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Integrating Technology in the Primary Classroom

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I define a global project as any sort of collaborative project that involves two or more classes from different schools/countries. There is usually a defined purpose and structure to the project. The learning is usually documented and shared on an online space such as a blog. Some global projects have a culminating event.


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Kathleen Morris is a Grade 4 teacher in Victoria, who is passionate about educational blogging and global collaboration.  Mrs Morris uses her blog to discuss various issues regarding technology integration, mainly focusing on the classroom benefits of 'blogging'.  There is a dedicated page for 'Tech tools for teachers', which provides access to a free e-newsletter, explaining online tools/sites, how to use them and how to integrate them into the classroom.

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A curated collection of resources, ideas and information specific to the DRAFT Australian Curriculum: Technologies - Strand: 'Design and Technologies - Food and fibre production', focusing on sustainability. This collection is to help Primary School educators introduce and use technology within their classrooms effectively.
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UNESCO | Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future | Module 15: Sustainable agriculture

UNESCO | Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future | Module 15: Sustainable agriculture | Technology within the Primary Classroom | Scoop.it
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United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) present a page on teaching 'Sustainable Agriculture' that presents four learning activities that students in Upper Primary could complete as part of a unit.  If you click on the UNESCO symbol in the left hand corner of the page, you are directed to another page where a more in-depth look at sustainability is presented and splits the module into four themes and allows for different learning materials, again concerning sustainability.           

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Sustainability explained through animation

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

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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

Australian Curriculum Link:

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)

Emma Pails's curator insight, May 26, 2014 11:15 PM

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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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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Welcome to FOTE

Welcome to FOTE | Technology within the Primary Classroom | Scoop.it
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Friends of the Environment (FOTE) is designed to help support the teaching of environmental, cultural and social sustainability.  FOTE is made of individuals ranging from; marine biologists to indigenous heritage and teachers from primary, secondary, colleges and universities.  There is a designated 'Educators' section, containing resources to help educate for sustainability.

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, April 5, 2013 3:55 PM
Great resources from many individuals with specialist knowledge and experience.
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Our Work | The Edible Schoolyard Project

Our Work | The Edible Schoolyard Project | Technology within the Primary Classroom | Scoop.it
The mission of the Edible Schoolyard Project is to build and share an edible education curriculum for kindergarten through high school.
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This website demonstrates how an idea titled 'The Edible Schoolyard Project' helped build an interactive classroom, exciting students in education with cross curricular (maths and science).  This project helped demonstrate to students and allowed them to learn about health values, team work, diversity and communities.

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, April 5, 2013 3:56 PM
Project Based Learning at it's best.
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Native Plants for Sustainable Landscapes: Establishment and Management of Lakeshores and Gardens

Native Plants for Sustainable Landscapes: Establishment and Management of Lakeshores and Gardens | Technology within the Primary Classroom | Scoop.it
This publication is part of a series of materials focused on promoting lakeside management through the establishment of sustainable landscapes planted with species native to the region.
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Extension is an indepth website involving research and education to help improve economic, social and environmental conditions, aimed at Minnesota.  However, the information and resources provided can be adapted to suit the learning environment.  Topics range from: agriculture, community, environment, food and garden.

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Bloom's Apps

Bloom's Apps | Technology within the Primary Classroom | Scoop.it
This is a collection of what we call our "Big 5".  These five apps are essential for any classroom and can be used at any level of Bloom's Taxonomy.  Click or tap on the name of an app to see...
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Trial Ipad's within the classroom are beginning to happen throughout schools and this site provides resources within the Ipad Apps that can be utilised within the classroom, helping the teacher to understand the tips, tricks and tools for obtaining the most you can from the Ipad.  The site contains a tabs that lists the apps most useful for the classroom, lesson plans to integrate the Ipad into lessons and under the tab 'Bloom's Apps', they have the top 5 apps, essential for any classroom and for any level within Blooms Taxonomy.  One of these five apps could be utilised within the topic of Sustainability and students bring their work to life through a comic or movie app.

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 19, 2013 10:11 PM
Stacie there are some great app's here.My youngest daughter uses the book creator all the time,she has three novels on the go.Any tool that encourages kids to write or create is fantastic in my mind and I think these different tools allow for differentiation in assessment.
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Teacher Resources

Teacher Resources | Technology within the Primary Classroom | Scoop.it
This section is constantly being updated with new resources, so check back soon!
Updated on July 3rd, 2012
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Tons of fun and educational resources for all grades and skills!
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How Teachers Can Start Curating Information for Professional Development [Infographic]

How Teachers Can Start Curating Information for Professional Development [Infographic] | Technology within the Primary Classroom | Scoop.it
In Professional Learning in the Digital Age: The Educator's Guide to User-Generated Learning, Kristen Swanson shows educators how to enhance their pro...

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, March 2, 2013 10:56 PM

 Handy infographic outlining ways to use the web as a PD tool.

Ruth Garner's curator insight, March 5, 2013 4:21 AM

Handy

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Attention SchoolLibrary teams - Curation is a great way to support the learners and teachers in your school!
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5 Common Uses Of Technology In The Classroom & How We Screw Them Up

5 Common Uses Of Technology In The Classroom & How We Screw Them Up | Technology within the Primary Classroom | Scoop.it

"Using technology to enhance learning is an incredibly exciting idea, and as an area of education is growing fast. Blended learning, mobile learning, connectivism, and other increasingly popular ideas all owe their existence to technology. But the reality in the majority of public schools in the United States is less than cutting edge. While there is little data available to pinpoint exactly what is being done where, five of the more common applications of technology in the classroom appear below. The unfortunate reality here is that in lieu of significant progress in how technology is used in the learning process, significant work remains to do a better job understanding how these tools can function to increase depth of knowledge, learning curiosity, and critical thinking skills."


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The Use and Abuse of Technology in the Classroom

The Use and Abuse of Technology in the Classroom | Technology within the Primary Classroom | Scoop.it

Technology should not be used as simply a digital worksheet. There are many apps and Internet sites available that are simply a technological version of a paper task, forcing students to practice over and over a skill that they may already have mastered.  Don’t get me wrong. Skills do need to be practiced. I just happen to think that students should spend most of their time using technology for more creative purposes.


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Karen Johnson's curator insight, January 8, 2013 5:13 AM

This article is about using technology with school children but the ideas apply to HE too.

Connie Baques 's curator insight, January 9, 2013 12:58 AM

This is a useful and interesting read about how tech integration sometimes goes wrong.

Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, January 9, 2013 5:43 AM

This is a useful and interesting read about how tech integration sometimes goes wrong.

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Technology in the Classroom: The Good and Bad

Technology in the Classroom: The Good and Bad | Technology within the Primary Classroom | Scoop.it
For a child, technology plays many roles: teacher, babysitter, playmate and pacifier. As a result, our kids are drifting between the digital and analog worlds, and often find themselves tripped up by the border between the two.

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NSWAAT Home Page

NSWAAT Home Page | Technology within the Primary Classroom | Scoop.it
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New South Wales Association of Agriculture Teachers (NSWAAT) have produced a four page pdf document, which can be accessed at the bottom of this website under 'Archive of older news items' and titled 'Educating our Children about Food and Fibre Production'.  I found this document interesting, as the Association are strong believers that all students from Foundation through to Year 12 should learn about where food and fibre comes from and the resources required for its production.  They are placing arguments forward that Sustainable Food and Fibre should be included as a cross-curriculum perspective and implemented alongside the three perspectives already established: Indigenous perspectives, Sustainable living and Australia's engagement with Asia.  The Associations argument is that a commitment to this learning is essential to ensure that future generations can make informed decisions about these resources.           

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Recycle now - Start recycling in the garden

Recycle now - Start recycling in the garden | Technology within the Primary Classroom | Scoop.it
There are lots of ways you can have a greener garden - buying peat-free compost, composting yourself and saving water. Get tips and ideas to get started in your plot.

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Great resource about recycling and what can be done within the school and extending it to the children's home environment also.  Provides discussion avenues on the why, how and what can I do within recycling.  There are links for recycling at school and a SCHOOL tab at the top that provides a link to a page full or activities and teaching resources/lesson plans to incorporate this avenue of sustainability and the management of food wastage/recycling into the curriculum.           

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Start recycling in the garden in 5 easy steps

Cassie Knight's curator insight, May 29, 2013 9:54 PM

A great lesson idea for the classroom! Often it is quite hard to differentiate what can and cannot be recycled in our environments. This resource can help us to start with composting, hence saving water. It would be a great experience for students to create their own composting system at school. 

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Ollie's World - Interactive sustainability resource for kids

Sustainability resource for kids providing fun and entertaining ways to learn how to reduce, reuse, recycle and rethink in the areas of waste, water, energy, air and biodiversity.
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Ollie's World is an interactive sustainability website for educators and their students.  The purpose of the site is to provide a compreshensive resource centre that will allow children to extend their knowledge about issues pertaining to sustainability.  Within the Educators Zone, links for Australian information are available, leading to unit of work (at a cost).  The Kid's Club contains numerous games, puzzles, movies and free downloads.

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Tamyka Mills's curator insight, June 5, 2014 10:34 PM

Ollie's World - Interactive Sustainability resource for kids as an excellent interactive website where students can go to participate in games and read new posts about sustainability. Ollie's World is also a great resource for educators as it provides a range of resources for teachers to use in the classroom for teaching and learning activities. The website is based around the notion of  recycling, water conservation as well as the air and biodiversity. This teaching and learning resource is aimed at both the teacher and the students with specifically designated areas for both where students are encouraged to participate in games, quizzes, puzzles, movies, etc. where students can develop and consolidate their learning through fun, interactive activities. Teachers are provided with specific resources and information on sustainability in Australia. this would be a great resource to use in the classroom as students are provided the opportunity to develop and learn through fun interactive activities, develop their understanding of issues facing the Earth as well as and learn at their own pace. Students are delving into the world of sustainability, issues facing the world and our future as well as ways in which we can contribute to improving the Earth. 

 

This website aligns with the Australian Curriculum: Sustainability as it is developing students knowledge, skills, values and world views necessary for people to act in ways that contribute to more sustainable patterns of living. (ACARA, 2014).

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

 

This website also aligns with the Australian Curriculum: Technologies for Year 5/6 where students Investigate characteristics and properties of a range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment and evaluate the impact of their use(ACTDEK023). (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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Integrating Technology in the Primary Classroom

Integrating Technology in the Primary Classroom | Technology within the Primary Classroom | Scoop.it

I define a global project as any sort of collaborative project that involves two or more classes from different schools/countries. There is usually a defined purpose and structure to the project. The learning is usually documented and shared on an online space such as a blog. Some global projects have a culminating event.


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Stacie Morris's insight:

Kathleen Morris is a Grade 4 teacher in Victoria, who is passionate about educational blogging and global collaboration.  Mrs Morris uses her blog to discuss various issues regarding technology integration, mainly focusing on the classroom benefits of 'blogging'.  There is a dedicated page for 'Tech tools for teachers', which provides access to a free e-newsletter, explaining online tools/sites, how to use them and how to integrate them into the classroom.

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Environmental Education for Sustainability

Sustainability education has been a feature of Education Queensland schools for more than 30 years.
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The Queensland Governments Department of Education, Training and Employment website has a link for 'Environmental Education for Sustainability'.  This contains information from documents, initiatives, organisations and activites.

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Using Social Media for Professional Learning: Seek, Sense, and Share

Using Social Media for Professional Learning:  Seek, Sense, and Share | Technology within the Primary Classroom | Scoop.it
For 2011, my three words are:   Seek,  Sense, and Share inspired by Harold Jarche's model for networked learning.

How these words will guide me in 2011:

Seek: Seeking is the process of keeping up to date in your field.
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Beth's Blog discusses how social media can be utilised as a platform for professional learning and focusses on Jarche's Model for Networked Learning: Seek, Sense and Share.  This site links directly to the nature of our curation process, whereby we use SEEK: select high quality content to present for its relevance to a topic. SENSE: annotated with description and comments that add value to the content and SHARE: publish so available to and engages interested colleagues.

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Digital Technologies Learning Activities

Digital Technologies Learning Activities | Technology within the Primary Classroom | Scoop.it
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Blog produced for assessment piece within EDP4130 - Technoloy Curriculum and Pedagogy.  Blog about the digital technologies learning activities within a computer program Scratch.

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50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About - Edudemic

50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About - Edudemic | Technology within the Primary Classroom | Scoop.it
50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About - Lists of great technology tools for teachers broken down by category - Learning, Lesson planning, etc

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Lists technological tools

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How Many Teachers Use Technology in the Classroom?

How Many Teachers Use Technology in the Classroom? | Technology within the Primary Classroom | Scoop.it
Remember the good old days of reading textbooks in school and taking notes from a chalkboard? Yeah, neither do we. PBS Learning Media, in preparation for Digital Learning Day on...

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5 Simple Ways To Get Started With Technology In The Classroom

5 Simple Ways To Get Started With Technology In The Classroom | Technology within the Primary Classroom | Scoop.it

"Generation Z, the pluralists or whatever the next generation is to be called will be the first to grow up in a world immersed in digital technologies and most notably, social media. As such, it’s never too early for educators to get their foot in the door and promote better engagement in the classroom by using these exciting new channels... In this guide, we’ll explore some of the innovative ways you can use social media in the classroom and hopefully provide some inspiration along the way."


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5 Fun Ways to Use Facebook in Your Lesson Plans and Teaching | Emerging Education Technology

5 Fun Ways to Use Facebook in Your Lesson Plans and Teaching | Emerging Education Technology | Technology within the Primary Classroom | Scoop.it
The most popular site on the Internet can be leveraged in the classroom in engaging and useful ways.

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