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Design & Technologies

The Australian Curriculum : Design and Technologies actively engages students in producing quality designed solutions to identified problems or opportunities across a range of technologies contexts. In doing so, students consider social, economic, environmental, ethical, legal, aesthetic and functional factors. Through Design and Technologies students manage projects independently and collaboratively from conception to realisation.

Design and Technologies develops students’ knowledge and confidence to analyse critically and respond creatively to the challenges of a highly technological and complex future. They learn to design, produce and evaluate innovative technological designed solutions. Through the practical application of technologies, students develop manual dexterity and coordination through hands-on activities 1.

This is an initial presentation of information only and will be continually modified as further implementation takes place. As can be seen below, some states and territories are more advanced with the implementation of this area than others. According to ACARA, ‘On 18 September 2015 the Education Council endorsed the Australian Curriculum in eight learning areas. This includes Technologies’. However, they also indicate ‘Schools develop tailored local curricula that meet the needs of their students either directly from the Australian Curriculum, in some states and territories, or from curriculum documents incorporating the Australian Curriculum, in others’.

Some resources will be included on this page. These will be transitioned to the Technology Resources at an appropriate time.

Aussie Educator would appreciate any suitable links to improve this page, especially from people who are actually implementing the curriculum.

Australian Curriculum

State Implementations

States and Territories are at different places along the implementation spectrum for these areas Some are using the Australian Curriculum version [e.g. Northern Territory, South Australia], others have implemented it in other ways. A link selection has been included below.

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Knowledge & Understanding

  • Digital Careers
    Sections for students, parents, teachers, industry and also resources.
  • Discovering Past Methods of Food and Fibre Production
    ‘Helping teachers and students in primary schools explore some of the historical understandings about geographical concepts of factors that shape the characteristics of places, the influence of natural and human factors on food and fibre production and strategies to learn how primary producers are adapting to the changing conditions they face’.
  • Great Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century
    ‘How many of the 20th century’s greatest engineering achievements will you use today ? A car ? Computer ? Telephone ? Explore our list of the top 20 achievements and learn how engineering shaped a century and changed the world’.
  • Primezone - Primary Industries Education Resources
    ‘Primezone provides teachers with single-point access to a range of primary industries education resources’. Multiple units aligned with the curriculum.
  • Robot Building for Teens
    It ‘will teach you how to get started in this fascinating hobby. The projects in this book include the “Digital Brain Robot”, the “Bug Bot”, and even a robot on wheels ! You will learn how to design your robot, how to create a prototype, where to buy parts, how to program your finished robot to perform tasks, and more’. Book from iBooks or iTunes.
  • The Virtual Farm Visit
    Audio-visual presentation from Meat and Livestock Australia.
  • Thinking about the Design Process
    ‘Watch as UNSW student and Blusat member William Frohlich talks about the design process’. ABC Splash.
  • UNESCO : Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future - Module 15 : Sustainable Agriculture
    ‘A multimedia teacher education programme. Introduces the main goals of sustainable agriculture and examines a range of sustainable farming practices and case studies’.
  • Visions of Energy-Efficient House Design
    7 minute video. ‘Discover how housing design is changing and what it may be like in the future. Innovative solutions to reduce the use of resources are the way of the future. Can you imagine living in a parasite house ?’ ABC Splash.
  • New ! What is Engineering
    What it is, various disciplines, related degrees, careers, a student blog, more. A second site on this topic is a What is Engineering ? which includes similar information, plus a link to Updated ! Teach Our Kids To Be Makers, a ‘great video by Marita Cheng, founder of Robogals, presenting at TEDx Sydney ’.
  • Zero Emission Cities of the Future
    ‘Watch this animation to find out how the creation of zero emission cities involves some serious questions about possible social, economic, and political implications. Discover the role nanotechnology may play in clean, green future societies’. ABC Splash.

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Process & Production Skills

  • BBC Bitesize : Food Packaging and Labelling
    ‘Food packaging protects and preserves food. A range of materials can be used for packaging, some of which are environmentally friendly. Labels carry information for the consumer. Some of this information is required by law’. Australian information about food labelling can be found at the Labelling section of Food Standards Australia New Zealand.
  • Digital Technologies Hub
    ‘Find great learning sequences linked to the new curriculum’. Sections for Primary and Secondary teachers, School leaders, Students and Families.
  • Food Warnings and Safety [CHOICE]
    ‘CHOICE’s reviews, tests, information and buying guides lay the latest food warnings and safety facts on the table, so you can dine with confidence’.
  • Food and Agribusiness Solutions Education Resources
    ‘Food and Agribusiness Solutions, in conjunction with the Australian Government, has produced the following resources to assist teachers to use agribusiness examples when teaching the Australian Curriculum ’. For Years 3-10; videos as well as units. A sample unit can be found at Paddock to Plate : Get your hands on my food [for Years 3-4] .
  • Primary Industries Education Foundation
    The foundation ‘in conjunction with the Australian Government produced these educational resources for the Agriculture in Education Initiative. The resources introduce young people to food and fibre production and primary industries in Australia’. Broken into curriculum levels.
  • Research Project Guide, A Handbook for Teachers and Students
    ‘The purpose of this guide is to provide a sequential plan for the research process along with effective tools for successful implementation’.
  • Teach Engineering
    More than 500 lessons at time of inclusion. Each has Grade Level, Engineering Category and Total Time plus a brief descriptor of the topic. Each lesson then has considerable detail ranging from initial summary through to assessment tasks.
  • Toward a Sustainable Agriculture
    ‘A curriculum for high school students. The curriculum consists of 5 modules’. USA.
  • Use your creative thinking skills !
    Video presentation, then ‘What are some of the challenges we [and our societies] might face in the future ? Get some friends together and see if you can brainstorm a list. Now choose one of the challenges from your list and use your collective creativity to imagine some solutions’.
  • What is 3D Printing ? The Definitive Guide
    The Basics, Technologies, Materials, Getting Started, Tips and Tricks, more.

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Other Information

  • Updated ! D&T Key Resources KS3 Year Resource Packs
    The Design and Technology Association, UK. ‘These packs contains sets of resources for each year group covering Food, Textiles, Systems and Control and Product Design teaching and learning’.
  • New ! Design and Technologies : what are they for ?
    ‘This animation is designed to help teachers to tune into the grand narrative of Australian Curriculum : Technologies ’.
  • Design Is History
    ‘It is important to understand where design came from, how it developed, and who shaped its evolution. I built this site as an educational tool and have used it to teach students about the History of Graphic Design’. Site still available, though archived.
  • Design Thinking : Model Rocket Design
    ‘Students will develop problem-solving skills and apply their knowledge of research and design to create a viable design solution, and share the results’.
  • Exploring Robotics
    ‘Robotics pioneers provoke the philosophical debate about the nature of intelligence and social relationships between man and machine’. TED talks.
  • New ! Why Study Design and Technologies ?
    A school developed presentation.

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References

1. Draft Australian Curriculum : Technologies. Design and Technologies. Document, February 2013, p.23. 2 September 2016. Draft Australian Curriculum : Technologies.

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