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Unpacking the Australian Curriculum: Technologies

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has released the Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies Foundation to Year 10 for pu...
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This video shows expert educators, with specialist knowledge in teh subject area, dicuss the consultation documents that are available for the Australian Curriculum: Technology.

 

Of interest to this collection, the expert discuss whether the digital technology substrand is a step backwards, and how prescriptive the document will be, especially when digital technologies evolve and become outdated so rapidly in modern society.

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, April 5, 2013 4:13 PM
A valuable insight from those that are already out in the field with experience of both teaching and student capabilities.
Michelle Higgs's curator insight, April 12, 2013 9:09 PM
Talking about things like deficit of teacher skills in these areas, how teachers will integrate, and whether all states will be using this particular curriculum.Must view for all teachers, not just ICT specialty.
Amanda Rogers's comment, April 20, 2013 12:42 AM
This clip is both insightful and useful for teachers nationwide, providing a view form experts in the field as to how the new curriculum will impact on the ever evolving area of technology.
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The Characteristics Of A Successful Online Student - Edudemic

The Characteristics Of A Successful Online Student - Edudemic | Digital Technology Teaching | Scoop.it
What does it take to become a successful online student? It's not easy and there's a new study that has some staggering details to know about.
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With the digital technologies substrand focus on the collaborative sharing and creation using digital tools, it would seem that those teachers who have studied through online degrees are at an advatage; with their 4 year study based around these skills.

 

This American study focues on the outcomes of those students who studied online and found that online students persistenct and GPA's where slightly lower than those of on campus students, women performed better than men and that olders students were more likely to complete an online course.

 

So how does this information help us when teaching digital technologies in the classroom?  Section 3 can help here!  It suggests what can be done while studying to improve outomces of students using digital tools to learn.  For example teachers should explicitly teach online skills for less-proficient student, and have systems in place to identify students who may be struggling in time to adjust the learning and help them succeed.

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New School Technology – The Ugly Truth of Technology Integration

New School Technology – The Ugly Truth of Technology Integration | Digital Technology Teaching | Scoop.it
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Blog post addresses some of the issues with technology integration; issues all teachers of technology curriculums should be aware of, even taking them into consideration when consulting on the new Australian Curriculum Technology document.

 

The authors suggests using the TPACK framework for introducing essential knowledge required by teachers when teaching technolgies, as this essential knowledge understanding can calm frustrations and increase likeyl successes.  

 

The author also emphasises that teachers should not be expected to be technological experts, but guides/facilitators of technological learning.  They do however need to be able to undo or fix mistakes, know how to share or export work and know howstudents will engage(accessibility), with the chosen technological instrument.

 

While some of the blog seems too informative the key goal is this, teachers, like students are learners and technology creates hurdles for users all the time.  While most classrooms are time poor, and technology can require large amounts of time, well prepared teachers can facilitate engaging learning of/with technology.

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Amanda Rogers's comment, April 20, 2013 12:40 AM
This blog looks at issues surrounding integration of technology into the classroom and aims to provide some suggestions as to how to address them. TPACK is suggested by the author as a useable framework for technology teaching and would also help inegrate technology into the maths curriculum. It also focuses on how time poor teachers need to take any technology education they receive and be able to develop this into classroom activities for their students. Learning,making mistakes and progressing are all important factors for both students and teachers alike.
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Unpacking the Australian Curriculum: Technologies

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has released the Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies Foundation to Year 10 for pu...
Kim Fox's insight:

This video shows expert educators, with specialist knowledge in teh subject area, dicuss the consultation documents that are available for the Australian Curriculum: Technology.

 

Of interest to this collection, the expert discuss whether the digital technology substrand is a step backwards, and how prescriptive the document will be, especially when digital technologies evolve and become outdated so rapidly in modern society.

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, April 5, 2013 4:13 PM
A valuable insight from those that are already out in the field with experience of both teaching and student capabilities.
Michelle Higgs's curator insight, April 12, 2013 9:09 PM
Talking about things like deficit of teacher skills in these areas, how teachers will integrate, and whether all states will be using this particular curriculum.Must view for all teachers, not just ICT specialty.
Amanda Rogers's comment, April 20, 2013 12:42 AM
This clip is both insightful and useful for teachers nationwide, providing a view form experts in the field as to how the new curriculum will impact on the ever evolving area of technology.
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What Most Schools Don't Teach - Short Film

Learn about a new "superpower" that isn't being taught in 90% of US schools. Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony H...
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This video about the power of learning to code demonstrated the adaptation, creativitity, collaboration, and innvation that is available to you when you are code literate.  The new technology curriculum requries that students use digital technologies to creative innovate and digitally work with, and share, data; this video shows how coding allows you to do all this in ways that are as indiviudal as each student.

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Kim Fox's comment, March 7, 2013 9:38 PM
I am also a huge fan of the environments designed for the workplace in this video, specifically focuses on improving collaboration, creativity and engagement.
Kirsty Chaloner's comment, April 6, 2013 12:38 AM
Definitely one I will look into for teaching the older students Kim.
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Technology—Lesson 1—What Is Technology?

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This websites has a lesson plan which I believe could be adapted, using activity one only, to get student thinking about what technology is, questioning their own definitions and encourgaing classroom dicsussion.  It includes an organizer demonstrating what the 'teacher does' in the activity

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Kirsty Chaloner's curator insight, April 6, 2013 12:46 AM

I found this on a fellow students scoop it page and thought it was appropriate to share with you all. It is a fantastic starter lesson for students to have them understand that technology is in fact everything we have in our lives that makes it simpler to move forward. There seems to be a lot of students who think technology is only something that plugs into power or has batteries. Great lesson that can be adapted for early years through to refreshing the older students.

 

Kia Sowden's comment, May 11, 2013 12:56 AM
I agree Kirsty. There is great confusion surrounding the definition of 'technology'. If you were to ask anyone on the street it is nearly guaranteed that they would associate the word technology with computers, phones and other ICT items. I think it is really important for students to understand what technology is in order for them to engage with the subject meaningfully.
Kirsty Chaloner's comment, May 13, 2013 4:36 AM
And it is the meaningful engagement that will allow creativity to flow and grow :)
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Where do I start? The digital immigrants’ guide to technology integration

Where do I start? The digital immigrants’ guide to technology integration | Digital Technology Teaching | Scoop.it
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Fear of technology, or technological proficieny can be a big hurdle for some, and with the consultation and implementation of teh Australian Curriculum; Technology, is a timely subject.

This blog post aim's to help what it calls 'digital immigrants' take the first steps into technological integration in the classroom.

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The new Technologies curriculum | Australian Youth Forum

The new Technologies curriculum | Australian Youth Forum | Digital Technology Teaching | Scoop.it
The youth.gov.au website and Youth Forum (AYF) is a key communication channel between the Australian Government, young people aged 15-24 and the youth sector.

Via Rosie Peel
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Australian Youth Forum on the new Australian Curriculum Technology.  The participants are aged between 15-24 and share their thoughts, concerns, etc, over the new Technology Curriculum.  See things from their point of view.

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Marsha Farr's curator insight, March 6, 2013 5:55 PM

This makes interesting reading and allows you to share your opinions and ideas about the technoolgy strand of the Australian curriculum and the importance of Technology in our everday lives.

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Kodu | About

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What is Kodu?

Kodu lets kids create games on the PC and XBox via a simple visual programming language. Kodu can be used to teach creativity, problem solving, storytelling, as well as programming. Anyone can use Kodu to make a game, young children as well as adults with no design or programming skills.

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Children love playing games, but what if they were able to create their own game programs for people to use. Enter Kodu!. Kodu is basically a game creation tool designed for kids. It has built in tutorials to get you going and buidl confidence with the programming. It's free to download and use on your PC. Games that the students develop can even be played on the Xbox.

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create Your Own Search Engine

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create Your Own Search Engine | Digital Technology Teaching | Scoop.it
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The Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies focuses on students gaining undersstandings on how contemporary and emerging information systems and practices meed societal needs. To do this teachers must enable students to gain a deep understanding of the way in which information systems enable creativity, selecttion, use and management data, information, processes and digital systems to meet needs.

The ability to design a search engine in a way that controls the information sourced, as explained in this blog entry by  Richard Byrne, would allow students to gain skills and understandings in data selection for needs, audience and purpose, creativity of engine layout and design, and the way in which data is managed and the digital system required to access it.

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Student Directed Innovation and Cool Creation Tools « The Connected Teacher

Student Directed Innovation and Cool Creation Tools « The Connected Teacher | Digital Technology Teaching | Scoop.it
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This blog post comes from a wonderful teacher in Queensland who was kind enough to add me as a member of his PLN.  This blog post specifically is filled with great ideas, apps and tools for getting students engaged with digital technologies to create and share in an active and collaborative way.  While I can 100% empathise with the iPad seperation anxiety, they pay-off this teacher must get from his class would be well worth it.  A blog to definitely follow!

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Education World: Caught in the Digital Divide | Digital Divide in Education

Education World: Caught in the Digital Divide | Digital Divide in Education | Digital Technology Teaching | Scoop.it
As record numbers of Americans go online, the gap between those who have access to technology and those who don't may be widening. Education World looks at the digital divide and what it means to educators.
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Article focussing on the widening gap, or digital divide, between those who have access to technology and those who do not.  While this articel focuses on American homes, the digital divide is just as alive and well in Australia, and should be a consideration for all teachers of technology.

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Workshop Activities for Technology Integration

Workshop Activities for Technology Integration | Digital Technology Teaching | Scoop.it
This guide is organized into six sections:

Introduction
Why Integrate Tech?
What Is Tech Integration?
How to Integrate Tech Tools
Workshop Activities
Resources for Tech Integration
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Activities designed to teach digital technologies.  I  know the heading says technology integration, but the activities in this article could be used really well as activities who teach the requirements of the technologies curriculum.  The activities were designed for with year levels in mind, and have the commended year level at the start of each.  I of are interested pre and followers reading is linked in as part of a 6 step lesson plan.

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The Remarkable Power of Twitter: A Water Cooler for the 21st Century

The Remarkable Power of Twitter: A Water Cooler for the 21st Century | Digital Technology Teaching | Scoop.it
OK, so I'm a regular on Twitter, and proud of it. I guess that makes me a Tweep, and if you aren't, I've got something to tell you.
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Fantastic article on the ability of twitter to work as a collborative digital technology.  

 

It really makes you think about ways in which twitter could be used to present, share, discuss, and collboratively work on different data texts (both visual and written), using a digital technology that is socially relevant.

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Using Technology Vs Technology Integration- An Excellent Chart for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Using Technology Vs Technology Integration- An Excellent Chart for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Digital Technology Teaching | Scoop.it
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This articles includes a table which compares using technology with the integration of technology into learning.  

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Kia Sowden's comment, May 11, 2013 12:59 AM
Hi Kim, I also found this chart very useful when for evaluating my own teaching practices as to whether I was using or integrating technology.
Stephanie Moore's comment, May 25, 2013 7:34 PM
Hi Kim. After reading this chart it is amazing to see the difference between simply using technology and truly integrating it into the curriculum. As teachers we should definitely be aiming at integrating the technology curriculum with other key learning areas in order to achieve worthwhile learning.
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Gamestar Mechanic

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Gamestar mechanicis a browser-based game design platform that allows students to create their own video games through the completion of task which involve problem-solving, critical thinking, collaboration, creative though and data sharing- all of which are core components of the digital technologies substrand.

 

Students are able to create games to share information and content knowledge with peers or teachers/parents, to show their own personal learning, and to learn the basics of game design through digital technologies.

 

For teachers the Gamestar Mechanic learning guide has 50+ lesson plans, ranging from single lessons, to semester long and the only requirements are internet access and Flash Player 10, meaning this fantastic digital design tool is FREE!!

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 19, 2013 8:59 PM
I can see this site being a huge hit with the kids particularly the boys in the class.What a great way to engage and motivate the students with technology design.
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Low Tech Tools

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Getting students to think creatively and use technology can sometimes lead to the default link to ICT's.  Before we can teach with and using digital technologies students should be able to differentiate between what is technology and that initial impulse to assume technology means ICT.  Comparing low and high tech tools, and discussing their reason for design, purpose and uses can help students realise that technology is not just the computer, laptop or ipad.


This website has link to low tech items that can be used, or may be present in the classroom.  It mainly concentrates on assistive low tech tools.

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QR Code Treasure Hunt Generator from classtools.net

QR Code Treasure Hunt Generator from classtools.net | Digital Technology Teaching | Scoop.it
Design a QR Code 'Treasure Hunt' to get students using their mobile devices to move and to learn
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Technology can be as active as you make it.  The design, sharing and creative use of data is an important aspect of the Australian Curriculum: Technology, this can be done digitally using different technologies: QR codes is one of these.  


The idea of this website is to get students creating QR code run treasure hunts.  QR codes can be used for much more, think about placing QR codes around the school for visitors or students to find out more information about different parts of the school or school life, placing QR codes in books which link to video or instruction and brings the book to life, or even allowing students to share ideas, suuport learning through extension activity or communicate with parents.  All by using the simple pixellated square design.


I am a huge fan of QR codes in the classroom, and am waiting for an opportunity to get students engage with this new technology for information sharing.

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, April 5, 2013 4:14 PM
What a great idea that I believe students would really be engaged in.
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Technology

Technology involves the design, engineering and production of innovative and creative products to meet the needs and wants of others.
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Education Queensland's website defines technology as design and production to creatively innovate for the wants and needs of others.  This short informational page expands on that defintion and describes what this means for students.

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Megsy Poole's curator insight, June 2, 2013 12:06 AM

Education Queensland's website defines technology as design and production to creatively innovate for the wants and needs of others.  

It explains what technology means for students and lists the opportunities that technology will provide for students. It provides links to teaching, learning and assessment.

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Low-Cost Multi-touch Whiteboard using the Wiimote

Using infrared (IR) light pens and the Wii Remote, it is possible to create very low-cost multi-point interactive whiteboards and multi-point tablet displays...
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Technology is about adapting and creating to meet a need.  In some schools access to ICT's that are the 'norm' in other schools can be difficult due to expense or location.  This video shows how an IWB can be created for under  $55 (US), by adapting a few items for a new purpose is possible to meet the needs of a classroom.

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How to Make the Jump to Digital

How to Make the Jump to Digital | Digital Technology Teaching | Scoop.it
Today many classrooms are still very 20th Century, even though they're filled with students immersed in the 21st. By leveraging the best of technology, schools can transform how teachers teach and students learn.
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Ideas on how to make the jump from a 2oth century classroom to a digital 21st century classroom from the Teaching the Avatar Generation team.

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36 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Do

36 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Do | Digital Technology Teaching | Scoop.it
36 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Do
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To teach digital technologies it is my belief that teachers should be educated to proficiently use, demonstrate and teach them.  This does not mean all teachers should be experts in all things digital, but that teachers accept the digitalisation of the classroom and include this knowledge in their life long learning.  This website sets out 36 thinngs they believe every teacher should be able to do in the 21st century.  How many can you do?

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Contract signed to launch satellite that delivers remote broadband - Bush Telegraph - ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

The deal with European company Arianespace will see two rockets carrying the NBN satellites launched in 2015.
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A step towards bridging the digital divide in rural and remote Australian communities.

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Bridging the New Digital Divide

Bridging the New Digital Divide | Digital Technology Teaching | Scoop.it
At the highest performing urban school in the city of Providence, Rhode Island, the mantra when it comes to education is "children always come first.
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With the continued growth and availability of new technologies, how can teachers bridge the divide between those who have and those who have not to ensure all students are proficient users of technology; a skill essential for employability, social interaction and life in the 21st century world.

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Forget PowerPoint: 13 Online Presentation Apps

Forget PowerPoint: 13 Online Presentation Apps | Digital Technology Teaching | Scoop.it
We've helped you find online word processors and spreadsheet apps, now it's time for presentations. We've gathered up 13 online presentation creators to make it even easier for ...
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13 online tools that students, or teachers, could use to present data or deliver content.  With digital and mulitmodal delivery of information become more important in classrooms, teaching students to be able to utilise design technology to successfully deliver content and meet learning outcomes is increasingly important.

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Kelli DeBellis's curator insight, March 21, 2013 9:51 AM

It's time to branch out with Presentations

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How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School

How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School | Digital Technology Teaching | Scoop.it
Get the seven steps (and a roundup of valuable resources) you need to help bring social media in your classroom.
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When using and teaching social media as a digital technology guidelines are important for student, staff, school and equipment safety.  This article suggests how you can create these guidelines within the context of your school.

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