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Lesson Plans | EdTech Magazine

Lesson Plans | EdTech Magazine | Technology Education and Sustainability | Scoop.it
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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

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

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.

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CarbonKids Educational Resources | CSIRO

CarbonKids Educational Resources | CSIRO | Technology Education and Sustainability | Scoop.it
CarbonKids is a program for schools committed to tackling climate change. The educational resources offer a range of ideas and activities for the early, primary and middle years of schooling and enable students to achieve outcomes set out in State and Territory curriculum frameworks.
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This resource is on the CSIRO website. It provides great units that would assist teachers in teaching numerous topics from the Technology Curriculum and the cross curriculum priority Sustainability, focusing on climate change. The units offer a range of ideas and activities for all different age groups. I am focusing on the unit ‘Sustainable energy for all’ for this curation.

 

The main idea of this unit investigates the sustainability of current energy resources and the forthcoming challenges that need addressing regarding increasing energy demand. The unit provides lessons to help students recognise what climate change is, how it impacts on living things in a variety of ecosystems and suggests engaging activities for students to do to help their understandings.

 

Throughout the unit, there are opportunities for activities where students identify problems, produce ideas and create resolutions, which give consideration to sustainability by anticipating and balancing environmental and social impacts which is required within the technology curriculum and cross curriculum priority Sustainability. The unit provides lots of questions that teachers can ask students to promote further investigation. I like how teachers can extend the topics further if they wish to allow further investigations.

 

Teachers should focus on the technology activities to assist student understandings of the technology curriculum. The Solar Energy Investigation, Solar Oven and Make a wind turbine all provide activities for students to use and create technology.

 

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

-       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

Investigate the suitability of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment for a range of purposes

-       Conducting experiments and tests to understand the properties of materials, for example strength, durability, warmth, elasticity

-       Analysing products, services and constructed environments from a range of technologies contexts with consideration of possible innovative solutions and impacts on the local community and the sustainability of its environment

 

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

-       Reflecting on designed solutions to critique and assess suitability, sustainability and enterprise opportunities and determine how well they meet success criteria

I really like this website as they provide many other topics that teachers can explore with their students. I also love that teachers can change the activities to suit them and their class if need be and can expand of lessons if they choose to.

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

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