New South Wales

All webinar times are given in Australian Eastern time - SA, NT, QLD and WA will need to adjust for time zone diffferences accordingly.

TESEP partners with the Metropolitan South-West Science Teachers’ Association (LAZSTA) to provide accreditation in NSW. Completing each hour of webinar PD will contribute 1 hours of NESA Registered PD addressing Standards 2.1.2, 4.1.2 and 6.2.2. from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

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Quick PD: Minerals for the classroom T3-2022

August 02, 2022 @ 4:30 PM

NOTE for NSW teachers: TESEP partners with the Metropolitan South-West Science Teachers’ Association (LAZSTA) to provide accreditation in NSW. LAZSTA advises that the Association's courses can be delivered and count towards teacher maintenance of accreditation hours as Elective PD.  Under the NESA transition arrangements for teacher maintenance of accreditation, elective PD and Accredited PD counts equally for teachers completing their maintenance in 2021 and 2022. The 50 hours of NESA Registered/Accredited requirement has been lifted. These teachers who represent the largest cohort of teachers need only 100 hours of PD. These transition arrangements mean that no teacher or provider is disadvantaged while the new processes are being developed and providers adjust courses and apply for accreditation under the new requirements.

Minerals for the classroom

Tuesday August 2 @ 4.30pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

What makes a good mineral for use in classroom teaching? What doesn't?

What minerals shouldn't be in the classroom at all?

This PD will take no more than 30-45 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

GM muscovite

Do you have a mystery mineral or two in your prep room?

Take some good quality photographs and send them through ahead of time* and we'll try and do some virtual ID for you too!

 

* Send photographs of mystery minerals here. Good resolution and depth of field is essential. Make sure photographs include some form of scale.
NOTE: Identifying minerals can be hard at the best of times and doing it from photographs is far from ideal and we make no promises we can indentify anything or get it right even if we give it a try!  However, one thing is for sure: if we cannot easily identify a specimen chances are it should not be in a school teaching set!

Quick PD: From Continental Drift to Plate Tectonics T3 - 2022

August 04, 2022 @ 4:00 PM

From Continental Drift to Plate Tectonics

Thursday August 4 @ 4.00pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

The idea of a dynamic Earth has had a long history. In 1596 Abraham Ortelius proposed that modern Spain and Northern America were at one point attached to Africa, only to have been torn away by earthquakes and floods. Many other naturalists, puzzled by the geographical of distant coastlines, had proposed similar ideas. But evidence was lacking. The discovery of large submerged mountain chains, and later, palaeomagnetism within oceanic rocks, provided geologists with the evidence they needed. Not until after the 1970s did scientists fully grasp that Earth was divided into plates that were, in places, growing apart and in others colliding. Plate tectonics has provided the evidence to interpret how many different types of minerals and rocks had formed.

This PD will take no more than 30-45 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

Quick PD: Rocks for the classroom T3-2022

August 09, 2022 @ 4:30 PM

ROCKS FOR THE CLASSROOM

Tuesday August 9 @4.30pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

What makes a good rock for use in classroom teaching? What doesn't?

What rocks shouldn't be in the classroom at all?

This PD will take no more than 30-45 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

GM muscovite

Do you have a mystery rock or two in your prep room?

Take some good quality photographs and send them through ahead of time* and we'll try and do some virtual ID for you too!

 

* Send photographs of mystery rocks here. Good resolution and depth of field is essential. Make sure photographs include some form of scale.
NOTE: Identifying rocks can be hard at the best of times and doing it from photographs is far from ideal and we make no promises we can indentify anything or get it right even if we give it a try!  However, one thing is for sure: if we cannot easily identify a specimen chances are it should not be in a school teaching set!

Quick PD: How Plate Tectonics Work T3 - 2022

August 11, 2022 @ 4:00 PM

How Plate Tectonics Work

Thursday August 11 @ 4.00pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

The continents are on the move! Here we explore the driving factors behind plate tectonics including mantle convection, slab push and pull, and the influences of heat and gravity. We take a closer look at the different plate boundary types: convergent, divergent, and transform, and all the associated structures from subduction zones to continental rifts. We take a look back in time to see how the continents have changed, and look forwards to see where they’re heading next.

This PD will take no more than 30-45 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

Quick PD: Igneous rock basics T3-2022

August 16, 2022 @ 4:30 PM

IGNEOUS ROCK BASICS

Tuesday August 16 @ 4.30pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

What are the features of a rock that identify it as igneous?

Are all igneous rocks identified the same way?

This PD will take no more than 30 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

GM muscovite

Do you have a mystery rock you think might be igneous?

Take some good quality photographs and send them through ahead of time* and we'll try and do some virtual ID for you too!

* Send photographs of mystery rocks here. Good resolution and depth of field is essential. Make sure photographs include some form of scale.
NOTE: Identifying rockss can be hard at the best of times and doing it from photographs is far from ideal and we make no promises we can indentify anything or get it right even if we give it a try!  However, one thing is for sure: if we cannot easily identify a specimen chances are it should not be in a school teaching set!

Quick PD: Rocks and Tectonics T3 - 2022

August 18, 2022 @ 4:00 PM

Rocks and Tectonics

Thursday August 18 @ 4.00pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

Rocks that have been altered by heat and pressure are called metamorphic rocks. This heat and pressure is mostly seen at plate margins where regional and hydrothermal metamorphism occur. In this lecture we look at how rocks change when we apply various degrees of heat and pressure and release them. The resulting rocks are not only beautiful, and used in masonry or as table tops, they also contain the minerals that drives economic geology, such as iron, copper, lead, silver and gold. We will investigate where we can find these rocks in the Macquarie Arc located in central western NSW..

This PD will take no more than 30-45 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

Quick PD: Sedimentary rock basics T3-2022

August 23, 2022 @ 4:30 PM

SEDIMENTARY ROCK BASICS

Tuesday August 23 @ 4.30pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

What are the features of a rock that identify it as sedimentary?

Are all sedimentary rocks identified the same way?

This PD will take no more than 30-45 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

GM muscovite

Do you have a mystery rock you think might be sedimentary?

Take some good quality photographs and send them through ahead of time* and we'll try and do some virtual ID for you too!

* Send photographs of mystery rocks here. Good resolution and depth of field is essential. Make sure photographs include some form of scale.
NOTE: Identifying rockss can be hard at the best of times and doing it from photographs is far from ideal and we make no promises we can indentify anything or get it right even if we give it a try!  However, one thing is for sure: if we cannot easily identify a specimen chances are it should not be in a school teaching set!

RocksExpo 2-PD Introducing Our Dynamic Planet @ Forbes

August 29, 2022 @ 3:45 PM

This PD is two for one!

  • Rocks (and how to use the TESEP rock kit) plus
  • Plate Tectonics

Held on site at Multipurpose Hall, Red Bend Catholic College, 1482 College St, Forbes

Mon 29 August 2022, 3.45pm – 5:15pm for Rocks,

followed by a supper and a short video - Antarctica - and

5.45pm – 7.30pm for Plate Tectonics after supper.

Download the flyer and registration form here (PDF).

Download the flyer and registration form here (WORD).

RocksExpo 2-PD Introducing Our Dynamic Planet @ Trundle

August 30, 2022 @ 3:45 PM

This PD is two for one!

  • Rocks (and how to use the TESEP rock kit) plus
  • Plate Tectonics

Held on site at Trundle Central School, Croft St, Trundle NSW

Tues 30 August 2022, 3.45pm – 5:15pm for Rocks,

followed by a supper and a short video - Antarctica - and

5.45pm – 7.30pm for Plate Tectonics after supper.

Download the flyer and registration form here (PDF).

Download the flyer and registration form here (WORD).

Quick PD: Metamorphic rock basics T3-2022

August 30, 2022 @ 4:30 PM

METAMORPHIC ROCK BASICS

Tuesday 30 August @ 4.30pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

What are the features of a rock that identify it as metamorphic?

Are all metamorphic rocks identified the same way?

This PD will take no more than 30 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

GM muscovite

Do you have a mystery rock you think might be sedimentary?

Take some good quality photographs and send them through ahead of time* and we'll try and do some virtual ID for you too!

* Send photographs of mystery rocks here. Good resolution and depth of field is essential. Make sure photographs include some form of scale.
NOTE: Identifying rockss can be hard at the best of times and doing it from photographs is far from ideal and we make no promises we can indentify anything or get it right even if we give it a try!  However, one thing is for sure: if we cannot easily identify a specimen chances are it should not be in a school teaching set!

RocksExpo 2-PD Introducing Our Dynamic Planet @ Condobolin

August 31, 2022 @ 3:45 PM

This PD is two for one!

  • Rocks (and how to use the TESEP rock kit) plus
  • Plate Tectonics

Held on site at Condobolin High School, Busby St, Condobolin.

Wed 31 August 2022, 3.45pm – 5:15pm for Rocks,

followed by a supper and a short video - Antarctica - and

5.45pm – 7.30pm for Plate Tectonics after supper.

Download the flyer and registration form here (PDF).

Download the flyer and registration form here (WORD).

Quick PD: Landforms and Tectonics T3 - 2022

September 01, 2022 @ 4:00 PM

Landforms and Tectonics

Thursday September 1 @ 4.00pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

Plate tectonics shapes the world we live on. Convergent and divergent margins shape the landscape, but so does mantle convection. The up and down-welling of the mantle creates a dynamic topography thousands of kilometres from plate margins. We will look at a few examples of dynamic topography from Australia. Subduction too has shaped the Australian landscape. Australia is currently tilting to the north-east as it slowly sinks under the Pacific plate. The consequences of this tilt has drained the Murray Basin, and left the Nullarbor high and dry.

This PD will take no more than 30-45 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

Quick PD: The rock cycle T3-2022

September 06, 2022 @ 4:30 PM

THE ROCK CYCLE

Tuesday 6 September @ 4.30pm AEDT. Register here. it's FREE.

What is the rock cycle? GM muscovite

Is it really a cycle like the water cycle and nutrient cycles?

This PD will take no more than 30-45 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.

Quick PD: Natural Hazards T3 - 2022

September 08, 2022 @ 4:00 PM

Natural Hazards

Thursday September 8 @ 4.00pm AEDT. Register here, it's FREE.

Active plate tectonic processes bring with it a number of natural hazards. In the final presentation in this series, we explore the tectonic causes of these hazards, including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, landslides, and more. By building up our understanding of how plate tectonics cause these hazards we are able to mitigate many of the risks posed by living in tectonically active areas. 

This PD will take no more than 30-45 minutes of your time. Extra time for Q&A can follow as required.