Welcome to the Department's education centre.
These pages provide a range of educational resources and information to generate awareness and interest in the sustainable management of Australia’s environment, natural resources and heritage.
The resources are there to inspire new ideas for the classroom and for teachers and students to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of our environment and heritage and to promote a sustainable way of life.
|Scooped by Erica Grisanti|
The description given above pretty perfectly sums up how effective this resource is when looking to educate student on environmental maintenance and improvement. As a part of the Australian Government's Department of the Environment, the education centre has sections both "for students" and "for teachers"--each one offering a compilation of environmentally friendly resources that can be used in the classroom.
Various educational picture books are available for PDF download; I took a look at "Australia's Amazing Wetlands" in particular, and found it to be an incredible resource. The book uses child-appropriate language, yet does not water down the context, as it describes the environment of Australia's wetlands to Stage 3 children. It then goes on to discuss the environmental threats that the wetlands are currently undergoing, and what children can do to maintain their serenity. Using this book, students can begin to look at the wetlands from a geographical standpoint, as well as gain an idea of what types of habitat it provides for the creatures that live there. Using this knowledge, they may be able to better understand why a habitat such as this plays an important role in the overall environmental make-up of Australia, and therefore why it is important to maintain it. in An excursion to an Australian wetland environment would be a great way to tie this into a more hands-on learning experience.
Something else the website provides are links to different organizations and charities that work to improve the environment. For example, a link to the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme provides information on one organization that promotes the donations of old television and computer parts for recycling purposes. Exploring organizations such as these, and getting students involved in them (for example, donating old printer cartridges) is a great way to allow students to play a direct role in improving their own environment, as it applies their learning to a real experience.
Other resources the website provides are links to different educational websites revolving around sustainable living, biodiversity, marine environments (which ties back into the lesson in my previous SCOOP on AMSA), heritage, land, Indigenous Australians, waste and pollution, etc. Essentially, this site is a centrally located source that branches out, allowing teachers to collect an even larger plethora of resources to use when teaching environmental sustainability in the classroom.