Isis teacher has les­son in agri­cul­ture

Isis Town and Country - - NEWS -

ISIS District High School teacher Cather­ine Christ­sen went back to school last week to learn ways to in­cor­po­rate the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in agri­cul­ture into her class­room.

Ms Christ­sen, with other agri­cul­tural and en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence teach­ers from Bund­aberg, at­tended a pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment con­fer­ence at the Univer­sity of New Eng­land.

As well as re­vis­it­ing the fun­da­men­tals, she had an op­por­tu­nity to learn about the use of dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy in “smart farms”, as well as other rapidly chang­ing sub­ject ar­eas such as the ef­fects of cli­mate change, pest and weed con­trol and the use of high-tech dig­i­tal map­ping and in­for­ma­tion sys­tems.

Such teach­ers re­alise how im­por­tant their role is in equip­ping stu­dents with the skills and knowl­edge needed to bet­ter un­der­stand these tec­tonic shifts in tech­nol­ogy and farm­ing strate­gies.

Ms Christ­sen said the con­fer­ence was a chance to get up-to-date with the lat­est re­search and tech­nol­ogy to share with her se­nior stu­dents.

“It will also be use­ful to show stu­dents the breadth of ca­reers avail­able to them through cour­ses at UNE – the op­por­tu­ni­ties are broader than my stu­dents prob­a­bly imag­ine,” she said.

Con­fer­ence con­venor Amy Cosby said tech­nol­ogy was driv­ing mas­sive and rapid changes in agri­cul­ture.

“It’s im­por­tant that agri­cul­tural and en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence teach­ers stay up-to-speed with the lat­est changes so that stu­dents hit ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion, or the work­force, with a good un­der­stand­ing of the cur­rent land­scape,” Ms Cosby said.

She said the one mes­sage she wanted teach­ers to take back to their stu­dents was that ca­reers in agri­cul­ture were not just about work­ing on a farm, and that they could lead people into ex­cit­ing jobs around the world.

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ED­U­CA­TION: Penny Abell (Kep­nock State High School), Cather­ine Christ­sen (Isis District State High School), Evan Beasley (Bund­aberg Chris­tian Col­lege) and Bob Hib­bard (Bund­aberg Chris­tian Col­lege) went back to school to learn ways to in­cor­po­rate the lat­est de­vel­op­ments in agri­cul­ture into their class­rooms.

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