Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST))

Background

As part of the federal government Australian School Innovation in Science, Technology and Mathematics (ASISTM) Project, this particular project aimed to enhance the teaching and learning of science, technology and mathematics through the use of the Primary Connections - Linking Science with Literacy Project (http://www.science.org.au/primaryconnections/index.htm). Primary Connections provides a comprehensive approach to the development of scientific literacy and aims to improve students' learning outcomes in both science and literacy. This is achieved through an integrated professional learning program and supporting rich curriculum resources that enhance teachers' confidence and competence for science teaching.

Description

The project involved five Catholic Education schools; three in regional and rural locations and two in the Perth metropolitan area. Schools used ICT to showcase high quality primary science teaching and curriculum units. More specifically, students from each school produced an audio-visual show that demonstrated discoveries from their science classes. They used MyInternet and the Centra 7 video conferencing systems to communicate their exciting science discoveries and create and explain local science via their 'TV' show. Overall communication in the project between students, teachers and teacher associates at the university (pre-service teachers), via video conferencing and other electronic means, further extended the use and capabilities of ICT in the classrooms. The audio visual production was produced and made available online for each contributing school to use, as well as for other schools participating in the Primary Connections - Linking Science with Literacy Project.

Benefits to Rural and Regional Education

The project enabled students and staff at five geographically separated primary schools to participate in regular video conferencing sessions that allowed the development of a collaborative network for students, teachers, and pre-service teachers. Outcomes of the project have included increased knowledge about constructivist learning, increased use of video conferencing for collaboration, and development of a collaborative network of regional primary science teachers (see website http://www.cswan.wa.edu.au/home/tstv/). The virtual private network (VPN) of the Catholic Education Office in WA was used in this project, providing an is an exemplar model for using the network, but also linking regional and city schools through a common topic of science.

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