Labelling

 @scoopit http://sco.lt/8tePY1

This site Food Standards Australia New Zealand looks at labels, how they are created and placed on food to guide us into nutritional choices. Lessons could allow students to explore a variety of foods and associated food labels and consider and identify how technology is used in society to guide us in selecting food in order to promote health.

 

This links to the relevant content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum:

 

Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating (ACTDEK003)

 

Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies (ACTDEK012)

 

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

Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation

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This is a wonderful gardening project The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation funded by the Australian Government and founded by Stephanie Alexander. Schools can apply for a grant through the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.

 

Through this program, children in Years 3-6 at school will plant, grow, harvest and cook fresh fruit and vegetables. This is a powerful and delightful way to engage students in exploring food production, looking at how food is grown for a purpose such as healthy eating. It is a fantastic and engaging approach to promoting healthy eating.

 

Cross curricular priorities are embedded as well. Students will measure and cut up food in the kitchen which is integrating maths.  Science is also integrated as students grow and harvest their crops and nurture the soil and consider scientific concepts in caring for their gardens.

 

This links to the relevant content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum:

 

Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating (ACTDEK003)

 

Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies (ACTDEK012)

Home Made Cookie Stamper

Home Made Cookie Stamper  @scoopit http://sco.lt/8Y5oCf

A fun and engaging hands on activity. Students could make their very own cookie stamper and consider how technology is used for a purpose and the processes and tools we use to make changes to foods for society.

Students can use the stamps and apply force to manipulate the food. This activity integrates the curriculum area of Science through  manipulating the dough students demonstrate how physical changes can be made to materials.

Students can identify how technology is for a purpose and that food may not suit everyones needs but can still be designed to meet social and community needs.

This links to the relevant content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum:

Explore how technologies use forces to create movement in products (ACTDEK002)

 

Identify how people design and produce familiar products, services and environments and consider sustainability to meet personal and local community needs (ACTDEK001)

 

From Paddock to Plate

 

Karen Willis’s insight:

Suitable for the early years ABC Splash offers a great clip to enable early years students to consider where our food comes from and how it reaches our table! Students can consider how we farm for a purpose and explore the life cycle of farming animals to make food for our dinner tables.

 

Through the site From Paddock to Plate a series of topics are available which explore growing crops,  farming animals, harvesting and processing and food production. There is an abundance of information, resources, clips and lesson ideas which can be utilised to teach students about farming practices and the processes involved to produce familiar products.

This links to the relevant content descriptions of the Australian Curriculum:

Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating (ACTDEK003)

Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies (ACTDEK012)

 

 

@scoopit http://sco.lt/6pZYav

Look what I just scooped – Kid’s Exercise & Food Journal!

Kid’s Exercise & Food Journal – Teachers                                                                

 

Karen Willis’s insight:

This online diary is a great way for students to connect learning to real life! Consistent with Design Technology of the Australian Curriculum students consider the processes of food and explore how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating. Students learn about the practices of gardening and farming and processes of plants and animals for food production. They consider the cycle of food from farms to the dinner table.

 

Consistent with the Digital Technologies area of the Australian Curriculum through the use of an online diary students can connect their learning to everyday life and utilise ICT’s in a fun and innovative way when recording the foods they consume each day. Through this process they can consider the processes the food has undertaken in order for them to be able to consume these foods. This is also a great tool to promote healthy eating habits for children.

 

Cross curricular priorities of HPE and ICT’s are also integrated through utilising and completing the online diary each day.

 

This links to the relevant content descriptors of the Australian Curriculum:

 

Identify, use and explore digital systems (hardware and software components) for a purpose (ACTDIK001)

Explore how plants and animals are grown for food, clothing and shelter and how food is selected and prepared for healthy eating (ACTDEK003)

Generate, develop, and communicate design ideas and decisions using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques (ACTDEP015)

Investigate food and fibre production and food technologies used in modern and traditional societies (ACTDEK012)

TPACK

 

Just finishing off my third and final assignment for 3100 – phew! Can’t wait for a well deserved break at the end of next week! I found this site TPACK

This site explains what TPACK is and offers some great resources.

Although I know she has finished, I have enjoyed collaborating with fellow student Kylie Anne Walsh over the last year and I know we will keep in touch. I will share this site with Kylie as we have had many discussions along the way about creating ICT rich lessons! Kylie is very close to graduating! Lucky girl.

Would love to hear your thoughts…..

Bye for now

Karen.

 

 

 

 

Teaching strategies for effective learning in the classroom

The following link by Education Queensland (2013) offers some great information in relation to the various teaching strategies we can use in the classroom.

“Teachers use a combination of different teaching strategies and methods within each lesson to best meet their students’ learning needs. The following teaching and learning sequences model how a range of teaching strategies and methods can be used for effective learning in the classroom.” (Education Queensland, 2013).
I found this site very useful for information during prac and the variety of strategies I can apply within the context of the lesson and according to my students needs.
Have a great day.
Karen.

IPad’s to use or not to use?

I would like to say thank you to Danielle Flower a fellow student who shared an article she had sourced off another student (collaboration at its best) Jamie Robins. Danielle suggests the following article iPads in the classroom: The right Questions to ask is really interesting and so do I!

The article raises questions and issues such as: “Does the iPad foster or hinder creativity? Is it a comprehensive tool or just a mere distraction? Do we use the iPad just because it makes our classroom look cool? Are we missing the forest for the trees here?” (Chatzopoulos, 2013).

Take a read and see what you think, the article is quite enlightning! It raises some great points when considering using the iPad in the classroom. My daughter has six in her classroom and I know they really enjoy them and I feel it definitely enhances her learning!

Until next time…….

Bye for now

 

Karen!

 

Another Topic of Interest – Google forms

Here is a second interest of mine, Google Forms. I love the concept of being able to collaborate and make live amendments to one document. Several times throughout collaborative team work assignments at uni I have had the issue of two people working on a document at the same time and then having to blend the amendments into one – it can become very confusing.

I have used a google doc one before however I have never created or navigated one – yes I am an amateur. Step one is to start at the basics – I found this great you tube clip on how to use forms in google docs – I thought this is a good start!

 

To be continued…………..

Karen.

 

 

Topic of interest

We were asked in EDC 3100 to consider some topics of interests in relation to ICT in education. I chose the interactive white board / smartboard. I believe there are so many opportunities to enhance learning through the white board and I would love to learn more about how we can use the smartboard and understand its full potential. Working at a primary school I have viewed the smartboard many times and can see first hand how engaging and fun they can be for students.

I found the following clip on you tube

about why we should use a Smartboard which is very interesting. I look forward to learning more about them as I engage with others in the course and source more information.

Thank you to Robyn Crisp and Michelle Poulter who shared a link that offers 65 interactive whiteboard resources Teachhub

Bye for now

Karen Willis.