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Technology in the classroom.

Technology as defined in The Australian Curriculum Draft.

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The Australian Curriculum and Reporting Authority (ACARA) have released a draft of the technology curriculum. The following is directly from this document and briefly describes  the learning that students will undertake.

 

 

"We will increasingly depend upon contemporary or emerging technologies, for agriculture, communication, construction, energy and water management, knowledge creation, manufacture, and transportation. Australia needs people with the enterprise, capacity for innovation, willingness to take risks and capability to seize opportunities".

 

"Design and technologies will have students learning to develop and apply technologies knowledge, processes and production skills to design, produce and evaluate solutions using traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies for real-world needs, opportunities, end-users, clients or consumers in a range of technologies contexts.

Digital technologies will have students learning to develop and apply technical knowledge, processes and computational thinking skills, including algorithmic logic and abstraction, to transform data into information solutions for real-world needs, opportunities, end-users, clients or consumers in a range of technologies contexts".

 

This page is designed to help educators to implement such learning by providing links to blogs, lesson plans, news updates relating to technology in the classroom and other helpful links.

 

ACARA. (2012). Australian Curriculum: Technology. Retrieved April 6th, 2013 from http://www.acara.edu.au/verve/_resources/Draft_Shape_of_the_Australian_Curriculum_Technologies_paper_-_March_2012.pdf

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The egg box that updates a humble yet classic design

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The shape of the egg carton has endured for more than 100 years, but now a young designer plans to update it for the modern age.

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I really like the idea of this entire website to show students that classic designs can still be designed 'better'. The egg carton example is fantastic! Using this is an introduction to a design brief challenge, have students come up with simple everyday objects that have stayed the same for many years. As a class, have them decide which one from their list that they would like to re-design for their challenge. This opens up the task a little more, giving the power to the students.

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 23, 2013 7:24 PM
So simple yet so effective.
Kirsty Chaloner's comment, June 1, 2013 10:53 PM
Fantastic! I feel I need to re-scoop this ;-)
Jenni Atkinson's comment, June 7, 2013 6:00 PM
I am glad that you feel it is useful.
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Playground Design Project


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Not only is this a great way to showcase your students work, but this activity is a fantastic design brief in that it allows for decision making and has multiple solutions. A design brief such as designing a playground allows for the students to consider their designs in a number of ways; would children enjoy using this? Are the equipment pieces too close together or too far apart? Does it meet safety requirements? The list of considerations you could add to a task like this are endless. Definitely something I will consider in my classrooms! 

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Sophie Smith's curator insight, May 24, 2013 3:22 AM

A lovely video that show students displaying playgrounds that they had designed.  What was great to see though, was that in the background were other students reflections on their peers efforts.  Hearing "they should be designers when they grow up" would make any teacher teaching technology proud! Also a great way to show off your students work!

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Design Your Classroom

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Design Technology - Design a new layout for your classroom (and perhaps try out some of them, to evaluate their effectiveness).
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I love this activity for the older students who complain about why they sit where they sit etc. Or how about the countless times you have tried to reorganise the classroom to suit the students only to have it backfire and you have had to start all over? Why not give this task to the students while teaching them valuable planning and designing skills. The students will either value your previous decisions more, or you might even have some awesome ideas that work in which you all benefit!

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Technology education in the primary classroom | Just another Edublogs.org site

Technology education in the primary classroom | Just another Edublogs.org site | Implementing the technologies curriculum into everyday practice within primary classrooms. | Scoop.it
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This is a quick and simple explanation of resources for ICT use in the classroom. Robyn shares her experience with them including photographic examples. This is a great example of simple yet effective programming software available.

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Technology—Lesson 1—What Is Technology?


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I found this on a fellow students scoop it page and thought it was appropriate to share with you all. It is a fantastic starter lesson for students to have them understand that technology is in fact everything we have in our lives that makes it simpler to move forward. There seems to be a lot of students who think technology is only something that plugs into power or has batteries. Great lesson that can be adapted for early years through to refreshing the older students.

 

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Kirsty Chaloner's comment, April 6, 2013 12:42 AM
This is a fantastic starter lesson to get students thinking about technology as a whole, and not just ICT.
Kia Sowden's comment, May 11, 2013 12:56 AM
I agree Kirsty. There is great confusion surrounding the definition of 'technology'. If you were to ask anyone on the street it is nearly guaranteed that they would associate the word technology with computers, phones and other ICT items. I think it is really important for students to understand what technology is in order for them to engage with the subject meaningfully.
Kirsty Chaloner's comment, May 13, 2013 4:36 AM
And it is the meaningful engagement that will allow creativity to flow and grow :)
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Travel the World in the Comfort of Your Own Classroom! | Scholastic.com

Travel the World in the Comfort of Your Own Classroom! | Scholastic.com | Implementing the technologies curriculum into everyday practice within primary classrooms. | Scoop.it
Good teachers strive to make their teaching come alive!
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Scholastic is a great web based resource to find digital and traditional technology activities for the implementation of curriculum. This particular activity "Travel the World" combines ICT, cooking, transport, mapping and many other forms of technology for students to discuss, investigate and play with.

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 19, 2013 9:11 PM
Wow what a fantastic learning journey those kids are on!
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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: technology

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A comprehensive list of resources and advice for including ICT's in your classroom whilst implementing other key learning areas and fulfilling a number of curriculum goals in technology. Inspirational to say the least.

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More technology in classroom will help education, Gates says - Puget Sound Business Journal

More technology in classroom will help education, Gates says - Puget Sound Business Journal | Implementing the technologies curriculum into everyday practice within primary classrooms. | Scoop.it
More technology in the classroom will help education and trim costs, Bill Gates ...
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I'm not so sure I agree with them using technologies in the classroom to trim costs however helping education is our main goal here. All for saving money of course, but effective education should be the key focus.

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, April 6, 2013 8:04 PM
I think the key benefit is the sharing aspect that digital technology allows.
Kirsty Chaloner's comment, May 13, 2013 4:41 AM
I suppose sharing goes hand in hand with effective education. Look at the age old saying, "two heads are better than one". What other way is better than internet access to billions of other learners to share ideas and information?
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Implementing the technologies curriculum into everyday practice within primary classrooms.

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Technology in the Australian Curriculum draft (2013), combines both design and digital in its definition. Societies impact technologies, and technologies impact societies, and therefore one defines...
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This weebly was created originally for this assessment task, however since creating it I have found it difficult to interact with my PLN. I have decided to link it as it is a useful tool in itself for teachers to implement in the classroom. There would be a number of design tasks teachers could assign to students either using this as a guide or having them use weebly to create webquests or the like.

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The digital fridge: New ways to show off your kid's schoolwork

The digital fridge: New ways to show off your kid's schoolwork | Implementing the technologies curriculum into everyday practice within primary classrooms. | Scoop.it
Microsoft columnist Michael Stroh explains how to digitally preserve and display your child's art or schoolwork.
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This link shows a way a parent has used technology to 'save' his childs artwork without taking up space. Imagine the ways this could be used as a teacher? What a great way to curate your students work for parent teacher interviews and or reporting. Even better would be to have your students do this themselves! Turn the task into a design brief and presto, you have students preparing their own portfolio of work to help you at the end of the term. Don't like that idea? Why not give them a design brief to produce a narrated and illustrated story, providing some restrictions or requirements? I recently did this with a grade five cohort and they had a blast! Check it out, it's FREE!

Photo Story 3.

http://microsoft-photo-story.en.softonic.com/

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Teacher Resources for Your Flipped Classroom | Sophia Learning

Teacher Resources for Your Flipped Classroom | Sophia Learning | Implementing the technologies curriculum into everyday practice within primary classrooms. | Scoop.it
Sophia provides teachers with resources to change and improve the way they operate their classroom with online tutorials, quizzes, playlists, and analytics.
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I thought this might be a useful ICT tool for teachers to help with delivery and planning of subjects in the classroom. I have not delved too far into it as yet but will do and let you all know just how good it is or I might find it isn't and remove it :)

 

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Design Technology Teaching Ideas

Design Technology Teaching Ideas | Implementing the technologies curriculum into everyday practice within primary classrooms. | Scoop.it
Find free Design Technology teaching ideas, activities and resources for your primary and secondary classroom.
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Awesome design ideas for students to design, produce, evaluate and reflect!   I particularly like that the lessons are so adaptable for any age range and can be easily used in diverse classrooms.

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Kia Sowden's comment, May 11, 2013 12:53 AM
Hi Kristy, This is a great resource that covers a range of concepts and descriptors from the curriculum. Eg. students are able to design a bridge, which would encompass selecting materials, working technologically and evaluating their design. Great resource!
Kirsty Chaloner's comment, May 13, 2013 4:34 AM
Thanks Kia. I believe resources such as this will be priceless in the classroom with teachers having to plan for a diverse range of students from low level learners to high achievers. Because these lessons are already planned, it's just a matter of tweaking to make them suitable for the different levels in your particular classroom.
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Homemade Greenhouse


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Found this awesome resource on a fellow students scoop it page. What a great idea to have students follow the process of their food growing and experimenting with different influences from humans/weather etc.

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Jasmine Brix's curator insight, April 4, 2013 2:32 AM

A simple Greenhouse experiment. This activity falls under content descriptor 4.3 for years 3/ 4 under the Australian Curriculum: Technologies document. This activity would help students to see how a green house could help with the production of growing plants. Students could plant the seeds and monitor the progress of these over a period of weeks noting the differences between the seeds both inside and outside the jar as well as the various conditions - weather, water, if fertiliser is used.

At the end students could compare the growth rates and do a report on which was the better growing conditions and why.

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It's time to spill the beans...

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We planted bean plants back in September, but as we approach Spring, many teachers are teaching the plant life cycle and parts of a plants now, so I thought I'd share the method I used, so maybe yo...
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What a fantastic idea to combine a variety of curriculum learning in a few simple lessons: recycling, plant cycles, ecosystems, habitats, data collection etc.

I'm sure there are other recycled items the students could discuss and plan to use.

 

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 19, 2013 9:07 PM
Kirsty on one of my professional experience placements the students were growing beans and they loved it.One fantastic thing was the way some students had really thought about the best way to maximise the growth of their plants and some had even started growing vegies at home.
Kirsty Chaloner's comment, May 30, 2013 5:26 PM
That's awesome Jenni that the students were innovative enough to maximise their plant growth times! Wouldn't it be great if they could do this on a larger scale to feed their families?
Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 30, 2013 9:33 PM
Definitely would be considering some of them came to school without one nutritious item in their lunch boxes.
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Search Result: technology - TeachersPayTeachers.com

Search Result: technology - TeachersPayTeachers.com | Implementing the technologies curriculum into everyday practice within primary classrooms. | Scoop.it
TeachersPayTeachers.com -- 400,000+ free and priced teaching resources created by teachers for download including lesson plans, unit plans, novel studies, worksheets, printables, PowerPoint Presentations, quizzes, exams, workbooks, projects and more.
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A website that every teacher should be affiliated with! Resources made for teachers by teachers. What more do I need to say about this amazing resource full of resources?

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, April 6, 2013 8:00 PM
This site has fabulous ideas that have been tried and tested.
Kirsty Chaloner's comment, May 13, 2013 4:37 AM
That's one of the things that make this site awesome! Teachers have obviously used the resources and thought them good enough to share to make the lives of other teachers that bit less stressful.
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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: What does it mean to flatten your classroom?

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: What does it mean to flatten your classroom? | Implementing the technologies curriculum into everyday practice within primary classrooms. | Scoop.it
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Awesome ideas and resources to use ICT to collaborate with other students/educators/communities/professionals in learning and discovering to meet the needs of the technology curriculum.

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12 technologies that define the future of education -- GCN

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No more pencils, no more books doesn't mean the same thing it used to.
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In the growing age of technologies both traditional and digital, teachers need to be in the know and ready to integrate the hidden and not so hidden curriculum into their classrooms. It surprises me that this article states that the 'flipped classroom' is one year or less away, when throughout my years at university I have understood this to have already been implemented by many.

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