Resources for Australian Curriculum: Technologies
Students in the 2015 offer of EDP4130 were presented with a very similar challenge to that presented in 2016. One key difference is that they selected their own content descriptions and were not required to pair content descriptions from both strands in a subject. The links in the panel at right give access to a few samples of student projects that are still available on the open web. They should assist you to appreciate what may be possible in the development of resources.
Previous curriculum resources
Early offers of EDP4130 required students to work in class groups to develop and share teaching resources in a unit of work style. The links in the panel at right give access to resources developed by students in the 2011 offer.
The resources available to support planning may now include 'official' material such as Curriculum into the classroom (C2C) (Lippett, 2011), resources shared freely by other teachers, and resources through services such as Teachers Pay Teachers. As a consequence your planning may be less about developing new materials and more about selecting and adapting from what is already available. Recommendations from professional colleagues can help.
In 2013 and 2014 students curated collections of online resources to support technology education in the primary classroom. The links in the panel at right provide access to a small sample from among those developed and shared by the students using a variety of tools including Scoop.it, Pinterest, Edublogs, Weebly and Convozine.
- Technology Education & Sustainability in Australian primary schools
- Technology and Digital Citizenship
- Technology Education and History
- Technology Education (Primary): Innovation and Design
- Project Management for Kids
- Bridge Construction
- Teaching Technology through the Design Process
- Farm to Plate
- Health Education for Healthy Foods
- Technologies: Plant and Animal Use
Design briefs and support materials
In 2014 students also worked individually or in small groups to develop design briefs into teaching resources similar to those linked from the Virginia Children's Engineering Council or Children's Engineering Educators sites. Those teaching resources were developed as single files (typically PDF) and shared with the class through a database in StudyDesk.
Scootle learning paths
Scootle is operated by Education Services Australia (a company owned by the Commonwealth and State Education Ministers) with support from the Australian Government Department of Education. It provides access to learning resources from the National Digital Learning Resources Network and elsewhere, including many that are relevant to technologies education.
It now provides facilities for teachers (and other registered users) to create learning paths and collaborative workspaces to organise the resources for use by learners in their classes. Learning paths can be shared for reuse and remix by other educators. You might create a learning path to support learning about your selected content description.
A different format of your choosing
The formats suggested here are just some options you might consider. There are other possibilities. You should decide upon a format that you think will be helpful to you and your colleagues.
Lippett, T. (2011). Thumbs up for C2C ahead of Australian Curriculum. Brisbane: Department of Education and Training. Retrieved from http://education.qld.gov.au/projects/educationviews/news-views/2011/oct/united-in-pursuit-c2c.html