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Up a Dry Gully

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SEQ Water - Up a Dry Gully

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Up a Dry Gully is an online schools program which challenges students thinking and understanding through the exploration of water being safe, secure and sustainable for the future.

 

To be a part of Up a Dry Gully your school has to register online to receive their resource kit, a representative from the competition can then be organised to come and visit your school, students/classes entering the competition will then register individually and prepare their submission of either a photo or video to submit for the competition.

 

This environmental program and competition is a great way to increase students’ understanding of environmental issues through the exploration of topical, interactive and curriculum-based activities. By engaging in Up a Dry Gully students will also be in the running to win great prizes for their classes, teachers and school. This will boost students’ motivation and encourage them to investigate and solve an interesting sustainability issue using real life problems and situations.

 

This program not only covers environment and sustainability topics, it also covers topical areas of science, geography, maths and art.

 

You can register your school or class here!

http://www.upadrygully.com.au/about_the_competition.php

 

Year 3 and 4

Design and Technologies 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)

 

Design and Technologies processes and production skills

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

 

Digital Technologies processes and production skills

Collect, access and present different types of data using simple software to create information and solve problems (ACTDIP009)

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Cassie Knight's curator insight, March 8, 2013 8:20 AM

The Up a Dry Gully Schools Program challenges primary and secondary students to explore and understand how water must be safe, secure and sustainable for our future. I love how this website provides many useful discussion topics that I am sure would promote students' thinking.

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Ecoego

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Nice and catchy website to deal with sustainability in the classroom. An easy way to have your students talking about what they do at home to become eco-friendly. Oral skills can be very easily elicited.


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Ecoego is an online website that addresses sustainability in a fun and engaging way. This online tool requires you to make eco-friendly choices to keep the small town functioning efficiently.

 

This resource would be a great way to get students thinking about sustainability and spark them in discussion with their peers and teacher about what they do at home to sustain our planet. If students' do not yet do anything at home, this would be a great way to get them interested in the topic and get them talking to their parents about it.

 

Have a go for yourself!

http://marukin-ad.co.jp/ecoego/ecoego.html

 

The Australian Curriculum (2014) links that are relevant to Ecoego include:

 

Year 3 and 4

Design and Technologies 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)

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An Earth Day Approach to Classroom Technology Use

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It’s hard to believe that Earth Day will be 44 years old this year.

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The following TEQ website promotes useful approaches that can be implemented into classrooms to promote and engage students in Earth Day. Earth Day is a way that as educators we can demonstrate our support for protecting the environment. In our classrooms, we can protect our environment by implementing the slogan: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle as suggested by TEQ, simply through the technologies we use every day.

 

Technologies are an easy and fun way to engage students in how to create a better environment for our future. With the use and guidance of TEQ, students will be able to make informed and ethical decisions about the role, impact and use of technologies in the economy, environment and society for a sustainable future, one of the Australian Curriculum (2014) aims for Technology.

 

Check out all of their great lessons, activities, resources and tools that support the instructional use of technology!

http://www.teq.com/blog/2014/04/an-earth-day-approach-to-classroom-technology-use/#.U4Ph5SFArIU

 

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

Use personal preferences to evaluate the success of design ideas, processes and solutions including their care for environment (ACTDEP008)

 

Year 3 and 4 Content Descriptions

Design and Technologies processes and production skills

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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Kandy Gatfield's curator insight, April 25, 2014 7:01 AM

TEQ provides many useful approaches to implement Earth Day within the classroom Every day. Technology and technologies are a great way to take a positive approach to  creating a better environment for a better future. This website offers a range of tools, activities, lessons and information scaffold by Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

http://www.teq.com/blog/2014/04/an-earth-day-approach-to-classroom-technology-use/#.U1ox-JWKCUk

 

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.

 

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

Karen Willis's comment, May 25, 2014 5:53 PM
Hi Kandy - what a great site. I like the sounds of Edmodo and strongly support the concept of aiming for a paperless classroom. What a great tool to use and great lesson ideas. Thank you.
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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 | Educating for a Sustainable Future with Technologies | 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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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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Chantal Dunbar's curator insight, June 10, 2013 12:52 AM

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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Curriculum and Learning Activities

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Green Education Foundation (GEF), a non-profit organization, is committed to creating a sustainable future through education.

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GEF (Green Education Foundation) is a non-profit organization which strives to create a sustainable future through education. GEF believe that sustainability education provides both educators and students with real world learning through the engagement in science, technology and maths KLA, and more specifically current human concerns of environmental, economic and social systems.

 

GEF provides an assortment of curriculum based resources that caters for all year levels from K-12 for both students and teachers all over the world. Their goal is to provide challenging yet engaging resources, to ensure both students and teachers can think holistically and critically about the current global environment situation and design possible solutions to ensure we can live in a clean and bright future.

 

Programs and study modules the GEF offer include:

National Green Week
Waste Reduction Challenge
Green Energy Challenge
Sustainable Water Challenge
Green Thumb Challenge
Green Building Program
I Ride Green
K-12 Lesson Clearinghouse

 

Check their page out here!

http://www.greeneducationfoundation.org/greenthumbchallengesub/curriculum-and-activities.html

 

The relevant content descriptors from the Australian Curriculum (2014) include:

 

Year 3 and 4 Content Descriptions

Design and Technologies 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)

 

Design and Technologies processes and production skills

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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The Future of Wearable Technology | Off Book | PBS Digital Studios

As computing moves from our desktops to our phones, we look into the future to see how technology will become increasingly ingrained in our movements and our...

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This short YouTube movie briefly explains the future of wearable technology and how it is slowly becoming a part of everyday lives. This movie explains how this new wearable technology is a exciting and different process that can be created by almost anyone with the right resources and design ideas.

 

This clip could easily be used at the start of a designing unit, where students would design and in the upper years create their own wearable technology, with the use of recyclable items. It would be a great introduction video and would spark students’ ideas and create great discussions.

 

Check it out here!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qFW4zwXzLs

 

Australian Curriculum links:

 

Foundation to Year 2 Content Descriptions

Design and Technologies processes and production skills

Use personal preferences to evaluate the success of design ideas, processes and solutions including their care for environment (ACTDEP008)

 

Year 3 and 4 Content Descriptions

Design and Technologies processes and production skills

Select and use materials, components, tools and equipment using safe work practices to make designed solutions (ACTDEP016)

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Suzanne Dunne's curator insight, March 10, 2014 2:46 AM

The clip presents one future for fibre, ''wearable technology'', that is technology embedded into the very fabrics we wear.   

It could be used as an introductory resource for  Primary or  Secondary students, as it would engage  their interest in the possibilities for the future of fibre production.  Also in line with the   Australian Curriculum, Technologies rationale, it would stimulate students creative thinking processes,  as it demonstrates how creative thinkers, think of new ideas, which in order to design and  create require the implementation of new or existing  technologies (ACARA, 2013)
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 ACARA. (2013) Retrieved from:

(http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/rationale-aims/technologies)

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Pinterest

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Pinterest is a visual discovery tool that you can use to find ideas for all your projects and interests.

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Pinterest is an online tool that can be used to discover new ideas or explore possible topics and interests. Pinterest is already a part of my PLN and is used on a regular basis to find teaching and learning resources, including those that are relevant to digital technologies.

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Felicia Van Der Meer's curator insight, March 11, 2014 6:31 PM

Pinterest is an exciting online source for resources surrounding an exuberant amount of topics, including digital technologies within the classroom. It is extremely easy to access and navigate around. Upon typing in on ‘tag’ surrounding digital technologies in education, over one hundred and fifty results became available.

 

Given the multitude of resources and ideas, surrounding digital technologies in education, that are available on Pinterest many content descriptors from the Australian Curriculum: Technology can be met.

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20 Google Docs Secrets for busy teachers and students.

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Google Docs has revolutionised the way we create and edit content on the web.
It is a genuine collaboration tool like nothing that has come before it.

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Check out the following page for some Google Docs tips and secrets for not only teachers but students too! This online resource can often get a little tricky and the layout of it is always changing! I learnt a few things so go on check it out :)

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Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, May 30, 2013 11:33 PM

Great to know.

Mike Carrington's curator insight, November 12, 2013 5:03 PM

Not sure what the college thinks about google docs - but well worth investigating, if only for my own use.

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A novel in 90 minutes? It's possible with new speed-reading technology - New York Daily News

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A novel in 90 minutes? It's possible with new speed-reading technology
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Imagine reading an entire book in an hour — without skipping one word.
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Head of Corporate Planning - Education

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Head of Corporate Planning - Education , Liverpool, £45k-48k, Education & Training http://t.co/3AWdWzNyT9 #jobs
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Selling Mountain Dew and other ways to improve access to technology in schools - The Hechinger Report

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Selling Mountain Dew and other ways to improve access to technology in schools
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56 Different Examples of Formative Assessment

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 5, 2014 6:46 PM

Check out this slideshow on Google Presentation and see description for 56 different formative assessments in the following areas:

* Student Work

* Self-Reporting Strategy

* Technology

* Peer Assessment

* Teacher Observation

* Teacher Feedback

* Self-Assessment

This slideshow provides many great ideas...some of which may be new to you, but all in one location!

Pearta Nolan's curator insight, March 12, 2014 5:45 AM

This scoop is fantastic for educators, formative assessment is a pivital part of assessment and all teachers must be aware that there are many examples to do formative assessment.  Within the Australian Curriculum all Key Learning Areas will benefit from this document.  The document is also downloadable, this is great to allow teachers to change examples to suit their specific needs.

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Scratch | Home | imagine, program, share

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Scratch: a programming language for everyone. Create interactive stories, games, music and art - and share them online.

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This interactive resource has been scooped by Peter Albion’s page, as it triggered my thinking about how programing stories, games, animations and newly made creations could be done in the classroom.

 

Multiple educators have been supporting the Scratch creators since 2007, in both formal and informal learning environments throughout all primary year levels.

 

When first looking at this resource I instantly thought how it could be used and implemented within classrooms, allowing 21st century learners to develop the skills required to become active and engaged citizens of society (MCEETYA, 2008). Some of the skills this resource allows the primary year students to develop is to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

 

In regards to the Australian Curriculum (2013), there are clear links evident between the Scratch resource and The Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies (2013) strand. In particular Design and Technologies, as it allows students to use design thinking to generate design ideas, to in turn communicate them to a variety of audiences (ACARA – Technology, 2013).

 

Content descriptors that could be aligned with a lesson sequence that incorporate the use of the Scratch resource include: Design and Technologies Processes 4.6, 4.8 and 4.9.

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Tashibear Laz's curator insight, June 10, 2013 10:10 AM

Scratch is a computer program that has been developed to introduce children to programing. This program could be intoduced to students as early as year two and possibly year one and then beyond. Once students understand the program their creativity and technology skills can take them anywhere. This program relates to the draft of the Australian Curriculum for Technology. Students develop critical and creative thinking when using this program. This program can be used to create games, stories and programs which can be as complex and creative as the student develops. 

Jacynta Baker's curator insight, March 13, 2014 5:36 AM

 Scratch is an online source that is a highly effective and creative choice of technology. This seven year old creation can be implemented into a primary classroom allowing students and educators to develop games, stories and endless individualized creations. By employing this fantastic online source into a learning environment educators are assisting students in developing lifelong skills such as working collaboratively and thinking creatively. This can be linked to many key learning areas from the Australian Curriculum (2013), in particular Technology.

Pearta Nolan's curator insight, June 5, 2014 9:41 PM

Scratch (2014) is an online program that can assist students to complete and share interactive media.  There is also the added benefit of students being able to collaborate and share with people from all over the world.  Some of the benefits of scratch include; stories, games and animation.  Direct alignment between Scratch (2014) and the Australian Curriculum Technologies (ACARA, 2014) are evident within multiple content descriptors in the Digital Technologies process and production skills allotment.  Students are scaffolded to implement digital solutions as visual programs with algorithms involving decisions, repition and input, furthermore students are to design, modify and follow simple algorithms including a sequence of steps, decisions and input (ACARA, 2014).

 

Whilst completing the Scratch activities I found that it was best to follow the instructions to get a general understanding of the program.  Once this was achieved, I found that I was more confident in trailing new steps; I created a scratch that involved a helicopter swooping down to collect the cat and taking it into the sky.  Throughout this activity I learnt to have a go and trial new things and remember that there is always a help section.  Overall I believe that this was very exciting activity and I can the application to school as smooth transition.  

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Children's Song about SAVING WATER!!!!

'Save Water' is NOW on iTunes at: http://bit.ly/npu3sX Check out other Green songs on the album!!! Lyrics Save Water! By Nooshi Turn of the water (Drip Drop,...

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This resource is a catchy YouTube clip which talks about the importance of saving water through singing and engaging pictures. This resource would be great to use in a lover or middle primary classroom context at the beginning of a sustainability, recycling or water conservation unit of work. By showing students’ this YouTube clip would be an easy and fun way to elicit their prior knowledge, start discussions and get them thinking about how they already do or can plan to save water in both the home and school environment.

 

Check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDU3OOAt6dg

 

This online resource could be used while implementing the following Australian Curriculum (2014) descriptors:

 

Foundation to Year 2 Content Descriptions

Design and Technologies knowledge and understanding

Identify how people design and produce familiar products, services and environments and consider sustainability to meet personal and local community needs (ACTDEK001)

 

Year 3 and 4 Content Descriptions

Design and Technologies 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)

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Cassie Knight's curator insight, May 29, 2013 9:55 PM

This is a wonderful resource to use in the classroom to allow students to begin thinking of how they might be able to save water in their home or school environments. Great discussion starter!

Anna Roughton's curator insight, September 3, 2013 10:27 PM

Save Water

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Waterwise gardening (Department of Environment and Resource Management)

Waterwise gardening (Department of Environment and Resource Management) | Educating for a Sustainable Future with Technologies | Scoop.it
Waterwise efficient gardening guides. Includes information on planting and maintaining gardens and on using greywater for gardening.

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Waterwise Plant Selector is an online tool which provides people with advice on what water efficient plants are best suited to their specific location and climate conditions. This is achieved by entering your postcode into the search engine and then simply selecting your plants from the selection that it suggests. This online resource also contains efficient gardening guides, information, facts sheets and suggestions that can be used as a guide to ensure your garden is water-saving and water-efficient.

 

This is a great resource that could be used in the classroom context by students creating their own garden bed. It would then be the students’ responsibility to design the garden bed and research what plants would be best suited to their area.

 

This activity not only links with the Technologies curriculum, but also the Science curriculum as students could explore the life cycle of the plant.

 

Here is the link to Waterwise gardening!

http://www.nrm.qld.gov.au/waterwise/gardening/waterwise_gardening.html

 

The relevant discriptors from the Australian Curriculum (2014) 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)

 

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

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Cassie Knight's curator insight, March 8, 2013 8:30 AM

Very useful information about how to plan for a waterwise efficent garden! Something that I believe students would love to be involved in. Once students gain this knowledge they might even wish to create a waterwise garden around their own home. Overall, a great hands on and beneficial resource.

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The Australian Curriculum v6.0 Technologies: Technologies

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Here I have scooped the direct link to the Australian Curriculum (2014) Technologies page. From here you are able to identify the direct links that the Technologies band of the curriculum has in regards to the importance of sustaining and caring for our environment, to ensure a better future for all. On this page you are able to see the rational/aims for the Technologies and the Design and Technologies strand, the orginasation, content descriptors and elaborations for both technologies strands.

 

It is crucial that technologies are embedded into our classroom environment as they enrich and significantly impact upon the lives of people and societies all over the world. It is our job as educators to inform and educate students, so that they are able to make discerning decisions about the development and use of technologies, independently and collaboratively develop solutions for complex changes and contribute to sustainable patterns of living (ACARA, 2014). This is where technologies fits in also. The implementation and use of technologies in classrooms, assist in the transforming, restoring, and sustaining societies and natural, managed, and constructed environments (ACARA, 2014).

 

Here is the link for those who are interested!

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/rationale-aims/technologies

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Kandy Gatfield's curator insight, April 25, 2014 12:31 AM

This scoop shows the direct link and importance sustainability is within the technologies curriculum. "Australia needs enterprising individuals who can make discerning decisions about the development and use of technologies and who can independently and collaboratively develop solutions to complex challenges and contribute to sustainable patterns of living" (ACARA).

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/rationale-aims/technologies

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Creating the Schools of the Future: Education for a Sustainable Society | Solutions

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Creating the Schools of the Future: Education for a Sustainable Society
By Peter Senge
http://t.co/xAkCsqGt9C

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The following article written by Peter Senge (2012) argues the importance of building a sustainable future. He feels that societies are purely focused on the suitability of the bricks for business and governments, while completely ignoring the mortar of education.

Where in fact his is where it all begins, it is in classrooms that teachers can educate students about sustainability. It is here that they learn to make informed and ethical decisions about the role, impact and use of technologies in the economy, environment and society for a sustainable future (ACARA, 2014).

 

It is absolutely crucial that we get the message through that schools and more importantly educators can create real and lasting change!

 

Peter (2012) states that from the early years through to high school, curriculum needs to focus on leadership, personal engagement, problem resolution, and real-life contexts. Collaboration also plays a key role, among students and teachers within the school context, and parents, board members, and civic and business leaders outside of the school.

 

Check it out here

http://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/node/1116

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Kanelstrand: Wekend DIY: Handmade Plantable Paper

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For a simple, natural and creative life.

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This wonderful post written by Adrienne Audrey takes you through the process of handmade paper making. This would be a perfect activity to do into the classroom when teaching students about the environment, recycling, sustainability and a better and bright future.

 

Traditionally, handmade paper uses recycled materials and goods, and by engaging in this activity students would be able to take this eco-friendly process one step further. This could be done by creating paper, filled with seeds that can be replanted back into the earth, nourishing the soil and growing beautiful flowers.

 

This activity not only aligns with the Technologies curriculum, but also the Arts and Science curriculum.

 

The specific Australian Curriculum (2014) descriptors that this activity links to include:

 

Year 3 and 4 Content Descriptions

Design and Technologies knowledge and understanding

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

 

Design and Technologies processes and production skills

Select and use materials, components, tools and equipment using safe work practices to make designed solutions (ACTDEP016)

Plan a sequence of production steps when making designed solutions individually and collaboratively (ACTDEP018)

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Kandy Gatfield's curator insight, April 24, 2014 11:06 PM

This is a simple yet very creative and effective way of teaching recycling and sustainability. Students could enjoy the process of learning how to make paper out of used paper. Once they have finished with the paper it could be planted in the ground as it has seeds embedded into it and watch the beautiful flowers emerge. Great for crossing curricular : Techonologies, Art and Science.

http://blog.kanelstrand.com/2012/03/wekend-diy-handmade-plantable-paper.html

 

Australian Curriculum Link:

Select and use materials, components, tools and equipment using safe work practices to make designed solutions (ACTDEP016)

Kelly Frintzilas's comment, April 26, 2014 9:40 PM
Great Scoop Kandy. I was drawn to the simplicity of this idea. As you mention, this idea has cross-curricular and general capability links and could be used perhaps in an integrated unit.
Karen Willis's comment, May 25, 2014 5:54 PM
Great scoop! Kids love making paper and I agree, a great way to bring in Science and Art. Particularly in Science when they explore properties of materials and how they can be changed by manipulating them. Thank you.
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Sustainability explained through animation

CurricWatch this short animated movie explaining sustainability created for RealEyes by Igloo Animations


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This resource is just a simple YouTube movie which explains sustainability through the use of animated pictures and quirky sounds and music. Throughout the movie it points out that we as humans are destroying what we have become completely dependent on and what we need in order to survive (water, clean air and fresh food). The movie explains that in order for the earth to continue to do what it was designed to do, and provide us with water, clean air and fresh food we need to take care of it by reducing our independence and destruction. This is achievable while still meeting our everyday needs although it will ensure we will live a high quality of life for years and years to come.

 

Have a look!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5NiTN0chj0

 

This online resource could be used within many year levels while implementing the following relevant Australian Curriculum (2014) content descriptors:

 

Foundation to Year 2

Design and Technologies knowledge and understanding

Identify how people design and produce familiar products, services and environments and consider sustainability to meet personal and local community needs (ACTDEK001)

 

Year 3 and 4

Design and Technologies 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)

 

Year 5 and 6

Design and Technologies knowledge and understanding

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)

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Stacie Morris's curator insight, June 5, 2013 8:28 AM

Short two minute YouTube video that would be a great introduction for class discussions about Sustainability.  Discusses how we need clean air, water and fresh food to survive but due to the way we are living, this sustainability is declining and as humans we have become a threat to our own planet.  Great resource to get ideas flowing and discussions in the classroom.           

Kandy Gatfield's curator insight, March 4, 2014 7:39 AM

Great resource that could be used in the classroom as an introduction to sustainability.

This two minute You Tube video explains how us as humans have become a threat to our own planet by the way that we live. The video explains how we can help the earth continue what it was meant to do and provide us with clean air, water and food. Great for starting conversation and brainstorming.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5NiTN0chj0

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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)

Tamyka Mills's curator insight, June 5, 2014 10:03 PM

You can visit the video at this address: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5NiTN0chj0 

 

This short YouTube video clip is based around explaining sustainability  to primary school aged children. The video clip explains the necessity of sustaining our planet for our future. It demonstrates poor sustainability and good sustainability in an animated picture that students can relate to. This would be a great resource to use in the classroom as an introduction to the sustainability of our planet and the key areas we need to focus on in order to ensure that we have a healthy planet for our future. Children can relate to this video as it uses simple to recognize and understand images and terms. 

 

This video aligns with the Australian Curriculum: Sustainability Oi.3 where student explore the sustainable patterns of living and the and how this relies on the interdependence of healthy social, economic and ecological systems. (ACARA, 2014).

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/CrossCurriculumPriorities/Sustainability

 

this video also aligns with the Digital Technologies aspect of the Australian Curriculum for Foundation to Year 2 where students Identify how people design and produce familiar products, services and environments and consider sustainability to meet personal and local community needs (ACTDEK001). (ACARA, 2014).

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10?y=F-2&y=3-4&y=5-6&y=7-8&y=9-10&s=DEPPS&s=DEKU&p=3&layout=1 

 

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Science F to Year 6, Resources, Activities & Lesson Plans - TES Australia

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Some lesson plans from TES Australia for the Science learning area.

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Recycle Frenzy - Games - Visy Enviromaniacs

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The following Recycle Frenzy game provides primary students with the opportunity to learn about and discover the issues related with recycling and the impacts it has on our environment. This interactive digital resource is a great way to engage your students in the recycling process through the implantation of the following two Australian Curriculum Technology (2013) strand content descriptors.

 

They are:

1 - Identify how people design and produce familiar products, services and environments and consider sustainability to meet personal and local community needs (ACTDEK001).

 

2 - Explore the characteristics and properties of materials and components that are used to produce designed solutions (ACTDEK004). 

 

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Angie Rhodes's curator insight, March 11, 2014 8:58 PM

This is digital resource which is designed for lower primary students. It addresses the issue of 'recycling' in an interactive and educational way. In doing so, it meets the following Technologies Curriculum content descriptions:

Identify how people design and produce familiar products, services and environments and consider sustainability to meet personal and local community needs (ACTDEK001)- especially linked to the concept of sustainability; recycling reduces negative impacts on the environment.

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Explore the characteristics and properties of materials and components that are used to produce designed solutions (ACTDEK004)- students are able to explore the process/ characteristics of recycling and compare with the end products.

 

(ACARA, 2014)

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6 Best Education Videos to Make for Your Classroom

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Videos are a great way to bring vibrancy into the classroom! Animoto offers six easy ideas to get you started with education videos.
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What is Technology?

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Technology is the making, modification, usage, and knowledge of tool,machines techniques, crafts, systems and methods of organization, in order to solve a problem, improve a pre-existing solution t...
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I came across the link to this video while browsing through my Scoopit home page. This video which was originally scooped by a fellow uni colleague, got me thinking about the term 'technology' in a broader sense.  

 

In our week one tutorial for EDP4140 we explored the term 'technology' and what it really meant.  We uncovered popular conceptions of this term including: technology is only digital resources such as computers, it is recent complex things, machines or objects or high technology, when in fact it is much more than this.

 

Technology is also about how individuals modify the natural world to suit their own purposes, it seeks to satisfy needs, and it is purposeful change. Technology is a process for design and development of products that enable people to meet their individual needs.

 

The YouTube video that accompanies this post will assist in broadening your conceptions about technology and how it can often be confused or conflated with IT.

 

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Jacynta Baker's curator insight, March 13, 2014 5:46 AM

This YouTube clip has taken a creative angle to encourage people to address conceptions and broaden personal opinions on Technology. This clip also touches on the confusion between Technology and IT. I found this particularly interesting as this is something that I have done in the past.  

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Women In Technology: A Brightening Outlook? - Forbes

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How To Start Using Augmented Reality In The Classroom - Edudemic - by @BRHolland

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Augmented Reality (AR) allows teachers and students to extend the physical world with a virtual overlay. Whether you have iPad, Android, or a smartphone, scanning a trigger in the physical world with an AR app allows a new layer of information to appear. This information could be a link to a web site, a video, …

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Stephanee Stephens's curator insight, February 28, 2014 7:28 AM

Try out @aurasma as a great platform.