Australian Primary Education
18 views | +0 today
Follow
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Scooped by Janine Dalgairns
Scoop.it!

Primary schools to get specialist maths and science teachers - Herald Sun

Primary schools to get specialist maths and science teachers - Herald Sun | Australian Primary Education | Scoop.it
Primary schools to get specialist maths and science teachers
Herald Sun
Experts warn Australia won't meet its 2025 goal of ranking among the world's top-five education systems without urgent action.
more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Janine Dalgairns from Technology Education & Sustainability in Australian primary schools
Scoop.it!

Waste matters | Global Education

Waste matters | Global Education | Australian Primary Education | Scoop.it

Via Emily Middleton
more...
Emily Middleton's curator insight, June 6, 2013 9:47 AM

Waste Matters is a Global Education resource which was developed to help teachers introduce students to the concept of waste. The unit consists of a sequence of four lessons that prompt students to investigate waste in their daily lives, to explore waste creation and management at community level, to consider the role of organisations in waste management, and to develop and implement strategies for reducing waste.

 

This unit has been designed for students in year three and four. The resource has been linked to the Science and English key learning areas of the Australian curriculum, and to the cross-curriculum priority of Sustainability. With some minor adjustments, this resource could be used to support learning in the Design and Technologies subject of the DRAFT Australian Technology curriculum (2013). The applicable content descriptors are: 4.2, 4.5 and 4.6. When implementing, I would modify the last activity by having students further investigate one of the brainstormed solutions before they respond. The students could then generate and communicate their design ideas and decisions to the class using digital technologies.

 

Please note: I located this resource on Scootle, which has a wide range of quality resources that are linked to the Australian Curriculum. Scootle can be located at http://www.scootle.edu.au/ec/login.action

Rescooped by Janine Dalgairns from Lives Lived Well
Scoop.it!

Smith Family to tackle drugs in South Australian schools

Smith Family to tackle drugs in South Australian schools | Australian Primary Education | Scoop.it
THE Smith Family will run an education program about drugs and alcohol in South Australian primary schools, aimed at combating a rise in children experimenting at a younger age.

Via Lives Lived Well
Janine Dalgairns's insight:

Its terrible to think that children are being exposed to drugs and alcohol at an earlier age but it is not something we can avoid. I support this program and hopefully through education young children are able to make more informed and independant choices. How do we avoid peer pressure though? I still feel peer pressure as a non-drinking adult!

more...
No comment yet.
Rescooped by Janine Dalgairns from Technology Education & Sustainability in Australian primary schools
Scoop.it!

Home - Cool Australia

Home - Cool Australia | Australian Primary Education | Scoop.it
Cool Australia is educating young Australians for a sustainable future.

Via Emily Middleton
more...
Emily Middleton's curator insight, May 25, 2013 12:28 AM

The Cool Australia website has many excellent resources that relate to sustainability and environmental issues. These resources are aimed at students and teachers, and include unit and lesson plans; videos; interactive worksheets; pictures; fact sheets; articles; and news items. Topics include but are not limited to, energy; biodiversity; waste; water; climate change; and sustainability. While supporting ACARA’s cross-curriculum priority of Sustainability, many of the resources have also been linked to the Australian Curriculum. While the Technology curriculum has not yet been included, I believe that this curriculum will likely be linked to many of these resources in the near future.

 

The unit described as Energy grade 5 & 6 is a prime example of a resource that could support the Technology curriculum. I believe that with a few minor adjustments, content descriptors 6.1, 6.2, 6.6 and 6.7 of the Design and Technologies subject of the DRAFT Australian Technology Curriculum (2013), could be addressed. This unit also supports the cross-curriculum priority of Sustainability.

Rescooped by Janine Dalgairns from Technology Education & Sustainability in Australian primary schools
Scoop.it!

Future Shots

Future Shots | Australian Primary Education | Scoop.it

This action-based film was created for Future Shots – the 2009 Sustainability Film Challenge for Young Victorians. The film explores what the term 'sustainability' means in a few different contexts, from economics to ecology and politics. This is a positive film that puts responsibility for sustainability in the hands of everyone – no matter how big or small their contribution.


Via Emily Middleton
more...
Emily Middleton's curator insight, June 7, 2013 12:48 AM

The Future Shots website hosts a variety of films relating to Sustainability. The film called "Today's Power Strategy! Sustainability!" was created by students at Courtney Gardens Primary School and was designed for students in mid to upper primary school. It could be used to stimulate discussions on the link between Technological design and Sustainability. It could also be used to support learning in a unit of work that requires students to collaboratively create a film that:

 

1. Explains the concept of sustainability.

 

2. Shows an example of a technological device they have created that uses sustainable energy. (This device would be created after they have explored and investigated materials, tools, systems and techniques to produce their designed solution).

 

3. Communicates and evaluates their design ideas and processes, using relevant terminology, where appropriate.

 

This kind of learning and assessment experience would address components of the Arts key learning area, the general capability of ICTs, and the Design and Technology subject of the DRAFT Australian Curriculum (2013). Relevant content descriptors from the Technology curriculum could include: 4.2, 4.5, 4.6 and 4.7; 6.2, 6.6, 6.7 and 6.8; 8.3, 8.7, 8.8 and 8.9.

 

Please note this resource was re-scooped from Maree Whiteley's curated collection "Sustainability Resources for the Australian Curriculum." This collection can be located at http://www.scoop.it/t/sustainability-resources-for-the-australian-curriculum