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Garbage Warrior - Full Length Documentary - YouTube

Video uploaded for educational purposes protected by S.107 of the U.S.C. About Garbage Warrior What do beer cans, car tires and water bottles have in common?..." 

Updated link to Garbarge Warrior video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jnkv_qj1xUc

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I consider myself to be someone who has an active consciousness about waste products and how I can minimise my impact on the environment. When I watched this documentary last year I was inspired on a whole other level.

The man, who is a qualified architecht has gone beyond building homes from recycled common house-building materials (recycled floorboards etc.). Effectively, he demonstrate experimental building using 'rubbish', the right tools, a positive attitude and a whole lots of creativity. Some of the houses are absolute masterpieces. I believe taking an excerpt from the documentary would inspire secondary students to think twice before they toss their can of coke into the bin. Perhaps something greater can come of it?

 

If I was to teach a unit on sustainable building materials, I would most definately draw upon some the ideas 'Garbage Warrior' presents.


This links to the Australian Curriculum digital and design technologies as follows:

 

 

Year 9-10 Students: - Critically evaluate how well developed solutions and existing information systems and policies take account of future risks and sustainability and provide opportunities for innovation and enterprise (ACTDIP042) -Plan and manage projects using an iterative and collaborative approach, identifying risks and considering safety and sustainability (ACTDIP044)

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A Pedagogy for Sustainability Education « Journal of Sustainability ...

A Pedagogy for Sustainability Education « Journal of Sustainability ... | Technology Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Sustainability Education is intended to provide learning, training, and practical experience, in both formal and non-formal settings, that fosters personal development, community involvement, and action for change in our ...
Ellie Ruby-Rose Rasmussen's insight:

As I read through this article, it affirmed for me some key points in my pedagogy of teaching and learning.

 

It is my philosophy that learning should at all times be made relevant to the real world around the students, look to the future and effect change for the better of humanity with the key being that humanity is connected to nature and nature is source of our identity as living beings.

 

This article raises two essential compononents of Sustainability Education; Education FOR sustainability and Education AS sustainability.  I believe that it is imperative both components are integrated into learning where education for sustainability and education as sustainability work to challenge the dominant ecological, economic and social paradigms as well as educate citizens with the values, opportunities and choices one has to become a responsible and active agent to contribute positively to the future of our society and ecological systems (Sterling, 2001).

 

 

As a teacher putting the mentioned pedagogy into practice; student learning has the potential to make links to the Austrlian Curriculum digital technologies as follows:

 

- Year 4: Evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions based on criteria for success developed with guidance and including care for the environment (ACTDEP017)

-  Year 5:  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 (ACTDEK019)

- Year 5: Critique needs or opportunities for designing, and investigate materials, components, tools, equipment and processes to achieve intended designed solutions (ACTDEP024)

 

 

Access the original site from: http://www.jsedimensions.org/wordpress/content/a-pedagogy-for-sustainability-education_2013_06/

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Karen Willis's comment, May 25, 2014 6:09 PM
I agree Ellie, students are engaged and comprehend concepts more when they can relate to them. I believe it is vital to provide our students with knowledge and skills to contribute positively to the future of our society and to care for your environment. Encouraging them to be responsible as the future is in their hands. Lovely scoop and great for the classroom.
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22 Modern Shipping Container Homes Around the World

22 Modern Shipping Container Homes Around the World | Technology Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it

With a little bit of imagination (and a lot work), some talented architects have succeeded in designing dwellings made of shipping containers, ranging from off-the-grid guest homes to full time single family homes.

 

Shipping Container homes have their pros and cons: they are durable and eco-friendly, usually more cost-effective to build than conventional construction, and pre-fab modules can be easily transported by truck. But they also must be well insulated and sealed, as the steel conducts heat and can easily rust.

 

Here are 22 of the best modern shipping container houses built around the world to consider...


Via Lauren Moss
Ellie Ruby-Rose Rasmussen's insight:

I have curated this item because I believe it aligns with understanding of technology and sustainability. Educators (myself inclusive) should draw upon real world events and topics. Technology improvements in architecture have taken the spotlight in recent years as people work towards more sustainable lifestyles in the construction of homes and other buildings. Personal friends of mine have recently ventured in this concept of building and successfully completed their new home made from three shipping containers, in Point Cartwright, sunshine coast.

 

To propose a task to students that requires them to design a sustainable home from recycled materials, e.g. shipping containers. I believe, will transform student thinking about how technology is used, in order to improve design and work towards a preferred future (Albion, 2014).

 

This concept of this resource align with the Australian Curriculum as follows:

Design and Technology, 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)

- Investigate the suitability of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment for a range of purposes (ACTDEK013)

 

 

Original source: http://www.homedsgn.com/2014/04/14/22-modern-shipping-container-homes-around-the-world/

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Michelle Poulter's comment, April 18, 2014 6:10 AM
This is a great idea for technologies curriculum Ellie. I think it definitely demonstrate how technology, architecture and sustainability mixes in todays society. A great scoop. Regards Michelle
François Lanthier's curator insight, April 30, 2014 10:42 AM

Really cool reuse of shipping containers... they are now a permanent part of our landscape!

Chantell Saddler.'s comment, June 5, 2014 8:52 PM
I love your Scoop.it collection Ellie. This one is excellent!
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EekoWorld | PBS KIDS GO!

EekoWorld invites children to explore, experiment, and collaborate as they learn about conservation, the environment and the important role they play in taking care of the earth

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 An interactive and informative website designed for primary school aged students to explore, experiment and collaborate as they acquire knowledge and understanding around technologies and sustainabillity. This will no doubt serve as a valuable resource for students and teachers, when exploring units based on conservation, the environment and sustainability.

 

Original source can be found at: http://pbskids.org/eekoworld/

 

Relevance to the Australian Curriculum Technologies, Knowledge and Understanding and Processes and Production Skills:

- Identify, use and explore digital systems (hardware and software components) for a purpose (ACTDIK001)

- Work with others to create and organise ideas and information using information systems, and share these with known people in safe online environments (ACTDIP006)

- Work with others to plan the creation and communication of ideas and information safely, applying agreed ethical and social protocols (ACTDIP013)

-Explain how developed solutions and existing information systems are sustainable and meet local community needs, considering opportunities and consequences for future applications (ACTDIP021)

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Katherine Reed's curator insight, April 7, 2014 10:58 PM

EekoWorld is fantastic for the lower levels of primary school with loads of interactive videos using animation and real life visuals, music and activities suited to the younger students.  There are distinct focus areas that have several animations providing factual information, these include; the Environment, Recycling, Air & Water, Plants & Animals and The Future.  For example, The future looks are inventions and how inventions may affect the environment and ourselves.  

In addition to this there is an 'EcoHouse' where students are asked to navigate their way around daily activities and answer a series of questions based on eco-friendly choices.  For example: You are going shopping, do you chose a plastic bag or fabric grocery bag? 

 

Australian Curriculum Design and Technologies knowledge and understanding 2.1, 4.1.

Kelly Frintzilas's comment, April 26, 2014 9:28 PM
This is a great resource Katie. Students would love this resource. It could easily be used to address not only the Australian Curriculum: Technologies but Sustainability as a cross-curriculum priority.
Natalie Todd's comment, April 27, 2014 1:22 AM
Thank you Katie for sharing this. I could also see this working in various year levels in the primary sector in the science stand of the curriculum. One I definitely will be referring back to whilst on Prac next month.
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SIR KEN ROBINSON- How are you intelligent?

SIR KEN ROBINSON- How are you intelligent? | Technology Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it

Please click on the link to view the YouTube clip

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oS9h3S3VK0

Ellie Ruby-Rose Rasmussen's insight:

Sir Ken Robinson is a huge inspiration in my life both personally and professionally.

 

I have added this video of his to my curations because it aligns with my topic and truly communicates all that I want to say in the most sensitive and real way possible.

 

In all the problems with our world, our environment and seemingly self-destructive societies, we as human beings have the capacity to amend these problems. I believe that as educators we are at the forefront of taking a step to make the change between producing knowledgable students to raising generations of people who have a strong self-awareness of their capactiy to be creative and intelligent. To re-invent how society functions working WITH our planet, improving quality of life rather than exploiting it to meet the needs of our current 'throw-away' society.

 

Relating back to the Australian Curriculum there is some hope in the advancements in education as the current curriculum recognises that "Technologies can play an important role in transforming, restoring and sustaining societies and natural, managed, and constructed environments."  Now it boils down to the teachers' education, professional development, working toward the synthesis of this knowledge. Finally providing students with an authentic sustainable education through technology.

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Danielle Flower's comment, May 27, 2014 11:27 PM
I Love Sir Ken Robinson and this clip is fantastic! "To explore the world around us, we need to explore the world within us" well said and very true when it comes to education - Great curation Ellie.
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Sylvia Martinez | Invent To Learn

Sylvia Martinez | Invent To Learn | Technology Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it

There’s a technological and creative revolution underway. Amazing new tools, materials and skills turn us all into makers. Using technology to make, repair or customize the things we need brings engineering, design and computer science to the masses. Fortunately for educators, this maker movement overlaps with the natural inclinations of children and the power of learning by doing. The active learner is at the center of the learning process, amplifying the best traditions of progressive education. This book helps educators bring the exciting opportunities of the maker movement to every classroom.

Ellie Ruby-Rose Rasmussen's insight:

Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager bring a new light to classroom teachers, by igniting an awareness of learning with digital tools, and using technology as a pathway for students to become active creators of their knowledge.

This notion aligns with my personal pedagogical beliefs about child-centred learning, inquiry based learning and multiliteracies pedagogies; making these two authors a key reference for me to draw upon when I am connecting technology pedagogies to my current teaching toolbox.

The use of technology to engage students and make learning less paper based, more accessible to students in both home and school settings also makes these tools for learning a sustainable and ethical approach.

This guide from Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager ticks every box for me!

 

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Personalized Learning Chart Version 3

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What a great little chart to refer to when planning various learning experiences, I think I will be using this as a guide to some of the choices I make when facilitating group work, self-directed or one-on-one.

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A Word to the Water Warriors by Ellie and Chantell on Storybird

A Word to the Water Warriors by Ellie and Chantell on Storybird | Technology Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
An example of a water warrior's story.
Ellie Ruby-Rose Rasmussen's insight:

As a small part of our teaching resource, we have created an example of one of the many ways storybird can be used.

This resource serves as sample of what we would expect from our year 4 students relevant to the proposed design brief, in which the students must create a digital resource to share their knowledge with other students about the causes and effects of water pollution along with a possible solution.
The storybird is just one of three choices.

It is my belief, when students are given puposeful design technologies tasks that have real world connections and enable online collaboration; a higher level of learning can be attained.

By engaging with this digital tool in an ethical and sustainable manner students will be meeting the Australian Curriculum Design Technologies (ACTDIP009) and (ACTDIP013). Students demonstrate their capacity to work cooperatively as they plan, collect and present information using simple software programs to communicate ideas.

 

 

The link to the original site has been provided here:

https://storybird.com/books/a-word-the-the-water-warriors/?token=mhrs2dbexc

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Chantell Saddler.'s curator insight, June 5, 2014 8:43 PM

As Ellie (my co worker for a design brief EDP4130) has discussed this resource was created for a year 4 class as a section of our teaching resource. A great example of the many ways we can use Story Bird, a sample of what we expect our year 4 students in relation to our design brief where students create a digital resource to share their knowledge with other students about the causes, effects and possible solutions of water pollution. By engaging with this digital tool in an ethical and sustainable manner students will be meeting the Australian Curriculum Design Technologies (ACTDIP009) and (ACTDIP013), where students demonstrate their capacity to work cooperatively to plan, collect and present information using simple software’s to communicate ideas.

Ellie Ruby-Rose Rasmussen's comment, June 6, 2014 6:36 AM
Thank-you Chantell, it has been a positive and fruitful experience working with you. I'm glad you also see the value of this resource.
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Bottle Biology | Bottle Column Investigations

Bottle Biology | Bottle Column Investigations | Technology Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Ellie Ruby-Rose Rasmussen's insight:

I discovered this site as I looked through the curations of my fellow colleagues. A shout out to Daniel Barker for his inspiring curation of quality resources relevant to sustainable education.

As I navigated my way through this site I began to see the potential for its application in the classroom. Used within an appropriate context, this series of investigations using recycled bottles makes for a truly exceptional learning experience.The series of designed investigations would work well in a problem based learning design.

Although the focus is on biological science, there are many applications to technology in the use of materials being used as well as the focus on how the use and influence of these materials impact our use of technology.

 

This resource relates to the Australian Curriculum design technologies as follows:

Years 5-6 students:

 - 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 (ACTDEK019)

- Apply safe procedures when using a variety of materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to make designed solutions (ACTDEP026)

 

You can access the original source from here: http://www.bottlebiology.org/investigations/

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6 Simple Ways To Have A Green Classroom

6 Simple Ways To Have A Green Classroom | Technology Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
There are a lot of simple ways to get a green classroom. These tips are going to make you feel a lot better about your classroom's impact on Earth.
The post 6 Simple Ways To Have A Green Classroom appeared first on Edudemic.

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Ellie Ruby-Rose Rasmussen's insight:

This blog by Katie Lepi provides some relatively simple yet effective and practical ways of 'greening' up the classroom.

From encouraging students to adjust the way they pack their lunch, to minimising the quantities of energy used when printing paper, and using natural light.

 

It would be quite possible to use these 6 ideas as a basis for prompting students to design and implement a sustainable action plan in the classroom. There could even be possibility for students to create sustainable solutions to the energy consumption that has increased with use of technology, to minimise paper waste.

 

This scoop was originally sourced from http://www.edudemic.com/get-a-green-classroom/

 

These ideas align the Australian Curriculum- Design and Technologies:

- Use materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to safely make designed solutions (ACTDEP007)

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

- 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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Kandy Gatfield's curator insight, March 4, 2014 7:21 AM

Creating a classroom which promotes "Being Green", Sustainability through independence and responsibility is great way to lead by example within the school and wider community. This blog provides 6 simple ways to achieve basic results. http://www.edudemic.com/get-a-green-classroom/

 

Australian Curriculum Link:

Make informed and ethical decisions about the role, impact and use of technologies in the economy, environment and society for a sustainable future

Vivien Clark's comment, May 24, 2014 8:40 PM
Yes, it would be interesting for students to critically look at technology and identify which technologies help and which hinder our attempts at a green classroom. For example, technology may save paper but they do use energy.
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Future Sparks

Future Sparks | Technology Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Future Sparks is a fun and empowering look at climate and a future with clean energy, aimed at 8 to 13 year olds.
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This online self-discovery learning tool invites  primary aged students to learn and create solutions for cleaner energy in a collaborative setting. I particularly like this aspect, that it involves and encourages students to work collaboratively and share views and opinions on real world issues. This resource effectively ties multiple curriculum learning areas and cross-curricular priorities such as; Science, Technologies and sustainability.

 

The following is a list of just some curriculum strands met by this resource when engagement is authentic, constructive and relevant.

 

-Define simple problems, and describe and follow a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve them (ACTDIP010)

-Explain how developed solutions and existing information systems meet common personal, school or community needs, and envisage new ways of using them (ACTDIP012)

-Work with others to plan the creation and communication of ideas and information safely, applying agreed ethical and social protocols (ACTDIP013)

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Chantell Saddler.'s comment, June 5, 2014 8:54 PM
I think this Scoop covers the authentic engagement necessary to developing solutions and defining solutions perfectly, well done.
Sam Burden's curator insight, June 16, 2014 6:27 AM

Future sparks is a learning tool which harnesses a quality of self-discovery, creating a learning experience for primary students to develop solutions relevant to energy and climate, whilst embracing collaborative experiences. This resource embraces issues which are relevant to our environment, making connections to the real-world. This tool includes a section for teachers with lesson plans and facts sheets that can be scaffolded into unit plans to assist in cross-curriculum learning, in the areas of Science, Technologies and sustainability.

 

Future Sparks is a relevant application designed to access student’s creativity and utilise problem solving strategies and communicating skills to solve complex problems attaining to the environment. When students actively engage with the features of this resource, particular curriculum strands are being addressed:

 

Work with others to plan the creation and communication of ideas and information safely, applying agreed ethical and social protocols (ACTDIP013)

Explain how developed solutions and existing information systems meet common personal, school or community needs and envisage new ways of using them (ACTDIP012)

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

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STEP - Welcome to STEP

STEP - Welcome to STEP | Technology Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it

Sustainable Technology Education Project

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A valuable resource starting point with a plethora of supporting materials to teach and learn about Sustainability and Technology.


This site, which has been developed by Practical Action (http://practicalaction.org/textiles-and-sustainability) provides direction relevant to curriculum content strands and promotes a constructive learning approach to the suggested activies.


The site is engaging and positive and motivate students and teachers to construct their knowledge on how technology design influences our choices and uses of everday products.


By thinking about sustainability when we design, choose and use technology, we can play an important part in building a better world for the future.

 

Link to Australian Curriculum Technologies- Relevant to year 3-4 content desciption- design and technologies knowledge and understanding:

"Investigate the suitability of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment for a range of purposes (ACTDEK013)"

One simple example of an activity, relevant to this descriptor, endorsed by STEP involves a case study looking at the technology used in the process of degradable bags, forming a decision and solution as to how sustainable this technology is.

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14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools | Technology Education for Sustainability | Scoop.it
Ellie Ruby-Rose Rasmussen's insight:

Reading this has really touched me, opening my eyes to just some of the many improvments that the school system desperately needs to make.

It feels like the rest of teh world is moving forward, yet the schools are always playing catch up. Still functioning on education principles from 100 years ago.

It is simply not good enough that students are not gaining a consistent education that aligns with the world of today. It's one thing to draw upon knowledge from the past, but we must also be looking and working to the future.

I believe there needs to improvements made in professional development for working teachers, they need to have their professional knowledge consistently movitvated and updated with the worlds current affairs.

Technology is at the heart of this, because it is a such a powerful tool for accessing information, sharing, connecting, collaborating, creating and gaining an intrinsic desire to learn more. Technology opens up a path for us and our students to BE the facilitators and creators of our lives.

 

If we do not actively take charge of our learning and program our own minds, the world will do it for us.

 

I believe this to be an empowering message, we need to be people who can critically evaluate and make informed decisions about our choices or else we take everything for face value and have no real understanding about the 'why' of anything.

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12 Ways to Leverage The Power of Google Drive i...

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12 Ways to Leverage The Power of Google Drive in Your Classroom Instruction ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Informática Educativa y TICs curated by Fernando de la Cruz Naranjo Grisales (12 Ways to Leverage The Power of Google Drive...


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This is an incredibly useful tool that Susan Oxnevad has created, you can access the original from here:  http://soxnevad.edu.glogster.com/

 

I love how this shows a variety of ways to use Google Docs in a practical, engaging and professional manner in the classroom!

 

I believe that in the next 10-20 years we will say goodbye to the days of paper handouts, scrappy homework sheets and the horrid tacky scrap books with pages sticking out all over the place because of the tacky glue job we see so often, that wastes SO much class time!! Now we will say hello to the days where instead of wasting 5 minutes every day handing out pieces of paper to every child, we will click a button and SHARE assessment information, homework tasks and other activities for our students to do in a safe, secure online class network!

 

This tool is not only useful as described previously; it opens a direction in learning and collaborating as a class, toward a practical way of being sustainable, less or no paper needed, not printing, no ink use and certainly no landfill waste.

 

Making explicit links to  the Australian Curriculum, it is clear that dependant upon how students are involved in the creation and synthesis of google docs for specific purposes; students would demonstrate a multitude of the processes and production skills associated with Digital Technologies. Collecting and presenting information, analysing and interpreting data, working with others top plan and communicate solutions toward a common goal; are just a few outcomes that align with the Australian Curriculum.

 

 

I will also be writing about this glog on my blog at:

http://elliegoat.edublogs.org/

 

feel free to follow me and share any of your thoughts/suggestions!!

 

 

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