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Moja Island

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Moja Island is a 1-2 hour activity which will reinforce students' understanding of renewable energy sources.

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Moja Island is a terrific teaching resource, readily available for teachers to modify and apply within the classroom targeting the Year 3-4 Design and Technology Key Learning Area. This teaching and learning resource is a relevant active activity, constructed to teach students about renewable energy sources, which would stem over a 2-3 teaching episode, reflecting the standards outlined in the Australian National Curriculum (ACARA), Design and Technologies.

 

Knowledge and understanding: investigate and evaluate the range of technologies, materials, systems, tools and equipment that support local community needs with consideration of sustainability

 

Processors and production skills: produce designed, sustainable solutions for design projects by purposefully planning, selecting, safely using and evaluating technologies, materials including natural, recycled and everyday household items, and tools and equipment.

 

 

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ACARA (2012). The Shape of The Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Retrieved from: http://www.acara.edu.au/verve/_resources/Shape_of_the_Australian_Curriculum_-_Technologies_-_August_2012.pdf

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Marilyn Snider's curator insight, February 24, 2014 7:26 PM

Learners consider different energy options available to communities living on Moja Island and select the most appropriate technology. Renewable energy fact cards, a map of the island, and information on the different communities and their needs are downloadable to help them.  


Australian Curriculum: Science Yr 6 (ACSSU097)

Global Education Project, Victoria's curator insight, February 24, 2014 7:32 PM

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Learners consider different energy options available to communities living on Moja Island and select the most appropriate technology. Renewable energy fact cards, a map of the island, and information on the different communities and their needs are downloadable to help them.

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Bottle Biology | Bottle Column Investigations

Bottle Biology | Bottle Column Investigations | Green Technology Education within Primary Schools teaching Sustainabiliity | Scoop.it

"Bottle Biology an idea book for exploring the world using soda bottles and other recyclable materials.”

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See it, Touch it, Smell it, Taste it!

Bottle Biology is an instructional materials development program, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, with opportunities to learn how to explore science and the environment using simple resources, such as a soda bottle and other recyclable materials.

 

This website is very insightful, providing adequate information for teachers to educate themselves on ways they could scaffold age and context appropriate challenges for students within the classroom. The website details specific information about the sustainable qualities of the bottle environment and how it works.

 

This bottle environment is a tool which could be the center of a science investigation, embedded into the 5'Es instructional framework as it is a great teaching and learning tool students can create, explore and discuss, engaging students in each stage of the learning process, perfectly tailored to the Year 5 and 6 content description, to investigate how and why food and fiber are produced in managed environments(ACTDEK021).

 

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ACARA (2014). The Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Retrieved from: http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

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Changes on the Cape Cod Coastline

Changes on the Cape Cod Coastline | Green Technology Education within Primary Schools teaching Sustainabiliity | Scoop.it
Beaches are dynamic, living landscapes. The coast off of Chatham, Massachusetts, provides a prime example of beach evolution.

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The NASA Earth Observatory is a teaching tool used to assist educators in teaching students about the environmental, including natural hazards with visualizations depicting the date and time these vast changes in the climate occurs. There are multiple global maps which  depict data over a period of time which can be used as a tool to see the effects of global warming it’s the implications on the environment on a global scale. Animations, videos and side by side images are also available to teachers to show how sustainable choices or designs can influence our environment. I really enjoyed looking at all of the real-world images on this site and it opened my eyes to how creating a more sustainable environment could influence our world on a global scale. 

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 5, 2014 11:52 PM

To quote coastal geologist Robert Oldale, "Many people view coastal erosion as a problem that needs to be addressed and, if possible, prevented.  However, storm and wave erosion along the shore of Cape Cod has been going on for thousands of years and will likely continue for thousands of years more. It is a natural process that allows the Cape to adjust to rising sea level. Erosion is only a peril to property. If we build on the shore, we must accept the fact that sooner or later coastal erosion will take the property away.”


Tagscoastal, remote sensing, mappingerosion, landscape.

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Future Sparks

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Future Sparks is a fun and empowering look at climate and a future with clean energy, aimed at 8 to 13 year olds.

Via Ellie Ruby-Rose Rasmussen
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Future sparks is a learning tool which harnesses a quality of self-discovery, creating a learning experience for primary students to develop solutions relevant to energy and climate, whilst embracing collaborative experiences. This resource embraces issues which are relevant to our environment, making connections to the real-world. This tool includes a section for teachers with lesson plans and facts sheets that can be scaffolded into unit plans to assist in cross-curriculum learning, in the areas of Science, Technologies and sustainability.

 

Future Sparks is a relevant application designed to access student’s creativity and utilise problem solving strategies and communicating skills to solve complex problems attaining to the environment. When students actively engage with the features of this resource, particular curriculum strands are being addressed:

 

Work with others to plan the creation and communication of ideas and information safely, applying agreed ethical and social protocols (ACTDIP013)

Explain how developed solutions and existing information systems meet common personal, school or community needs and envisage new ways of using them (ACTDIP012)

Evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions based on criteria for success developed with guidance and including care for the environment (ACTDEP017)

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Ellie Ruby-Rose Rasmussen's curator insight, April 8, 2014 6:14 AM

This online self-discovery learning tool invites  primary aged students to learn and create solutions for cleaner energy in a collaborative setting. I particularly like this aspect, that it involves and encourages students to work collaboratively and share views and opinions on real world issues. This resource effectively ties multiple curriculum learning areas and cross-curricular priorities such as; Science, Technologies and sustainability.

 

The following is a list of just some curriculum strands met by this resource when engagement is authentic, constructive and relevant.

 

-Define simple problems, and describe and follow a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve them (ACTDIP010)

-Explain how developed solutions and existing information systems meet common personal, school or community needs, and envisage new ways of using them (ACTDIP012)

-Work with others to plan the creation and communication of ideas and information safely, applying agreed ethical and social protocols (ACTDIP013)

Chantell Saddler.'s comment, June 5, 2014 8:54 PM
I think this Scoop covers the authentic engagement necessary to developing solutions and defining solutions perfectly, well done.
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NSW Department of Education and Communities Sites2See - Aim to sustain

NSW Department of Education and Communities Sites2See - Aim to sustain | Green Technology Education within Primary Schools teaching Sustainabiliity | Scoop.it

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Rebecca White's curator insight, May 28, 2013 7:05 PM

This website provides information for students, parents and teachers about sustainability. There are interactive games, case studies, activities and more that are student centered, engaging and meet the requirements of the Technology curriculum. The website examines activities that look at food production, creating sustainable environments, promoting bio diversity and so much more that are found in the technology curriculum and help students create preferred futures.

 

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Projects : Green Living Project | supporting a more sustainable lifestyle

Projects : Green Living Project | supporting a more sustainable lifestyle | Green Technology Education within Primary Schools teaching Sustainabiliity | Scoop.it
RT @EcoSchoolsUSA: Looking for @GreenLivingPrjt project that fits your class?

Green Living Project’s curriculum, “Students Connecting to Global Sustainability” uses multimedia and technology to bring unique sustainability-centered education into the classroom. This free resource features GLP’s sustainability films and interdisciplinary lessons for K-12 students.


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A Learning Simulation For Science & Social Studies: Plan It Green -

A Learning Simulation For Science & Social Studies: Plan It Green - | Green Technology Education within Primary Schools teaching Sustainabiliity | Scoop.it
We all know how much emphasis is being placed on green energy strategies these days. The folks over National Geographic recently teamed up with GE…

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This online teaching resource reflects a video game known as SimCity, but Plan It Green provides opportunities for participants to construct their own virtual city with creative control. Students can log in via there google accounts to come face-to-face with a very easy tutorial to guide users through the set-up. The game encourages learners to persist via an internal reward system, to reach certain levels of the game. The game can be a collaborative experience as you create and communicate with other communities. This game was developed to have an eco-friendly theme, promoting a sustainable lifestyle, asking students to Plan It Green, leading to valuable educational lessons about energy conservation and the use of alternative solutions which is environmentally friendly.


The game addresses social issues affecting our world, linking to real world issues, making learning relevant to the learner. I would use this game as a tool in my classroom as it is a way students can be facilitators of their own learning, identifying problems and creating solutions in a digital format but they can also be applied in a real world context, reaffirming technology and sustainability curriculum outcomes.

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Katherine Reed's comment, April 26, 2014 1:55 AM
No worries Ellie.
Corinne Owen's comment, April 26, 2014 9:17 AM
Great scoop Katie, I love this idea. Lots of great learning to be had here
Kelly Frintzilas's comment, April 26, 2014 9:29 PM
Excellent Scoop Katie. This looks like a lot of fun.
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Open Futures

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Open Futures- Linking learning and life

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Open Futures links to one’s personal learning and their experiences in life, reflected in the programs four curriculum strands, askit, growit, cookit and filmit. This skills and enquiry-based curriculum development program is another way to approach teaching students about the world, using a learn-through play approach to develop creative approaches to establish a sustainable environment. This program assists students to make practical decisions which reflect their personal interests, values and cultures to “investigate, design, plan, manage, create and evaluate solutions” (ACARA, 2014).

 

This program targets the minds of young students, contributing to their educational development to, as stated in the technologies framework, “make informed and ethical decisions about the role, impact and use of technologies in the economy, environment and society for a sustainable future”, enhancing the quality of their world when they become adults.

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Enercities

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Paladin Studios' EnerCities
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Enercities is an engaging and fun educational game relating to energy, co-founded by the European Commission. This technological resource challenges students to establish a sustainable metropolis which can withstand the test of time, balancing the economy, ecology, population growth, and the integrity of energy sources whilst maintaining quality of life.


Learning about resource scarcity and green city planning is the foundation of this teaching tool, reflecting the Australian Curriculum: Technologies, with technologies being implemented to enrich and impact on the lives of people and societies globally.


This resource can be implemented as a teaching tool in Year 3 or 4, providing students with an opportunity to  create designed solutions in a technological context: engineering principles and systems (ACARA, 2014).  


Reference:

ACARA (2014). The Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Retrieved from: http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

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The Australian Curriculum v6.0 Technologies: Technologies

The Australian Curriculum v6.0 Technologies: Technologies | Green Technology Education within Primary Schools teaching Sustainabiliity | Scoop.it

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The Australian Curriculum:Technologies is the source for educators to reference when developing unit's or constructing lessons as it details learning outcomes to ensure students are provided opportunities to become technological literate. This curation project has been centered around this framework and intends to include teaching and learning resources which address this learning area. To read more, click the link!

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Daniel Barker's curator insight, June 1, 2014 7:17 AM

The Australian Curriculum is Australia's national Curriculum. This Curation project has been constructed to address the Year 5 Design and Technologies learning area. Please follow this link to explore the curriculum.

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EarthViewer for iPad Takes You Through the History of Earth

EarthViewer for iPad Takes You Through the History of Earth | Green Technology Education within Primary Schools teaching Sustainabiliity | Scoop.it
EarthViewer is a free iPad app that takes you through 4.5 billion years on Earth. EarthViewer allows you to select eons and eras to view. Within each eon and era you can view tectonic plates, conti...

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EarthViewer is a free iPad application which provides its participants with an inside look at implications and data reflecting climate change and to follow the continental drift throughout a 540 million year period. I was amazed by its multi-functional  uses and how inviting the resource was as I learnt useful information about Ancient Earth and could travel through different eras and time periods.

 

Students in Year's 7 and 8 can "Investigate the ways in which products, services and environments evolve globally"(ACTDEK030) (ACARA, 2014) as they use this app to expand their views of the environment, in particular the shifting of continents, with data on atmospheric composition, temperature, biodiversity, day length, and solar luminosity reflecting  our dynamic planet being available . 

 

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ACARA (2014). The Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Retrieved from:http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

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Alison Hewett's curator insight, February 15, 2013 2:23 PM

Great for environmental inquiry topics

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The GT Initiative


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The Tellus institute and Philip Vergragt have written an exceptionally good read, starting with a question: How could Technology, and what types, contribute to a sustainable society? to intrigue readers, inviting them to explore the question, and picture future technological advancements and their implications. The text looks back at the past events and pathways technology has paved and the contributions to establishing and maintaining a sustainable future.

 

I would recommend all educators having a read of this text to develop an in depth insight into mechanisms and choices technological advancements and its contributes to society.

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Rebecca White's curator insight, March 20, 2013 2:43 AM

 

This document should be read by all educators before putting together a unit of work on technology and sustainability. The document provides research and information about the current situation regarding sustainability and how technology can be used to create preferred futures. The document links to energy, health, agriculture, food and fibre production, digital systems and how technology can be used to create sustainable resources and systems. 

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CarbonKids Educational Resources | CSIRO

CarbonKids Educational Resources | CSIRO | Green Technology Education within Primary Schools teaching Sustainabiliity | Scoop.it
CarbonKids is a program for schools committed to tackling climate change.

Via Rebecca White
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Carbon Kids is an educational platform established by CSIRO designed for school communities which combines the latest in climate science with education in sustainability. The website is constructed to support primary and secondary schools with teaching and learning resources, necessary to create solutions to prevent/overcome climate change. The website consists of four sections detailing what carbon kids will do, what they will provide, what carbon kids involves and the schools registered in this program.

 

For educators, there are resources which have been collated and are now available, which include lesson plans, information and collaborative activities relevant to overcoming climate change, creating sustainable energy, biodiversity and establishing preferred futures.

 

This website and its resources directly links to the Technology Curriculum and the sustainability outcomes, especially as students are able to use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce designed solutions for authentic needs and opportunities (ACARA, 2014).

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Rebecca White's curator insight, May 21, 2013 12:33 AM

Carbon Kids is a program for schools committed to overcoming climate change. The website brings together unit plans, information and activity ideas surrounding combating climate change, sustainable energy, biodiversity and overall creating preferred futures. This website and the resources it provides relates directly to the Technology curriculum and the sustainability cross curriculum link. 

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Fair food design booklet | Practical Action

Fair food design booklet | Practical Action | Green Technology Education within Primary Schools teaching Sustainabiliity | Scoop.it
A downloadable booklet with a design brief and activities on Fair foods.

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This resource is an online design brief where students are to design and make a snack that uses one fair traded ingredient. There are printable worksheets to assist students in brainstorming their ideas and implementing design solutions, guiding their construction of knowledge and developing their understanding or fair trade. This teaching and learning resource will enhance student’s collaboration skills and further their critical and creative thinking as they create solutions which are alive in developing countries, striving to achieve better trading conditions.

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Ange McSweeney's curator insight, March 16, 2013 1:28 AM

This is an excellent resource for teachers to draw lesson ideas on the topic fair trading of food. It has printable worksheets that guide students through steps to gaining knowledge and understanding of fair trade, and then provides appropriate scaffolding to apply these understandings in designing and creating their own snack product that uses at least 1 fair trade product.

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Waste matters | Global Education

Waste matters | Global Education | Green Technology Education within Primary Schools teaching Sustainabiliity | Scoop.it

A website which details teaching activities reflecting the Australian Curriculum.

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Global education is a website complete with resources to encourage global perspectives, available  to teachers aligning with the Australian Curriculum. In terms of Waste matters, this teaching resource is sequenced consisting of four activities aimed at teaching the about the Environment to Years 3-4.  

 

As well as the curriculum links detailed on the website, these activities can be scaffolded to incorporate technology achievement outcomes, such as "Investigating the suitability of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment for a range of purposes (ACTDEK013)" to expand their learning and develop their creative and critical thinking in a technological manner.

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