189 learners taking this course
Many thanks to Northern Pictures, the official partner of this online course. We would also like to acknowledge the generous contributions of GoodPitch² Australia, Shark Island Institute, Documentary Australia Foundation, The Caledonia Foundation and Screen Australia.
Wow! This course was eye-opening! I can’t wait to teach STEAM using Blue the Film – Michelle
I realised that I had some STEAM in my teaching but now I have a clear pedagogy – Christina
Teach STEM in fun and interesting ways with the help of this accredited 2 hour online course. Using videos from a documentary called Blue, you will explore a framework for using the Arts to teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (known as STEAM). Blue explores the state of the ocean, helps us think about its important role on Earth and encourages us to become ocean guardians. In this course, you will:
- Learn a framework for teaching STEAM from Foundation to Year 6.
- Use Blue the Film teaching resources as a springboard for STEAM.
- Hear from STEAM education experts.
- Discover how STEAM empowers students to become active citizens.
This course supports the Foundation to Year 6 curriculum:
- Foundation – English, Mathematics, Science, Music, Drama
- Years 1 & 2 – English, Mathematics, Science, Music, Drama
- Years 3 & 4 – English, Science, Visual Arts, Media Arts
- Years 5 & 6 – English, Science, Design & Technologies
- General capabilities: Literacy, Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking
- Cross curriculum priorities: Sustainability.
This course is mapped to the Professional Standards for Teachers. It is accredited for teacher professional development hours in the following states and territories:
Graduate Teacher – all states and territories
2.1.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area.
3.3.1 Include a range of teaching strategies.
3.4.1 Demonstrate knowledge of a range of resources, including ICT, that engage students in their learning.
Proficient Teacher – all states and territories
2.1.2 Apply knowledge of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area to develop engaging teaching activities.
3.3.2 Select and use relevant teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.
3.4.2 Select and/or create and use a range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.
Highly Accomplished Teacher – all states and territories except for NSW
2.1.3 Support colleagues using current and comprehensive knowledge of content and teaching strategies to develop and implement engaging learning and teaching programs.
3.3.3 Support colleagues to select and apply effective teaching strategies to develop knowledge, skills, problem solving and critical and creative thinking.
3.4.3 Assist colleagues to create, select and use a wide range of resources, including ICT, to engage students in their learning.
Cool Australia is endorsed to provide TQI Registered Professional Development for ACT teachers accredited at Proficient or Highly Accomplished Teacher.
In NSW, Cool Australia is endorsed to provide NESA Registered Professional Development for teachers accredited at Proficient Teacher.
Chris Vella from Cool Australia is your course teacher. He has worked in the education sector for over 10 years as a classroom teacher and educational consultant. He has also worked at Western Sydney University. Chris loves getting creative with education and supporting others to do the same.
Interviews with Tracey Gray
Tracey is an Aquatic Scientist and an experienced science classroom teacher. She is passionate about creating innovative programs that integrate STEM and STEAM techniques. Tracey is a WISE-STEM changemaker leader and participated in the 1st Homeward Bound- global STEM female scientist leadership expedition to Antarctica in 2016.
As a not-for-profit organisation all revenue from our Professional Development courses is reinvested into providing teachers with the resources to become the designers of exceptional learning.