innovative teaching and learning program which places teachers on Earthwatch research projects where they not only receive a unique professional development experience but also get to teach ‘live' back to their classrooms via a dedicated TeachLive website. This allows students to take a virtual expedition with their teachers helping them to engage in science in an Australian context and see their teachers as science role models.
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The interactive nature of the program is an excellent opportunity for teachers to improve their web-based teaching skills, learn current scientific research techniques, work in a team with other teachers and learn more about Australia's unique environment.
TeachLive is a great introduction to the way innovative technologies can motivate students. Students experience what is involved in scientific research resulting in increased curiosity and enthusiasm for science and environmental studies. It shows students areas of Australia they may have never seen before, provides them with a new perspective on scientific research and exposes them to positive career opportunities.
The students are inspired as they witness conservation research in action. The interactive nature of the website allows students to communicate not only with their teachers but also with each other, creating an online community. They are able to build relationships and share ideas, creating support and fostering the recognition that they are an important part of society.
The TeachLive website http://www.teachlive.org.au/ provides an overview of the experiences of previous participants, plus access to the curriculum materials and programs developed for both the primary and secondary students of the teachers involved.