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If You Need Any Convincing That Solar Roadways Are The Future, This Video Will Help

If You Need Any Convincing That Solar Roadways Are The Future, This Video Will Help | Teaching the Australian Curriculum: Technology - Resources for Upper Primary | Scoop.it
The brilliant minds behind Solar Roadways published a video detailing their world-changing project earlier this month, but its language didn't really grab anyone's attention.
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What an amazing concept.  This  video clip could ne used to complement   wide range of content descriptors however it fits in  perfectly with 8.1 and 8.2 of the design and technologies strand for year 7.    Looking at both versions of the video could also be used to highlight the effectiveness multimodal videos and persuasive techniques to address English requirements to Compare the text structures and language features of multimodal texts, explaining how they combine to influence audiences (ACELY1724).

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Made in the Future

Made in the Future | Teaching the Australian Curriculum: Technology - Resources for Upper Primary | Scoop.it
We’re fascinated with the future. There is so much emerging technology creating so many excitin tools and ideas - we’re wondering how this might shape our world.
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Why teach technologies?  Why design thinking?  Not convinced we need too?  This website might just change your mind.

 

I stumbled onto this site after looking for some experts to follow.  Watching the short video clips hurt my head, A LOT! 

 

Perhaps this is a glimpse of what our students will be expected to do. 

How can we teach our students to be able to function in an environment that is changing so rapidly.

 

This highlights the importance of teaching the Australian Curriculum:Technologies and using a design thinking model. 

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Solar Cars

Solar Cars | Teaching the Australian Curriculum: Technology - Resources for Upper Primary | Scoop.it
Let's shift focus now to an amazing car race which came to a finish a few days ago. What made it so amazing was that none of the cars ran on petrol. Instead, they were all powered by the sun! So if people are able to make cars to travel great distances that don't need petrol why don't we see them on our roads? Alfie finds out.
Jake Cumner's insight:

Behind the news is a great way to link curriculum topics to the real world in by following current news stories.  You can search for topics using simple key words.  I found this news stories on using solar energy to power cars.  After watching the short stories there are links provided to futher relevent information or your chosen story.  Full transcripts are also available to download making it easy for students to refer back to.  This particular resource could be useful  when teaching the content descriptor; Investigate how people in design and technologies occupations address competing considerations, including sustainability in the design of products, services and environments for current and future use. 

 

This resource compliments descriptor 6.1 of the Design and Technologies strand.

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Karen Willis's comment, June 5, 2014 6:42 AM
Wow how interesting Jake! Imagine a world with solar powered cars - how clean our environment would be. What a great way to promote sustainability and to demonstrate new technologies.
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DESIGN SQUAD . Resources | PBS KIDS GO!

Watch the DESIGN SQUAD PBS TV series, play puzzle games, design and build creative projects, draw and share your ideas, see cool engineering at work!
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This website provides a huge range of hands on activates that would suit primary students.  The area that I have focused on looks at energy and forces; however there are also pages dedicated to health, sustainability, machines, sound, space, sports, structures and materials.  The site contains both activities and animations and could be used to look complement a unit on how forces or electrical energy can control movement, sound or light in a designed product or system, (6.2 of the Design and Technologies strand).

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Robotic Lego

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LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 has arrived! Combining the versatility of the LEGO building system with the most advanced technology we’ve ever developed, unleash the creative powers of the new LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set to create and command Robots that walk, talk, think and do anything you can imagine.
Jake Cumner's insight:

A great way to introduce robotic to primary students.  Students can create robots using familiar lego and then using a pc or ipad, create programs to command their creatations.

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Jake Cumner's comment, June 2, 2014 8:00 AM
It does look pretty neat. My school has a few kits and is running a robotics club at lunchtimes. Around $900 a kit :(
Corinne Roberts's comment, June 6, 2014 12:13 AM
I bought this for my son last year for Christmas (found it really cheap second hand). He absolutely loves it and it has challenged him in ways that other KLAs cannot. It links with both the digital technology and the Design and Technologies strands as students of all ages and abilities first create the robot and then use a user input system to make it 'move'.
Rachel Gaskell's curator insight, June 8, 2014 8:42 PM

I found this Scoop on one of my fellow uni students Scoop-it page (thanks Jake) so I thought I would share it here in support of my Scoop on how Lego Mindstorms support the Australian Curriculum:Technologies/Design and Technologies strand.

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Sustainable Energy

Jake Cumner's insight:

This unit on sustainable energy created by the CSIRO is perfect to align with both strands of the Australian Curriculum; Technologies.  Perfect for year 7, it aligns 8.1 of the design and technologies to examine factors when developing technologies to meet community needs for preferred futures.  It provides lesson warm-ups, background information for students and teachers and a range of projects to supplement student learning with links to relevant information to allow students to look at social, ethical and sustainability considerations when looking at the sources we use to create energy.  It also provides ideas for linking to other KLA’s such as Art.  Research activities allow students opportunities to interact with and analyse data from a range of digital sources covering content descriptors 8.3 and 8.4 from the digital technologies strand.

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Jamie Robins's comment, June 6, 2014 9:26 PM
Sustainable energy is so important. This resource would link in well to the Year 6 Physical Science curriculum.
Angie Walter's comment, June 6, 2014 10:07 PM
Hi Jake I agree that sustainable energy is extremely important. This is a great resource. Maybe the image I linked below would help to emphasis that more needs to be done in this area. http://www.originenergy.com.au/assets/diagram/XXXX_Electricity_across_AUS_GRAPH_630x387.png
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Digital Technologies: An Introduction

Introduction to the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies. Members of the Digital Technologies Advisory Group discuss the features of the curriculum.
Jake Cumner's insight:

This is a short YouTube video introducing the new Digital Technologies curriculum presented by members of the Australian Technologies Curriculum Advisory group.  A must see for all teachers to gain a basic understanding of what and why and how.  This video demonstrates how it will be integrated with general capabilities area such as ICT and critical and creative thinking .  It also highlights and explains the strong focus on collaboration, communication and the design process.  This video provides the viewer with straight to the point details about the new curriculum, which is exactly what a busy educator needs.

 

This resource could be used for to further explain any component of the new curriculum that educators are a little unsure about.

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Anne-Maree Johnson's curator insight, June 3, 2014 9:37 PM

A short video discussing features of the Digital technologies curriculum

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Go Figure 2 (Online Safety Version)

Facts and statistics about online safety.

Via Ana Gonzalez
Jake Cumner's insight:

This short YouTube clip is suitable for both students and teachers and uses frightening facts and statistics to highlight the need to apply safe practices and participating in online activities and interacting with social media which addresses 6.9 of the Digital technologies strand. 

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Ana Gonzalez's curator insight, March 10, 2013 1:06 AM

Even though this video is guided for parents and carers it provides clear facts and statistics that are important for teachers to know.

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Data Security

Data Security | Teaching the Australian Curriculum: Technology - Resources for Upper Primary | Scoop.it
Did you know the devices you use, the places you go and the things you do can all be tracked? And you might not even know it's happening. It's not as unbelievable as it might sound. Matt checks out one Aussie family who have just discovered how they've left a big trail of information that's being spied on.
Jake Cumner's insight:

Another great resource from Behind the News to make connections from the curriculum to the students world.  This short video clip identifies some of the many ways students can have their data tracked without even realising. 

 

This resource is suitable for upper primary students and aligns with the Australian technologies Curriculum through the digital technologies strand under the content descriptor ; Manage the creation and communication of ideas and information including online collaborative projects, applying agreed ethical, social and technical protocols.

 

This resource compliments 6.9 of the Digital Technologies strand.

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Karen Willis's comment, June 5, 2014 6:40 AM
Thanks for a great scoop Jake, what a great way to promote cyber safety for upper primary students. It is vital children are equipped with strategies to stay safe when using the internet. Thank you for sharing.
Chantell Saddler.'s comment, June 5, 2014 8:50 PM
What an awesome Scoop. Thanks Jake, will save this one. I love BTN, very informative. I hadn't looked at what I could use for that descriptor yet so this is very useful.
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Spacewise

Spacewise | Teaching the Australian Curriculum: Technology - Resources for Upper Primary | Scoop.it
Jake Cumner's insight:

A collaborative web quest designed for students in year 7 which takes them through the design process by;

studying the local neighbourhood exploring its development and how it has changed over time investigating issues of the preservation of any significant local historical and/or cultural and/or environmental features.

A great resource to achieve the year 7 content descriptor;

"Critique needs or opportunities for designing and investigate, analyse and select from a range of materials, components, tools, equipment and processes to develop design ideas."

 

This web quest could be used to cover a large range of content descriptors across both strands as follows;

8.1, 8.7, 8.8, 8.10, 8.11 of the Design and Technologies strand and

8.4, 8.5 and 8.11 of the Digital technologies strand.

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Corinne Roberts's comment, June 6, 2014 12:10 AM
I think this is a fantastic resource! It is clearly set out which will engage students of any age, and it links extremely well with the Technologies curriculum. I will certainly be using this one with my class- thanks!
Jake Cumner's comment, June 6, 2014 9:11 PM
Thanks Corinne. I love the fact that is a self paced task that students can complete online. I can see that many students would get really involved with this task.
Jennifer Vellacott's comment, June 7, 2014 9:03 AM
What a fantastic resource, Jake. I love the clear way it takes you through the design process. Very engaging too.
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App Design: Help Your Students Change Their World

App Design: Help Your Students Change Their World | Teaching the Australian Curriculum: Technology - Resources for Upper Primary | Scoop.it
Apps for Good, an education movement in which students learn to build apps that better the world, has grown over 10,000% over the last year, and this mini-course will offer insight into how teachers have successfully integrated Apps for Good into their classrooms.
Jake Cumner's insight:

This self paced online course runs you through the whole design process of an develping and creating an app for a smart phone.  This is a great classroom project that allows students to work in teams to create something that they are interested in and is relevant to their lives.  Combining a design process, basic coding and many more skills they will require in their future lives.

 

This short course would be ideal for upper primary students and could be used to cover both strands of the Digital Technologies curriculum including Digital technologies 6.5 and 6.9 and 6.10of the design and technologies strand.

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Energy chains: Making electricity

Energy chains: Making electricity | Teaching the Australian Curriculum: Technology - Resources for Upper Primary | Scoop.it
Jake Cumner's insight:

An interactive application designed to allow students to learn and experiment with energy transformation.  A great interactive tool to demonstrate traditional methods of energy production and show how new technologies have lead to creating alternative sustainable energy.  This application aligns with descriptors 6.1 and 6.9 of the design and technologies strand of the Australian Technologies curriculum.

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Code.org - The Maze #1

Code.org - The Maze #1 | Teaching the Australian Curriculum: Technology - Resources for Upper Primary | Scoop.it
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Need to teach coding to your students?  Do you even know what coding is?  Don't stress.  Visit this website and complete an hour of code. 


If you were like me and hooked complete the full course of computer science which covers  sequencing, conditional functions, functions with parameters variables, patterns and abstraction.   Afterwards you will have a solid understanding of  terminology, concepts and engaged in creative experimentation through interactive and fun to puzzles. 


This will prepare you for teaching one of the two technology stands Digital Technologies and even provides lesson ideas and activities with differentiated activities to engage all students regardless of age or ability.


Students of all year levels could use this resource however focusing on upper primary it could be used to align with descriptors 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 6.9, 8.6, 8.7, and 8.8 of the digital technologies strand.

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Design Thinking for Educators

Design Thinking for Educators | Teaching the Australian Curriculum: Technology - Resources for Upper Primary | Scoop.it
Design Thinking is a mindset. Design Thinking is the confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future, and a process to take action when faced with a difficult challenge. That kind of optimism is well needed in education.
Jake Cumner's insight:

The following resource is a toolkit produced by IDEO, a global design firm, to assist educators to explore and implement design thinking into the classroom.  Design thinking features heavily in the Australian Technologies curriculum and the knowledge, understanding and skills students require as stated in the aims of the curriculum align with those achieved through design thinking.

 

IDEO defines design thinking a human centred, experimental, collaborative, optimistic process and reflects models, methods and skills that a currently used and required in today’s workforce to find solutions that create a positive impact.  It outlines five phases of the design process into a simple framework. Each phase is explained in detail and examples are provided to highlight how this can be achieved in a classroom.

 

The toolkit is downloadable as a PDF and has a dedicated website “design thinking for educators” which contains videos with explanations and examples.  Best of all its free and suitable for teachers from P-12.  

 

This site contains knowledge teachers will need to implement many of the Design and Technologies processes and production skills descriptors such as 6.6, 6.7, 6.9 and 6.10.

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