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Design briefs in the classroom - creative solutions!

Design briefs in the classroom - creative solutions! | Technology Education: A collection of resources available to teachers for technology education in the primary school classroom | Scoop.it
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Design briefs are a great way to provide rich learning experiences for all students of all learning levels and styles (i.e. Howard Gardner's Multiple Intelligences) . Students are able to work at their own pace to design a solution as there is no single correct answer. Design briefs challenge the students to apply their learning and use productive and creative thinking, decision making, analysis and experimentation and evaluation skills to produce tangible solutions. When looking at the content descriptors in the Australian Technologies Curriculum it is clear that the use of design briefs in the classroom are a necessary tool for effectively teaching technology. 

 

Still not too sure about design briefs? Unsure of how they are set out, or how to develop one? A simple Google search will provide you with further explanations as well as endless examples and supporting teacher resources. You can access design briefs for a range of curriculum areas through a simple Google search. Begin using design briefs in your classroom today! You wont believe how easy and fun they are to create and the increase in student engagement and interest that they will promote!

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Google Docs

An original but reliable and easy to use collaboration tool for users of all ages.

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Google Docs is a collection of web-based office applications that are familiar and easy to use including word documents, spreadsheets, forms, drawing space and power point. These applications also allow documents to be shared with others who can view and edit content anywhere, anytime. these applications also automatically save content, for those little munchkins who always forget to save!

 

This resource directly links to the Australian Technologies Curriculum through the digital technologies strand under the descriptor; manage the creation and communication of ideas and information including online collaborative projects, applying agreed ethical, social and technical protocols.

 

Google Docs also align with the curriculum through the design and technologies strand through the descriptors;

a)  sequence steps for making designed solutions and working collaboratively.

b) Plan a sequence of production steps when making designed solutions individually and collaboratively. 

c) Use project management  processes when working individually and collaboratively to coordinate production of designed solutions.  

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Popplet

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Create visually appealing  mind maps, timelines, flow charts and much much more! 

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Popplet is a tool that allows users to visualize ideas. Teachers and students can create graphic organizers, timelines, brainstorms and many other forms of visual organization. This resource is suitable for users of all ages and links to the Australian Technologies Curriculum through the design technologies strand under the descriptor; generate, develop, and communicate design ideas and decisions using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques. Once again when using this resource in the classroom there are many opportunities for cross-curricular connections, from English, to Maths, History, Geography and so on. 

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Storyboard That: The World's Best Online Storyboard Creator

Storyboard That: The World's Best Online Storyboard Creator | Technology Education: A collection of resources available to teachers for technology education in the primary school classroom | Scoop.it
Looking for an amazing, fun, free, and easy to use online storyboard creator? See why students, screenwriters, and businesses love Storyboard That.
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StoryboardThat is a very user friendly storyboard creator suitable for children for all ages. StoryboardThat uses a drag and drop system that is familiar to all users that is easy to pick up. The creator has endless customising options for students to personalise their story. StoryboardThat is very appealing to children of all ages with creative and funny images, characters and backgrounds, promoting student engagement for children of all ages. This resource aligns with the Australian Technologies Curriculum through the digital technologies sub-strand under the descriptor for year 7 and 8 students; design the experience of a digital system, generating, evaluating and communicating alternative design.

 

StoryboardThat also provides many cross-curricular connections with specific links to the Australian English Curriculum. this resource also supports students in developing general capabilities identified in the curriculum for example literary and critical and creative thinking.  

 

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Localscope - Find places and people around you

Localscope - Find places and people around you | Technology Education: A collection of resources available to teachers for technology education in the primary school classroom | Scoop.it

"Get Localscope - a whole new way to explore your local area and surroundings." 

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Localscope is an application that allows you to find places and people around you. Access maps and 3D views of the area you are in. Available on iTunes for download to your apple devices; which is very handy if you are lucky enough to have iPads in your classroom. This resource is suitable for primary school students and links directly to the Australian Technologies Curriculum under the content descriptor; explore the characteristics and properties of materials and components that are used to produce designed solutions. 

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Create Polls, Surveys, Quizzes, and Personality Quizzes at Quibblo

Use Quibblo to create a quiz, poll, survey or personality quiz.
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A quiz generator suitable for kids of all ages. Simply select the style of quiz you wish to create, follow the prompts, enter your questions and share with your friends. Another easy to use child friendly program with endless opportunities for classroom application. This particular resource could be useful when teaching the content descriptor; implement digital solutions and as simple visual programs involving branching, iteration (repetition) and user input.  

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Cyber ( Smart :)

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A site developed by the Australian Government to Educate kids about Cyber Safety.

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Cyber ( Smart :) contains facts, games, videos, quizzes and much more for kids of all ages as well as parents and schools in general. The site aims to educate parents and their children about cyber safety and how to be cyber smart.

 

The Australian Curriculum clearly focuses on cyber safety throughout every year level. This site is a great resource for teachers to use in their classroom to promote cyber safety. This site should be continually visited and referred to , to ensure students are always mindful of their safety when working online. 

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Clicker

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Clicker is a powerful and incredibly easy-to-use writing support and multimedia tool, which enables you to write with whole words, phrases or pictures. It has won six BETT Awards, the 'Oscars' of British Educational Software.
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Clicker 5 is a widely used application to teach children to speak, understand, write and make connections between pictures/images and words/text. Whilst Clicker 5 is mainly used as a literacy teaching and learning tool it can also be used to teach certain aspects of the Technologies Curriculum with strong cross-curricular connections to English as well as supporting students in developing the literacy general capability. In relation to the year 2 content descriptor; use materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to safely make designed solutions; students could use Clicker 5 to create a procedural text, containing pictures (such as a recipe) to meet the requirements. In further detail, this would relate directly to the elaboration; learning and safely practising a range of technical skills using tools and equipment, for example joining techniques when making products, watering and mulching gardens, preparing food, using software to design an environment. This task, or similar tasks is a great way to relate student learning to real world applications. 

  

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ROBOTIC LEGO-MINDSTORMS EV3

ROBOTIC LEGO-MINDSTORMS EV3 | Technology Education: A collection of resources available to teachers for technology education in the primary school classroom | Scoop.it
LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 has arrived! Combining the versatility of the LEGO building system with the most advanced technology we’ve ever developed, unleash the creative powers of the new LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 set to create and command Robots that walk, talk, think and do anything you can imagine.
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A fantastic resource for primary students. Children can create robots using familiar LEGO, and then program the robot using a computer or ipad. This particular resource would be useful for teaching the year 5 and 6 content descriptor; implement digital solutions as simple visual programs involving branching, iteration (repetition) and user input. 

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Glogster EDU: A complete educational solution for digital and mobile teaching and learning.

Glogster EDU: A complete educational solution for digital and mobile teaching and learning. | Technology Education: A collection of resources available to teachers for technology education in the primary school classroom | Scoop.it
The creative visual learning platform that every educator and student deserves.
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Glogster is a social network that allows users to create free interactive posters, or Glogs. A "Glog", short for "graphics blog", is an interactive multimedia image. It looks like a poster, but readers can interact with the content. This specific resource could be extremely useful when teaching the content descriptor for year 2 students; collect, explore and sort data, and use digital systems to present the data creatively. This resource would also be useful for meeting the descriptor for year 3 and 4 students; work with others to plan the creation and communication of ideas and information safely, applying agreed ethical and social protocols.

 

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Kidblog | Safe and simple blogs for your students.

Kidblog | Safe and simple blogs for your students. | Technology Education: A collection of resources available to teachers for technology education in the primary school classroom | Scoop.it

A safe and reliable blog site designed specifically for teachers and students. 

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Kidblog is designed for K-12 teachers who want to provide each student with an individual blog. Students can participate in academic decisions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student's blogs and user accounts. This particular resource would be suitable for teaching many areas in the curriculum for example the content descriptor for Year 3 and 4 Design and Technologies process and production skills; generate, develop and communicate design ideas and decisions using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques. 

 

Kidblog also has endless possibilities for cross-curricular connections, as students can write blogs about any subject they desire. This resource would also assist students in further developing the general capabilities identified in the curriculum such as literacy and numeracy connections. 

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iCharts

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A free data representation tool available to teachers and students and other web users.

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Use customised templates to create graphs and charts. With over 200 customise options, no two graphs are the same. A very easy to use site that allows you to share and collaborate anywhere, anytime. A great resource to achieve the year 4 content descriptor; recognise different types of data and explore how the same data can be represented in different ways. 

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Survey Monkey

Online survey software that makes it easy to create polls and questionnaires for learning.

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An easy to use sight where you can build your own surveys or choose from a huge range of templates. The next step is to choose how to distribute the survey and you are ready to begin collaborating results......... It's that easy! Use the powerful analytical tools available to gain intelligent insights about the collected data.

This resource aligns with the Australian Curriculum through the digital technologies strand under the content descriptor for Year 5 and 6; implement digital solutions as simple visual programs involving branching, iteration (repetition) and user input. 

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