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Draft Australian Curriculum: Technolgies


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Sophie Smith's curator insight, May 12, 2013 8:38 PM

This is the draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies strand document.  It outlines the core knowledge, understanding, skills and capabilities that students should achieve in each year level to support them in using technology to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens (ACARA, 2012; MCEECDYA, 2008).    

 

Mel Austen's curator insight, May 20, 2013 12:29 AM

As the title suggests, the Draft of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies, is the technology section of the Australian Curriculum that is currently under development. However, as future educators who will be teaching the subject area of technology, it is imperative to be up to date with the most current curriculum. Therefore this item was scooped to provide easy access to the document to be used as a guide by educators when planning technology-based lessons. 

Michelle Irving's comment, June 1, 2013 11:07 PM
The Australian Curriculum- Technology guides us to create lessons that address the requirements of the KLA but also to give students a depth of knowledge of technologies. I think reading this document is important as often we confuse technology with science and I have seen schools where they 'lump' them together as one KLA. I think with this new document that teachers will realise that technology is not science and needs to be taught separately. My problem is that in an over crowded curriculum it is not going to be considered as important as many other subjects such as Maths, English and Science (the top 3) and will struggle for time.
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Digital Technologies: Scratch Program

This page is dedicated to my reflections of the digital technologies assessment in relation to the scratch program. Week1. This week I downloaded the program and completed the first activities. Wha...
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Printing in Plastic: Build Your Own 3D Printer (Technology in Action) | 3D Printing

Printing in Plastic: Build Your Own 3D Printer (Technology in Action) | 3D Printing | Plastics: a material from the past and for the future? | Scoop.it
Printing in Plastic: Build Your Own 3D Printer is your gateway into the exciting world of personal fabrication.
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Taking plastic in a whole new direction. How the technology is changing as our world changes.

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Using Technology Vs Technology Integration- An Excellent Chart for Teachers | 21st Century Learning and Teaching

Using Technology Vs Technology Integration- An Excellent Chart for Teachers | 21st Century Learning and Teaching | Plastics: a material from the past and for the future? | Scoop.it
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Michelle Irving's comment, April 7, 2013 7:36 PM
Interesting, simple chart to check if you are using or integrating technology. Many of us think using technology is all we need to do.
Michelle Irving's comment, June 1, 2013 10:47 PM
I have printed this chart as I have seen technology used as a part of science and not as a stand alone subject. The common problems is confusing it as science. In my collection I have tried to show the purpose of plastic, how it has changed and how new technologies have been used to combat many of the problems associated with this technology. The science is interesting but knowing plastic is a technology- we created it and to a point where it is everywhere and used for everything then it has been so over used that it, itself is now a problem. Created to help make life easier and now a real problem. I wanted to show that technology is great but it can also be to our own detriment.
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Europe drafting rules to promote plastics reuse and recycling - Plastics News

Europe drafting rules to promote plastics reuse and recycling - Plastics News | Plastics: a material from the past and for the future? | Scoop.it
BRUSSELS — The European Commission is considering drafting new European Union legislation promoting the reuse and recycling of plastic waste, and has asked plastics companies to participate in a comprehensive public consultation on the...

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Michelle Irving's comment, April 6, 2013 10:05 PM
Highlights how plastics are a great technology but also they are a curse. Countries are now faced with many types of plastics that are either not recyclable or biodegradable. This is leading to enormous waste problems. To counteract these problems countries are now looking for solutions to these problems such as paying for plastic bags -or even total elimination of them and using reusable bags. They are hoping that by bringing to the forefront the problems simple solutions can be found.
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Video Competition

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A community where for students, environmentalists, and entrepreneurs can learn about bioplastics: bio-degradable plastics for the new millennium (Make us a video of your home-made bioplastic project, and get featured on our site!
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Michelle Irving's comment, April 7, 2013 7:37 PM
This link could be utilised for students to gain deeper thinking into the topic.
Michelle Irving's comment, June 1, 2013 10:58 PM
Australian Curriculum- Technology- critiquing, exploring and investigating needs and opportunities.
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Ocean drive for UK companies

Ocean drive for UK companies | Plastics: a material from the past and for the future? | Scoop.it

Ecover and Closed Loop Recycling have launched an initiative to recycle waste plastics from the seas around the UK at Closed Loop's Dagenham facility and re-used in new packaging, the companies announced at a press conference in London yesterday.


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Michelle Irving's comment, April 7, 2013 7:40 PM
The dilemma of plastic and how to re-use/recycle is always on the table. This could be used to get students thinking about ways to reuse plastics. How can we reuse plastic bags (these everyone has lots of) besides waste bags? What other uses can you think of? This challenge could see students putting into practice ideas. Great class project.
Michelle Irving's comment, June 1, 2013 11:03 PM
Australian Curriculum-Technology- critiquing, exploring and investigating needs and opportunities. The use, development and impact of technologies on people's lives
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Industry welcomes European Commission plastic waste plan - Plastics News

Industry welcomes European Commission plastic waste plan - Plastics News | Plastics: a material from the past and for the future? | Scoop.it
Recycling News (press release) Industry welcomes European Commission plastic waste plan Plastics News Wilfried Haensel, executive director of PlasticsEurope, said 10 million metric tons of post-consumer plastic waste are buried in landfills every...
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Film Trailer | Midway

Film Trailer | Midway | Plastics: a material from the past and for the future? | Scoop.it
You can view our current film trailer here:  http://vimeo.com/25563376   (RT @jonsnowC4: Love your plastics: love this: watch it and grieve: unbearable:
http://t.co/zgmX1H4yHE)...
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This film is very beautiful but also very disturbing and highlights how plastic is an envirnomental disaster. It would be a very thought provoking beginning to a unit of how technology has affected our environment. This really highlights how our actions have far reaching effects. How can we prevent a disaster like this? Students can develop ideas on preventing such disasters.

 

I found this film very thought provoking and I was thinking of it long after I had viewed the film. With this in mind you really need to be careful as to which age group of students you would show this to.

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Kaaren Sweeney's comment, June 4, 2013 3:15 AM
Wow what a powerful video. It is scary that much damage has been done to an island that is thousands of kilometers away from any cib=civilizations. Really makes us stop to think what we are doing to our world
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Ode to #Pencilchat: Technology Intergration in the Classroom - The Educator's PLN

Ode to #Pencilchat: Technology Intergration in the Classroom - The Educator's PLN | Plastics: a material from the past and for the future? | Scoop.it
.@laurabyno #gcdcchat RT @tomwhitby Ode to #Pencilchat: Technology Intergration in the Classroom video http://t.co/bs0DrzsygA
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Twitter / luvjoshgroban: @Lorel_EE I thought you would ...

RT @Lorel_EE: RT @luvjoshgroban Please pass it along. PLASTICS ARE SO DANGEROUS TO ANIMALS!! http://t.co/LqKigC1kxF
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Michelle Irving's comment, April 7, 2013 7:43 PM
Sometime a visual can be more powerful than millions of words. This shows the strength of the plastic and how it does not break down highlighted by the turtle continuing to grow despite the can holder it is trapped in.
Michelle Irving's comment, June 1, 2013 11:11 PM
Australian Curriculum- technology- the use, development and impact of technology,
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plastics kill birds

on an island 2,000 miles from civilisation, only birds live, and yet ...
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Michelle Irving's comment, April 6, 2013 10:05 PM
This is a must watch and read.
Michelle Irving's comment, June 1, 2013 11:13 PM
This is very disturbing and suitable for older students. It can be used to come up with solutions to todays technologies and their impact not only people's lives but our environment. Designing solutions of how to make these products less intrusive in our lives -design solutions
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Jeremy Irons backing campaign against plastic waste - Channel 4 News

Jeremy Irons backing campaign against plastic waste - Channel 4 News | Plastics: a material from the past and for the future? | Scoop.it
Actor Jeremy Irons is lending his voice to an EU campaign to ban non-recyclable plastics, including plastic bags, in an effort to end the ever-growing mountain of plastic waste in our environment.
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Eject rubbish from plastics - Materials Recycling World

Eject rubbish from plastics - Materials Recycling World | Plastics: a material from the past and for the future? | Scoop.it
Eject rubbish from plastics
Materials Recycling World
A plastic flake-sorting solution. This was developed after our experts identified firm market demand for a complete system.
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This article demonstrates how one technology can lead to others. The need to recycle has now come a long way from hand sorting to sophisticated machines. It makes the process more precise.

 

It is interesting how a technology such as plastic now considered a waste product can be reused. Identifying the issues has made us rethink its uses and ways to recycle to produce other items

 

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Michelle Irving's comment, June 1, 2013 11:09 PM
Australian Curriculum- Technology- generating, developing and evaluating design ideas for design solutions, critiquing, exploring and investigating needs and opportunities, the use, development and impact of technology on people's lives.
Michelle Irving's comment, June 2, 2013 12:39 AM
This article can be used as a focal point for materials strand-
Year 5/6
6.2 Identify and explain properties and
characteristics of a range of technologies,
materials, systems tools and equipment and
evaluate the impact of their use locally,
regionally and globally
Year 7/8
8.3 Describe ways to create effective
designed solutions that consider ethics, social
values and sustainability factors through
selecting and combining properties and
characteristics of resources
Year 9/10
10.3 Investigate and make judgments about
how properties and characteristics of
resources can be combined to design and
produce designed solutions appropriate for
purpose, with consideration of ethics, social
values and sustainability factors
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Khan Academy

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With a library of over 3,000 videos covering everything from arithmetic to physics, finance, and history and hundreds of skills to practice, we're on a mission to help you learn what you want, when you want, at your own pace.
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Kia Sowden's comment, May 11, 2013 1:03 AM
I am very excited to see what the Khan academy brings out in terms of the Technology curriculum. I have used some of their Maths resources and they were brilliant!
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ENSO Plastics, Redefining Biodegradable Plastics

In an effort to help reduce the millions of tons of discarded plastics accumulating in our world's landfills, ENSO Plastics™, brings biodegradable technology...
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Michelle Irving's comment, June 2, 2013 12:39 AM
This article can be used as a focal point for materials strand-
Year 5/6
6.2 Identify and explain properties and
characteristics of a range of technologies,
materials, systems tools and equipment and
evaluate the impact of their use locally,
regionally and globally
Year 7/8
8.3 Describe ways to create effective
designed solutions that consider ethics, social
values and sustainability factors through
selecting and combining properties and
characteristics of resources
Year 9/10
10.3 Investigate and make judgments about
how properties and characteristics of
resources can be combined to design and
produce designed solutions appropriate for
purpose, with consideration of ethics, social
values and sustainability factors
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Which plastics materials is recyclable?

There appears to be some question as to which plastics materials is recyclable? There are several types of plastic that can be recycled. The number on the bottom of your part tells which plastic family and that it is possible to recycle it.


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Identifies the different types of plastics and which are recyclable. Good for research into plastics

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Kia Sowden's comment, May 11, 2013 1:04 AM
Looking at Plastic ties in nicely with the Science curriculum and would create a well suited integrated Science and Technology unit.
Michelle Irving's comment, June 1, 2013 10:42 PM
We have to be careful not to confuse Science and Technology. I know many schools I have been at have merged the two KLA's with more emphasis on science and technology is just a passing note. I recognise that technology needs to stand alone. Understanding what the technology KLA is about is one step to prevent it becoming an extension of sciene.
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Plastic Production

Plastic Production | Plastics: a material from the past and for the future? | Scoop.it
The production of plastics pose a continuous threat both to human health and to the environment.
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A good well written simple article about plastic, its production, problems associated with plastics. This gives basic information that can be used in lessons to give more background knowledge.

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Michelle Irving's comment, June 1, 2013 10:56 PM
This article highlights the areas of the Australian Curriculum - Design and Technologies- 'the use, development and impact of technologies on people's lives
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Rethinking plastics: Role of policies in resolving East Africa’s waste

Rethinking plastics: Role of policies in resolving East Africa’s waste | Plastics: a material from the past and for the future? | Scoop.it
At the Kampala Capital City Authority’s refuse dumpsite in Kiteezi, some 14 kilometres north of the CBD, men and women pick through the garbage alongside the ubiquitous marabou storks.
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This show  a technology can be useful and at the same time can become a menance or problem. Plastics have been hailed as a way to reduce the amount of paper being used and can be reused over and over but the problem is alot of it is not being recycled. Just disposed of as waste. How technology at be at odds with the current thinking.

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Australian Curriculum - Technologies- the use, development and impact of technologies on people's lives
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EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press Release - Environment: What should we do about plastic waste? New Green Paper opens EU-wide reflection

EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Press Release - Environment: What should we do about plastic waste? New Green Paper opens EU-wide reflection | Plastics: a material from the past and for the future? | Scoop.it
European Commission - Press Release - European Commission Press release Brussels, 7 March 2013 Plastic has become an unavoidable material in our modern world. Plastics are versatile and durable, but this durability can make disposal problematic.

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California, Rhode Island and Hawaii legislatures eye plastic bag bans - Plastics News

California, Rhode Island and Hawaii legislatures eye plastic bag bans - Plastics News | Plastics: a material from the past and for the future? | Scoop.it
California, Rhode Island and Hawaii legislatures eye plastic bag bans Plastics News WASHINGTON — As the ranks of counties and cities implementing bans, fees or taxes on plastic bags continue to grow, several state legislators are taking the...
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Michelle Irving's comment, April 7, 2013 7:41 PM
Highlights that as in Australia other countries are seeing the problem of the number of plastic bags used every year. Ways to limit this are being sort around the world. We are not alone in this push
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Jeremy Irons: public need to take responsibility for plastic waste problem - The Guardian

Jeremy Irons: public need to take responsibility for plastic waste problem - The Guardian | Plastics: a material from the past and for the future? | Scoop.it
EU News Jeremy Irons: public need to take responsibility for plastic waste problem The Guardian The European Commission hosted the conference with Irons and Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik to announce the publication on Thursday (7 March)...

Potočnik stressed the need for societal change to curb the impacts of waste and drawing attention to regions in Italy and Spain’s Basque Country - Capannori and Gipuzkoa - which had managed to reduce their waste output to near zero.

“Plastic is often perceived as a cheap and disposable material in our ‘throw-away’ society, and recycling rates are low,” he said. “Half of all plastic waste generated in Europe goes to landfill which should be avoided as plastic can contain hazardous components and disposal can result in undesirable emissions and concentrated, polluting residues.”

But to Potočnik waste disposal presents a “huge opportunity” for resource efficiency. He conceded that the world relies on plastics for many industries, saying that he was “for the dematerialisation of industry in a way that keeps industry in Europe”.


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Twitter / History_India: #HISTORYFacts: 3Doodler is ...

RT @History_India: #HISTORYFacts: 3Doodler is the world's first 3D pen. It draws in the air with plastics that set immediately. http://t.co/OhlnxHKnmI
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Plastics Not to Reuse

Plastics Not to Reuse | Plastics: a material from the past and for the future? | Scoop.it
Although many plastics are safe to reuse, some contain components that may be harmful to humans and the environment. Certain plastics can leach harmful chemicals over time, especially if the user ... (Which plastics can be safely reused for food?
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Use Bio-Plastics and Easily Decompose Products Available Online

Use Bio-Plastics and Easily Decompose Products Available Online | Plastics: a material from the past and for the future? | Scoop.it
The following article specifies the quality information about the bio-degradable products provided by the leading and reputed online stores In order to protect the planet earth, people are adopting different types of green methodologies.
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Gives great insight into bio-degradable products. This relates to the technology KLA in that it shows how society is changing in its approach to products such as plastics that are causing problems in our environment. It can also showcase how a technology can change with the demands of society. As they change so do some products. Thinking changes and attitudes.

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