Science by Doing is in Stage 5 (2018 – 2020) of development and delivery. Based on teacher and student feedback and an independent evaluation by the University of Technology Sydney in 2018, the program’s curriculum resources are being further developed to take advantage of the changing digital landscape. Here are some changes you will notice:
All resources are now branded with the Science by Doing logo for ease of recognition when resources are copied and adapted. In addition, all resources are marked as Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA 4.0).
Curriculum mapping and core activities*
There are 16 individual curriculum units in Science by Doing and each activity is mapped to the Australian Curriculum: Science with the content descriptions relevant to each activity listed in both the Lesson Plan and the Unit at a Glance documents.
Core activities are identified in each unit that allow comprehensive coverage of the Australian Curriculum: Science and ensure the total teaching time for all core activities is 25 hours or less. This will provide greater planning advice for teachers constrained by limited time to teach science.
Science by Doing can be accessed on any device (computer, laptop, tablet, phone)*
All Flash and Java applications are being removed from the Science by Doing website and replaced with HTML5 applications or alternative learning activities to ensure that Science by Doing is accessible to all devices.
Sample tests enhanced*
Sample tests have been enhanced where possible with questions drawn from the Science Education Assessment Resources (SEAR). Marking schemes list beside each question the activities being assessed. Teachers can choose the makeup of the test according to which activities they have taught. All sample tests and marking schemes are available to teachers on email request.
Formative Assessment Platform
As part of Stage 5, Science by Doing developed a digital tool for to provide assessment feedback during a curriculum unit for students and teachers. The platform is fully integrated within the current website and was successfully trialled in Term 4, 2019.
*Year 7 and 8 units will be published April 2020 and Year 9 and 10 units published June 2020.