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The Green Guide for Kids: Create a backyard habitat

The Green Guide for Kids: Create a backyard habitat | EDP4130 Sustainability for community needs | Scoop.it
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This site is important for children to learn about sustainability in the environment. Understanding how a habitat works, what it does, how it can help not only the animals, insects and creatures, but helping to create a thriving natural environment. This links into environmental sustainability for 'considering the importance of sustainability in designed solutions' (ACARA, 2012) and collaborating by  'discussing possible designed solutions based on experience and some research, for example asking adults for advice' (ACARA, 2012) as part of general capabilities in the Australian Curriculum.

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Ellie Ruby-Rose Rasmussen's comment, June 6, 2014 6:58 AM
Hi Jo, this looks like a valuable and relevnat resource to your topic. I could see it appropriate for children in the early years more so.
My curation is also on sustainability through a lens of Technology Education, here is a link to my curation: http://www.scoop.it/t/technology-education-and-social-and-environmental-awareness
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32 Recycle Crafts for Kids

32 Recycle Crafts for Kids | EDP4130 Sustainability for community needs | Scoop.it
With long summer afternoons inviting the kids to mischief, recycle crafts for kids can be a valuable tool of entertainment and distraction. These recycle crafts for kids are low to no cost, using materials from around the house like oatmeal container
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This site  is for exploring different materials to help children design solutions and create new ideas for technology with recycled materials. This can teach children the importance of recycling and they will learn that materials from around the house can be turned into something they can use, which may reduce waste and rubbish and reduce the  impact that it has on our environment. This can be linked to Design and Technologies to 'Explore the characteristics and properties of materialsand components that are used to produce designed solutions' (ACTDEK004)

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Solar Power Facts for Kids - Energy from the Sun

Solar Power Facts for Kids - Energy from the Sun | EDP4130 Sustainability for community needs | Scoop.it
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This site is a resource for ideas about solar energy. This gives teachers ideas on how to incorporate solar into the classroom. Lessons could involve, cooking, electricity or light and the key idea of technologies encouraging creative thinkers can start students using information and prior knowledge to generate future ideas for human wants and needs. This site will help students 'identify how people design and produce familiar products, services and environments and consider sustainability to meet personal and local community needs' (ACARA, 2014)

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Kids - Water Use It Wisely

Kids - Water Use It Wisely | EDP4130 Sustainability for community needs | Scoop.it
Find the most fun water games and best lesson plans below! Games & Links Discover Water: The Role of Water in Our Lives A super fun way to learn about the water cycle, saving water and more. The Water Family Game Learn how to help your family cut down on... Read More
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Australia is one of the driest countries in the world and children should be aware that water is a precious commodity. Children need to understand that there are certain things that can be done to continue the sustainability of our water. This site give ideas on how to use water wisely. It offers lesson plans, activities and games that can conserve water. Students could be involved in designing technologies within the school to maintain water supply for vegie patches and school ovals. This site helps students 'exploring and comparing the efficiency of different irrigation methods in plant production systems including the use of digital technologies to improve the effectiveness, for example when designing a sustainableirrigation system to be used in a garden' (ACARA, 2014)

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Australia is currently facing an a near catastrophic issue with most of the country being drought declared. Australia is known as one of the driest countries in the world with not only farmers suffering but also small, towns, suburbs and cities suffering. Water restriction are a major factor that our children of today are having to face weather they be in the city or the country, on tank water or town water. It is imperative that we instill a sense of water conservation into our children and teach them ways in which they can conserve water. this website provides a great opportunity for students to learn how to use water wisely and conservatively. the website offer valuable lesson plans that teachers can use in the classroom, games that students can play to investigate water as well as activities students can participate in. This website not only teaches children about being water wise through technology but it also sets activities for students to design ways in which water can be saved at school and in the home. 

 

This website aligns with the Australian Curriculum: Sustainability for OI.9 where students are learning about sustaining our future by altering our actions designed to preserve the quality of our environment. (ACARA, 2014)

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/CrossCurriculumPriorities/Sustainability

 

The website also aligns with the Digital Technologies aspect of the Australian Curriculum: Year 5/6 aspect where students investigate the sustainability of services and the environment for current and future use. (ACARA, 2014)

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10?y=F-2&y=3-4&y=5-6&y=7-8&y=9-10&s=DEPPS&s=DEKU&p=3&layout=1

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Sustainable farming | CSIRO

Sustainable farming | CSIRO | EDP4130 Sustainability for community needs | Scoop.it
CSIRO is studying management practices such as crop sequence, nitrogen fertiliser application, and tillage and stubble management with the aim of helping farms remain sustainable and profitable into the future.
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This site addresses current sustainability issues of vegetation, water, salinity and soil. This site links into the Australian Curriculum Technology Design and Technology with being able to 'Investigate food and fibre production and foodtechnologies used in modern and traditional societies' (ACARA, 2014)

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Green events - Brisbane City Council

Green events - Brisbane City Council | EDP4130 Sustainability for community needs | Scoop.it
Brisbane City Council offers a range of events and activities to help you learn to live more sustainably. Come along to a Green Up or Green Heart Fair in your neighbourhood and have a great family fun day while getting the latest information about sustainability and the environment.
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This site offers ideas, workshops, events and resources for learning to be proactive towards sustainability within the environment.  

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Jamie Durie's Edible Garden Tips - LifeStyle HOME

Jamie Durie's Edible Garden Tips - LifeStyle HOME | EDP4130 Sustainability for community needs | Scoop.it
Jamie Durie's Edible Garden Tips. DIY tips for a garden you can enjoy at the dinner table.
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Great resource on renewable food supply with creating a veggie garden. Jamie discusses steps you need to go through when decided on what to grow, then how to maintain your veggies for a productive garden. This helps students'exploring and comparing the efficiency of different irrigation methods in plant production systems including the use of digital technologies to improve the effectiveness, for example when designing a sustainableirrigation system to be used in a garden' (ACARA, 2014)

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Creed Foodservice - Sustainability Matters

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This youtube clip simply explains sustainability to the environment and the importance of maintaining elements in everyday life to benefit the community. 

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Kidsafe - Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia | Home

Kidsafe - Child Accident Prevention Foundation of Australia | Home | EDP4130 Sustainability for community needs | Scoop.it
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This site teaches children about safety. This site could help students design safety signs around the school and at home. This will help children understand the importance the community is when it comes to obeying safety signs. Student can think of areas in their community that they could make safer and promote environment sustainability. Ask how they might design something that will help this. e.g barriers alongs roads, bright signs, pamphlets informing the community of dangers in the areas, such as flooding area, steep banks or slippery surface.This links into the Digital technologies for being able to Explore how people safely use common information systems to meet information, communication and recreation needs (ACTDIP005)

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Grass Buddy | Kids Growing Strong

Grass Buddy | Kids Growing Strong | EDP4130 Sustainability for community needs | Scoop.it
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This site allows for the exploration of how plants and grass are grown. This can be linked to the curriculum to 'Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating' (ACARA, 2014) This  will help students consider the possibilities of revegetating areas of soil that may be lacking in grass and understanding who relies on this environmental resource to grow and survive, such as livestock. Seeing first hand and being apart of helping grass grow gives helps students an understanding of the processes and elements required to cultivate and maintain plants and grass in our environment. This sets a solid foundation of how grass grows and  lets them be aware of how to treat their own grassy areas at home , in the school and community. 

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Why is it important? - Bicycle Network

Why is it important? - Bicycle Network | EDP4130 Sustainability for community needs | Scoop.it
We know that being physically active everyday can lead to happier and healthier school community.
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This site encourages children and people to ride to school and work and participate in other associated events. Riding reduces our increasing obesity rate, doesn't leave a carbon footprint, encourages healthy attitudes and gets children to focus in class. This is an important starting point for classroom discussions on sustaining the environment and healthy lifestyles. 'How are we going to make sure that people continue to eat right, stay healthy,and reduce pollutions in the air. This site help students use 'personal preferences to evaluate the success of design ideas, processes and solutions including their care for environment' (ACARA, 2014)

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Clean Up Australia Day - Official Site

Clean Up Australia Day - Official Site | EDP4130 Sustainability for community needs | Scoop.it
Clean Up Australia Day inspires thousands of Australians to take to their local park, beach, bushland and streets to clean up their local environment.
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Clean up Australia Day encourages the community to get involved in doing something good for their community and help conserve the environment. How could the school encourage students to clean up after every playtime? Students can think of ways to ensure that picking up rubbish becomes a constant in the school grounds. Students learn the importance of keeping the environment clear and clean of rubbish in order to keep the environment natural and managed. Students may know of specific areas around the school that they could target to ensure that it stays rubbish free and help nature take it course in flourishing grass, trees and flowers. 

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Conservation, biodiversity sustainability environment issues, automated lobbying database at Information for Action

Conservation, biodiversity sustainability environment issues, automated lobbying database at Information for Action | EDP4130 Sustainability for community needs | Scoop.it
Information for Action explains conservation and environmental issues, offering solutions and includes a free and easy to use website where you can send emails to politicians and business leaders all over the world.
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This site explains the importance of soil and how erosion is depleting this resource. Information how erosion can globally affect the land through loss of food production, agriculture industry and damage to aquatic ecosystems are linked to erosion. Ideas are given as to how to prevent erosion. 

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Sustainability at NC State :: Students pilot plastic bag recycling on campus

Sustainability at NC State :: Students pilot plastic bag recycling on campus | EDP4130 Sustainability for community needs | Scoop.it
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This is a great idea for students to become involved in while widening their understanding how recycling plastic bags relates to sustainability. 

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Food Revolution Day - Cook it. Share it. Live it!

Food Revolution Day - Cook it. Share it. Live it! | EDP4130 Sustainability for community needs | Scoop.it
Food skills are among the most valuable life skills you can ever learn. Let's bring the power of food skills to life on Food Revolution Day. Every child should learn about food, where it comes from and how it affects their bodies. And everyone should be able to learn lost or forgotten food skills whether at home, at school, in the community or workplace. Together we can keep cooking skills alive #FRD2013
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This is a food site endorsed by Jamie Oliver to encourage the knowledge, skills and understanding of food. It encourages a day of ideas, recipes, where foods are grown and that fresh is best. As well as focusing on good food habits, it encourages sustainability by understanding that it is essential to maintain the production of healthy foods.

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