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A Design Challenge to Students: Solve a Real-World Problem! | MindShift

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Creating a safe recreation space for teens; protoyping a recyclable lunch tray; setting up a water delivery system to guard against urban fires; building a pu
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This is a resource that allows students to solve real world problems relating to sustainability with technology. The website focuses on design thinking, 21st century learning skills, design learning research, curriculum frameworks, project based learning and engaging today’s students. It links with the Draft Australian Curriculum for technology including design technology in creating and evaluating projects, using critical and creative thinking and overall creating preferred futures.

 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 14, 2013 11:02 AM

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I have rescooped this resource from @Rebecca White as it is a great resource for teaching the Design and technology strand and incorporates sustainability. The website focuses on design thinking, 21st century learning skills, design learning research, curriculum frameworks, project based learning and engaging today’s students. It links with the Australian Curriculum for technology including design technology as it is build student computational thinking by getting them to create and evaluate projects which aims towards creating preferred futures.

Katherine Reed's curator insight, April 7, 10:34 PM

This is the background information for competitions that are coordinated between designers and educators to promote students thinking about how to solve real world problems using design.  There are links provided to sample problems and challenges suited for Prep to Year 4 levels as well as more in depth concepts for high school students, such as designing jobs for 2050.  Interesting read and plenty of information to be explored. 

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A Design Challenge to Students: Solve a Real-World Problem! | MindShift

A Design Challenge to Students: Solve a Real-World Problem! | MindShift | Creating Preferred Futures through Technology, Sustainability and Education. | Scoop.it
Creating a safe recreation space for teens; protoyping a recyclable lunch tray; setting up a water delivery system to guard against urban fires; building a pu
Rebecca White's insight:

This is a resource that allows students to solve real world problems relating to sustainability with technology. The website focuses on design thinking, 21st century learning skills, design learning research, curriculum frameworks, project based learning and engaging today’s students. It links with the Draft Australian Curriculum for technology including design technology in creating and evaluating projects, using critical and creative thinking and overall creating preferred futures.

 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 14, 2013 11:02 AM

Some good suggestions provided in a broad way.

Marnie McGillivray's curator insight, March 23, 8:33 PM

I have rescooped this resource from @Rebecca White as it is a great resource for teaching the Design and technology strand and incorporates sustainability. The website focuses on design thinking, 21st century learning skills, design learning research, curriculum frameworks, project based learning and engaging today’s students. It links with the Australian Curriculum for technology including design technology as it is build student computational thinking by getting them to create and evaluate projects which aims towards creating preferred futures.

Katherine Reed's curator insight, April 7, 10:34 PM

This is the background information for competitions that are coordinated between designers and educators to promote students thinking about how to solve real world problems using design.  There are links provided to sample problems and challenges suited for Prep to Year 4 levels as well as more in depth concepts for high school students, such as designing jobs for 2050.  Interesting read and plenty of information to be explored. 

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Sustainability Education in Australia - Home Page

Environmental education develops skills, knowledge and values that promote behaviour in support of a sustainable environment.
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This website is put out by the Australian Government and provides links to auSSI (Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative), national action plans, sustainability curriculum framework and much more. It provides resources for teachers to use in their classroom, links to websites that provide background information and activities on a range of topics related to the Technology curriculum and sustainability such as waste, climate change, global warming, design and much more.

 

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CarbonKids Educational Resources | CSIRO

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CarbonKids is a program for schools committed to tackling climate change.
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Carbon Kids is a program for schools committed to overcoming climate change. The website brings together unit plans, information and activity ideas surrounding combating climate change, sustainable energy, biodiversity and overall creating preferred futures. This website and the resources it provides relates directly to the Technology curriculum and the sustainability cross curriculum link. 

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Carbon Kids is an educational platform established by CSIRO designed for school communities which combines the latest in climate science with education in sustainability. The website is constructed to support primary and secondary schools with teaching and learning resources, necessary to create solutions to prevent/overcome climate change. The website consists of four sections detailing what carbon kids will do, what they will provide, what carbon kids involves and the schools registered in this program.

 

For educators, there are resources which have been collated and are now available, which include lesson plans, information and collaborative activities relevant to overcoming climate change, creating sustainable energy, biodiversity and establishing preferred futures.

 

This website and its resources directly links to the Technology Curriculum and the sustainability outcomes, especially as students are able to use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce designed solutions for authentic needs and opportunities (ACARA, 2014).

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curriculum-framework.pdf

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Brought out by the Australian Government this is a document that all teachers should read. It discusses the importance and relevance of sustainability and also explains how the curriculum harnesses this. It goes through each year level and clearly sets out the different areas of sustainability that they will focus on. 

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mysusthouse - an interactive game exploring what sustainability means and how it relates to our homes

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This is a great interactive game for students in the primary years. The website has three different games (environment game, building game and the town game) where students listen to information about topics such as energy, water and materials and then apply this to the game where they have to choose the sustainable materials to build their house. There is also a resources page where teachers can find out about how to use this resource in their classroom and what topics the games focus on. Try the game out, it is very engaging and may teach you something you didn’t know. 


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Mary McLaren's comment, June 8, 2013 3:03 AM
Thanks Rebecca, I took your advice and played the Environment game. It was very informative but also interesting enough that children might not even know they are "learning" and might just have fun "playing". Good choice!
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Re-thinking Progress: The Circular Economy

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There's a world of opportunity to re-think and re-design the way we make stuff.  'Re-Thinking Progress' explores how through a change in perspective we can re-design the way our economy works - designing products that can be 'made to be made again'...
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This video is great for teachers to watch to get some background information about current problems and how re-thinking and re-designing current materials and processes can lead to preferred futures. Teachers need to be passionate about creating a sustainable future and want to create units of work that relate to the real world, match the technology curriculum, inspire students and use education to create and produce innovative ideas, practices and strategies using technology that encompass sustainability. 

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About The Program - Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation - Stephanie Alexander, Kitchen Garden, Kitchen Garden

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                               Feeding minds, bodies and futures. 

 

Stephanie Alexander who is a renowned chef has created the Kitchen Garden Foundation which has been rolled out into 267 primary schools across Australia. This program is great for teaching students about food production, beneficial for the school and community and can relate directly to the technology curriculum. From this program students can design, manage and construct their schools vegetable garden.

Link to the Australian Curriculum Technology (Draft):

create and produce innovative and enterprising products, services and environments that have positive and sustainable outcomes for preferred futures, for the economy, the environment and society. 
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STEP - Welcome to STEP

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This website is produced by the Practical Action organisation. The Practical Action organization is a works all around the world to educate people about sustainability and using technology. The Sustainable Technology Education Project (STEP) website/program provides teachers, parents and students with information, case studies and activities that support sustainability in technology education. STEP directly links to areas of the (DRAFTED) Australian Curriculum Technology area. It provides links to food and fibre education, case studies on plastic and is your school sustainable? There is a teachers notes section where teachers can obtain background knowledge along with how to use the STEP resources in their classroom. The website can be used to share information about sustainability and allow students to use technology such as designing and evaluating their own projects for sustainable practices in their school. 

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Mary McLaren's comment, June 8, 2013 2:53 AM
What a great resource! It's great the way they have highlighted way to be sustainable that will motivate and interest children, for example the Play Pump where the African village attached the bore pump to a roundabout to harness children's playful energy to pump water. I look forward to exploring this resource more and plan to use it in my teaching.
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NSW Department of Education and Communities Sites2See - Aim to sustain

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This website provides information for students, parents and teachers about sustainability. There are interactive games, case studies, activities and more that are student centered, engaging and meet the requirements of the Technology curriculum. The website examines activities that look at food production, creating sustainable environments, promoting bio diversity and so much more that are found in the technology curriculum and help students create preferred futures.

 

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Design Technology

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The Design Technology Department provides free resources for teachers in Design technology. Eventually the site will provide resources for all key stages of the Technology curriculum. The website is therefore aligned with the Technology curriculum and has activities such as furniture design, packaging and bridge making. 

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Sustainable Design & Technology education resources | Schools | Practical Action

Sustainable Design & Technology education resources | Schools | Practical Action | Creating Preferred Futures through Technology, Sustainability and Education. | Scoop.it
Design and Technology resources for schools - everything you need to deal with sustainability issues in D&T in one easy to use place.
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This website has everything for teachers who are teaching design and technology with a focus on sustainability. It provides information resources, design briefs, case studies and key issues for construction, food production, product design and textiles with an overarching link to sustainability. This website is in line with the draft technology curriculum through both design and technology and digital technologies through food and fiber production, product design and overall creating preferred futures. 

 

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Redefining Progress - Resources for Educators

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Redefining Progress shifts policy toward sustainable economics and environmental justice using ecological footprints, climate plans and sustainability indicators.
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Redefining Progress offers lesson plans, education on our ecological footprint, training manuals and various other resources. It provides a long list of websites that teachers can use in their classroom.

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The GT Initiative

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This document should be read by all educators before putting together a unit of work on technology and sustainability. The document provides research and information about the current situation regarding sustainability and how technology can be used to create preferred futures. The document links to energy, health, agriculture, food and fibre production, digital systems and how technology can be used to create sustainable resources and systems. 

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Sam Burden's curator insight, June 16, 5:03 AM

The Tellus institute and Philip Vergragt have written an exceptionally good read, starting with a question: How could Technology, and what types, contribute to a sustainable society? to intrigue readers, inviting them to explore the question, and picture future technological advancements and their implications. The text looks back at the past events and pathways technology has paved and the contributions to establishing and maintaining a sustainable future.

 

I would recommend all educators having a read of this text to develop an in depth insight into mechanisms and choices technological advancements and its contributes to society.

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Think.Eat.Save

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The Think.Eat.Save campaign of the Save Food Initiative, is a partnership between UNEP, FAO and Messe Düsseldorf, and in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Zero Hunger Challenge, which seeks to add its authority and voice to these efforts in...
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The Think, Eat, Save campaign outlines information, research and their program to combat food wastage and save our planet. This website has a direct link to food production: 

6.3 Recognise that sustainable resource management is essential in food and fibre production. 

The strategies that the website outlines can be a platform for class discussions, class projects about reducing students foodprint and help stop food wastage and create preferred futures.

 

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Mary McLaren's comment, June 8, 2013 2:57 AM
There are some great ideas on this website that would make excellent class lessons and really motivate children to want to help save our planet. I particularly liked the Growing Fruits and Vegetables From Kitchen Scraps. The fast facts about the amount of waste in the food world are great too.
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Australian Year Of The Farmer - Lesson Plans

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Australian Year Of The Farmer
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Australian Year of the Farmer

This website/organisation envelops the true meaning of sustainable practices. Food and fibre production along with design and development are at the center of this great resource for teachers and students. Please watch the video (Australian Agriculture- the untold story) to get a picture of how this site is relevant to the technology curriculum and everyday practices. This website is supported by Elders, Woolworths and Suncorp Bank and myself as an excellent classroom resources for helping to create preferred futures. 

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