1330.0 - Education News, February 2014  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 19/02/2014   
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The end of the year is always a busy time for Education Services with conferences.


Emma, Mary-Anne and Fran at the MAWA trade stall.Frances, Mary-Anne and Emma travelled west to attend the annual Mathematic Association of Western Australia (MAWA) Secondary conference in Fremantle, Perth. We always love going to MAWA and this year was no exception.

Frances and Mary-Anne each presented two sessions. Frances' presentation introduced CensusAtSchool to teachers and took them on a website tour, demonstrating how to access authentic CensusAtSchool data, and also our large library of free resources. Mary-Anne's presentation titled 'A century of statistics for your classroom' took teachers on a journey, showing them how data can tell a story. Using her grandfather as an example, Mary-Anne demonstrated how ABS data intertwines with the lives of ordinary Australians.

Three of our four sessions were sold out, and we received fantastic feedback from teachers. Our trade stall was also very popular and teachers loved all of our promotional materials. We even scored a mention on the MAWA Facebook page!


Mary-Anne presenting at the MAV Conference.ESU returned to Melbourne ready for our next conference - the annual Mathematics Association of Victoria (MAV) conference at La Trobe University. This time the team were also joined by Vivienne and Nadeem.

Frances, Mary-Anne and Vivienne each presented two sessions.

Frances' presentation titled 'Harnessing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Data - ABS products supporting statistical learning' provided suggested entry points for teachers to explore and harness ABS data.

Mary-Anne presented a hands-on half day session for teachers new to Excel, titled 'Using Excel to create statistical displays.' The session was aimed at teachers with beginner knowledge of Excel, and during the course of the presentation Mary-Anne demonstrated how to create a variety of graphs using authentic CensusAtSchool questionnaire data.

Vivienne's presentation, 'ABS Products Supporting Deeper Statistical Understanding: Entry Points to the Australian Curriculum,' profiled ABS resources that can be used to teach statistics in the classroom.

The trade stall was very busy, with some 2000 teachers working their way around the stalls over the two days of the conference.