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In this recorded professional learning session, Lyn Rogers and Andrea Soanes explore resources and ideas to support your students in taking action for conservation. They model a process of student inquiry in conservation, focusing on how to support students to put what they have learned through a process of inquiry into action.

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 resources from the Science Learning Hub and the Department of Conservation. Lyn and Andrea discuss how these ideas can be used to foster students’ inquiry skills and apply their knowledge through action.

Thank you for all the amazing sharing and ideas, they certainly will be shared with learners and staff.

Teacher

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

  • enhance students’ understanding about conservation
  • engage students in a conservation inquiry
  • support students to development their action competence.

Good to see the inquiry laid bare, reminding me of the variety of ways to stimulate students.

Teacher

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

Topic

PPT slide number(s)

Video timecode

Welcome

1

00:00

Webinar purpose

2

00:44

Environmental education for sustainability and conservation for the environment

3

01:30

Examples of action for the environment

4–5

03:48

Curriculum connections

6

06:53

Useful resources supporting action

7–8

09:24

Conservation inquiry summary

9–12

12:02

What have we learned about whio?

13

14:10

Actions to save the whio

14–15

14:59

Graphic organisers supporting students to plan and take action

16–21

17:27

Inspiration for action

22

25:56

What next? – Useful links

23

28:13

Nature of science

This session supports teachers to help foster their students’ inquiry skills in a conservation context. Students are encouraged to work like scientists, making evidence-based conclusions and applying that knowledge to plan and undertake appropriate conservation action – participating and contributing in science.

Related content

Examples of related articles on the Science Learning Hub include Who’s who in the duck world?, Introducing New Zealand ducks, Fantastic whio feathers, Conserving native birds – introduction and Conserving native birds – writer’s insight.

There are also several teacher PLD sessions related to this topic: Diving into inquiry with whio, Why learn about whio?, Inquiry outside the classroom, Bird conservation and literacy and SLH and conservation.

Activity ideas

Some activities on the Science Learning Hub related to whio and other New Zealand ducks that you may wish to explore include Whio feathers – what are they for?, Which duck is which?, Mixing and matching ducks, Duck dominoes, Ethics in bird conservation, Eliciting prior knowledge and Ethics in conservation science.

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. The Department of Conservation has also produced a range of other resources that can be used to support students in conservation inquiry. Examples of films made as actions for sustainability, including conservation, can be seen on the The Outlook for Someday website.

Acknowledgement

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

 

    Published 29 June 2017 Referencing Hub articles