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Resources and information supporting the integration of design and technologies & digital technologies in years 3-6
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Design Technology Teaching Ideas

Design Technology Teaching Ideas | Technology education in middle primary | Scoop.it
Find free Design Technology teaching ideas, activities and resources for your primary and secondary classroom.
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Fantastic design technology teaching ideas.

 

Check them out! Many can be integrated into different Key Learning Areas of the curriculum.

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This is a unit about being cybersmart by the Australian Communications and Media Authority. I believe it is so important to teach students about the importance of being cybersmart. Students need to understand how their digital footprint works. Once something is online it's there for always. Students in the middle primary years are drawing on their growing experience of family, school and the wider community to develop their understanding of the world and their relationships with others (The Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies, ACARA, 2013). Therefore students need to learn about and be mindful when working with digital technologies both at school and at home.

 

This unit is fantastic, even if it's something that you just read over you can take elements from it and integrate it into any area when working with digital technologies.

 

Here is a link to a fun Garfield short movie and activites about cyberbullying; http://learninglab.org/

 

ACARA. (2013). Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Retrieved March 8, 2013 from http://consultation.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Static/docs/Technologies/Draft%20Australian%20Curriculum%20Technologies%20-%20February%202013.pdf

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Audacity And Photo Story In The Classroom

Audacity and Photo Story in the Classroom Presented by: Tim Childers Lake Forest Middle School TAMS Conference, Memphis, TN
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Here is a presentation on two programs that can be downloaded and are FREE! The presentation explains what they are, links to download them and gives some wonderful ideas for their use in the classroom. Digital technologies can be incorporated into the classroom in so many different ways. 

 

I have used Audacity on professional experience with a year 1 class. In English the students were reminded about reading fluently and not using 'robot voices'. Students were recorded reading aloud and then it was played it back to them. This was a fantastic way for them to be able to listen to themselves and recognise whether they needed to work on their fluency or not. Two weeks later, after focusing on fluency, students were recorded again reading aloud and compared the two. 

 

Photostory also looks excellent. The program is basic and students could have fun using it in the class. 

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The Benefits of Educational Blogging | Primary Tech

The Benefits of Educational Blogging | Primary Tech | Technology education in middle primary | Scoop.it
This in an update of older posts about the benefits of educational blogging. 2013 is the sixth year that I have maintained a classroom blog. When I first began
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Very interesting blogpost. Class blogging is fast becoming popular and is a fantastic way for teachers, students and parents to communicate.

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Universal Design for Learning: A Great Lens for E-Learning — Academic Technology

Universal Design for Learning: A Great Lens for E-Learning — Academic Technology | Technology education in middle primary | Scoop.it
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Interesting blogpost on universal design for learning. It serves as a reminder to remember that "e-learning technologies and techniques have a lot of potential to enhance teaching and learning even when a class is mostly taking place in the usual way." It is important, I believe, to link learning in technologies to other learning areas of the curriculum. Technologies elements are able to be incorporated into most other learning areas, even if it is only small.  

 

There are many tools out there that " grant students a wide array of modes of expression" and as long as teachers are actively and voluntarily wanting to seek and integrate these then both teachers and students can both benefit. 

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Students learn about the true meaning of sustainability

Students learn about the true meaning of sustainability | Technology education in middle primary | Scoop.it
[caption id="attachment_7276" align="alignleft" width="290" caption="Dr. Brian Fisher, Director of the Office of Sustainability and professo
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This is a great article about the meaning of sustainability. Dr Brian Fisher from the Sustainability Office at the College of Charleston tells how we often relate the meaning of sustainability to the environment but it is infact much more in depth. It states that having meaning and purpose in one’s life contributes to a sustainable future as people then feel responsibility not just for themselves but for anything larger than themselves. This is a relevant notion to the implementation of the new Australian technologies curriculum for teachers as we can shape our teaching and learning environment to reflect this attitude. By giving students a sense of place in the community and larger world they can take responsibility to create sustainable solutions. 

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Teaching the last backpack generation

Teaching the last backpack generation | Technology education in middle primary | Scoop.it
This is the last generation of students who will carry backpacks to school. For teachers and parents, the realization that education will look very diff
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Education and its delivery are fast changing and as a teacher preparing today's students to achieve in tomorrow's world this is worth a read!

 

It's interesting to remember as teachers that it's not just about the tools but also about the 'teaching'. The blog post mentions three reminders for teachers: Realise that it is okay to fail, creativity is valued and encouraged and that students today are able to contribute to how they learn.

 

The designing and development of products, services and environments through creative processes (ACARA, 2013) is a part of the Design and Technologies strand in the Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Remembering to ourselves that we as teachers too need to model how to be creative. It is far better to demonstrate to students how to be creative than to simply say to them 'go be creative'.

 

ACARA. (2013). Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Retrieved March 8, 2013 from http://consultation.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Static/docs/Technologies/Draft%20Australian%20Curriculum%20Technologies%20-%20February%202013.pdf

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Getting out of the box

Getting out of the box | Technology education in middle primary | Scoop.it
XBOX is the new hopscotch at Silverton Primary School.
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                              Teachers READ this article!

 

It's brilliant and definitely worth further thinking.

"Children are learning for jobs yet to be invented"

 

A school in Melbourne's outer-suburbs is being used as an international template and in 2009 was named a 'mentor school' by Microsoft along with only 11 others around the world.

It is interesting to read about the schools 'learning centres' and inquiry-based learning. The principal states that "digital literacies are as important as traditional literacies". This is true in today's technological world, therefore education needs to change. 

Classrooms today are remarkable in comparison to what they were when I was at school in the late 80's and 90's.

The school in this article focuses on adapting to future technology as children themselves adapt the quickest.

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Six Big Tech Trends in Education to Follow | MindShift

Six Big Tech Trends in Education to Follow | MindShift | Technology education in middle primary | Scoop.it
Many of the predictions in this year's report match those made for higher education too: mobile learning, open content, cloud computing, and yes -- 3D printers.
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OMG for the digital world!

 

Read about the latest trends in education, current challenges and what's coming! An interesting read and some notions to think about with the implementation of the Australian technologies curriculum over the coming years.

In the last year I have noticed just how much online and blended learning models are encroaching classrooms due to the presence of the Internet in sutdents' lives.

Socail media even gets a mention as the latest trend. - It sure is! and how fantastic is it!! Being able to collaborate on such a vast scale is invaluable.

 

Challenges - More professional development. I find this crucial, children in today's world can adapt so quickly to new technology and as educators we need to be able to keep up with this.

 

Read about what's new - 3D printing.. 

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5 Digital Storytelling iPad Apps for Elementary School Students

5 Digital Storytelling iPad Apps for Elementary School Students | Technology education in middle primary | Scoop.it
Reading stories, watching videos, and listening to podcasts is one way to learn with an iPad. But a more fun way to learn with an iPad is to create things. Here are five iPad apps that elementary s...
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Creating is a crucial notion in the Design and Technologies strand of the Draft Australian Curriculum. With the ever increasing access to digital technololgies and integration of them in the classroom here are five iPad apps that students can use to create stories. 

 

These are great, have a read about them and see if they are something that you would like to use.

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Mitch Resnick: Let's teach kids to code | Video on TED.com

Coding isn’t just for computer whizzes, says Mitch Resnick of MIT Media Lab -- it’s for everyone.
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National Computer Science School Petitions For Computer-programming In Schools

National Computer Science School Petitions For Computer-programming In Schools | Technology education in middle primary | Scoop.it
The National Computer Science School has encouraged entrepreneurs and “technology creators” to sign a petition supporting the introduction of computer-programming in Australian schools.
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The National Computer Science School (NCSS) is petitioning ACARA to support the Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies. It believes that the draft is a massive step in the right direction. I agree, the world is changing, education is changing, and this draft of the technologies curriculum recognises and builds upon this. It can be incorporated into all key learning areas and children are being taught the skills they need for the real-world that they will live in.

 

This blog post mentions how the NCSS strongly supports students in primary school being taught programming language and the teaching of algorithmic and computational thinking. After reading the draft myself I think it's fantastic and am excited to implement it in the classroom.  

 

ACARA. (2013). Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Retrieved March 8, 2013 from http://consultation.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Static/docs/Technologies/Draft%20Australian%20Curriculum%20Technologies%20-%20February%202013.pdf

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How Can We Begin Creating A Sustainable Future In The Classroom

How Can We Begin Creating A Sustainable Future In The Classroom | Technology education in middle primary | Scoop.it
By Noah Moseley. It is common practice for businesses and companies to have an environmental policy in one form or another. It may be a formal document that the institution lives and breathes by, o...
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This is an informative blogpost about implementing an effective environmental policy into the classroom.

 

Sustainability is critical for preferred futures!

 

Sustainability is a crucial feature in the newly released Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies (ACARA, 2013). The Draft outlines that it "prepares students to take action to create more sustainable patterns of living." and "focuses on the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to design for effective sustainability action." (ACARA,2013, p17)

I believe it is important to establish and maintain an environmental policy in the classroom that helps students to take part in the future in which they will be a part of.  

 

ACARA. (2013). Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies. Retrieved March 8, 2013 from http://consultation.australiancurriculum.edu.au/Static/docs/Technologies/Draft%20Australian%20Curriculum%20Technologies%20-%20February%202013.pdf

 

 

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The following blogpost by Noah Mosely explains how it is a common practice for businesses and companies to have environmental policies put in place in one form or another, to ensure that they contribute to the ongoing process of sustaining a preferred future. With this in mind Noah explains that this type of policy is something that the school context could benefit from.

 

By implementing an effective and operational environmental process in the classroom context, would ensure that students would have an understanding of the importance of sustainability and recycling, to create and sustain a preferred future for all (ACARA, 2014). It would also allow students' to gain the skills necessary to design effective sustainability actions, to in turn create an effective way of living (ACARA, 2014). This understanding is vital for students to have as the future that they work towards now is what their generation will be a part of in years to come.

 

The specific Australian Curriculum (2014) content descriptors this resource links to 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)

 

Year 3 and 4

Design and Technologies processes and production skills

Critique needs or opportunities for designing and explore and test a variety of materials, components, tools and equipment and the techniques needed to produce designed solutions (ACTDEP014)

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Transforming our Learning Environment into a Space of Possibilities: On Display: Pinterest, Planning, and Play-Based Learning

Transforming our Learning Environment into a Space of Possibilities: On Display: Pinterest, Planning, and Play-Based Learning | Technology education in middle primary | Scoop.it
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This is an informative blogpost about using Pinterest as a curation tool for teacher planning. Pinterest is a social media website where you can 'pin' photographs about virtually anything. This can then be shared. With the curriculum today many resources are online and being able to organise these resources in an easy and effective way will prove efficient in the long run.

This Scoop also lists some specific ways to use Pinterest!

Furthering the use of Pinterest it could be used in the classroom as an organising tool for the class or for students to be able to communicate with their parents. You could also use it to help students understand and organise thier own digital world.

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