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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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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) 

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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.
Emma Pails's curator insight, May 26, 2014 9:11 PM

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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The Australian Curriculum v6.0 Technologies: Technologies

The Australian Curriculum v6.0 Technologies: Technologies | Creating a sustainable future: Technologies resources | Scoop.it
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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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Emma Pails's curator insight, May 26, 2014 9:30 PM

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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Teacher Resource Package

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This Teacher Resource package has been designed to align with the digital technologies strand and is based around the program " TIMELINE ".  Package includes: a lesson outline and...
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I have personally designed this teacher resource package to align with Australian Curriculum: technologies. Timeline is an interactive web tool that allows the user to create a timeline of  days, dates or events. This resource contains a sustainability lesson outline showcasing the TIMELINE tool. This tool is a great starting point for younger primary ages children to interact with technology whilst learning about technologies.

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Ellie Ruby-Rose Rasmussen's comment, April 25, 2014 4:39 AM
Hi Kandy, I have just been checking out your resource! It looks very professional, I like how you are using this tool to create a resource that isn't a boring old timeline, you've made it really interesting and engaging by using it to visualise a process. I do have one point that is not at all digging at your resource, but maybe you could challenge yourself (I need to too) and use the TimeLine as part of the teaching resource, but adding something in there that would require students to use technology to transform their learning. e.g. maybe they have an online collaborative project, and something that requires them to go beyond the classroom and even contact a paper-making factory...
Just a thought I wanted to share with you.
It looks totally AMAZING! You should be really proud of yourself!
Ellie Ruby-Rose Rasmussen's comment, April 25, 2014 4:44 AM
I just realised yours is designed for year 1, is that correct? In that case, what i mentioned previously might be a little impractical... Still I love what you have done!
Kandy Gatfield's comment, April 25, 2014 4:59 AM
Thank you so much for commenting Ellie and providing me with some very valuable feedback. I love the idea of challenging the students, but yes this particular lesson outline is aimed at year one. I might however add these suggestions to the footnotes of my resource as "extra opportunities". There are always a group that excel and require differentiation. :)
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Sustainability Education in Australia - Home Page

Sustainability education develops skills, knowledge and values that promote behaviour in support of a sustainable environment. It is not confined to formal schooling. It also occurs in a wide range of non-formal education settings at work and at home.

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Taking Action for the Future presents four case studies which demonstrate how Yarra Valley Water, the National Australia Bank, Bankstown City Council and Amcor have made successful change for sustainability.
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"Sustainability Education in Australia" webpage provides skills, knowledge and values that promote behavior in order to support a sustainable environment. This website provides information about the Australian Sustainability Schools Initiative (AuSSI) and National action plans. This information is a valuable knowledge bank for teachers.

http://www.environment.gov.au/topics/sustainable-communities/sustainability-education

 

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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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Sustainability explained through animation

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


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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)

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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.           

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)

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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Green classroom enhances learning

Green classroom enhances learning.
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What an innovative idea this school is using! This school has created an environmentally friendly space for students to explore and create and utilize the resources the world has to offer, hands on. The principle quotes "they are moving forward in the 21st century".

This new green science learning environment is suggested to assist children with dyslexia and other related learning difficulties. It essentially gives them a place to use their gifts.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_07Xsu_K5s

 

Australian Curriculum Link:

"The practical nature of the Technologies learning area engages students in critical and creative thinking, including understanding interrelationships in systems when solving complex problems. A systematic approach to experimentation, problem-solving, prototyping and evaluation instils in students the value of planning and reviewing processes to realise ideas." (ACARA)

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Poster: Design is thinking made visual

Poster: Design is thinking made visual | Creating a sustainable future: Technologies resources | Scoop.it
Design is thinking made visual. (Design is thinking made visual. http://t.co/a0416WBO5x)
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Students could design a poster focusing on water saving in their school or how to reduce litter. Posters are a great way of sharing an important message such as the conservation of water. Posters also provide simple ideas that everyone can do to help create a more sustainable environment. 

 

Australian Curriculum Link:

Generate, develop, communicate and document design ideas and processes for audiences using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques (ACTDEP025)

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Cassie Knight's curator insight, March 8, 2013 8:07 AM

Students could design a poster focusing on water saving in their school. Posters are a great way of sharing an important message such as the conservation of water along with simple ideas that everyone can do to help create a more sustainable environment. 

Ellie Ruby-Rose Rasmussen's comment, May 28, 2014 9:27 AM
Hi Kandy, I love the idea of the virtual poster, and I've used one as my teaching resource. Glogster. You've probably heard of it already, but it is also a creative outlet for students to design a poster on all manner of topics, I love how it has features of sharing and connecting to other sites and online resources etc.
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Kanelstrand: Wekend DIY: Handmade Plantable Paper

Kanelstrand: Wekend DIY: Handmade Plantable Paper | Creating a sustainable future: Technologies resources | Scoop.it
For a simple, natural and creative life.
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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)

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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.
Emma Pails's curator insight, May 26, 2014 10:06 PM

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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Sustainability Aware

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Sustainability Aware is a great teacher resource that provides a series of books for students ages 7-12. These books could be used as free readers throughout the classroom or as a hands-on ideas centre for the teacher to build topics from to teach students.  Sustainability aware also provides e-books for ipads, allowing students to interact with the books.

http://www.sustainabilityaware.com/

 

Australian Curriculum Link:

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)

Negotiate criteria for success that include consideration of sustainability to evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions (ACTDEP027)

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Karen Willis's comment, May 25, 2014 5:56 PM
Great Scoop - what a wonderful idea and a great resource to access free reading materials which promote sustainability.
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Green Ninja - A Climate Action Super Hero

Green Ninja - A Climate Action Super Hero | Creating a sustainable future: Technologies resources | Scoop.it

The Green Ninja project is a collaborative effort between scientists, educators, and artists to create compelling experiences that illustrate the connections between humans and our changing climate. The goal is to inspire personal action to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The project is based at San Jose State University (SJSU) and includes faculty from the College of Science, College of Humanities and the Arts, and Spartan Film Studios. The Green Ninja concept was created by Babak Sarrafan, professor of film at SJSU.

 

The Green Ninja is a climate-action superhero who fights global warming by inspiring informed personal action. A series of webisodes highlight the adventures of the Green Ninja as he negotiates some of the trickiest areas in climate science. Accompanying resources highlight the facts behind the webisodes and offer more detailed science for the interested individual. Also available, are educational resources for teachers to bring the Green Ninja into the classroom.
 

 


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The Green Ninja is a resource that where students can learn about climate change (information) it also aims to teach students to enrich and impact on the lives of people and societies globally for the future(technologies).

The Green Ninja is all about TAKING ACTION. It is interesting, fun and exciting. Children of all primary ages would find it easy to connect with the Green Ninja Character. There are also further teacher resources and links to explore.

http://greenninja.org/

 

Australian Curriculum Link:

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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Tamyka Mills's curator insight, June 6, 2014 1:02 AM

The 'Green Ninja - A Climate Action Super Hero' is a program organised to demonstrate the connection between humans and the changing climate facing our world. the aim of the project is to produce scenarios that will people into changing and as a result reducing the green house gas emission. This website is a great resource for implementation into the classroom because it appeals to students with a character such as a super hero who is fighting against crime (global warming). the website provides not only video for students to watch but also facts behind the videos. The website also provides a teachers space where resources and activities are provided so that the teacher can incorporate the learning from the webpage to the classroom to further develop the knowledge of Global warming and the need to reduce it. This webpage is an excellent resources for teachers and students learning about sustainability in the classroom, it is engaging and fun as well as educational. 

 

This website aligns with the Australian Curriculum: Sustainability where students learn and understand that the sustainability of ecological, social and economic systems is achieved through informed individual and community action that values local and global equity and fairness across generations into the future. (ACARA, 2014).

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

 

Students also engage in the Australian Curriculum: Technologies framework where they recognize the factors, including sustainability that impact on products, services and environments (ACTDEK010) (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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6 Simple Ways To Have A Green Classroom

6 Simple Ways To Have A Green Classroom | Creating a sustainable future: Technologies resources | Scoop.it
There are a lot of simple ways to get a green classroom. These tips are going to make you feel a lot better about your classroom's impact on Earth.
The post 6 Simple Ways To Have A Green Classroom appeared first on Edudemic.

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Creating a classroom which promotes "Being Green", Sustainability through independence and responsibility is great way to lead by example within the school and wider community. This blog provides 6 simple ways to achieve basic results. http://www.edudemic.com/get-a-green-classroom/

 

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

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Ellie Ruby-Rose Rasmussen's curator insight, April 25, 2014 5:44 AM

This blog by Katie Lepi provides some relatively simple yet effective and practical ways of 'greening' up the classroom.

From encouraging students to adjust the way they pack their lunch, to minimising the quantities of energy used when printing paper, and using natural light.

 

It would be quite possible to use these 6 ideas as a basis for prompting students to design and implement a sustainable action plan in the classroom. There could even be possibility for students to create sustainable solutions to the energy consumption that has increased with use of technology, to minimise paper waste.

 

This scoop was originally sourced from http://www.edudemic.com/get-a-green-classroom/

 

These ideas align the Australian Curriculum- Design and Technologies:

- Use materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to safely make designed solutions (ACTDEP007)

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

- 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)

 

Vivien Clark's comment, May 24, 2014 8:40 PM
Yes, it would be interesting for students to critically look at technology and identify which technologies help and which hinder our attempts at a green classroom. For example, technology may save paper but they do use energy.
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5 Tips For a Bountiful, Water-Saving Vegetable Garden in a Time of Drought

5 Tips For a Bountiful, Water-Saving Vegetable Garden in a Time of Drought | Creating a sustainable future: Technologies resources | Scoop.it
If droughts are here to stay, it's time to start planning gardens that can handle the heat. Find out what water-saving vegetables to plant and how to plant them here.

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This website provides great information to create a water-saving vegetables patch. This would be a fantastic unit to include in the classroom and could be something that could continue throughout the year by using different vegetables. Children could be nominated as gardener within the weekly jobs chart.

http://www.treehugger.com/lawn-garden/how-to-have-bountiful-water-saving-garden-time-drought.html

 

Australian Curriculum Link:

Investigate how and why food and fibre are produced in managed environments (ACTDEK021)

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Cassie Knight's curator insight, May 24, 2013 11:29 PM

Great information to consider if creating a sustainable garden at school. 

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