Engaging at-risk students through the Australian Curriculum: Technologies
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Implementing the AC: Technologies may be one way to re-engage upper Primary students with low literacy levels. Here's how.
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EDP4130: technologies & engagement - Topic sorted!

The goal and scope of this Scoop.it, in a blog post.   

 

I plan to curate:

 

-- Contemporary research on Design and Technologies and engagement at the Primary/Middle Years level.


-- Relevant info on disengagement, re-engagement and low literacy

 

--Technologies resources which (a) link to the draft Yr 6 D&T outcomes, (b) seem likely to engage Year 4-6 students, and (c) if possible, have a strong literacy component.

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Kirsty Chaloner's comment, April 7, 2013 6:47 PM
This is an awesome curation idea. I'm about to start prac in a classroom where one of the students has already been to juvenile detention, and one of the things this student prefers is the technology principals such as designing, creating and evaluating. I think these scoops will benefit my prac greatly :)
Malena Martens's comment, April 7, 2013 8:30 PM
Thanks! Your praise is going to prod me into posting more :)
Rhianna Elizabeth Hilton's comment, May 13, 2013 6:48 PM
Malena, this is excellent! It clearly outlines what you hope to achieve by engaging in this curation project and it provides the audience ideas as to why you have chosen the articles and material that you have. It really focuses your collection!
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Building Bridges: A Maths, Science & Technology Integrated Unit - Recherche Google


Via Kia Sowden
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For later review. Maths, Science, Design & Technology for Yr 7 class. 

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Kia Sowden's curator insight, April 21, 2013 5:54 PM

Building Bridges is an integrated Maths, Science and Design & Technology unit developed for a Year 7 class. Within the unit students use scientific knowledge and findings from investigations to evaluate claims (ACSIS132) and describe ways to create effective designed solutions that consider ethics, social values and sustainability factors through selecting and combining properties and characteristics of resources (8.3). Therefore this unit of work would assist any Year 7 teacher looking to cover these content descriptors.

Kia Sowden's comment, May 4, 2013 12:44 AM
Hi Malena, I'm glad you were able to find this resource helpful.
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Aboriginal Use of Native Plants WebQuest


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Scooping this now for later assessment. It values some Indigenous knowledges, integrates with Primary Technologies curriculum.  looks like it has potential for engagement through either relevance or uniqueness, depending on the student demograph.

 

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Rhianna Elizabeth Hilton's comment, April 27, 2013 6:58 AM
I couldn't agree more Jenni and Malena, in addition to satisfying elements of the Technologies curriculum it also presents the information using ICT's and allows for student directed and self paced learning.
Kia Sowden's comment, May 4, 2013 12:42 AM
Hi Rhianna, The idea of using a webquest is also great as it is an engaging for of teaching, promoting self directed learning. It also allows students to work at their own pace ensuring that they do not get 'left behind'
Rhianna Elizabeth Hilton's comment, May 4, 2013 12:53 AM
I also feel that a WebQuest allows students to tick off tasks as they go so they have a feeling of accomplishment. It also provides an interesting way of displaying concepts.
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Alternative Search Tools: These options to Google will help students become better researchers - The Digital Shift

Alternative Search Tools: These options to Google will help students become better researchers - The Digital Shift | Engaging at-risk students through the Australian Curriculum: Technologies | Scoop.it

"Pose a research question to students and most of them will immediately turn to the Internet. Sadly, many students think the only option is Google...Here I’ll present some free options for research that don’t require a login, along with a few quick tips to aid student searches."


Via Beth Dichter, James Buchanan
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RefSeek is new to me, and I like it. As well as removing ads and paid links, and offering a choice of web or document searches, it declutters the screen -- would this be useful for students whose literacy issues are related to visual processing problems? I'd need to talk to a Speech Path and an OT. (Hey there Twitter...)

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Lucy Wareham's comment, April 9, 2013 12:13 AM
I have found that some students are also drawn to inappropriate adverts and links when researching. This search engine would avoid this distraction. Thanks
Kia Sowden's comment, May 11, 2013 12:48 AM
Hi Malena, Thanks for sharing this resource. I think it would be useful to remove the distraction that students so easily spend their time viewing. I think it would also comply with legislation when it comes to students use of the internet and appropriate sites.
Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 15, 2013 11:44 PM
Great find.It is so easy to get distracted or off track when searching on the net and I agree with James re: deeper searches.
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Kidsgrow resources : Nursery and Garden Industry Australia

Kidsgrow resources : Nursery and Garden Industry Australia | Engaging at-risk students through the Australian Curriculum: Technologies | Scoop.it

Via Emily Middleton
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Has teaching resources, unlike the Stephanie Alexander page. A great addition to the  Design and Tech/Sustainability/AUSSI rating pile.

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Emily Middleton's curator insight, March 9, 2013 5:52 AM

The Nursery and Garden Industry Australia website hosts a number of excellent teaching resources in the Kidsgrow area. For the purpose of this curated collection I focus on the learning activities noted in the “Munch and Crunch" garden.

 

The theme of this resource is sustainable food production through gardening, and this is a popular topic as edible gardens feature in many contemporary Australian schools.

 

While this unit could be used to support many outcomes across a very broad range of key learning areas, I believe that it very effectively supports a number of outcomes noted in the Design and Technologies subject of the DRAFT Australian Technology Curriculum (2013). I also believe that the learning experiences strongly connect to the cross-curriculum priority of Sustainability and would provide an authentic context for student learning.

 

Although this resource could be modified to suit different year levels, I believe that it is well suited to students in years five and six. The content descriptors I find most relevant are 6.1 and 6.3. With the addition of relevant assessment tasks that are aligned to the learning experiences, there is little doubt that some of the content descriptors linked to processes and production skills, such as 6.5, 6.6 and 6.7, could be included.

Emily Middleton's comment, May 29, 2013 2:21 AM
Glad you found this useful Marlena :)
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Project-Based Learning Research Review

Project-Based Learning Research Review | Engaging at-risk students through the Australian Curriculum: Technologies | Scoop.it
Studies have proven that when implemented well, project-based learning (PBL) can increase retention of content and improve students' attitudes towards learning, among other benefits.
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Overview of Project-Based Learning. Features a list of evidence-based factors which make PBL successful in increasing student enthusiasm for learning, reducing absenteeism, increasing attainment.  Research references supplied but not cited in-text.  The list of factors would be a good reflective checklist to use when planning Design and Tech projects. 

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Home - LivingGreener.gov.au

Home - LivingGreener.gov.au | Engaging at-risk students through the Australian Curriculum: Technologies | Scoop.it

"Information, how-tos and rebates for sustainable living."  Incl:  Ways to save energy/household costs (and reduce carbon footprints); ways to save water; ways to reduce, re-use, recycle; ways to travel smarter.  

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Provides a vast number of concepts which could form projects for Australian Curriculum: Tech: Design and Tech 6.6, if there are valid links to students' home and school communities.  Does not provide educational resources.

 

Features backyard chickens - should be an inspiring design project which could sneak in quite a bit of literacy and numeracy. Excitingly real-world - could involve kids in not only designing, but BUILDING the coop!

Numeracy: pricing chooks, coops and food;  selling eggs or chook poo at fetes; 

Literacy: the design brief; the presentation of  proposal; a variety of non-fiction and fiction text types relating to chooks and backyard farming;

Art:  signs for coop and fete; chook portraits using different textures, colours... fun!

 ways to save energy/household costs (and reduce carbon footprints); ways to save water; 

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 15, 2013 11:59 PM
Malena -there are some great ideas here and all authentic real world ideas that could inspire the young creators in the class whilst engaging them in problems that the community faces.
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Band design - Bird and Bat banding

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Band design - Bird and Bat banding
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This could be used for a real-world design project, given a decent population of birds and bird nerds: Design bands which would suit local bird or bat population.  

Should suit most suburban or rural settings.

Easily linked to AC: Tech: Design & Tech strand 6.6: "Critique, explore and investigate needs or opportunities for designing, and analyse and select appropriate materials, components, tools, equipment and processes to achieve intended designed solutions"

Class could consult with the department, submit designs to them which fit criteria. Could also be used to support school's application for AUSSI sustainable schools rating. 

Another class could undertake the design of a bird-friendly school garden.

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Wallace and Gromit : Scienceworks

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Materials include rich learning tasks, pre/post visit student activities and teacher resources."

Includes PDFs: Education Kit, Little Inventor's Handbook, Design a Logo, Storyboard Template and Team Agreement/Contract. 

 

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Glorious Design & Tech learning materials for Prep - Y10 which I am very eager to use! While the Wallace and Gromit exhibition is a lovely hook, students could be equally engaged in-class or online via short Wallace/Gromit clips.

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Planning Design and Tech curriculum Yr 7 students with additional literacy needs

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Solid guide but an extraordinarily wordy student self-evaluation pro-forma, given that its audience needs literacy support.  I'd borrow some of the structure,  support it with visual representations, offer opportunities to represent results through photographs/diagrams. 

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School-based Strategies for supporting students at risk of disengagement (Victoria, Australia)

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Project work, which could easily meet the Yr 6 Design and Tech strand goals, is overtly recommended: we should use "in-class teaching strategies that aim to build on individual strengths and interests, such as through project-based learning".  An entire curriculum strand which engages kids? Yes, please!


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Design Challenge Lessons | The Tech Museum of Innovation

Design Challenge Lessons | The Tech Museum of Innovation | Engaging at-risk students through the Australian Curriculum: Technologies | Scoop.it

Via Kia Sowden
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For review. May be particularly interesting to students from NZ or nearby, or pertinent when earthquakes affect Victoria again. 

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Kia Sowden's comment, May 4, 2013 12:39 AM
Hi Malena, This unit could be modified for many different contexts, including countries situated in earthquake zones. Also the same concept could be used for cyclone and flood areas.
Rhianna Elizabeth Hilton's comment, May 4, 2013 12:50 AM
Hi Kia I have found this resource which discusses flood resilient houses. Like you have stated this is a relevant topic for this area. Children could then use materials to build and design their own flood resilient house. Here is the link http://www.concrete.net.au/publications/pdf/Briefing18.pdf
Kia Sowden's comment, May 4, 2013 12:52 AM
Thanks for the link Rhianna. The information contained within this document would prove most useful when teaching students about specific materials that are suitable for flood prove areas, along with designing houses that are flood proof/tolerant.
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Why "Asshole" Is High Praise—and Other Anatomy Lessons With Mary Roach

Why "Asshole" Is High Praise—and Other Anatomy Lessons With Mary Roach | Engaging at-risk students through the Australian Curriculum: Technologies | Scoop.it
More than you ever needed to know about fake poop, rectal smuggling, and weird diets.
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"I was talking to a physician reader, and he got to telling me about the anus, which is this amazing thing that nobody appreciates. Here's this ring of muscle with nerves that has to discriminate between solid, liquid, and gas, and let it out accordingly. He's like, "No engineer could design something as multifunctional and fine-tuned as an anus."


It's my feeling this book could be a *great* way of engaging some reluctant readers with books *and* broadening their understanding of a design & technology profession - biomedical engineering.   How often do biomedical engineers respond to  "needs, opportunities or problems" (ACARA, 2013) -- every day! 

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About The Lab

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The Lab is a technology centre for young people with Asperger's Syndrome and other related Autism spectrum conditions.
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It's best said by the website:

"one-to-one tuition by technology professionals in areas such as programming, 3D, digital design and gaming." ... "focused, meaningful activities that deploy digital technology to build on the interests of young people."

 

Employs industry professionals. Well done, The Lab.

I have the feeling they're studying the results but I've got to check further.

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The Environment and Technology

Create a green product.


Via Katrina Elliott
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Lesson ideas and worksheets from the World Association of Technology Teachers. While it contains a great idea and a depth of background information, I would need to ruthlessly edit the mountains of text in the resources before using it with students who were not fluent readers.

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Katrina Elliott's curator insight, March 5, 2013 9:11 PM

This website provides great lesson ideas and worksheets that are available to teachers when implementing technology curriculum.  The worksheets are based on the environment and considers the effects of manufacturing on the environment.  By the end of the lessons, students will be able to design a product keeping in mind the affects on the environment such as pollution.  Students will use their research, literacy skills to plan and draw their design as well as using an information report to market their design to persuade consumers that their product is environmently friendly.

It is very easy to follow the lesson idea and worksheets. 

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Give students the ‘what’, the ‘why’ and the ‘when’ – NOT the ‘how’

Give students the ‘what’, the ‘why’ and the ‘when’ – NOT the ‘how’ | Engaging at-risk students through the Australian Curriculum: Technologies | Scoop.it

I watched amazed (yet again) as students came up with brilliant ways to show their learning, stuff I would never have thought of. They took the 6 maps and used them in all different ways. Some created timelines. Some used Poplet – they imported the pictures and created a mind map along with their own annotations. Some saved the maps to their iPad camera roll and used Art Set, a drawing app. They could easily import the pictures into the app from their camera roll, drag them into place anywhere on the page, and annotate or label them in any way they pleased. Some even printed the maps off and cut and pasted them into an ‘old fashioned’ timeline on a piece of paper!

 

Time and again this sort of thing has happened. In little ways, such as I’ve just described, right up to the really awesome ‘big’ things. Such as in our Challenge Based Learning units, where a challenge is set and the students are completely free to come up with their own solutions in their own way. Death to ‘make a powerpoint about a bushranger’  or ‘make a poster about an early explorer’ projects!! 

Malena Martens's insight:

Challenge Based Learning? Avoiding the 'how'? Wow! Sounds absolutely perfect for engaging students and for assessing students with low literacy levels but high IT skills. If students have poor IT skills, we could supply video walkthroughs of a number of appropriate apps or platforms to make sure they have the optimal chance to display their knowledge. 

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Rhianna Elizabeth Hilton's comment, May 13, 2013 6:52 PM
I couldn't agree more Malena, I think that when we develop, in our minds, a process that students need to take to get from A to B we really close ourselves off to seeing what these students are capable of coming up with on their own! I can bet some of it would be things we would never have considered.
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About The Program - Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation - Stephanie Alexander, Kitchen Garden, Kitchen Garden

About The Program - Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation - Stephanie Alexander, Kitchen Garden, Kitchen Garden | Engaging at-risk students through the Australian Curriculum: Technologies | Scoop.it
Malena Martens's insight:

Great project for AC: Tech: Design and Tech 6.6: Plan a school garden which grows appropriate produce for the school's climate and community.  

After choosing overall design, could give small groups responsibility for different areas or for different tasks (the compost heaps, the worm farm, the daily watering roster) -- as well as all the literacy links in the research/planning portion, could link in literacy outcomes such as documenting the journey and producing sets of instructions for future students/parent helpers (how-to-use guides, when-to-plant guides...)

Huge amount of numeracy involved too!

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Creating a Lizard Lounge

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Design a "lizard lounge" - ie a school garden patch which is lizard-friendly.

Another way to meet AC: Tech: Design and Tech outcome 6.6, incorporate sustainability outcomes and up the school's AUSSI rating.

 Too simple to be used as-is for Y6 - could add complexity through investigating types of local lizards and specific recommended environments (I smell the justification for a Zoo trip or reptile incursion!); pricing any components needed; investigating drawbacks of dedicated lizard-friendly area (spiders, snakes? Involve students in risk assessments); planning time, labour, presenting ideas via oral presentation (incorporate literacy, ICT and art outcomes).

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Understanding the Basics of ... Dyslexia

"Common Types of Dyslexia

Literal Dyslexia: an individual facing difficulty in identification of letters, either unable to match sounds with the letters or unable to identify upper- or lowercase letters.

Phonological Dyslexia: a person has difficulty with letters and connected sounds. They can read words that are familiar but have trouble reading unfamiliar words. ..."

Malena Martens's insight:

 Unsure of the authenticity of this resource, given that it is not referenced,  but it's a timely reminder that 'dyslexia' is not a single disorder and there will be vast differences in students' ability to respond to/create texts as a result. Asking the school's Speech Pathologist for guidelines when planning curriculum, resources and assessment could be helpful.

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Literacy in design and technology: For school-based use or self-study

Literacy in design and technology: For school-based use or self-study | Engaging at-risk students through the Australian Curriculum: Technologies | Scoop.it
Guidance for teachers on the role of literacy in raising attainment in design and technology. The guidance contains activities, information and resources for including speaking and listening, reading and writing in design and technology lessons.
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Comprises a list of ways to sneak in common literacy goals when implementing Technologies curriculum (eg teaching subject-specific vocabulary) and some teacher guidance on lesson and resource construction for literacy learning/students with extra literacy needs.  

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The Engaging School Handbook


Via Monique Dalli
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A more recent UK resource with pointers for engagement through Design & Tech
 

- let students research products meaningful to their families, communities or themselves

-offer opportunities to connect with the adult world

-use extended blocks of time

 

-conclude with a public exhibition 

of student work

-allow students to make multiple drafts before exhibition

-use critique protocols (rubric?) so students can develop their work.  

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'Craft, Design and Technology for Students with Special Educational Needs'

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If, in 1980, a well-designed CD&T curriculum was more likely than any other subject to give students with special needs a sense of achievement and enjoyment, how can we utilise the 2013 Australian Curriculum: Technologies to give kids a sense of enjoyment and attainment?

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