My name is Emma Lacey and I am currently in my fourth and final year at the University of Southern Queensland, studying teaching.
I am passionate about providing students with the best possible education to prepare them for life outside of school. To do this effectively, I believe this includes integrating and specifically teaching about technologies. By understanding this complex topic students will be capable and informed citizens.
As a result, I have made this curation focusing on teaching sustainability and technologies. The following resources can be used in lessons and also support developing teachers personal understanding on the topic.
There are simple choices and changes we can make in our daily lives that will help us live more sustainably. We need to change the way we live to reduce our over-consuming lifestyles.
Emma Lacey's insight:
This webpage from the WWF website explores the strain Australian's are putting on the Earth because of our lifestyles. It identifies what it is we are doing to put so much strain on the environment and how we can reduce this impact. It also has links at the bottom of the page with more information.
To use this in a lesson, the teacher should go over the information with students and they could possibly create an electronic poster or webpage to present what they have learnt. I recommend Wix for website creation http://www.wix.com/
This clip provides the reader with a different way of thinking about looking after your health. It is based on looking after and improving the environment we live in to in turn improve our personal health. This clip has great insight and while it may not be age appropriate for students, teachers will benefit from it. Through expanding one's knowledge on these issues, teacher will be better prepared to teach students. The key messages could be explained students also.
I highly recommend taking the time to watch this clip and consider its messages.
This is an interesting article exploring how people have started growing their own food. This could be implemented in a school setting as classes could start a vegetable or herb patch which students would look after. Produce could be shared with members of the class or throughout the school. Students may also wish to do something similar in their own homes.
This is a great clip exploring ways that carbon foot print can be reduced around the house.
The simple cartoon would be appropriate for grades 2-4. While the clip is simple and relatively short, technology has been used effectively and as a result it is engaging and provides the information in a way which students find enjoyable.
The clip also highlights different forms of technology, such as energy saving light bulbs and water saving filters, which has helped with sustainability. Class discussions and further research can provide a deeper understanding of these and other technologies.
The clip can be used in various ways in the classroom; for younger students the information may be substantial to form lessons off, while older grades may use it as a foundation on which deeper understanding can be developed.
The Australian Curriculum has embedded sustainability throughout its content descriptors and its rationale, exploring how technology can impact this.
From better mass transit to a stronger mix of renewable energy, what is the most important thing we can do to make cities smarter when it comes to energy use?
Emma Lacey's insight:
This National Geographic article provides interesting ideas into how energy is used in cities. It also provides links to other articles on the same or similar topics, making it a great resource for students and teachers to further their understanding.
This is the link to the New South Wales Department of Education and Communities. It has great resources and information for teaching about sustainability in classrooms. Its a great resource for teachers to expand their understanding about sustainability and find ideas for lessons. While its links to the curriculum is irreverent in Queensland as it does not use the Australian Curriculum, it does still have great resources for teachers.
Did you know that Australia is the second biggest producer of rubbish in the world? It's not a great record to have! Every year each Australian throws out almost 700 kilos of stuff and a lot of that ends up in landfill where it can take hundreds of years to break down. But it doesn't have to be that way if you change the way you think about it. Here's Sarah.
Emma Lacey's insight:
Just found this great Behind The News story dedicated to recycling. The episode explores a recycling program a primary school has developed and also explains what happens to rubbish and recyclable materials. The recycling program shown had great ideas that could be implemented in any school or class. It also has great information and visual images.
It would be suitable for students to watch and can be implemented into any lesson.
This is a great article for teachers to use to reflect on how they use technology in the curriculum. It encourages teachers to consider if technology is used to its full potential. Teachers also need to think about if the technology they are using helps or hinders students education, technology should be used for a purpose and not simply for the sake of it. By thinking about how not to use technology, teachers can then consider how they should be using it.
This is a great resource as it helps students see how making a small change can make a big difference. Participating in Earth Hour will help students feel involved and empowered to live more cleanly. This site provides the reader with information about Earth Hour and when Earth Hour is. This is a great initiative that anyone can participate in.
Jonathon Porritt, is an eminent writer, broadcaster and commentator on sustainable development. He is Co-Founder of Forum for the Future, the UK's leading s...
Emma Lacey's insight:
This clip from a TED conference discusses sustainability and while it is too mature for primary students to watch, it is informative for teachers. It provides information and raises questions, giving teachers different ideas about what topics to include in sustainability units. These ideas can then be taught and discussed with students in age-appropriate lessons.
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