|Scooped by Elizabeth Gordon-Brown|
This resource is an online newsletter providing information and lesson plan ideas designed for teachers and other professions. It presents a range of different topics that can suit many of the Australian curriculum standards. The magazine also provides other useful tips and information that can assist teachers in the classroom. For example, on of the articles talks about if seating charts in a classroom is still necessary.
I found many articles and lesson plans focusing on Technology and Sustainability. One article I especially liked was titled ‘Drinking it in: Water Quality Investigation bring Sustainability Issues to the forefront’. The lesson plan gets kids to research and investigate, do field work and write a formal report. Although this plan is focused for older children, with a few alteration, the lesson can be taught to grades 3 and 4. I like this lesson because it’s an ongoing task that is really interesting and fun for students, so they wouldn’t get bored of the task.
As this curation is for grade 3 and 4 students, listed below are the technology curriculum content descriptions and elaborations that would be used in this resource.
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
- Examining the suitability of a service or everyday system and proposing improvements
- Investigating materials, components, tools and equipment, including by using digital technologies, to discover their characteristics and properties, how they can be used more sustainably and their impact in the future
- Considering the impact of environments on users
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
- Exploring and testing a range of materials under different conditions for suitability including sustainability considerations and identifying appropriate tools, equipment and techniques
- Examining the structure and production of everyday products, services and environments to enhance their own design ideas
Evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions based on criteria for success developed with guidance and including care for the environment
- Negotiating criteria for success with class or group members
- Evaluating, revising and selecting design ideas, based on criteria for success and including consideration of ethics, social values and sustainability
- Evaluating the functional and aesthetic qualities of a designed solution
- Reflecting on the sustainability implications of selected designed solutions
- Comparing the amount of waste that would be produced from different design and development options and the potential for recycling waste
- Reflecting on designed solutions to critique and assess suitability, sustainability and enterprise opportunities and determine how well they meet success criteria
I think teachers would get a lot of use out of this resource and find it helpful not only when teaching the Technology Curriculum, but it will also help with other curriculums. Be warned however, there are some segments and topics that this magazine provides which will not be beneficial for teachers. Definitely worth having a look at though as there are some great lesson plans.