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A collection of resources that will enable teachers to plan a technology task that will have the students "building" a community resource.
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What's the Difference Between "Doing Projects" and "Project Based Learning"?

What's the Difference Between "Doing Projects" and "Project Based Learning"? | technology - building for the community | Scoop.it
Thanks to Amy Mayer of FriEdTechnology for this fantastic comparison describing the key differences between "doing projects" and project-based learning! This, my friends, is exactly what I have bee...

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Sophie Smith's insight:

Think this is a fantastic poster to remind us all the difference between Project Based Learning and just 'Doing Projects'.  Extremley relevant to the technology curriculum and a reminder to teachers to reflect on their planning to see if how we are teaching can be improved!

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Jenni Atkinson's curator insight, March 23, 2013 11:43 PM

Great comparison table about 'projects' and 'project based learning'.Each task that a students undertakes should have the potential to create the best student learning outcomes.

Sophie Smith's comment, May 30, 2013 12:08 AM
Wow! I'm going to print this off and have it on my desk for when I'm a teacher. I feel sometimes as a teacher (pre-service albeit) that things that may have started as Project Based Learning, end up as 'Projects' as they get repeated year in, year out. This is a great reminder to look over any old tasks that might get repeated and see if they need a bit of a re-think!!
Jenni Atkinson's comment, June 13, 2013 8:32 AM
Sophie you make a great point that lessons may have developed into projects.Teaching is all about revisiting and revising.
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Playground Design Project

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A lovely video that show students displaying playgrounds that they had designed.  What was great to see though, was that in the background were other students reflections on their peers efforts.  Hearing "they should be designers when they grow up" would make any teacher teaching technology proud! Also a great way to show off your students work!

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Kirsty Chaloner's curator insight, June 1, 2013 10:45 PM

Not only is this a great way to showcase your students work, but this activity is a fantastic design brief in that it allows for decision making and has multiple solutions. A design brief such as designing a playground allows for the students to consider their designs in a number of ways; would children enjoy using this? Are the equipment pieces too close together or too far apart? Does it meet safety requirements? The list of considerations you could add to a task like this are endless. Definitely something I will consider in my classrooms! 

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DESIGN TECHNOLOGY IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL | technology - building for the community | Scoop.it
A Collection of Resource Material covering Art and Design Technology in the Primary School Curriculum.
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An insightful site that shows what a good Technology Design course looks like.  It encourages teachers to allow the students to be allowed to solve a design problems, rather than copy or make an interpretation of the teachers ideas.  Would be helpful to remember in this unit that you only give the students a problem, not solve it for them.  They are the ones that must decide what their communities need, and then design it!

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SimCity Official Website

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An interactive game that could be used with older students to engage with technology design through a gaming situation.  Users must design and develop cities, but their choices can bring repercussions, so it would require students to think about what they are building and what makes a city work.

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This is a very well detailed plan for a unit based on building students awarness of what makes a neighbourhood.  There are many opportunites for students to engage and create solutions for real-world situations by using technologies knowledge, understanding and skills (ACARA, 2012).  Throughout this unit students need to not only respond to briefs, but reflect on their work, their community as it is, and their community needs - which as the Australian Curriculum: Technology (2012) states will allow them to "engage confidently with and make informed, ethical decisions about technologies for personal wellbeing, recreation, everyday life, the world of work and preferred futures." 


It is a lesson plan that has been created for an American school, but could be easily carried across and set to suit the Australian Curriculum.  There are many cross-curricula opportunites in subjects such as; English, Science, Maths and Arts.

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 25, 2013 12:02 AM
Sophie-there are some great ideas here that as you mentioned can be adapted to the Australian curriculum.I love ideas that get the students outdoors and into the real world.
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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: 12 Reasons to Blog with Your Students

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: 12 Reasons to Blog with Your Students | technology - building for the community | Scoop.it
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Blogging is starting to take over the Internet, with it looking like it is the preferred way to communicate online by teachers, experts, creatives, writers, foodies, or anyone with a story to tell.  It is a fantastic tool to use instead of a boring old essay for older students and allows them to interact and respond to their peers work.

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Design a  Playground - Children's Educational software to design a playground

Design a  Playground - Children's Educational software to design a playground | technology - building for the community | Scoop.it
SpexWorld! Playground is for young people aged 6yrs to 99yrs to plan and design a playground on the computer.
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This is a priceless resource for the technology curriculum in terms of design.  It implements the design side, while be an ICT tool for students to learn how to use and become familiar with.  It enables students to build their own playground and is very simple to use. I would use this as the last stage of a design task, after students had completed a 3D design for them to copy.  

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15 Great Free and Easy Survey / Polls Creation Tools for Teachers

15 Great Free and Easy Survey / Polls Creation Tools for Teachers | technology - building for the community | Scoop.it

Via Elena Elliniadou, GSeremetakis, Sophie Smith
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Use this blog to find links to 15 of the best survey making tools.  From easy to more indepth surveys, this blog will give you the run down on each of them and what is available in each.
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Intel Education: Visual Ranking Tool: Playground Design

Intel Education: Visual Ranking Tool: Playground Design | technology - building for the community | Scoop.it
Students design a new playground by prioritizing equipment, comparing priorities, and negotiating differences.
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This shows one of the many cross curricula priorities that could be accessed by implementing a design unit into the technology curriculum.  Students apply not only their creativity and problem solving skills but also math concepts to design and build a plaground.

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 25, 2013 12:00 AM
Sophie- it's great when you find resources that incorporate maths and science as well as technology.Shows the students real life applications of what they are learning.
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Tiger Academy Students Design Their Dream Playground / News Clip

Students at Tiger Academy, a YMCA Charter School, put their design skills to the test when they colored and outlined their dream playground. Thanks to the ef...
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The design process in real life! Lucky students getting a new playground, but even better when they can say they designed it themselves!!

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Tools For Teachers - Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

Tools For Teachers - Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation | technology - building for the community | Scoop.it

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After doing a unit on designing a community project, this would be a great way to allow the students to be involved in a real-life learning and put to practice the design processes that they learnt about from the unit.  From this website you can find lesson plans, activities and units that could be used in your classroom.

 

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Kia Sowden's comment, May 11, 2013 1:16 AM
This resource would be great for use in the cities. As you say Jenni, many of these students are unaware of where their food actually comes from. I do believe that this would also cover a SOSE descriptor for Year 1 in the Essential Learnings!
Kaaren Sweeney's comment, May 30, 2013 12:44 AM
I love the way Stephanie has used her knowledge and past it onto to schools. It would be interesting to know if the children at participating schools, have a lower obesity rate. I think if children are involved in the whole process of the food production chain, then I think this surely could reduce obesity rates in young children.
Stephanie White's curator insight, March 30, 2014 6:58 AM

The not-for-profit Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation provides resources for teachers to use in order to implement the Australian Curriculum. The program highlights the learning that takes place in the classroom, kitchen and garden. It emphasises the flavours as well as the nutritional benefits of fresh foods. The program also stresses the importance of balanced diets and foods in moderation. It has proven to show social benefits to all students, including those with special needs. 

 

This links to many relevant content descriptors such as ACTDEK003 which states, "Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating."

 

http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/design-and-technologies/Curriculum/F-10 ;

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Primary Resources: Design and Technology

Primary Resources: Design and Technology | technology - building for the community | Scoop.it
Primary Resources - free worksheets, lesson plans and teaching ideas for primary and elementary teachers.
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This is collection of Design and Technology resources, lesson plans and ideas that could be implemented into your class's technology curriculum. There are different sections on different areas of technology design, like food & drink, containers, clothing, shelters and bridges. 

 

This resource, would be great to give student continuing opportunities to engage with the technology curriculum and build a capacity to 'think critically, creatively and innovatively when using and creating with technologies and technologies processes' (ACARA, 2012).  

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Draft Australian Curriculum: Technolgies

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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).    

 

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Amanda Rogers's curator insight, April 20, 2013 12:00 AM

This is the Draft document of the Australian Curriculum:Technologies and discusses core knowledge, understanding, skills and general capabilities important for technology to support all young Australians to become successful learners, confident and creative individuals and active and informed citizens within Technology and the 21st Century (ACARA, 2012; MCEECDYA, 2008).

It looks at how to encoporate technology into the curriculum when this new Naional Curriculum is taught in our schools.

 

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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Design Your Classroom

Design Your Classroom | technology - building for the community | Scoop.it
Design Technology - Design a new layout for your classroom (and perhaps try out some of them, to evaluate their effectiveness).
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A great lesson idea that would get students thinking about appropriate design and also would give them a chance to evaluate and reflect on their design of a classroom layout.

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Jenni Atkinson's comment, May 25, 2013 12:03 AM
This is a great lesson that allows students to think of both their own needs and the needs of others when designing.
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How to Make a Diorama

How to Make a Diorama | technology - building for the community | Scoop.it
A diorama is a way to build an exciting scene in a small space. They usually model a historical time period, a nature scene, or a fictional situation, and here's a lot of room for creativity and innovation.
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A great 'how to' blog.  You could show this to your students to demonstrate how to make diorama's of their community project.  A good idea would be to compile a list of basic things needed while looking at this blog and send this to each student.

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This is a must for teachers to incoporate in their technology classroom.  A free and easy tool that will allow students to connect and communicate with other students, schools, community members and experts.

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