Isis teacher has lesson in agriculture
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.
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.