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The Australian CurriculumTechnologies: Content structure

The Australian CurriculumTechnologies: Content structure | Tech Trek:Technology resources and ideas for primary school science | Scoop.it

 

Hello, and welome to my curated collection of resources and ideas for technology and science for use in the primary school setting.

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This web page provides a list of resources and ideas to

support P-10 educators with a passion for

technology and science. Each resource, for ease of use, aligns with the Australian Curriculum and is linked to the relevant year level, content descriptors or elaborations.

 

Please feel free to comment, question or provide feedback on any of my posts.

 

Thank you for dropping in.

 

Corinne.

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Rachel Gaskell's comment, June 1, 2014 1:08 AM
Corrinne, you have created a wonderful collection of informative scoops. If you don't mind I might use some of them for ideas on how to use technology and science in the classroom.
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ABC Science

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All the latest science news,

in-depth features, games and

conversations as they happen from around Australia and the world.

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Loaded with great facts and information the ABC Science website certainly has something for everyone.

 

Primary school teachers using this web space won't be

disappointed. Amongst other excellent resources they will find a great selection of age appropriate, hands on teaching and learning activities to explore with quality, comprehensive lesson plans attached.

 

Check out the o-wing experiement. With a focus on the

scientific method students have fun building and testing weird and wonderful muilti-winged gliders.

 

Australian Curriculum. Creating Designed Solutions: 6.6, 6.7, 6.8, 6.10

 

 

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Natalie Todd's comment, April 23, 2014 4:36 AM
Like you Corinne I love all things science too. This website is simply amazing and I love how it covers all aspects of science to be taught within the classroom in such an engaging and hands on way. Thank you for sharing
Wendy Farren-Price's comment, May 20, 2014 6:10 AM
I have looked at the ABC splash site numerous times for fun and engaging activities. It is quite easy to search for the topics that you require.
Karen Willis's comment, May 25, 2014 6:19 PM
Sounds really interesting Corinne, I will take a look. Children love hands on activities, imagine how much fun they would have creating multi-winged gliders! Great scoop! Thank you.
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Bill Nye The Science Guy on Planets & Moons

You might feel like you're sitting still, but you're actually moving around a star. Our Earth is a planet, held in an orbit by the pull of a rope... no, wait...

 

Serious science fun for the classroom on YouTube with Bill Nye the Science Guy.

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YouTube is an incredibly versatile technological teaching and learning resource. Pesonally I like to edit and store my

favourite clips to an external hard drive, this allows me to

refine the material my students get to see and eliminates the frustration of poor or slow internet connection in the

classroom.  

 

www.TubeChop.com  allows you to easily edit any section from a YouTube video and share it. Check it out...

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Bee-Bot App

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Fun, free and already installed on my iPad!


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Bee-Bot for iPad is the app version of the popular Bee -Bot floor robot that introduces basic programming skills to young learners. With a variety of challenges on offer, each more complex than the last, the Bee-Bot program

enables students to improve their skills in directional

language and programming through sequences of movement.

 

In the Year 4 science lesson the Bee-Bot can be used to

explore the physical science of force and motion as students observe that forces can be exerted by one object on another through direct contact or from a distance.

 

Australian Curriculum: Physical Sciences for Year 4. Design and Technologies Knowledge and Understanding: 4.2 

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khinde's comment, April 29, 2014 6:46 AM
Bee bot is great for students to learn programming and can be integrated with many key learning areas. I had not thought of bee bot to investigate force thanks !
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Authoring for Diagrams and Picture Dictionary

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Free and exciting software that has many

applications across the curriculum.


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This program is brilliant in its simplicity. It allows the user to take any jpeg image and add interactive regions for labels and annotations.

 

From labelling the structure of the Earth to explaining the

water cycle, diagrams make for great learning in the diverse classroom. The use of visuals as a teaching and learning strategy supports both student comprehension, retention and promotes communication.  

 

Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies Knowledge and Understanding 4.2

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Free tools...whats not to like

khinde's comment, April 29, 2014 6:47 AM
fantastic resource
Corinne Owen's comment, May 13, 2014 3:17 AM
Definitely useable khinde
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Dropped your toast? Five-second food rule exists, new research suggests

Dropped your toast? Five-second food rule exists, new research suggests | Tech Trek:Technology resources and ideas for primary school science | Scoop.it

Food picked up just a few

seconds after being dropped is less likely to contain bacteria than if it is left for longer periods of time, according to new

research.

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This article inspired me to think about the many digital microscopes available for purchase on the market today. In my opinion no classroom teacher should be without one.

 

Microscopes open up a whole new world for students, use one to take a close look at a drop of pond water and you will soon find out the reason why. Children will be engaged and engrossed in any lesson where a digital microscope is used I absolutely guarantee it.

 

Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies Knowledge and Understanding 4.1 and Processes and Production Skills 4.3

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Melissa Bufalino's comment, April 30, 2014 7:22 AM
Haha! Good to know. At least we know our kids are safe if they react fast!
Corinne Owen's comment, May 10, 2014 10:23 PM
Digital microscopes are a brilliant resource to have in the classroom. Ever had the chance to use one?
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An interesting and engaging digital resource to support middle and upper primary students in considering the importance of food safety and hygiene. 

 

This resource integrates other learning areas of the curriculum such as Health and Physical Education as students explore the importance of safety standards in order to consume healthy food to nurture our bodies.

 

This links to the relevant content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies:


Investigate the role of food preparation in maintaining good health and the importance of food safety and hygiene (ACTDEK022)

 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10

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UK School Children Build a Greenhouse Out of Recycled Plastic Bottles

UK School Children Build a Greenhouse Out of Recycled Plastic Bottles | Tech Trek:Technology resources and ideas for primary school science | Scoop.it

Overseas children make a

greenhouse out of plastic bottles.

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Wanting to track the latest innovations in technology, materials and designs from around the world that are moving us towards a smarter and more sustainable future? Then look no further than here to be impressed by the greenhouse made from recycled plastic bottles by children in the UK.

 

The inhabitat.com weblog, with its fresh design and easy to navigate pages, has something for everyone. Learn, share and be inspired by the articles on the pages that inform and inspire the wish for a greener future for us all.  

 

Teachers who have Prep to Year 2 should take a look at the instructional video featuring the impressive ‘Gardening Guru’ Petey Rojas as he informs us ‘How to grow a lemon tree from a seed.’

 

Australian Curriculum: Design and Technologies Knowledge and Understanding. Designed Solutions 6.6, 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 6.10 & Food production 2.3

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The 5Es instructional model

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Learn about the 5Es instructional model.

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Instructional models are scaffolds or guidelines for educators on which the approaches to teaching and learning are based.

The 5Es instructional model, supporting the concept of

inquiry based learning, is a dynamic approach to teaching students a scientific view of the world. The five phases of

Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate provide

opportunities for students to ask questions, draw their own conclusions, explain, make predictions, observe and communicate their ideas.

 

The NASA website is quite is extraordinary as educational

resource. It contains up to date images, videos and

interactive features that explore the mysteries of the universe and the complexities of our own planet, which in turn can be used to bring life to science in the Australian Curriculum for children.  

 

Australian Curriculum Science: http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/science/curriculum/f-10

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LEGO Education

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LEGO Education

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Everyone loves to build with Lego. Since its inception in 1949 this this simple construction toy has certainly come a long way. Today a whole Lego subculture exists that can be seen to support movies, games, competitions and even amusement parks.

 

'Lego Education' offers an exciting variety of authentic, hands on resources for schools and children of all ages that can be seen to align with the National Curriculum.

 

Lego RoboMind is educational software that is specifically developed to teach students about logic, programming and robotics. Students quickly learn to develop and test scripts in a virtual environment then transfer them to a LegoMindstorms NXT robot to see the result in real life...

 

Bring on the learning!

 

Australian Curriculum. Design and Implement Digital Technologies: 6.5, 6.6 and 6.7.

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Kelly Frintzilas's comment, April 26, 2014 9:11 PM
I must admit Corinne, just the heading grabbed my attention on this one. On a previous practicum I had a young boy with a diagnosis of ADHD who loved to play with Lego. I picture so many past students who would benefit and deeply enjoy this resource. I could only imagine the potential of a resource like this. No longer is Lego just for constructing, programming, logic and robotics have now fast become educational outcomes of "Lego Education" and "Lego RoboMind". Thanks for sharing.
Jake Cumner's comment, June 2, 2014 8:08 AM
There are some pretty cool robots on you tube made using these kits. Check out this one. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWkZ51yxvis
Corinne Owen's comment, June 2, 2014 7:36 PM
Thanks Jake I will check those clips out
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Science Dioramas

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Emily's blog is a beautiful

refelection of her vibrant and

colourful primary school

classroom

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The 'I love my classroom' blog is a great example of

authentic primary school teaching and learning in action. In this blog entry we can see that Emily's students did an

awesome job constructing detailed, informative ecosystem dioramas.

 

Dioramas are small, detailed, informative models that bring lesson plans to life in a fun and creative way. Students

research a topic then share what they have learned with the rest of their class.

 

Better start stockpiling those boxes now!

 

Australian Curriculum. Creating Designed Solutions: 4.6, 4.7, 4.9

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Melissa Bufalino's comment, April 30, 2014 7:23 AM
Thanks @Corinne Owen.. this is fantastic
Katherine Reed's comment, May 1, 2014 3:08 AM
Great blog Corinne! Love the ideas that other educators have. And who doesn't enjoy a good diorama? Will have to add this blog to my blog roll. Thank you for sharing!
Corinne Owen's comment, May 10, 2014 10:21 PM
Thanks for the comments, glad you liked this scoop... Have you ever had the opportunity to make dioramas with children while on prac? How did they go?
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Use Google Docs for Powerful, Collaborative Note Taking

Use Google Docs for Powerful, Collaborative Note Taking | Tech Trek:Technology resources and ideas for primary school science | Scoop.it

I'm a fan!

How about you?


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Google Docs is a user friendly collection of versatile ‘real time’ online collaborative tools.

 

Google Docs is an online word processor that allows users to collaborate and create text documents.

Google Sheets is an online spreadsheet app that permits   

collaborators to create and format spreadsheets. 

Google Slides allow developers to collaborate and show off their work in a visual way.

 

Seems to me Google have everything covered!

 

Google Docs would work very well for older students who are required to work together online to develop and manage

project plans.

 

Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies Collaborating and Managing: 10.10 and 10.12

 

 

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, March 29, 2014 3:36 AM

This is something I will try with my current classes!  What a great idea!

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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Ways for Students to Showcase Their Best Work

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Ways for Students to Showcase Their Best Work | Tech Trek:Technology resources and ideas for primary school science | Scoop.it

 

Celebrating student work in a

digital world.

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Feeling proud of the work your students do? Then why not share their awesome achievements with a wider audience.

 

Showcasing student work is a pleasure for all teachers and the recognition that comes from spotlighting flourishing

talents and creativity can inspire students to even greater achievements.

   

Sharing student work can be as simple as decorating the halls outside your classroom with student projects. However, when technology comes into play sharing can reach a much broader audience.

 

Creating your own web page is a fun learning experience. The populr.me web page generator, as suggested in this scoop, looks like a great place to start for you and your students and the sign up is free.   

  

Australian Curriculum Digital Technologies: Collaborating and Managing: 8.10

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Earth Hour - Primary - Cool Australia

Earth Hour - Primary - Cool Australia | Tech Trek:Technology resources and ideas for primary school science | Scoop.it

Endless opportunities for valuable teaching and learning experiences to be had here

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Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). Originating in Australia and held annually, Earth Hour encourages individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour in the aim of raising awareness of environmental issues such as climate change.

 

This year Earth Hour has partnered with Cool Australia to create an extensive curriculum toolkit for teachers aiming to empower their students to construct their own vision of the natural world and sustainability for a positive future.

 

Teachers can download lesson plans, digital worksheets, Smartboard activities and a host of other resources that incorporate themes such as Energy, Water, Waste and Biodiversity.

 

Australian Curriculum: Design and Technologies Knowledge and Understanding 8.1, 8.2 & 8.4  

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Eyes on Earth: The ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment

Eyes on Earth: The ISS HD Earth Viewing Experiment | Tech Trek:Technology resources and ideas for primary school science | Scoop.it

One of the latest missions from the ISS is truly amazing. The High Definition Earth Viewing experiment consists of four cameras that have been attached outside of the ISS. Though temperature is controlled, the cameras are exposed to the radiation from the sun, which will allow astronauts to understand how radiation affects the instruments.

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Curious?

Who wouldn't be?

 

Teaching Earth and Space Sciences to your students? What better way to engage them than giving them the opportunity to see and study the Earth live from space with this cutting edge technology.

 

Australian Curriculum: Design and Technology Knowledge and Understanding. 8.9.

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