Incorporating Design and Digital Technology into Mathematics
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# Incorporating Design and Digital Technology into Mathematics

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## Kitchen Gardens - Students - Designing your garden

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Designing a school vegetable garden can incorporate both technology and mathematics into a fun task.  Mathematics is used to measure how much wood is needed, how much soil is needed to fill the garden and what is the cost of all the products.  Data can be gathered for graphs to chart the fastest growing plants and the water usage involved.  The sustainability of food production and the health benefits is linked to the technology curriculum.

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

Investigate the role of food preparation in maintaining good health and the importance of food safety and hygiene (ACTDEK022)

Develop project plans that include consideration of resources when making designed solutions individually and collaboratively (ACTDEP028)

Compare objects using familiar metric units of area and volume (ACMMG290)

Calculate the perimeter and area of rectangles using familiar metric units (ACMMG109)

Construct suitable data displays, with and without the use of digital technologies, from given or collected data. Include tables, column graphs and picture graphs where one picture can represent many data values (ACMSP096)

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## Gum Drop Dome - Zoom Sci - Zoom Into Engineering - YouTube

Gum Drop Dome
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Making a gum drop dome is a consolidating activity at the end of the unit.  The step by step guide shows how the design of joining equilateral triangles as the base shape is a stronger option than using squares.  At the end of the clip it shows how the domes can resist the force of library books placed on it and how it doesn't collapse.  This activity is also linked to bridge designs and building designs.

Investigate how forces and the properties of materials affect the behaviour of a product or system (ACTDEK011)

Year 3: Make models of three-dimensional objects and describe key features (ACMMG063)

Year 7: Draw different views of prisms and solids formed from combinations of prisms (ACMMG161)

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## Design Technology, a Purpose for Maths!

Mathematics is the most abstract subject of all; the one most likely to inspire children to think “Yes, but what’s the point? What’s it FOR?
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Apex software have created a package that explores the 2D net of a 3D shape.  It challenges the students with which design would be the easiest to transport and how many objects the box can hold.  It  creates meaningful learning opportunities for the students and shows how you can apply design and mathematic concepts in the real world.

Visualise, generate, develop and communicate design ideas through describing, drawing and modelling (ACTDEP006)

Make models of three-dimensional objects and describe key features (ACMMG063)

Connect three-dimensional objects with their nets and other two-dimensional representations (ACMMG111)

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## Free Technology for Teachers: Tynker Launches an iPad App That Helps Kids Learn Programming

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As iPads are becoming more common in the classroom, there is a need to find apps (applications) that can be successfully used on the devise.  Tynker is a basic programming app will get the uses to insert blocks (codes) in a specific order to navigate through a series of challengers.  This is the basis of learning to code which is now part of the Australian Curriculum.

Follow, describe and represent a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve simple problems (ACTDIP004)

Problem Solving - Students develop the ability to make choices, interpret, formulate, model and investigate problem situations, and communicate solutions effectively. Students formulate and solve problems when they use mathematics to represent unfamiliar or meaningful situations, when they design investigations and plan their approaches, when they apply their existing strategies to seek solutions, and when they verify that their answers are reasonable.

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## Steve Leinwand

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A maths education change agent who is passionate about the way mathematics is represented in the classroom and is an advocate for using mathematics in a manner in which the students can identify with it and it is used in everyday situations.  As technology is ever present in our lives it makes sense to incorporate technology with mathematic concepts. Through the use of instruction a student can follow directions and succeed.

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## Aus Curric Lessons (AusLessons) on Twitter

The latest from Aus Curric Lessons (@AusLessons). We're all about setting up #free #lessons, #activities and #ideas for #teachers in #Australia and the #world. Share your lesson and view others. Australia
Wendy Farren-Price's insight:

This twitter link is a resource that a teacher could use for finding lessons.  The teaching community has shared their ideas and they can be used by all.  Once the new technologies curriculum has been endorsed, this site will be invaluable for teachers as they begin exploring how to implement the new learning areas.

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## The Australian Curriculum v6.0 Technologies: Content structure

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This is a link to the Australian Curriculum Technologies.  This learning area is currently awaiting final endorsement before being implemented into classrooms across Australia.  The intent of the Technologies curriculum is to ensure that students have a solid grounding in the technologies of the future.  Students will engage with critical and creative thinking as well as designing solutions to give them the opportunities to contribute in their future.

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Bee bots in early childhood
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The beginning of coding combined with mathematics.  The bee bot will move in the direction that you program into it.  The directions it moved is forwards, backwards, left and right.  For older students you could use the points of the compass as the direction.

Follow, describe and represent a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve simple problems (ACTDIP004)

Foundation: Describe position and movement (ACMMG010)

Year 1: Give and follow directions to familiar locations (ACMMG023)

Year 3: Create and interpret simple grid maps to show position and pathways (ACMMG065)

Corinne Owen's comment, May 19, 2014 12:00 AM
Bee Bots are such fun... I have the app on my iPad... Great scoop Wendy
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## Yenka - 3D Shapes - YouTube

A demonstration of 3d shape drawing in Yenka Software http://yenka.com
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This program has the ability to create objects using 3D shapes.  Students can use this program for a design project where they have to use 3D shapes to create their design as a solution to a design problem.  The program can be used as it has access to a range of 3D shapes which can be manipulated in size to suit the design.

Generate, develop, and communicate design ideas and decisions using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques(ACTDEP015)

Draw different views of prisms and solids formed from combinations of prisms (ACMMG161)

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## The Best Mind Mapping Tools and Apps for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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This is a list created to give the reader various options for mind mapping tools.  Mind mapping in the classroom can deliver a clearer connection between concepts that the students are unable to hear through verbalisation.  This tool can be used across a variety of learning areas including English and Mathematics.  In mathematics a mind map can be used as a problem solving tool.

Collect, access and present different types of data using simple software to create information and solve problems (ACTDIP009)

Select and apply efficient mental and written strategies and appropriate digital technologies to solve problems involving all four operations with whole numbers (ACMNA123)

Corinne Roberts's comment, May 19, 2014 7:15 PM
I love this idea! Digital based mind mapping will certainly help many students in the classroom brainstorm in a fun and interactive manner. I can see it being used as a whole class, collaborative small group or individual based activity for things like math, English (narrative, persuasive writing etc) and for history/ geography! Great scoop Wendy- thanks ;)
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## Explain Your Thinking With Math Stations and the Explain Everything App ~ Mrs. Wideen's Blog

Explain Your Thinking With Math Stations and the Explain Everything App ~ Mrs. Wideen's Blog

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This is a blog entry from Kristen Wideen, a teacher in Canada, who integrates a variety of technology into her lessons.  This is a blog entry about a mathematics lesson that she planned so the Year 2 students could work in pairs in the classroom while consolidating mathematic concepts.  She created an application (app) for each station so the students can work through the activity and then record their progress through an app called Explain Everything.

This type of activity links to the Australian Curriculum processes and production skills because students can capture and display data for the teachers use.

Work with others to create and organise ideas and information using information systems, and share these with known people in safe online environments (ACTDIP006)

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The latest from aitsl (@aitsl). Commonwealth gov't company promoting excellence in profession of teaching & school leadership. RTs ≠ endorsement. We're on Facebook too! 》http://t.co/lC8i3J3ei7. Australia
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AITSL communicates about the teaching standards expected in Australia for all teachers.  Standard 6 - Engage in professional learning speaks of the ongoing process that teachers undertake to be current in all fields of teaching.  With the introduction of the technologies curriculum all teachers will need to have instruction in this area.

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## The Max Ray Blog

I like thinking about how people learn to problem solve, about how to teach through problem-solving and the focus of learning to learn, and I like math.
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Max Ray's blog is a place where you can find how to teach maths to younger students.  Although this is an American site, mathematics is a universal language and has no borders.

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## IMA Dr Maths

Steve Humble FIMA, aka DR Maths, is a member of the IMA's Schools and Further Education committee.
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Steve Humble, aka, Dr Maths a promoter of mathematics to the community.  Through the use of articles Humble provides readers with a greater connection to what mathematics is in the real world.

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