Mike’s News Aug 5

4-10 Aug Cook Islands Maori Language week http://www.mpia.govt.nz/
5 Aug Education Gazette has ad for EoI to join Subject Expert Groups for NCEA review
5 Aug Deadline for students to register for 2020 NZ Biology Olympiad team at http://www.nzibo.org
5 Aug Electronics workshop Dunedin 9-3:45. Book here.
5 Aug Engineering Futures Evening 6-8pm, Ricoh Lounge, FMG Stadium, Frankton, Hamilton
6 Aug 1945 Hiroshima Day http://www.hiroshima-remembered.com/
6 Aug ESS workshop, 9.30 am – 3.15 pm, Taradale High School, 50 Murphy Rd. Book here.
6 Aug Engineering Futures Evening 6:30-8:30pm, Owen Glenn Bldg, Ak uni
6 Aug Electronics workshop, 9-3:45, Electroflash offices, Blenheim Rd, Chch. Book here.
7 Aug Electronics workshop, 9-3:45, Hamilton. Book here.
7 Aug ESS workshop, 9.15 am – 3.15 pm, McLaren Room, Rm TT 1.12Waikato University. .
8 Aug Electronics workshop, 9-3:45, The Skills Organisation, Highbrook Drive, Ak. Book here.
8 Aug Sci Lg Hub workshop, Getting started with citizen science, 4-4:45 pm. Register here 
9 Aug Electronics workshop 9-3:45, Wgtn. Book here.
9 Aug ESS workshop, 9:15-3:15, Otumoetai College, 105 Windsor Rd, Tauranga. Book here.
10-18 Aug Maths Week www.mathsweek.org.nz/
14 Aug NZASE workshop, yrs 1-10, Buller High School, Westport. Register here. 
15 Aug ESSE workshop, Hagley College, Chch, 9:15 am – 3:15 pm. Book here
16 Aug Centrally Funded PLD Proposals due Auckland, BoP, Hawke’s Bay, Waikato
17 Aug Centrally Funded PLD Proposals due Tai Tokerau
17 Aug Game-based learning workshop Mission Heights Junior College. https://bit.ly/2xYirN7
19 Aug Workshop for science & ESS, 9-3,  Kohia Tchrs Centre, Epsom Ave, Ak
20 Aug Workshop for ESS, 9-3,  Kohia Tchrs Centre, Epsom Ave, Ak
22 Aug NZASE workshop, yrs 1-10 sci, Berkley Normal Middle School, Hamilton. Register here
23 Aug Workshop enabling Pacific Success & Unpacking Tapasā
Moon 1Q Aug 8      FM Aug 16      3Q Aug 24      NM Aug 30


  1. Culturally Responsive & Relational Pedagogy: CORE education suggestions on where to start if your school is exploring how you might give mana to Te Tiriti o Waitangi in your learning environment. https://bit.ly/2K2mTRP
  2. Pedagogy: A teaching channel video using a pinwheel discussion strategy to bring out different perspectives. This could be useful for us to explore a socio-scientific issue. https://www.teachingchannel.org/video/high-school-literature-lesson-plan
  3. Reading: A free digital issue of Educational leaders from ASCD for prospective readers. https://bit.ly/2Y7q6qR
  4. Applications for the 2020 round of Unlocking Curious Minds funding are now open. Applicants need to register a brief outline of their project to MBIE before noon 15 Aug, then the full proposal by noon 12 Sep. Call for Proposalsgives details on how to apply. For more information go to the Curious Minds website.
  5. Alison Campbell will be running a Scholarship Biology session at Tauranga Girls’ College on Sat 17th Aug for Bay of Plenty schools. Contact Richard Hendra rhendra@tgc.school.nz


  1. Geology: A series of stratigraphic events for students to sequence: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Stratigraphy.pdf
  2. Biology: Teach Genetics has complete lesson plans to help teachers bring these science topics to life in their classrooms. https://teach.genetics.utah.edu/
  3. Astronomy: Find out about analemmas: https://physicsfootnotes.com/footnotes/analemma/
  4. Chemistry: Various chem simulations from learner.orgCarbon cycle labChemistry historical timelineControl a Haber-Bosch ammonia plantthe chemistry of runningDesigning cancer drugsEnergy resources lab
  5. Physics: An article about new attempts to reduce friction. https://bit.ly/2SWJhij  
  6. Science: This Earth Learning Idea models the flow of seawater of different densities through straits, e.g. the Bosphorus. It addresses concepts like concentration, density & diffusion by means of modelling typical of a science investigation. https://www.earthlearningidea.com/PDF/315_Marsilis_tank.pdf
  7. Gifted Learners: https://gifted.tki.org.nz/ MoE has recently provided extra support for gifted learners. A nationwide selection of events & opportunities for these students has been added to their website. https://gifted.tki.org.nz/further-support/events-and-opportunities/
  8. Digital: Using Minecraft as a tool for learning. Minecraft: Education edition is included in MoE’s software agreement with Microsoft. This new page provides lots of practical information on using Minecraft to support computational thinking, game-based learning & STEAM. http://elearning.tki.org.nz/Teaching/Future-focused-learning/Minecraft. Look for some chem applications if you scroll down to the bottom https://education.minecraft.net/ . NB: Use of TNT is an online simulation as part of the game.
  9. Primary: Demonstrating ideas about air pressure using marshmellows https://bit.ly/2YbVOUZ


  1. Teachers can study towards a qualification for teaching ESSOL students (TESSOL course) and MoE offers a scholarship for this. They are asking teachers who have never applied for such a scholarship to complete a brief survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/D6CLMNQ

Professional Learning & Development (PLD) Opportunities

  1. A catalogue of online learning platforms https://info.schoology.com/rs/601-CPX-764/images/On-Demand-PD_Article_2019.pdf
  2. NZASE workshops:
    • Yrs 1-10 science WGHS Whangarei 10 Sep. Flyer: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/NZASE-Workshop-yr1to10-Sci-Northland-10-Sep.pd
    • Health & Safety WGHS Whangarei 9 Sep. Flyer: https://www.mikesnews.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/NZASE-Safety-in-School-Labs-course-9-Sep.pdf
  1. Those L3 Bio teachers wanting to better understand statistics may be interested in the Data to Insight MOOC, produced by Ak uni, who regularly offer 8-week courses on understanding data, in a very useful and friendly way which doesn’t get bogged down in formula, but focuses on telling the story in the data. It has recently finished a run, but the course is currently still open. https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/data-to-insight

Cheers, Mike