Professional Learning

The NSW Environmental Education Centre’s offer a range of professional learning opportunities for teachers, government and non government personnel and community members. The majority of these workshops are accredited with BOSTES – Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards NSW and focus on developing sustainability focused teaching and learning programs.



Plugging into Nature:  Learning Outside the Classroom with iPads

By blending natural experiences with the authentic use of technology it’s possible to create learning experiences that are highly engaging, support cross curriculum priorities and contribute to quality learning outcomes within the new BOS Syllabus for the Australian Curriculum.

Plugging into Nature will provide participants with practical ideas and pedagogical approaches for using iPads inside and outside the classroom to support teaching and learning.

We will investigate ways of supporting the sustainability cross curriculum priority through the integration of technology and outdoor learning into Board of Studies Syllabus for Australian Curriculum.

Participants will be introduced to the SAMR model of technology integration, relevant cross curriculum priorities, the natural environment strand from the BOSTES Science syllabus and authentic learning methodologies.

After completion of the one day workshop teachers will develop or modify a series of lessons or a short unit of work to utilise iPads and natural environments as the context for learning.

Teachers will develop a multimodal text that provides an overview of their lesson sequence that will be published to the iBookstore.

This course will contribute 20 hours towards BOSTES registered professional development. It addresses the following Professional Teaching Standards 1.2.2, 2.1.2, 2.6.2, 3.2.2, 6.3.2, 7.4.2

Enrol via MyPL.

Non-DEC teachers: You will need to sign up for a username and password to enrol via MyPL. Just click “Don’t have a username” on the MyPL website


DEC Cost: $225 inc GST 1st teacher, all additional staff $125

Non DEC: $295 inc GST

Includes morning tea, lunch

Time: 8.30am to 3.30pm

Please note: We can create additional days to cater for whole school Professional Learning events.

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2016 Dates

Term 4

Date: Week 1 Friday 14th October

Time: 8.30am to 3.30pm

Location: Field of Mars Reserve

Register @ MyPL

Course Code: RG00127

Event iD: 131309

PLEASE NOTE: The current MyPL will shut down on 24th September for a few weeks.  To enrol please email the centre with your name, school name and dietary requirements.  

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Teaching and Learning with iTunes U Teacher Professional Learning Workshop

It’s now easier than ever to create teaching and learning sequences or courses on an iPad to support BOSTES Syllabus.

In this professional learning session Field of Mars EEC staff will showcase how they have used and you can use iTunes U Course Manager to streamline teaching workflows and transform student learning. Using iTunes U you can embed Apps, books, videos and other resources into exciting digital learning sequences. With iTunes U 3.0 students can even hand in work.

This course will be delivered via Adobe Connect.

Links and resources for the session will be provided after registration.

This course will provide 1 hour of non registered professional learning.

Register via MyPL

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2016 Dates

Term 1