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This curated collection provides educators with a range of resources that can be used when implementing the Food production & technologies content strands from the technology curriculum.
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Sustainable Water Management

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SEQ Water - Up a Dry Gully
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'Up a Dry Gully' is an educational website which aims to teach students about how water must be safe, secure and sustainable for our future. This website aligns with the Technology content strand 6.3 as it focuses on sustainable water resource management and the importance water for food production. To successfully implement this content strand, teachers can download for free fact sheets, lesson plans, student’s activities and teacher activities. 

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Australia Food and Grocery Council

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AFGC believes that a coordinated, cooperative effort involving the entire supply chain is needed to effectively address sustainability challenges.AFGC considers water, waste, energy and social issues to be the current key sustainability challenges...
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Sustainability

The Australian Food & Grocery Council (AFG) website has a specific section dedicated to sustainability. AFGC has identified five current challenges faced within Australian in regards to food sustainability, these include: water, waste, energy & emissions, packaging & recycling and social issues. Teachers can use the wealth of information provided for the five areas and AFGC Sustainability Committee report for 2010-2011 to gain knowledge and understanding to be able to competently teach food sustainability in the Year 5 & 6 looking at 6.3 about sustainable resource management for food production.  

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Design & Technology - Primary

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New D&T Primary website, resources for all keystages
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The design and technology primary website contains a wide variety of classroom projects and resources for students aged 3 to 11 years old that would assist with implementing the Australian Technology Curriculum. The website breaks their resources into different technology areas with textiles, food and sustainability being relevant to the content strands of Food production and technologies for this curation, there is also additional strands relevant to the other technology strands. To access the full benefits of this website, you are required to become a member but teachers can still access unit plan ideas from simply viewing the website and then create their own unit based upon the suggested idea.  

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Food a fact of life

Food a fact of life | Food Production & Food Technology | Scoop.it
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Food a fact of life website contains a large variety of teaching resources for educators to use ranging from 3 to 16 years old therefore this website is not only benefiting the primary school teachers but also the early and secondary education teachers. The teaching resources available include: interactive ICT activities, videos, fact sheets and a teacher’s guide. The 5-8 year olds section ‘Food and Farming’ has clear links to the Technology curriculum for food and fibre production for Year F-2. This section uses a variety of resources to explore whether food products come from an animal or a plant and videos to explain where food comes from before we buy that food product from a shop.  

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Primary Resources: Design and Technology

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Primary Resources - free worksheets, lesson plans and teaching ideas for primary and elementary teachers.
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Primary Resources is a fantastic website for educators to have saved in their favourites. This website provides a variety of different lesson plans and activities which are relevant to the technologies content strand of Food production such as food & drink, containers & packaging, shelters and clothing.      

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Kia Sowden's comment, May 11, 2013 1:14 AM
Hi Andrea, Looking at this website it is clear that the content would be perfect for developing an Integrated Science and Technology unit. For example, when exploring food containers the students are first required to identify the materials and properties of the materials that the container is made from (Science), before then designing and evaluating their own (Technology). Great Resource. Thanks for sharing!
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MLA - Meat & Livestock Australia

MLA - Meat & Livestock Australia | Food Production & Food Technology | Scoop.it
The cattle, sheep and goat industries plays an important role in Australia's economy, society and environmental management.
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The Meat and Livestock Australia website has a wide variety of information regarding food production within Australia which aligns with the food production strand from the Australian Technology curriculum for a number of year levels. MLA has created a free online video for teachers which demonstrate to students the production process on a beef and sheep farm across Australia. To compliment this free online video, MLA has developed additional guides to assist teachers with implementing this with the technology, science, and society and environment curriculum strands within the classroom. There is also additional fact sheets based upon the beef, sheep, and goat production. 

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Sophie Edge's comment, May 27, 2013 3:40 AM
Hi Andrea, this site contains some excellent teaching resources and lesson suggestions. It is clear that this site would prove beneficial to teachers wishing to implement a unit on food production and technology. Thanks for sharing.
Sophie Edge's curator insight, May 27, 2013 3:42 AM

The Meat and Livestock Australia website contains some excellent and practical resources and teaching suggestions that would benefit teachers who wish to implement lessons on food production and technology. The resources provided on the site would be suitable for a range of year levels and ability levels. 

Miss Coombes's curator insight, March 23, 2014 9:16 PM

Meat and Livestock Australia, is a wonderful resource that teachers could use in the classroom, to teach students about food production in Australia for beef, goat and sheep. The website aligns with the Australian Curriculum- Technology; year 3 and 4: “Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies (ACTDEK012)”, as well and 5 and 6: “Investigate how and why food and fibre are produced in managed environments (ACTDEK021)”. The website allows students to explore the meat production process by providing videos about farm procedures where the farmer talks about the processes, as well as providing information to read, called ‘fact sheets’. here is also an 'on the farm' game where students have to look after the animals, providing them with knowledge about what it takes to raise and grow the animal stock. It is an engaging way for students to explore the production of meat in Australia. 

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How to Keep Vital Nutrients in Food When Cooking

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This article ‘How to keep vital nutrients in food when cooking’ provides some key tips about keeping the vitamins and minerals within the food we cook and eat. It is suggested that we need to firstly, start with the best ingredients (e.g. fresh produce), secondly use appropriate cooking methods, thirdly add more fiber to your meals (e.g. using wholemeal products) and fourthly pay attention to the food pyramid. Therefore it is these suggestions that will provide beneficial content knowledge when teaching the Food technologies strand of 6.5 focusing on food preparation techniques for producing nutritious foods. 

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Stephanie White's curator insight, March 11, 2014 1:37 AM

This article titled "How to Keep Vital Nutrients in Food When Cooking" provides details on how to get the most nutrients out of your food. The article explains that it is important to start with the best ingredients, use appropriate cooking methods, add more fiber and pay attention to the food pyramid. This would be a good article to have students read when teaching on health and food preparation.

 

It aligns with the Australian Curriculum Technologies 6.4 which states, "Investigate the role of food preparation in maintaining good health and the importance of food safety and hygiene." Students need to know that the way they prepare food is important. There are ways to prepare food in order to receive the most nutritional benefit. 


http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10 ;

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How is food technology affecting 'fresh food'?

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This article provides a brief insight into how advances in food technologies are being used to enable producers and processors to keep fresh food lasting longer in our supermarkets. This resource gives the teacher the opportunity to explore this new content with relevance to the Technology curriculum with students (middle/upper primary) by exploring how fresh produce systems have been transformed throughout the decades because of food technology.  

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Cherene Trimble's curator insight, June 6, 2013 7:54 AM

I have rescopped this as I am for some reason unable to scoop it myself.  I agree with Andrea in that this site would be useful for middle/upper primary- it could go hand in hand with a shopping adventure!

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CarbonKids Educational Resources | CSIRO

CarbonKids Educational Resources | CSIRO | Food Production & Food Technology | Scoop.it
CarbonKids is a program for schools committed to tackling climate change.
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Carbon Kids is a school based educational program designed for tackling climate change by educating primary school students. This program has links to the content strand of Food and Fibre Production from the Australian Technology curriculum. The benefits of this program include a wide range of activities and units as well as free Professional Development sessions for the school staff upon school registration. Teachers can visit the website now to download free copies of a variety of units ranging from early years through to secondary years.  

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 19, 2013 8:50 PM
Andrea this is a great resource with relevant and up date to information in the Australian context and the CSIRO site has many useful fact sheets and articles.
Jenni Atkinson's curator insight, May 19, 2013 8:52 PM

A great resource found by a peer that can be used when researching sustainable energy sources within the Australian context.The site also provides many relevant fact sheets and articles.

 

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Tools For Teachers - Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

Tools For Teachers - Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation | Food Production & Food Technology | Scoop.it
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Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation is a program which enables students to see the process of food production at their own schools across Australia. This program links with the content strand of Food and Fibre Production from the Australian Technology curriculum. Benefits of the program include teachers will have access to units of work and opportunities to participate in workshops and training days to increase knowledge and understanding upon joining the foundation. Teachers can visit the website now to download a free copy of ‘Tools for Teachers 1’. If the school decides to implement this program it will not only benefit the teachers but it also gives the students an authentic, engaging, hands on learning experience which teaches them life skills. 

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Sophie Smith's curator insight, May 24, 2013 3:01 AM

After doing a unit on designing a community project, this would be a great way to allow the students to be involved in a real-life learning and put to practice the design processes that they learnt about from the unit.  From this website you can find lesson plans, activities and units that could be used in your classroom.

 

Kaaren Sweeney's comment, May 30, 2013 12:44 AM
I love the way Stephanie has used her knowledge and past it onto to schools. It would be interesting to know if the children at participating schools, have a lower obesity rate. I think if children are involved in the whole process of the food production chain, then I think this surely could reduce obesity rates in young children.
Stephanie White's curator insight, March 30, 2014 6:58 AM

The not-for-profit Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation provides resources for teachers to use in order to implement the Australian Curriculum. The program highlights the learning that takes place in the classroom, kitchen and garden. It emphasises the flavours as well as the nutritional benefits of fresh foods. The program also stresses the importance of balanced diets and foods in moderation. It has proven to show social benefits to all students, including those with special needs. 

 

This links to many relevant content descriptors such as ACTDEK003 which states, "Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating."

 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10 ;

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Draft Australian Curriculum Technologies - February 2013.pdf

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The Draft Australian Curriculum for Technologies outlines the purpose, aims, structure, general capabilities, scope & sequence and a glossary. As well as the content descriptors, elaborations and achievement standards from Foundation to Year 10. Therefore this document has all the relevant information a teacher needs to effectively teach the Technology curriculum within their classroom. 

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Cherene Trimble's curator insight, June 6, 2013 7:50 AM

Here is the Draft for the Australian Curriculum: Technology.

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Technology teacher education through a constructivist approach - Design and Technology Education: an International Journal

Technology teacher education through a constructivist approach
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As an educator, I have considered what teaching approach would be most beneficial for teaching technology education within my classroom and it was for that reason, I conducted research to find which teaching approach is most beneficial to use. I discovered this research paper, ‘Technology teacher education through a constructivist approach’, was written by Wendy-Fox Turnball and Paul Snape, professors from the University of Canterbury College of Education, New Zealand. This paper discusses the benefits of using a constructivist learning approach for teaching the technology curriculum. It concluded that from using authentic practical activities based on constructivist theories that knowledge and understandings of technology increased greatly. Therefore this research paper provides creditability for using a constructivist approach to teaching the technology curriculum from Foundation to Year 10.

To view the full article, go to this website http://ojs.lboro.ac.uk/ojs/index.php/DATE/article/view/1625  to download the pdf file.       

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Healthier Preparation Methods for Cooking

Healthier Preparation Methods for Cooking | Food Production & Food Technology | Scoop.it
Nutrition Center - Healthy Cooking - Healthier Preparation Methods
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The American Heart Association is a reliable resource to use to obtain information about healthy food preparation methods. For the content strand Food technologies 6.5, teachers need to be able to locate information about food preparation techniques and this website outlines some information that would be beneficial for teaching this strand. The first section focuses providing tips about using healthier methods for food preparation such as, prepare meals that have little or no salt. Secondly, it provides a section about alternative cooking methods to frying therefore cooking products in most nutritious way possible. This website also provides additional information about nutritious foods and healthy eating.  

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Traditional Society Food Processing

Ngadjonji rainforest aboriginal people and their technology of food processing.
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This website would be extremely beneficial to teachers when implementing the content strand of 4.3 of the Technology Curriculum as it will enable students to explore different types of poisonous plant food in traditional societies. It specifically looks at the Aboriginal tribe of Ngadjonji foods and the process of cooking, grating, and leaching to remove the poison from the foods to ensure they are safe to eat. This will enable discussion and comparisons to occur about the use of different food technologies in the modern society compared to a traditional society. 

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Matt Hay's curator insight, March 9, 2014 9:33 PM

Here teachers can find extensive information on traditional Aboriginal uses of plant, insect, animal and foods by the Ngadjonji people.  This resource increases student engagement by connecting learning with the land, past and present. Students investigate categories such as shelter, clothing, healthy eating and food processing traditions; then compare traditional methods against modern societies methods.

Stephanie White's curator insight, March 11, 2014 8:33 AM

This website is a great resource for teachers to use when implementing 4.3 of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies which states, "Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies." Teachers could use this website to teach students the way the Ngadjonji rainforest aboriginal people processed their food and the technology associated with their food processing. Then, teachers could expand the lesson further and have a discussion comparing the technology involved in the Ngadjonji's food processing compared to modern food processing. 

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The 5 W's of Food Production

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The who, what, when, where, and why we produce food the way we do
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The 5 W’s of Food Production is a blog developed by Brittany Jurgemeyer who is currently studying Agriculture in  the United States who has a passion for educating young and old people about Agriculture. The mission of the 5W’s blog is to “educate consumers on all aspects of food production and the agriculture industry through up to date news, multimedia, and the who, what, when, where, and whys of food production” (Jurgemeyer, n.d.). This website will provide information beneficial to teaching the Food and Fibre Production technology content strand as Brittany’s blog provides information regarding food production as well as a teacher resource page. The benefit of this blog is that you can subscribe to email updates as to when a new blog has been posted. 

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Stephanie White's curator insight, March 11, 2014 8:14 PM

Brittany Jurgemeyer created the blog "The 5 W's of Food Production" to inform people about why food is produced the way it is and how it is related to the agriculture industry. The five W's are Who, What, When, Where and Why, This would be a great resource for primary teachers to use in their classroom. The website is easy for children to navigate and it teaches the five W's of food production with words, pictures and videos. This blog would be a good tool to use when meeting the Australian Curriculum: Technologies 4.3 which states, "Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies." Students could spend time reading the five W's of food production and learn more about food production and how it relates to the agriculture industry.

 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10 ;