News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State
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‘Roo’s Fabulous Edible Garden’ is an iPad application that was created by University of North Carolina Television and North Carolina Cooperative Extension (Shore, 2012). University of North Carolina Television and North Carolina Cooperative Extension have created numerous educational resources that teachers can utilise in their classroom to support them to address the Australian Curriculum (Shore, 2012). ‘Roo’s Fabulous Edible Garden’ is an ICT resource that involves students learning how plants are grown, harvested and cooked to make a range of foods (Shore, 2012). The application does this by getting students to create their own virtual garden where they will need to rake soil, plant seeds, weed the garden, harvest their crops and find a recipe that they can use their harvested fruit and vegetables to make a meal (Shore, 2012).
‘Roo’s Fabulous Edible Garden’ is an ICT resource that can be used to support the implementation of the technologies curriculum in a number of ways. For example, in the Design and Technologies content descriptions for Foundation to Year 2 it states that the students will “explore how plants are grown for food” (ACARA, 2014, p.2). The application can be used to successfully address this content descriptor as students can use the resource to participate in the stages of growing a plant for food in addition to partaking in the stages of harvesting a plant to gather food (Shore, 2012).
Overall, I believe that the application is a valuable ICT resource that will enable teachers to effectively implement ICTs in their teaching of the technologies curriculum. The application provides students with an opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the topic by reading information and by engaging in fun activities.
Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). (2014). Design and Technologies Scope and Sequence. Retrieved from:
Shore, D. (2012). App taps kids’ interests in technology to open door to gardening and the outdoors. Retrieved from: