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Integrating Science and Technology provides educators with a range of resources that are available for teaching an integrated Science and Technology Unit.
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Scootle - Search

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Scootle provides educators with a myriad or resources and teaching ideas based on the curriculum. All subject areas are covered, including Science and Technology. For example, within the Technology page, teachers are able to access a range of design brief activities ranging from constructing furniture to researching the development of Tee-tree oil products and offering ideas to improve this process. The scope of these resources covers all year levels and many aspects of the Australian Science and Technology curriculums, making them ideal for incorporation within an integrated unit. Registration for this site is FREE and open to all teachers and pre-service educators. 

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Science Explorer: At Home Science Projects | Exploratorium

Science Explorer: At Home Science Projects | Exploratorium | Integrating Science and Technology | Scoop.it
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Science Explorer provides teachers of Early Years classes with fun, low equipment Science experiements, exploring the fundamental concepts within the Science strand. These activities, such as the File Card Bridge and Geodesic Gumdrops could easily be integrated into a Science/Technology unit, as students are also exploring the concepts of design technology. In particular, students will be engaging in the design and technologies processes and production skills of generating, developing and evaluating ideas. Generating and developing ideas involves students in embracing change, making choices, weighing up options, considering alternatives and documenting various design ideas and possibilities. 

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Design Technology Teaching Ideas

Design Technology Teaching Ideas | Integrating Science and Technology | Scoop.it
Find free Design Technology teaching ideas, activities and resources for your primary and secondary classroom.
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Design Technology offers teachers with a variety of design challenge ideas for students of all ages. These challenges range from building bridges and musical intruments to selecting materials that are appropriate for different types of packaging. These lessons would be ideal to cover the Australian Technology Descriptors of 4.4 and 4.5 (within Year 3/4), whereby students investigate how forces and the properties of materials affect the behaviour and performance of a product or system and how systems can be enhanced through appropriate manipulation and design. Furthermore, these lessons also cover the Australian Science Descriptor ACSSU074, for Year 4, whereby students investigate the different properties of materials.

 

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Andrea Taylor's comment, May 23, 2013 9:04 AM
Hi Kia, the challenges identified on this website are a great starting point I believe for a design brief idea. Therefore the teacher would need to slightly alter these challenges to align with the format of a design brief, context, challenge statement, parameters and evaluation. Definitely a website I will be keeping and refering to when teaching the Technology Curriculum. Great resource!
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BrainPOP | Science | Learn about Scientific Method

BrainPOP | Science | Learn about Scientific Method | Integrating Science and Technology | Scoop.it
In this BrainPOP movie, discover the scientific method, which can design any kind of experiment! Learn how to make observations and develop inferences based on them.
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BrainPOP creates animated content that supports educators and engages students. Resources include movies, quizzes, games, mobile apps, experiments, activity pages, and much more covering hundreds of topics within Science and Technology. This site would prove useful for any educator looking to develop an integrated Science & Technology unit. For example, the video based on working scientifically addresses the Australian Curriculum Science Descriptor ACSIS024. There are many more videos available that address specific descriptors within the Australian Science and Technology curriculum. These videos are engaging and developed for children.

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Design Challenge Lessons | The Tech Museum of Innovation

Design Challenge Lessons | The Tech Museum of Innovation | Integrating Science and Technology | Scoop.it
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The Tech Museum of Innovation has put together a range of design challenge lessons for all ages. In particular, Building the Bid One successfully integrates the two strands of Science and Technology, being designed for a Year six class. Within the Science component, students will learn about plate techtonics and soil types. However, within Technology students will learn to identify how designers and technologists address competing considerations and tradeoffs in the design of products, services, environments and systems (Descriptor 6.1), as well as 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 (Descriptor 6.6). Although this site is designed for an American setting, the learning outcomes stated in the unit plans are closely aligned with the Draft Australian Technology curriculum and could be easily adapted to an Australian context.

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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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Mind Map Software, Drawing Tools | Project Management Software | Conceptdraw.com

Mind Map Software, Drawing Tools | Project Management Software | Conceptdraw.com | Integrating Science and Technology | Scoop.it
ConceptDraw provides a suite of advanced mind map software and collaboration tools. Get a free trail of our award winning drawing tools and diagram software at www.conceptdraw.com
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This site offers a range of mind mapping software and collaboration tools to enhance any integrated science and technology lesson. Wihtin the Australian Technology Curriculum under the Digital Technologies processes and production skills section, students are required to collect, manage and interpret data. This site provides many suitable tools to meet this requirement. Furthermore, students are able to use these tools to brainstorm their predictions within the science component of the integrated unit. 

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frey.pdf

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This article provides readers with a clear view of the difference between Science and Technology. There is a common misconception that the two subject areas are the same, when in fact they are distinct fields in their own right. It is crutial for educators to read this article and understand the differences between the two subject areas when producing an integrated unit, so as the content, skills and processes of each field are taught explicitly. 

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, April 5, 2013 3:53 PM
You are absolutely right science and technology do get confused and careful planning is needed so there are clear learning outcomes for both areas.
Kia Sowden's comment, April 25, 2013 4:32 PM
I agree Jenni. I don't think people really do realise that the two areas are separate subject areas, although they do compliment each other.
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Discovery Education Science and the 5E Model

Discovery Education Science and the 5E Model | Integrating Science and Technology | Scoop.it
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This article outlines a pedagogical approach that may be taken in the teaching of Science and Technology education. The 5E's model consists of five stages within the unit: Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate. Within the article many activity ideas are outlined to assist teachers in correctly implementing each stage of the learning process. For example, within the Engage phase it is suggested that images, annimations and short video segments are used to grap students attention and create interest around the topic. Within technology this may consist of an animated video whereby the character is experiencing a difficulty and challenges the students to design a solution. Utilising this approach would prove most beneficial when introducing and integrated Science/Technology unit. 

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Technology—Lesson 1—What Is Technology?

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This lesson aims to introduce students to the subject on concept of Technology. Currently there is a misconception that Technology and ICT are one in the same. If asked to describe 'technology' most students would reply with an answer based around computers and digital technology. Therefore it is essential that students have a clear understanding of the subject before they commence study. Following this lesson will achieve that goal.  

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Properties of Materials - Science Games & Activities for Kids

Properties of Materials - Science Games & Activities for Kids | Integrating Science and Technology | Scoop.it
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Science Kids offers educators a range of interactive games, experiments, facts, quizzes and projects based upon the subjects of Science and Technology. For example, students are able to explore the properties of a range of materials through an interactive game before then selecting appropriate materials based upon their properties to meet the criteria of a robot design breif. These are but a few of the lesson/unit ideas that could be developed around the numerous topics available from this site.

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 19, 2013 10:01 PM
Kia this site has some great lessons ideas that can be used for integrate science and technology activities.I think the interactive components are useful for the younger students particularly as I think they often struggle with the concept of material properties and using correct terminology.
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zubrowski.pdf

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This article investigates a Pedagogical Framework for successfully developing an integrated Science and Technolgy unit. Within the article it acknowledges that many teachers utilise a Pegagogical Framework that lends itself to either Science or Technology. However, Zubrowski argues that there are three essential phases that should be used as the foundation of an integrated unit. These include Open Exploration, whereby students are free to design on their own, the Standard Model, whereby systematic testing of variables occurs, and the Return to the Design Process, whereby students use their new knowledge to re-evaluate their designs. This pedagogical framework would prove useful for any teacher looking to develop a blanced integrated Science and Technology unit. 

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Rhianna Elizabeth Hilton's comment, May 4, 2013 12:39 AM
This is an interesting article Kia. I have also found one that you may find interesting. Here is the link http://scholar.lib.vt.edu/ejournals/JOTS/Summer-Fall-1999/Loepp.html. This article describes the benefit that integrated units have on student learning and describes models for successful curriculum integration.
Pedeta Deutscher's curator insight, May 31, 2013 8:03 PM

This is a artical from the journal of technology education which looks at the connection between science, maths and technology subjects using a multidisiplinary approach within the class room.

Students will continue to use experimentation to gain insites and information about a possible hypotheses but by using the intergration of science and design technology results will improve the way that data is collected.

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Building Bridges: A Maths, Science & Technology Integrated Unit - Recherche Google

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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.

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Malena Martens's curator insight, April 30, 2013 4:51 PM

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

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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Primary Resources: Design and Technology

Primary Resources: Design and Technology | Integrating Science and Technology | Scoop.it
Primary Resources - free worksheets, lesson plans and teaching ideas for primary and elementary teachers.
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Primary Resources offers teachers a myriad of design and technology challengs for teachers to utilise in the form of lesson plans. These challenges encompass the areas of Food & Drink, Containers & Packaging, Shelters and Bridges. In particular these technology lessons would be perfect for integrating with a Science unit. For example, after exploring the different properties of materials in Science, students are then able to apply this scientific knowledge during the Containers & Packaging design challenge, whereby they are required to design a container for a specific purpose, therefore meeting a human need.

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Andrea Taylor's comment, May 23, 2013 8:56 AM
Hi Kia, Thankyou for sharing this resource as I found it relevant to my topic of Food technology and production. It provided relevant lesson plans and activities which I could implement whilst teaching Technology Education.
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Molecular Workbench

Molecular Workbench | Integrating Science and Technology | Scoop.it
Molecular Workbench provides visual, interactive computational experiments for teaching and learning science.
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With the close alignment between the concepts and content of the Chemical Sciences strand within the Australian Curriculum and the Technologies strand, Molecular Workbench provides the opportunity to create customised modules for your students. For example, the properties of materials (eg. density, elasticity, malleability) are able to be explored through visual simulations. Following this, students are then able discuss the appropriate uses for these materials within construction, based upon their physical properties. 

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