|Scooped by Kerryn Barr|
Introducing technology into the lives of young learners is an essential skill needed in this day and age, it is also a very interesting and interactive tool that teachers can include in their lessons to provide engaging and educating lessons. As discussed in Literacy 4th Edition by Winch (2010), the use of ICT in the classroom is an essential element of the modern learning environment, “supplementing traditional programs with ICT has numerous benefits by transmitting information to students and providing discussion forums.” (Winch, 2010, pp.400)
This resource provides many useful activities, videos and fact sheets that can be used in the classroom. All of the activities on the website are aimed for students aged between 5 and 8 years old which ties in nicely with the stage one syllabus point which is the foundation for this scoop it site. One aspect of the site that would be particularly useful in a HSIE lesson on resources in the home environment and where they come from is the use of interactive games that encourage student learning.
Where does food come from? Food a fact of life would provide a great base for a lesson on the origins of food in a primary classroom. It links strongly with the HSIE syllabus however it could be used across various other Key Learning Areas (KLA’s) such as English, Science and Technology, PDHPE and Creative Arts. One example of using the website in an English lesson would be writing a procedure for one of the recipes featured on the page. This would link strongly toWS1.9: Plans reviews and produces a small range of simple literacy and factual texts for a variety of purposes on familiar topics for known readers. Overall, this online resource would be a great tool to utilise in the classroom for teachers and students.