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In this recorded professional learning session, Shanthie Walker from DOC and Lyn Rogers continue to explore why the whio/blue duck is so important to New Zealand and why it is so endangered. They use the Department of Conservation Whio Forever resource to demonstrate a process of student inquiry into conservation, using whio as a context. This session focuses on the habitat and adaptations of whio.

This session will be valuable for both primary and secondary school teachers.

Watching the recorded webinar creates an opportunity to engage with some ideas and activities from the Science Learning Hub and the Department of Conservation Whio Forever resource. Lyn and Shanthie discuss how these ideas can be used to extend students’ inquiry skills and to build an understanding of the importance of conservation. It will build on understandings about the habitat and adaptations of whio.

Well done! very informative – so much great interesting knowledge about our New Zealand ducks.

Teacher

The PowerPoint and recorded webinar provide ideas and information that will support teachers of any year level to:

  • enhance students’ understanding about conservation education
  • engage students in inquiry
  • help develop students’ science capabilities.

Watch the video (above) of this professional development session (we recommend downloading it) and also see below the index and the PowerPoint presentation.

Topic      

PowerPoint slide number(s)

Video timecode

Introducing the Science Learning Hub (SLH) and presenters 

1

00:00

Webinar purpose

2–3

00:27

Introducing the Whio Forever resources

4

01:05

Background about EEFS and Conservation education

5–7 

01:24

Whio inquiry process

8–9

02:50

Stage 2 – Ask

9–10

04:11

Whakapapa, biodiversity and classification

11–13

06:51

Spot the difference between different ducks – activity

14–16

13:36

Whio habitat activity

17–27

18:07

Whio adaptations

28–29

19:20

What next?, Useful links

30–32

26:38

Thanks

33

27:02

Nature of science

This session is part of a series of webinars that models a student inquiry process. Giving students opportunities to work like scientists and apply their learning to conservation action links to both the communicating in science and the participating and contributing strands of the nature of science in the New Zealand Curriculum.

Related content

Useful links

The Whio Forever project, created in partnership between the Department of Conservation and Genesis Energy, has developed a range of resources to support student inquiry about whio. There are also several other videos and articles you could look at to learn more about whio, for example, Spare a thought for the blue duck and Remote Blue Duck Station is haven for whio, kiwi and bats.

Acknowledgement

The Whio Forever resource has been created in partnership between the Department of Conservation and Genesis Energy.

    Published 26 May 2017