Teaching Technology in the Classroom: Sustainability and water conservation
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Teaching Technology in the Classroom: Sustainability and water conservation
Resources relevant to the classroom implementation of Technology, more specifically in the area of sustainability and water conservation
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7 Strategies for Reducing Water Waste

As water supplies face mounting pressures from growing populations, climate change, and an already troubled food system, analyses of "water wealth" and "water security" are laying the groundwork for future cooperation and stability. In order to meet all municipal, agricultural, and ecological needs for water, it is crucial to develop innovative water saving systems for the future of food production.

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Another wonderful resource! These strategies could be the basis of a challenge created for students where they are required to document how they can reducing water waste their own way.

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Anna Roughton's curator insight, September 3, 2013 10:26 PM

Reducing Water Waste

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Poster: Design is thinking made visual

Poster: Design is thinking made visual | Teaching Technology in the Classroom: Sustainability and water conservation | Scoop.it
Design is thinking made visual. (Design is thinking made visual. http://t.co/a0416WBO5x)

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Students could design a poster focusing on water saving in their school. Posters are a great way of sharing an important message such as the conservation of water along with simple ideas that everyone can do to help create a more sustainable environment. 

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Kandy Gatfield's curator insight, April 25, 2014 7:00 AM

Students could design a poster focusing on water saving in their school or how to reduce litter. Posters are a great way of sharing an important message such as the conservation of water. Posters also provide simple ideas that everyone can do to help create a more sustainable environment. 

 

Australian Curriculum Link:

Generate, develop, communicate and document design ideas and processes for audiences using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques (ACTDEP025)

Ellie Ruby-Rose Rasmussen's comment, May 28, 2014 9:27 AM
Hi Kandy, I love the idea of the virtual poster, and I've used one as my teaching resource. Glogster. You've probably heard of it already, but it is also a creative outlet for students to design a poster on all manner of topics, I love how it has features of sharing and connecting to other sites and online resources etc.
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Children's Song about SAVING WATER!!!!

'Save Water' is NOW on iTunes at: http://bit.ly/npu3sX Check out other Green songs on the album!!! Lyrics Save Water! By Nooshi Turn of the water (Drip Drop,...
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This is a wonderful resource to use in the classroom to allow students to begin thinking of how they might be able to save water in their home or school environments. Great discussion starter!

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Anna Roughton's curator insight, September 3, 2013 10:27 PM

Save Water

Emma Pails's curator insight, May 27, 2014 7:33 PM

This resource is a catchy YouTube clip which talks about the importance of saving water through singing and engaging pictures. This resource would be great to use in a lover or middle primary classroom context at the beginning of a sustainability, recycling or water conservation unit of work. By showing students’ this YouTube clip would be an easy and fun way to elicit their prior knowledge, start discussions and get them thinking about how they already do or can plan to save water in both the home and school environment.

 

Check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDU3OOAt6dg

 

This online resource could be used while implementing the following Australian Curriculum (2014) descriptors:

 

Foundation to Year 2 Content Descriptions

Design and Technologies knowledge and understanding

Identify how people design and produce familiar products, services and environments and consider sustainability to meet personal and local community needs (ACTDEK001)

 

Year 3 and 4 Content Descriptions

Design and Technologies knowledge and understanding

Recognise the role of people in design and technologies occupations and explore factors, including sustainability that impact on the design of products, services and environments to meet community needs (ACTDEK010)

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Why the World Thirsts for Smarter Water | Sustainable Cities Collective

Why the World Thirsts for Smarter Water | Sustainable Cities Collective | Teaching Technology in the Classroom: Sustainability and water conservation | Scoop.it

Margaret Catley-Carlson of the Global Water Partnership has said, ”We cannot create water, but we can manage it better, much better.”

 

We need to become much smarter about how we manage this precious resource and about how we collect, analyze and use water data. There are three ways we can become smarter about water management:  Instrumentation, Big Data analytics, and cooperation.

Find more details at the article link.


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Wonderful resource to share in the classroom! I love this quote by Margaret Catley-Carlson of the Global Water Partnership: ”We cannot create water, but we can manage it better, much better.” Something to discuss with students and open their minds to different ideas that might be able to be done in the school or home environment. This resource is great to support in explaining the water cycle with students in class. 

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ParadigmGallery's curator insight, April 25, 2013 8:34 PM

Water consumption is another important aspect to a sustainable future. This article talks about current technology and thoughts for the future,

Here are some startling stats about how we currently use water:

Americans use about 100 gallons of water at home every day * Millions of the world’s poorest subsist on fewer than five gallons per day * 46 percent of the people on Earth do not have water piped to their homes * Women in developing countries walk an average of 3.7 miles daily to get water * In 15 years 1.8 billon people (a third of the world’s current population) will live in regions of severe water scarcity [1]

 

Lauren Moss's curator insight, May 16, 2013 9:08 PM

Many thanks to ParadigmGallery for sharing this very informative link about an increasingly urgent environmental issue...

Anna Roughton's curator insight, September 3, 2013 10:31 PM

Water Management Ideas for in  the Classroom

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Up a Dry Gully

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SEQ Water - Up a Dry Gully
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The Up a Dry Gully Schools Program challenges primary and secondary students to explore and understand how water must be safe, secure and sustainable for our future. I love how this website provides many useful discussion topics that I am sure would promote students' thinking.

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Emma Pails's curator insight, May 27, 2014 6:47 PM

Up a Dry Gully is an online schools program which challenges students thinking and understanding through the exploration of water being safe, secure and sustainable for the future.

 

To be a part of Up a Dry Gully your school has to register online to receive their resource kit, a representative from the competition can then be organised to come and visit your school, students/classes entering the competition will then register individually and prepare their submission of either a photo or video to submit for the competition.

 

This environmental program and competition is a great way to increase students’ understanding of environmental issues through the exploration of topical, interactive and curriculum-based activities. By engaging in Up a Dry Gully students will also be in the running to win great prizes for their classes, teachers and school. This will boost students’ motivation and encourage them to investigate and solve an interesting sustainability issue using real life problems and situations.

 

This program not only covers environment and sustainability topics, it also covers topical areas of science, geography, maths and art.

 

You can register your school or class here!

http://www.upadrygully.com.au/about_the_competition.php

 

Year 3 and 4

Design and Technologies knowledge and understanding

Recognise the role of people in design and technologies occupations and explore factors, including sustainability that impact on the design of products, services and environments to meet community needs (ACTDEK010)

 

Design and Technologies processes and production skills

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

 

Digital Technologies processes and production skills

Collect, access and present different types of data using simple software to create information and solve problems (ACTDIP009)

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Water saving tips :: Water

Water saving tips :: Water | Teaching Technology in the Classroom: Sustainability and water conservation | Scoop.it
These water saving tips have been compiled from a variety of sources. Links to these sources can be found under our "Related links" area
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This website provides some fantastic tips for how to save water around the home. 

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Why Conserve Water?

Why Conserve Water? | Teaching Technology in the Classroom: Sustainability and water conservation | Scoop.it

You know you're supposed to conserve water. But do you really know why? This article breaks down the main reasons why water is so important for human, animal, and plant life, and why we need to do all we can to conserve it.


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Some great and valuable information. I think this poster would be a wonderful reminded for both students and teachers to reduce water use as much as we can. 

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Pflugerville schools saving energy, water

Pflugerville schools saving energy, water | Teaching Technology in the Classroom: Sustainability and water conservation | Scoop.it
The Pflugerville school district has slashed its energy use, cutting water and electricity use by 40 percent.

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Cassie Knight's comment, May 29, 2013 9:51 PM
This resource can prove to students that it is possible to make a big difference in just one school.
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5 Tips For a Bountiful, Water-Saving Vegetable Garden in a Time of Drought

5 Tips For a Bountiful, Water-Saving Vegetable Garden in a Time of Drought | Teaching Technology in the Classroom: Sustainability and water conservation | Scoop.it
If droughts are here to stay, it's time to start planning gardens that can handle the heat. Find out what water-saving vegetables to plant and how to plant them here.

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Great information to consider if creating a sustainable garden at school. 

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Anna Roughton's curator insight, September 3, 2013 10:29 PM

Water Saving in the Garden Vege Gardens

Kandy Gatfield's curator insight, March 4, 2014 6:52 AM

This website provides great information to create a water-saving vegetables patch. This would be a fantastic unit to include in the classroom and could be something that could continue throughout the year by using different vegetables. Children could be nominated as gardener within the weekly jobs chart.

http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/how-to-have-bountiful-water-saving-garden-time-drought.html

 

Australian Curriculum Link:

Investigate how and why food and fibre are produced in managed environments (ACTDEK021)

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Water Saving Poster

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This example of a water saving poster is great for not only reinforcing the concept to students about great and simpe ideas for how to conserve water but it provides inspiration for generating a poster of their own.

The poster would provide a stimulus for students to provoke discussion and give them an idea of the designing and planning process of creating a poster with a meaning purpose. Allowing students to develop a plan and design a water saving poster would align with the Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies Year 3 and 4 content strands. Therefore it would make a wonderful assessment task following on from a unit of work which may be based on the teaching and learning about Technology in relation to sustainability and water conservation. It would be great for the students to have an opportunity to share their designs around the school or home environment to feel that they can help in creating a more sustainable environment.  

For a PDF version of this poster go to: http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/waterwise/whizzy/index.html#whizzys_water_saving_tips_poster ;

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Recycle now - Start recycling in the garden

Recycle now - Start recycling in the garden | Teaching Technology in the Classroom: Sustainability and water conservation | Scoop.it
There are lots of ways you can have a greener garden - buying peat-free compost, composting yourself and saving water. Get tips and ideas to get started in your plot.

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A great lesson idea for the classroom! Often it is quite hard to differentiate what can and cannot be recycled in our environments. This resource can help us to start with composting, hence saving water. It would be a great experience for students to create their own composting system at school. 

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Beth Faulkner's curator insight, March 26, 2013 6:42 AM

Start recycling in the garden in 5 easy steps

Stacie Morris's curator insight, June 5, 2013 8:27 AM

Great resource about recycling and what can be done within the school and extending it to the children's home environment also.  Provides discussion avenues on the why, how and what can I do within recycling.  There are links for recycling at school and a SCHOOL tab at the top that provides a link to a page full or activities and teaching resources/lesson plans to incorporate this avenue of sustainability and the management of food wastage/recycling into the curriculum.           

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Every Last Drop – An Interactive Website about Water Saving

Every Last Drop is an interactive website which takes a detailed look at how much water we waste on a daily basis and how small changes can make a big difference.

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This is such an engaging way to share such vital information with students. It gives you a really quick yet broad look into how much water is needed for things we may no think twice about. Great way to provoke in depth discussion for how we can save water in our school and home environments.

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Waterwise gardening (Department of Environment and Resource Management)

Waterwise gardening (Department of Environment and Resource Management) | Teaching Technology in the Classroom: Sustainability and water conservation | Scoop.it
Waterwise efficient gardening guides. Includes information on planting and maintaining gardens and on using greywater for gardening.
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Very useful information about how to plan for a waterwise efficent garden! Something that I believe students would love to be involved in. Once students gain this knowledge they might even wish to create a waterwise garden around their own home. Overall, a great hands on and beneficial resource.

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Emma Pails's curator insight, May 27, 2014 6:15 AM

Waterwise Plant Selector is an online tool which provides people with advice on what water efficient plants are best suited to their specific location and climate conditions. This is achieved by entering your postcode into the search engine and then simply selecting your plants from the selection that it suggests. This online resource also contains efficient gardening guides, information, facts sheets and suggestions that can be used as a guide to ensure your garden is water-saving and water-efficient.

 

This is a great resource that could be used in the classroom context by students creating their own garden bed. It would then be the students’ responsibility to design the garden bed and research what plants would be best suited to their area.

 

This activity not only links with the Technologies curriculum, but also the Science curriculum as students could explore the life cycle of the plant.

 

Here is the link to Waterwise gardening!

http://www.nrm.qld.gov.au/waterwise/gardening/waterwise_gardening.html

 

The relevant discriptors from the Australian Curriculum (2014) include:

 

Foundation to Year 2 Content Descriptions

Design and Technologies processes and production skills

Explore needs or opportunities for designing, and the technologies needed to realise designed solutions (ACTDEP005)

 

Sequence steps for making designed solutions and working collaboratively (ACTDEP009)

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Water PowerPoint Template Design Background | Free Powerpoint Templates

Water PowerPoint Template Design Background | Free Powerpoint Templates | Teaching Technology in the Classroom: Sustainability and water conservation | Scoop.it
Free Water PowerPoint template is a blue PowerPoint template that can be used effectively for water related presentations, water saving, conserving, charity, etc.

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Very handy when considering resources for a water saving unit. 

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How do I Build a Raingarden? - Designing a Raingarden | Raingardens

How do I Build a Raingarden? - Designing a Raingarden | Raingardens | Teaching Technology in the Classroom: Sustainability and water conservation | Scoop.it
All about rain garden design and how to build your own rain garden. Provides simple steps to the easiest and cheapest way to design and build your own water saving rain garden.

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Designing and creating a rain garden at school would be a great project for students to be involved in!

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Roberta Lanfranco's curator insight, January 31, 2013 2:38 AM

Beautiful idea

Anna Roughton's curator insight, September 3, 2013 10:28 PM

Water Saving in the Garden

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Saving Metric Water is Just as Important

Saving Metric Water is Just as Important | Teaching Technology in the Classroom: Sustainability and water conservation | Scoop.it

Saving water is important even if you prefer the metric system!


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Interesting facts like this one could be displayed around the classroom or used to begin a class discussion surrounding this topic and expanding on ideas to save water.

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Indoor Water Use

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Very interesting information that I am sure students would also be intrigued by. This resource may be used as a discussion starter to find out ideas students have to save water in these areas mentioned.

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