Task 1: Project proposal

Weight: 20%
Due: 12 March 2015
Length: 1000 words

Creating preferred futures, design thinking, and project management are key ideas within the Australian Curriculum: Technologies and will be significant in the project that you will plan in this task and develop as your major assignment. These ideas, and others from the curriculum, will be explored throughout the course. Consistent with the importance of design in understanding technologies, the project is presented here in the form of a design brief. A project page provides additional advice about the process and possible formats for your project resources.

Design brief
Context Effective teaching is supported by resources matched to the curriculum and the needs of the learners. Hence teachers at all stages in their careers are interested in locating and adopting or adapting appropriate resources. That is especially true when curriculum changes and for teachers beginning their career or changing contexts. The Australian Curriculum: Technologies is new and includes some material that may be unfamiliar to many teachers. As a consequence resources will be needed by both beginning and experienced teachers. You can help yourself, class colleagues, and the wider profession by developing and sharing high quality resources.
Challenge Develop and share, with your cohort and the wider profession, two quality assured resources to support classroom implementation of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies, one resource for a selected content description from each of the two subjects, Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies.
Parameters

Your response to this design brief will be submitted in two parts. The first (Task 1) will be a proposal describing how you intend to complete your response to the brief through your assignment. The second (Assignment) will include your developed resources, copies of peer reviews of resources developed by two assigned colleagues, and a report describing your design and development process, learning accomplished through the project, and reflection on the effects of professional engagement. The table summarises parameters for the parts. See the marking guides for additional detail about expectations.

Proposal (Task 1)Resources (Assignment)Report (Assignment)
proposes two resources aligned to content descriptions, one from each subject are suitable for implementing two content descriptions, one from each subject reports reviews of work by two colleagues
proposes resources that address broader curriculum goals address broader goals of curriculum and pedagogy reports design decisions about content and format of resources
proposes design process and draft schedule include design features to enhance flexibility and utility reports personal learning relevant to curriculum, course, and profession
proposes strategies for project design and for quality assurance through professional engagement reports effects of professional engagement on outcomes

Note that you may chose to work individually or in a small group for this project. In either case your individual responsibility is two (2) resources, one for a content description from each subject. If you work in a group then the group should collectively develop two (2) resources per member on the same basis. Groups might select a set of related content descriptions for different bands (F-2, 3-4, 5-6) or a set across a single band.

Evaluation Your performance on this Task will contribute 20% to your grade for the course. The marking guide below indicates the standards that will be applied in grading each element.

Deliverable

Your submission should be a single document comprising the required elements of the proposal. Acceptable file formats are, in order of preference, DOCX, DOC and RTF. Name your submission file simply task1 + the relevant extension, that is, task1.docx, task1.doc, or task1.rtf. The assignment system will ensure that your file is adequately identified. There is no need to add a cover sheet or copy of the marking guide.

Marking guide

Element Exemplary
[4]
Exceeds requirement
[3]
Meets requirement
[2]
Less than required
[1]
Inadequate
[0]
Design and Technologies resource The proposal explains how content and design ideas will be applied to develop a resource that will align with a selected content description, include key ideas from the curriculum, facilitate differentiation, and integrate general capabilities and/or cross curriculum priorities. The proposal describes how content and design ideas will be applied to develop a resource relevant to a selected content description with consideration of broader curriculum goals including key ideas. The proposal describes a teaching resource and identifies a relevant content description and initial sources of content and design ideas. The proposal describes a teaching resource but fails to identify either a relevant content description or the initial sources of content and design ideas for a teaching resource. The proposal does not describe a teaching resource or does not identify a relevant content description.
Digital Technologies resource The proposal explains how content and design ideas will be applied to develop a resource that will align with a selected content description, include key ideas from the curriculum, facilitate differentiation, and integrate general capabilities and/or cross curriculum priorities. The proposal describes how content and design ideas will be applied to develop a resource relevant to a selected content description with consideration of broader curriculum goals including key ideas. The proposal describes a teaching resource and identifies a relevant content description and initial sources of content and design ideas. The proposal describes a teaching resource but fails to identify either a relevant content description or the initial sources of content and design ideas for a teaching resource. The proposal does not describe a teaching resource or does not identify a relevant content description.
Development plan The proposal explains how design thinking will be applied to develop the resources in response to the brief and provides a draft schedule of activity. The proposal describes the processes to be used to develop the resources and outlines the necessary sequence of activities. The proposal identifies the developer(s), major steps in the process, sources of support, and method(s) for sharing. Details are entered in the relevant database. The proposal fails to identify major steps in the process, sources of support or method of sharing or details are not entered in the relevant database. Details are not entered in the relevant database and the proposal fails to identify one or more of the major steps, sources of support or sharing method.
Rationale The proposal offers a coherent explanation of the project design including choice of content descriptions, sources, format of resources, and modes of engagement with a professional learning network to achieve course objectives. The proposal describes the thinking that led to the selection of content descriptions, sources, formats and methods of sharing with the relevant audience(s). The proposal includes reasons for choice of content descriptions, sources, format of resources, and methods of sharing. The proposal fails to include one of reasons for choice of content description, sources, format of resources or methods of sharing. The proposal fails to include more than one of reasons for choice of content description, sources, format of resources or methods of sharing.
Professional presentation All elements of the submission exemplify high professional standards for communication with sophisticated use of language and accurate acknowledgement of all sources. All elements of the submission demonstrate good professional standards for communication with no lapses in language conventions and acknowledgement of sources. All elements of the submission adhere to professional standards for communication with no significant lapses in language conventions and appropriate acknowledgement of sources. Most elements of the submission adhere to appropriately professional standards for communication with few significant lapses in language conventions and appropriate acknowledgement of most sources. The submission does not adhere to appropriately professional standards for communication, includes several significant lapses in language conventions, and fails to acknowledge sources.