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  • In this recorded webinar, Andrea Soanes and Lyn Rogers look at the importance of observation as a fundamental aspect of the nature of science and explore relevant activities on the Science Learning Hub.

    The webinar was designed to inspire teachers to actively look for opportunities to build students’ observation skills. The focus is on how to use observation to engage students in science and to build their understandings of the nature of science whilst developing science capabilities.

    Rights: The University of Waikato. All Rights Reserved.

    Developing an eagle eye

    Video recording of the 'Developing an eagle eye' webinar.

    Watching the recorded webinar creates an opportunity for participants to engage with some simple observation activities and ideas, and it discusses how these can be used to foster students’ curiosity about their world.

    Thank you so much! These webinars are a brilliant way of learning/sharing info!


    The slideshow and recorded webinar provide ideas and information that will support teachers of any year level to:

    • actively look for opportunities to build students’ observation skills
    • explicitly engage students in science
    • build on students’ understandings of the nature of science
    • help develop students’ science capabilities
    • explore relevant activities on the Science Learning Hub.

    PD – gets the brain churning and excited.


    Watch the video (above) of this professional development session (you may want to download it) and also see below the index and the slideshow presentation.


    Topic PowerPoint slide number(s) Video timecode
    Introducing the Science Learning Hub (SLH) and presenters 3 00:00
    Webinar purpose 4–5 00:31
    Observation activity 6–7 02:17
    Finding observation resources on the SLH 10–11 05:31
    Mystery box activity 12 07:22
    What is observation? 13–14 12:12
    Why is it important and where does it fit in the New Zealand Curriculum? 15–18 14:40
    What opportunities do we offer our students to observe their world? 19–20 17:50
    Rally table activity 21 19:27
    Practical tools and adding value to existing activities 22–24 26:12
    Social media links, thanks and comments 25–26 31:05
    Rights: The University of Waikato Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato

    Developing an eagle eye – slideshow

    This slideshow, from the webinar Developing an eagle eye, provides additional support for the video tutorial.

    Use the Slideshow menu for further options, including view full screen, and go here for the download option.

    Activity ideas

    These activities are covered in the webinar:

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