Australian Professional Standards for Teachers

Animating the particle model

About this Illustration of Practice

A lead teacher and University education specialist discuss the implementation of a program between the school and the University to support the development of graduate teachers in delivering a science unit of work to year 5 and 6 students. The program focuses on students developing a story board to explain the particle model theory which will be animated using stop motion software. The emphasis is on showing the multi model possibilities of delivering science to students.

Standard 2
Know the content and how to teach it
Focus area 2.6
Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
Career stage
Lead and support colleagues within the school to select and use ICT with effective teaching strategies to expand learning opportunities and content knowledge for all students.
Other descriptors
Standard 3
Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning
Focus area 3.4
Select and use resources
Career stage
Model exemplary skills and lead colleagues in selecting, creating and evaluating resources, including ICT, for application by teachers within or beyond the school.
  1. In what ways could you support colleagues to demonstrate their content knowledge using ICT?
  2. What practical activities could you encourage colleagues to incorporate into a lesson to make a theoretical concept more understandable?
  3. Do you encourage colleagues to use external resources beyond their classroom to enhance their students’ knowledge and understanding?
Learning area
Year level
Year 5
Australian Curriculum content descriptions
Golden Square Primary School
Year level
Year 5
Year 6
Related subject
Stage of schooling
School type
School location
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Golden Square Primary School, located in Bendigo, Victoria, is a government school with over 400 students. The school has a partnership with La Trobe University to enhance the teaching of science using ICT. Students at Golden Square are immersed in technology throughout the school, with particular emphasis on 1:1 access in years 5 and 6. The graduate teachers are able to use a range of resources and technologies to support their students' learning in Science.

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