Integrating Technology to Enhance Design and Creativity Skills
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This curated collection provides educators with a range of resources that can be used to enhance design and creativity skills in students when integrating the ACARA's (2013) Technology curriculum. The curated websites are designed to expand educator’s knowledge and understanding as well as assist students to become technologically minded citizens.
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Creativity, Emotional Intelligence and Education

Thoughts and solutions on working towards an education that incorporates creativity and emotional intelligence.


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This article highlights the notion that creativity, problem solving and emotional intelligence is neglected in schools and emphasises how difficult it is to teach these skills because it is a complex and messy process.  The article also offers innovative suggestions for the future to alleviate this suggestion.

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Teaching Kids Design Thinking, So They Can Solve The World’s Biggest Problems

Teaching Kids Design Thinking, So They Can Solve The World’s Biggest Problems | Integrating Technology to Enhance Design and Creativity Skills | Scoop.it

Using design thinking to help the next generation become comfortable solving problems of dizzying complexity.


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This site emphasises the importance of students developing the essential skill of design thinking so they can become active and contributable citizens in order to function successfully in society.

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Designing Play That Boost Kids’ Creativity

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Tomorrow’s workplace will value our children more for their ability to create new ideas than recall facts or replicate processes. So if creativity is not a defined genetic trait but a skill and process practiced over time (as Jonah Lehrer argues in Imagine), then what can we do now to inspire and foster creative development from a young age?


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This link emphasises that the design of toys is a way to enhance  engagement and boost creativity skills in student learning environments.  The authors, The article also highlights how creativity supports divergent thinking skills and that stadardised tests and high structure cause imaginative play and creativity to become minimalised.

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Technology Structures and Materials

This site provides a wealth of technology information sheets for pupils and teachers
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This site offers practical and hands-on approaches to incorporate the design and creativity components necessary to integrate technoogy into classrooms.  The site relates to structures and materials and aligns closely with the sub-strand 'Planning, Producing and Evaluating Designed Solutions' (Elaborations: 2.7, 4.7, 8.9) when connected with the Australian Curriclum (20130)

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Primary Resources: Design and Technology

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Primary Resources - free worksheets, lesson plans and teaching ideas for primary and elementary teachers.
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Design and creativity lessons and approaches to support educators with the integration process of techonlogy.  These hands-on approaches also supports the 'Planning, producing and Evaluating Designed Solutions' sub-strand in the Technology Curriculum (ACARA, 2013)

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International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA)

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A professional organisation who provide valuable information for educators regarding the teaching of technology.  A wide variety of links, orgaisations and publication resources are offered to enhance the implementation process of integrating technology into the school curriclum.

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A Design and Technology Site

This site provides a wealth of technology information sheets for pupils and teachers
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Offering a range of themed areas to focus on, technologstudent.com (Ryan, 2012) offers a visually appealing and innovative ways to integrate technology into classrooms.  This site would be particularly useful to refer to resources when educating students on aspects of on the design and creativity aspects of the technology curriculum (ACARA, 2013) as there are plenty of lesson ideas and activities.

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Australian Curriculum Technologies (draft)

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Early in 2013, ACARA made available to educators and the public a DRAFT version of the Technology Curriculum. The document outlines content descriptors, elaborations and achievement standards from Foundation to Year 10. Even though it is a DRAFT, it provides a sneak preview of all the appropriate details educators will need to effectively teach the Technology curriculum within their classroom.

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Geneviève Pearson's curator insight, June 8, 2013 10:30 AM

This is the Australian Curriculum Technologies draft document. It provides the most up to date information on the intentions of the Technologies learning area.  It identifies the key design and digital technological knowledge and understandings that should be taught to students from Foundation to Year 10.  Pages 32 and 71 provide a thorough scope and sequence for the Design and Digital Technologies content descriptors. 

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Design Thinking « Design Thinking for Educators

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Design Thinking is a mindset. Design Thinking is the confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future, and a process to take action when faced with a difficult challenge. That kind of optimism is well needed in education.
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Dedicated to educator, this site emphasises the importance of the design process and outlines 5 phases to incoproate when first giving students a design task.

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A Teaching Resource for Design Thinking

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Dr. Burnette Dr. Charles Burnette created an outline for teaching children Design Thinking. He freely shares this information on his website idesignthinking.com. He feels Design thinking is important to for children to learn.


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Dr Charles Burnette has devised a simple strategy for educators when teaching students the process of design thinking - a bookmark must for all educators!

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It's Scratch Time

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A reflective blog connected with the four (4) phases of the digital technologies learning activities for the Scratch program. This task has been completed in conjunction with assessment 3 for EDP4...
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This reflective blog emphasises a strategy for educators to incorporate design and creativity skills amonst students through the use of the computer program Scratch.  The integrtaion of Scratch supports both Digital Technologies strands in the Techology curriculum (2013).

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How to Integrate Technology

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This guide is organized into six sections:

Introduction
Why Integrate Tech?
What Is Tech Integration?
How to Integrate Tech Tools
Workshop Activities
Resources for Tech Integration
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This site encourages educators how to consider the integratation of digital technologies into their classrooms.  It offers suggestions and strategies for ensuring that educators become technologically minded and in effect, fosters creativity and design skills amongst teacher and students through the use of digital technologies

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Design Technology Teaching Ideas

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Find free Design Technology teaching ideas, activities and resources for your primary and secondary classroom.
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Design and creativity lessons and approaches to support educators with the integration process of techonlogy.  These hands-on approaches also supports the 'Planning, producing and Evaluating Designed Solutions' sub-strand in the Technology Curriculum (ACARA, 2013)

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Design and Technology Teachers Association (DATTA)

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The Design and Technology Techers Association is a professional Australian organisation that offers innovative training for educators in order to support the technology curriculum (ACARA, 2013).  This site not only offererships, but also offers access to the latest news and events, project ideas other technology sites as ways for supporting and fostering technology into the educator classrooms.

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20 Top Video Explanations to Help Teachers Become Tech Savvy

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Via Beth Dichter, Kane Brown
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A useful web site for eductors who tend to get bogged down or lost in the technology jargon.  The attached video presentations can enhance educator understanding and so that implemention of devices can enhane the creativity and ICT integration processes.

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Shradha Kanwar's curator insight, July 13, 2013 4:32 AM

great input!

 

Rachael Jones's curator insight, October 21, 2013 4:40 AM

Far out this is awesome if you are a teacher (or parent) and lagging behind in your knowledge and understanding of pod casts, crowd sourcing, the "cloud", blogs, torrent dowloads, apps etc

Thought Crane's curator insight, May 24, 2014 10:35 AM

Has explained a few things to me....