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Monster Hunts! or "How I learned to use the Library"

Monster Hunts! or "How I learned to use the Library" | The Technology for Producing Goods and Services for Stage 1 | Scoop.it

I am a firm believer that every child should have their own library card. The library is a service that is available to every resident, and is generally free and equally accessible to almost all students. Learning how to use a library effectively can take a lifetime. Although not available locally, the activity endorsed on this site is easily tailored and replicated for each classroom, and the outcome are young students who are research-savvy and keen to visit the library. 

 

Learning the dewey decimal system, meeting their local librarian, and finding books that interest them will encourage to be curious and develop a lifelong love of learning. Experience-based learning encompasses a number of learning styles, and will engage the majority of learner-types in classrooms. Developing and encouraging the use of library resources will strengthen students' ability to acquire information by exposing them new sources of information, and enable them to use the technology effectively. Setting up a "Monster Hunt" at your local library may also foster a stronger connection between the school, its students, and professionals in the local community. 

Tiffany Grace Baran's insight:

"Every kid finds clues. Every kid succeeds. And in doing so, those kids learn how to do research." - the Monster Hunt guarantee 

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Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) UK

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Students use paper every day, so a study of the production of paper is an efficient way to connect the technology behind a product to their everyday life. This site acts as a comprehensive educational resource on the production of paper around the world. It has multiple types of resources for different learning types; there are videos, fact sheets, and even a prepared adaptable lesson plan on the journey of paper rom the forest to the factory and then into local shops and classrooms. The video of ‘Russell the Spruce’*  is particularly hilarious and engaging, and a flexible platform for further consideration and reflection on the ‘lives of trees’.

 

The production of goods and services is an excellent opportunity to design active learning projects for the classroom, and to link together (supposedly) disparate areas of the curriculum by approaching one topic from multiple angles. The production of paper lends itself to an interdisciplinary approach: consider the many different types of goods and services that are related to trees, the environmental and scientific knowledge in regard to farming trees, the categorical knowledge of types of trees, and the literary connection to the theme of man and nature. 

 

*For Russell the Spruce: http://youtu.be/V-ps6no6GPw

Tiffany Grace Baran's insight:

“Even in this digital age, paper is key.”

- The Confederation of Paper Industries

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Mapmaking from the Inside Out: The Cartography of Childhood

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This inspiring essay by David Sobel, who is a key figure in developing the theory of place-based education, explores the use of map-making as a strategy to encourage kids to make sense of their world, and record and share their discoveries. Mapmaking could be an effective tool to locate and identify the types of building and services they interact with on a day-to-day basis, and the significance of place will be different for each child, even if they are mapping the same street. Sharing and interpreting each other’s maps helps form a sense of community and the interaction between people and places. The students may discover their families go to similar shopping markets, or could collect data as a class and track how many of the students go to Coles at Broadway, or Woolworths in the city (for example). Places of particular importance to each student, or group of students could be located and described. Do they play basketball together on the weekends? Where is their favourite tree to sit under?

 

Map-making requires a understanding of the interaction between place and the way people use it. The process needs to be closely tied to visual, kinesthetic and emotional experiences before focusing on scale, direction and geographic relationships. This ensures a deep understanding or ownership of their work, and is in the spirit of HSIE, which encourages the skill of connecting people to their environment over meticulous cartography.

Tiffany Grace Baran's insight:

Draw your own maps. Find things out for yourself. -David Sobel

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Book Making Crafts for Kids: Ideas for Arts & Crafts Activities & Instructions for Making Handmade Books

Book Making Crafts for Kids: Ideas for Arts & Crafts Activities & Instructions for Making Handmade Books | The Technology for Producing Goods and Services for Stage 1 | Scoop.it

This site offers tutorials for simple bookbinding projects using a range of materials. Bookbinding is an excellent opportunity for students to experience the process of creating a personalised journal from start to finish, and the result is a useful tool that can be used by students to communicate the importance of past and present people, days and events in their own life, or to document moments in the lives of family and community members. The books created can be used as a space for personal reflection, as instructional texts, or as storybooks to be shared with their family or with each other. The variation of the shapes and styles of books that can be created can be used to develop students' understanding of the relationship between products and their purposes.

 
Encourage students to use a wide variety of materials that can they can find themselves, and continue to create their own texts. Compare their journals with the journals in stores, and facilitate discussion about the value of an object. How much would you pay for your journal? For your friend’s journal? For a plain notebook from the supermarket?

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Students in Glebe school helps remote aboriginal community | Bus of Books

Students in Glebe school helps remote aboriginal community | Bus of Books | The Technology for Producing Goods and Services for Stage 1 | Scoop.it

Bus of Books (BOB) is a not-for-profit organisation that provides busloads of books and education resources to rural and disadvantaged communities. This article discusses the efforts of a school in the local area (Glebe) that participated in the BOB program and helped the remote aboriginal community at Collarenebri Central School in rural NSW. Reflecting on the experience of participating in this program builds awareness in the school community of the differences between their experience and that of students in other places. Another part of this reflection could draw parallels between the culture and practices of the Aboriginal community in the romte location, and the types of cultures and practices observed in their own local area. 

 

The Bus of Books also creates an opportunity to explore the way goods are moved from one place to another, and could be a way to introduce ideas about reusable items and hand-me-down practices, shared resources, or where their own everyday items come from in the first place. An understanding of the movement of goods from one place to another can be gained from mapping the journey of the books, and followed up with a discussion of how the books they sent might satisfy the needs of the community receiving them. 

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“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him." -Maya Angelou

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