Water Journal : Water Journal April 2014
38 AWA News AUSTRALIAN CURRICULUM WATER PROJECT UPDATE The Australian Water Curriculum Project (AWCP) capitalises on the opportunity provided by the development of the Australian Curriculum. The ACWP ensures a collaborative approach to curriculum-linked water education in Australia. By working with subscribers, the ACWP is collating and aligning existing water education materials, developing new water education resources to ll resource gaps and ensuring resources are integrated into the Australian Curriculum digital resource database. Importantly this project offers the opportunity for the water sector to collaborate with national education agencies such as Education Services Australia (ESA) and the Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA). We are well into the second year of this three-year project and great progress has been made so far. Current activities include: • Assisting subscribers with contributing their resources to Scootle, the digital curriculum resource portal where teachers access their curriculum content; • Identi cation of best practice water-related resources; • Development of Teacher Guides to ll resource gaps and promote water careers; • A History Curriculum Audit to complement the Science and Geography audit of education water resources available nationally; • Updating and digitising the We All Use Water resource providing a general introduction to the breadth of water management topics in Australia; • Development of a Water Educator's Toolkit, a collection of demonstration and activity ideas for site tours and classroom incursions. The third year of the project will focus on resource building to ll identi ed curriculum gaps along with developing an engaging web presence that will provide access to the best resources possible for school and community engagement programs. The ACWP bene ts subscribers by: • Reducing nancial and human resources required to invest in water education. The ACWP develops targeted support resources to meet the educational needs of subscribers. • Providing opportunities for collaboration with the education sector. The ACWP is a 'trusted partner' with Education Services Australia (ESA), which allows the water industry to lead the way. • Building stronger relationships with other water agencies. Subscribers get to exchange, share expertise and avoid reinventing the wheel. • Promoting employment in the water industry. Speci c resources linked to water careers will be created that engage secondary students and address the existing skills shortage. AWA is looking to extend the bene ts of this project to new subscribers and is offering a special one-year subscription rate for newcomers. For further information please visit www.awa.asn.au/ AustralianCurriculumProject or contact Kim Wuyts, ph 02 9436 0055 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. JOIN ONE OF AWA'S INTERACTIVE NETWORKS If you're an AWA member, a key bene t is to join one or more of our 19 interactive Specialist Networks. It's free to join and there are plenty of rewards to reap, including: • Chance to exchange knowledge and ideas with peers in your area; • Increase your technical knowledge and competence; • Receive the latest news and advances in your specialty area; • Hear about opportunities to help you excel professionally; • Lead the way through thought leadership; • Build contacts with people that share similar water-related interests; • Contribute to the development of industry programs, policies, strategies, guidelines and standards. Specialist Networks are tailored to the diverse specialties across the water industry and include (see overleaf): Delivering innovative water, wastewater and reuse solutions.
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