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The Sydney Morning Herald created an interactive set of photographs that contrast past and present images of Bondi Beach. Teacher’s can adapt these photographs for the classroom using information and communications technologies (ICT) such as computers and tablets so that children can engage with the photographs. ICT is believed to enhance learning as it can increase the motivation of certain children and provide new and exciting ways to engage students learning and support their understanding (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2011, p.181).
After exploring the site Teacher’s can initiate a collaborative classroom discussion about how the Bondi Beach Environment has changed. Teacher’s should consider the abilities and the interests of Early stage One students to ensure that their questions are effective. (Gilbert & Hoepper, 2011, p.58). Teachers may wish to ask what is different about Bondi Beach? (Consider clothing, modes of transport and vehicles). Teachers could assess students against the HSIE curriculum regarding the ability to identify changes to places in their immediate environment (NSW Board of Studies, 1998, p.49). This task can also relate to the Literacy outcome ENe-11D as the student “responds to … familiar aspects of the world and their own Experiences”, (NSW Board of Studies 2012, p. 50).
Further questions such as, “Are the changes good changes or bad changes?” Can develop the early stages of critical thinking. As Lucas found the ability to think critically is something that is developed over time through teacher guidance and support (Lucas, P, 2012, p.2). Therefore initiating basic critical thinking is a valuable strategy for effective pedagogy.
Gilbert, R., & Hoepper, B. (2011). Teaching Society and Environment (4th ed.). South Melbourne: Cengage Learning Australia.
Lucas, P (2012) Critical reflection. What do we really mean?
Auckland University of Technology.
NSW Board of Studies (2012) English K-10 Syllabus Volume 1: English K-6 Syllabus (p.31). Sydney: B.O.S.
NSW Board of Studies (1998). Human Society and Its Environment K-6 Syllabus (pp.42-43). Sydney: B.O.S.