The use of data, tables, graphs and figures is becoming increasingly prevalent in the media. This year we’ve seen countless graphs of COVID-19 case numbers and measures that could be taken to “flatten” the curve. Developing students’ abilities to use evidence-based reasoning and interpret data has never been more important. In direct response to teacher feedback, we’ve created resources to help explicitly teach these skills, and have further embedded them throughout our collection.
According to the Shaping Sci-Ed Education Report (2020), it appears that students’ numeracy levels are limiting their ability to understand science. Of the respondents, 49% of teachers strongly agreed or agreed that their students’ numeracy skills were limiting their scientific understanding. Within the Australian Curriculum, numeracy has been identified as a General Capability, essential for young Australians to live and work in the 21st century. In science, numeracy skills are necessary for measurement, collection, representation and the interpretation of data from investigations as well as the general ability to make meaning — for example, data related to climate science. …
At Stile, our goal is to ensure that students leave school prepared to tackle tomorrow’s problems. They need to be confident to participate in public discourse around the ethics of scientific issues such as artificial intelligence, vaccination or genetically modified food. Much of the scientific discourse on these global challenges is published in well-regarded scientific publications that use a more international form of English called Oxford spelling. So to help prepare students for this future we’ve made the decision to adopt the same spelling conventions within our lessons.
Oxford spelling is a standard that prescribes the use of British spelling in combination with the suffix –ize in words like realize and organization. Unlike American English, colour is spelt with a ‘u’ and labelling is spelt with double consonants. The only key difference is the use of the aforementioned suffix –ize. …
The COVID-19 outbreak is not just a global science story, it is having a profound impact on our day-to-day lives. It is likely that students have many questions about what they’re seeing and hearing in the media.
We’ve created two science news lessons on COVID-19 to support teachers to answer these questions and explain why aspects such as social distancing are so important.
Updated on 21/3/20. Lesson will take ~15–20 minutes.
Lesson purpose: Explain what scientists currently know about the new coronavirus and dispel some common misconceptions.
In this science news lesson, students separate the facts from the fiction about the new coronavirus. Students are asked what they’ve heard about the new coronavirus, examine what scientists currently know and explore some of the myths circulating on social media. …