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My name is Kyra and I am a fourth year Bachelor of Primary Education student, graduating in mid-year. My curation Engaging students through Technologies f-2, aligns with the Australian Curriculum Technologies strand (ACARA, 2014). My curation consists of resources and learning experiences for foundation to year 2 grades. During my research and collating resources for my curation, I considered the engagement and interaction students would have, the alignment to the Australian Curriculum Technologies strand, ease of implementing the activity and the learning experiences that would come from the resource.

My research has shown that young students are quite capable and willing to design, code, problem solve and think creatively and critically, they just require activities and resources that are engaging and appropriate for their age. Within the curation you will discover a range of resources that are suitable, interesting and challenging and provide students with opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding and, processes and skills linked to the Australian Curriculum Technologies strand.

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2014). Technologies. Retrieved May 5,        2014 from http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/rationale-aims/technologies ;

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Karen Willis's comment, May 25, 2014 7:05 PM
I am enjoying exploring your curation collection Kyra. I think you have got a great collection of age appropriate resources and lesson ideas. What a fun way of coding through Daisy the Dinosaur! Students really enjoy and engage through hands on activities which they can relate to. I like your focus!
khinde's comment, May 26, 2014 5:29 AM
Thanks Karen. I am glad that you believe the resources i have curated are valid and purposeful in engaging the early years in the Technologies curriculum.
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Bots for Tots - ASME

Bots for Tots - ASME | Engaging students through technologies in the early years F-2 | Scoop.it
If you want your kids to succeed you better get them programming young. How Young? Five, says Vikas Gupta, CEO of Play-i.
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Company Play-i has created two robots named Bo and Yana that young children can program. Play-i suggests that the robots are particularly good for the younger students who do not have the typing capability. The robots can be told what to do using music and drawings. Michael from ASME  https://www.asme.org/

reviewed the product; found that the robots have been designed with the children interests in mind. The robots will have engaged the students and they will begin coding in no time.   . These robots are ideal for the younger years. The robots provide hands on way to code and problem solve through. Bo and Yana align with the Australian Technology curriculum   with the content descriptors in the Digital Technologies of ACTDIP004   Follow, describe and represent a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve simple problems ,  ACTDIK001  Identify, use and explore digital systems (hardware and software components) for a purpose  ACTDIK002 Recognise and explore patterns in data and represent data as pictures, symbols and diagrams. In Design and technologies the robots align with the Australian technology Curriculum through ACTDEK002 Explore how technologies use forces to create movement in products. This is a great product which will have a cost similar to the iPhone; it may be a worthwhile investment for schools. To view the Technology curriculum http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10   

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Kelly Frintzilas's comment, April 26, 2014 9:25 PM
Thanks for the scoop Kyra. The robots look like a great idea. This would allow students to practice algorithms and sequencing and I can see its potential and application of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Well done.
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Kodable

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Get Kodable on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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Kodable is an educational app for an tablet which introduces younger students to coding . The EdSurge website named the program as one of their favourite programs for coding ( Edsurge, 2013). The app is programmed with young children in mind as it is visually appealing and develops a skills through a scaffold sequence.  There are four levels of playing that increase in difficulty.The app provides students to create repeating steps, if statements, commands and problem solving. This aligns with the Technology curriculum to generate,design, produce  and evaluate.

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

 

This program suits the younger years as it is aimed at the early years and supports the students understanding of coding in a student friendly way. To view information about the app 

 https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/kodable/id577673067?ls=1&mt=8

 

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Corinne Owen's comment, April 26, 2014 9:20 AM
Great scoop... I think starting young with coding is definitely the way to go
Natalie Todd's comment, April 27, 2014 1:17 AM
Thank you for sharing this. I deal with coding at work and I found when I started with it many years ago (after I left school) that it was not an easy skill to pick up. This was due to the fact that I had never been exposed to it within my schooling, however with starting the access to these applications we are providing our students with a head start into preparing them for the real world. Thank you
khinde's comment, April 29, 2014 6:19 AM
Thank you for commenting. Natalie i find it amazing that students are coding and have the ability to do it. Programs such as Kodable provide a student friendly interface which is engagin for the students. What activities would you design using kodable?
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Otherwise Educating: Sundial

Otherwise Educating: Sundial | Engaging students through technologies in the early years F-2 | Scoop.it
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Other wise Educating is a home-school blog http://otherwiseeducating.blogspot.com.au/

Otherwise Educating has created a fantastic project for students to understand the history of telling the time through a sun dial and using it to to the tell time for the day. The sun dial activity connects to the technology curriculum through ACTDEK001 - Identifying  how people design familiar products,  understanding the influence  and impact of technology. http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

  This unit can be integrated into many key learning areas such as Mathematics, History and English. The sundial would be an engaging way for students to consider the impact of technology and consider the changes of design over time.

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Vivien Clark's comment, March 29, 2014 7:49 PM
I love this one Kyra. One of the foci of my curation http://designanddigitaltechnology.wordpress.com/ is comparing traditional technology with contemporary technology, these days even watches are becoming an 'old fashioned' way of telling time.
khinde's comment, April 29, 2014 6:24 AM
Vivien i agree with you. Students find it very interesting investigating how people used to do things such as tell time. The sun dial would be great in a classroom and students could use the dial to tell the time and then check the real time to see if they were correct. How would you differentiate the lesson for other year levels? Do you think making a sun diial would be a good design brief? What other design technologies do you think would be engaging and beneficial to investigate in a classroom ?
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Construction Management Degree» Blog Archive » 100 Awesome Engineering Projects for Kids

Construction Management Degree» Blog Archive » 100 Awesome Engineering Projects for Kids | Engaging students through technologies in the early years F-2 | Scoop.it
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This website blog, Construction Management Degree (2014) http://constructionmanagementdegree.org/

has numerous of activities specifically designed for kids, to engage students in the area of force and others areas of physics. There are activities for the students to create ball runs to learn about gravity, dominos for force or friction with balloons. Each activity provides a set of instructions and challenges that the students may be involved in. The site has numerous activities to integrate design into learning.

    The site has been divided into topics which allow ease of use. The projects and activities connect to the Technology curriculum in numerous ways. The students are involved in investigations and projects about design of familiar products,(ACTDEK002)    investigating the use of forces, ACTDEK004  exploring the characteristics and properties of materials and  (ACTDEP007) making and evaluating decisions. http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

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Librarianism Chronicles: Force and Motion Experiment

Librarianism Chronicles: Force and Motion Experiment | Engaging students through technologies in the early years F-2 | Scoop.it
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This blog Librarian Chronicles ( 2010)  by Amber Mann http://librarianismchronicles.blogspot.com.au/

proposes that force and motion is topic which students  enjoy, and car racing can be differentiated for all levels. The blog provides a hands activity of car racing for students to be engaged in the exploration of force and how variables can change the result. The blog provides the information required for the activity and the process used for the investigation. The students were required to make predictions of the outcome, race their cars several times, record the distance of travel, and evaluate the outcome of the results. This is an exciting activity that requires students to be critical thinkers, make judgements and evaluations. The activity connects to the science strand of the curriculum in the early years and can be differentiated to suit each year level and ability. Technology is integrated into the experiment through 2.1, 2.3 and 2.5.The experiment requires students to explore how technologies uses force to create movement, make predictions, follow a sequence of step, collect and evaluate  data. http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

The students would have fun with this activity.

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DESIGN SQUAD . Speedy Shelter | PBS KIDS GO!

DESIGN SQUAD . Speedy Shelter | PBS KIDS GO! | Engaging students through technologies in the early years F-2 | Scoop.it
Watch the DESIGN SQUAD PBS TV series, play puzzle games, design and build creative projects, draw and share your ideas, see cool engineering at work!
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This website PBS Design Squad (2012) http://pbskids.org/designsquad/ provides an activity for students to build their own shelter. The scenario is given that you need to build an emergency shelter that is quick to build, sturdy and big enough to house one person. This is an activity that is suitable for the early years in primary school but also an activity that is engaging as students are required to design a shelter from scratch. Consideration needs to be given to materials, the aspects of the shelter such as poles and roof, as well as what is going to tie the shelter together. This activity can be developed to introduce sustainability by providing students with recyclable materials or materials that are found naturally in the bushland. Also the project can be incorporated to investigate different housing needs of cultures throughout the world. The activity aligns to 2.1 students making design decisions based on purpose and need, 2.2 exploring the different potential of materials, 2.4 selecting materials appropriate for design and 2.5 gathering materials and discussing design solutions.  http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

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Design Thinking Projects and Challenges

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This website The K12 Lab Wiki (2010) https://dschool.stanford.edu/groups/k12/   incorporates the technology curriculum in various engaging ways for students. The website contains design thinking and project challenges and includes various activities for different ages and year levels. The Design Thinking Challenges includes a Hamster activity which is suitable for the lower years of primary school. The activity is presented as a news bulletin which captures the students’ attention. The set out of the activity provides the opportunity for the students to investigate the needs of a young person and then transform the understanding to develop a hamster habitat. Each section of the activity is set out and designed with information to guide students. The design process connects to   2.6, 2.3 as the students plan and design their hamster cage, and afterwards evaluate and reflect on their plan. http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10  Furthermore the activity promotes student engagement through critical thinking by brainstorming, interaction with others and responding to the needs of the project. The activity can also be adjusted to incorporate ICT through using appropriate digital technologies for students to design their hamster habitat, aligning to 2.7. This would be a fun activity for the early years in primary school.

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Make Your Own Solar Oven - I Can Teach My Child!

Make Your Own Solar Oven - I Can Teach My Child! | Engaging students through technologies in the early years F-2 | Scoop.it
I’m a little sad that all the fun and fascinating science experiments are coming to an end…this is the very last one!  I hope you have enjoyed this series as much as we have! This last “experiment” will be lots of fun to try this summer…make your own s’mores or even melt cheese on top …
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The website http://www.icanteachmychild.com/ I can Teach My Child (2012) by teacher Jenae, provides explicit step by step instructions to make your own solar oven. The site provides a video where you can watch the step by step instructions, enabling the view to pause and move on through the process. The website provides ideas on how to use the solar oven such as, making cheese pizza or melting sm'ores.  The solar oven is a resource that can be explored in many ways and connects to elements of the technology curriculum while providing an engaging authentic experience for students.   Introducing the solar oven in the class room the students may include the students engaging in the design process such as choosing a backing paper for the solar oven, predicting, collecting data and evaluating. The solar oven project aligns with   2.5 in the technology strand, as students will consider the development of sustainable solutions. http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10  Differentiation of the project could be implemented for different years and abilities, or as a whole class project with groups investigating a variable. Furthermore this project could extend to the collection and representation of data when using the solar oven.  The aim of technologies for students to be able to plan, manage , critique and evaluate processes, solutions and make informed decisions ( Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority, (ACARA),2013).

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khinde's comment, April 29, 2014 6:34 AM
Kelly this is a fantastic idea and i have seen it used in a classroom. The students were engaged and excited to make their own oven. The design process and choices students were required to be involved in were colours to use in the oven to melt bees wax. For this the students had to research which colours are affected by the sun . Students also had to design their solar oven selecting materials to use ( thye were given a pizza box). Some students cut out the top of the box others were similar to this blog. Great activity. HOw do you think this activity could be expanded to challenge the students more?
Melissa Bufalino's comment, April 30, 2014 7:29 AM
This is so cool @khinde, the students at my most recent prac were making these and it was so great to see their creativity. They were so engaged and excited to participate.
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Science Gal: Creating Catapults

Science Gal: Creating Catapults | Engaging students through technologies in the early years F-2 | Scoop.it
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Science gal http://sciencegal-sciencegal.blogspot.co.uk/ proposes that students can design and create their own catapult using limited material to explore motion and forces. This lesson would be engaging and fun for students as they learn the science of force and motion. How much fun would the students have designing a catapult to launch marshmallows across the room. The project aligns with the Australian Curriculum Technologies  year three and four content descriptor   ACTDEK011  investigating the forces and properties of materials. ACTDEP015   

 

Generate, develop, and communicate design ideas  for an intended product http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10 .  Creating a catapult requires students to design a product for a purpose and  investigate the properties of forces and motion . During the process students will be required to problem solve, be creative  and analyse their design to have a successful outcome.

 

 

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khinde's comment, April 29, 2014 6:17 AM
Thanks for the comments. I further beleive this resource could be differentiated for higher years. The higher grades could invesitgate angles as a variable . I think this could also become a design project.Students need to design and create a catapult. If you were to make this a design project would is criteria would the catapult have to meet?
Katherine Reed's comment, May 1, 2014 3:17 AM
This looks like a whole heap of fun! Glad they only demonstrate marshmellows! The kids would love to create their own designs. Will be keeping this idea for future use!
Karen Willis's comment, May 25, 2014 7:01 PM
What a great idea! Students no doubt would have fun with this hands on activity. How engaging.
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Daisy the Dinosaur

Daisy the Dinosaur | Engaging students through technologies in the early years F-2 | Scoop.it
Get Daisy the Dinosaur on the App Store. See screenshots and ratings, and read customer reviews.
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itunes suggest that this app is a great way to introduce young children to coding. This  app is an entertaining child friendly way for children to begin coding through moving Daisy the  dinosaur. Young children will be introduced to simple steps to do sequences and looping. The steps are easy to follow and in a child friendly language which bases the movements on growing, turning, jumping, spinning and shrinking. The app aligns with the Technology Curriculum by exploring tools to create design solutions ACTDEP005 , sequencing steps ACTDEP009, follow steps (ACTDIP004) and using digital systems ACTDIK001). http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10   This app is a friendly way to engage students in coding fun. This is a free app available in itunes https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/daisy-the-dinosaur/id490514278?mt=8

 

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Little Green Thumbs - Welcome

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Andrew from Little Green thumbs has an engaging process of capturing the interest of children and the environment around them. Andrew, introduces the content through the students creating their own story about the growth of a seed. From here the learning expands to the introduction of a life cycle of a plant through to the creation and design of their own garden. To visit the site click here http://www.littlegreenthumbs.com.au/index.html ; There are various links to the technology curriculum as well as Sustainability, Science, HPE and English learning areas. Students are making decisions ACTDEP006, exploring how plants and food is grownACTDEK003, collaborating and sequencing steps for design solutions ACTDEP009 and having a personal preference of designACTDEP008. http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

These lessons link together to create an authentic experience of real world connections.

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Karen Willis's comment, May 25, 2014 7:09 PM
I would love to use this in the classroom, it is a great tool to explore the life cycle of a plant which links to the design and technology curriculum - food production. I am passionate about healthy eating and students being exposed to hands on activities in order to produce food for a purpose such as healthy eating. You could also link in sustainability and look at planting trees in nurturing our environment and protecting our future. Thanks Kyra!
Karen Willis's curator insight, May 25, 2014 7:18 PM

What a fabulous site. Little Green Thumbs offers an engaging process where children can explore the life cycle of a plant. What an innovative and exciting way for students to investigate gardening and how we grow plants and food for a purpose. Little Green Thumbs offer a hands on experience as every student has the opportunity to plant a seed in soil and grow their own plant. Students will explore aspects such as healthy eating and through this experience they will develop a deeper understanding of nature, nutrition and their environment. 

 

This approach integrates other learning areas of the curriculum such as HPE, Science and Mathematics.

 

This links to the relevant content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum:

 

Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating (ACTDEK003)

 

Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies (ACTDEK012)

 

 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

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Raki's Rad Resources: TED-Ed Quality Videos for Kids

Raki's Rad Resources: TED-Ed Quality Videos for Kids | Engaging students through technologies in the early years F-2 | Scoop.it
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Raki rad resources http://www.rakisradresources.com/     is a blog that brings together the knowledge and experience of a teacher, curriculum designer that focuses on resources that are differentiated and project based learning experiences. Raki recommends the site TED an educational and informative site that has now branched off to included material for students. Raki recommends a video by a student who invented a power light system to keep away lions at night. This video is engaging and inspirational for students and aligns to the Technology curriculum of  ACTDEK001 identify how people design and produce objects and meet personal needs,  ACTEDP005 exploring the needs of design , ACTDEK004 exploring design solutions and experimenting with techniques and ACTDEP007  using materials and tools safely to meet design.  http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

This video is innovative and will definitely get the students thinking about what they could make or design to help them in their home. Furthemore, the TED-ed site has numerous videos that are inspiring for students or provide ideas for teachers.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Picture Book Maker - Create Children's Stories

Free Technology for Teachers: Picture Book Maker - Create Children's Stories | Engaging students through technologies in the early years F-2 | Scoop.it
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Richard Byrne (2012) http://www.freetech4teachers.com/

  suggests that Picture Book Maker is a simple tool that allows young students to create their own books.

Picture Book Maker is a tool that provides young students the opportunity to create their own book.  The ease of use of the product and the limit of words per page align it with the younger years. As the books are made digitally it then creates the opportunity for the books to be shared via a class blog, sent home via email and through online newsletters.  

 Picture Book Maker aligns with the Technology curriculum through the design process of creating of selecting components, sequencing steps, using technology safely to produce an artefact. http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

 I believe Picture Book Maker is a great simple tool which allows students to be introduced digital technology

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Karen Willis's comment, April 25, 2014 9:07 PM
What a great resource! How fun for the children and what a great way to implement technology and literacy.
khinde's comment, April 29, 2014 6:28 AM
I agree Karen this is a great student friendly resource for the early years. The tool is easy to use , effective but also provides an opportunity for the teacher to share the student's book. I like that the students have creativity over the design process putting them in control of making decisions. In particular this is great for early years as it does provide a limit on words per page. What do you believe as being important when choosing a tool to use in the classroom? Would picture book maker fit your criteria?
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3 bears Picnic Blanket

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Age 3-5 yearsFirst published 2008
In this project children explore how fabrics can be joined togeth...
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Design and Technology Association is a website https://www.data.org.uk/  offers a wealth of information and resources for the classroom to integrate the Technology curriculum. The association requires a membership but it would be a worthwhile investment as the quality of resources are clearly explained and level for particular year levels and curriculum areas. 

Once you have joined the memberships includes an online magazine to keep you up to date, information about upcoming events and training. There are a variety of resources available on the site that incurs a small fee but it would be money well spent.  You are able to preview the activity before purchase and read the description of the product, including how it can be linked to the curriculum, with teaching suggestions. I have selected If you go down in the woods today as an example. The activity incorporates sustainability and provides students with investigation of how materials can be joined, where materials come from and recycling. The activity incorporates 2.1 investigating properties of materials, 2.5 designing opportunities and 2.7 using materials in a new way (ACARA, 2014). http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

 

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Nuffield Primary Design and Technology - National STEM Centre

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This website  The National Stem Centre (2009) http://www.nationalstemcentre.org.uk/   provides access to many resources for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The ease of navigation for this website make it appealing as the tabs provides  clear headings which enable access to resources that are suitable for your teaching area. You are able to search by subject area but also it has the ability to search by typing in words. The sites provides activities and resources that relate to the Australian Curriculum and also for the Technology. http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

Each resource gives a description and may include a video, pdf, presentation or images.  This is an invaluable resource for teachers to have.

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Ocean Sensory Pool - Housing a Forest

Ocean Sensory Pool - Housing a Forest | Engaging students through technologies in the early years F-2 | Scoop.it
Your kids will love this simple Ocean Sensory Pool. Lots of fun sensory play, shape learning and origami folding that your kids will love!
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This website Housing a Forest (2013) http://www.housingaforest.com/yarn-wrapped-bee-craft/ ;

  introduces the step by step process of making paper boats and using different shapes as sails. The website provides further information proposing the importance of play, experience and kinaesthetic activities  through learning in the younger years. The instructions provide pictures that guide you through the process and also provide extra alternatives such as adding oars and recommending type of paper to use. The activity is suitable for the early years in primary school and can include different aspects of the curriculum for each year level.  This design projects connects to 2.1  in the technology curriculum through the explorations of the needs and purpose of the paper when deciding which paper to make the boat from,  and 2.2   as students learn through play and are able to test different sails testing design solutions. http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10  The activity incorporates the science strand through investigating floating and conducting investigation. The activity also aligns with mathematical strand of geometry as students select and make different shapes for the sail. It further provides the opportunity for students to be select, produce the shape of the sail and evaluate its success.  This activity also incorporates the opportunity for students to critique, evaluate and make informed decisions on the design of the sail of the boat which aligns with the rational of the technology curriculum.

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