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Systems thinking

Find out about Systems thinking. Use this topic from the Digital Technologies Hub to learn more, get ideas about how to teach about it, find out what other schools are doing and use the applications and games in the classroom.

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Agency by Design: thinking routines

This series of four thinking routines or short mini-strategies that build design thinking capacities to look closely and reflect on the design of objects and systems, explore the complexity of design, and understand themselves as designers of their worlds.

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Game-based learning

Find out about Game-based learning. Use this topic from the Digital Technologies Hub to learn more, get ideas about how to teach about it, find out what other schools are doing and use the applications and games in the classroom.

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Meet the food system

This unit of work consists of two parts, supported by lesson plans, slides and handouts and teachers guides. The first part examines the food system as a complex network that is deeply connected to health, society, and the environment. The second part explores key milestones in the history of agriculture, with a focus on ...

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Biscuit factory: three gears: assessment

Test your understanding of ratios by interpreting three-wheel gear systems where the wheels have different numbers of teeth. For example, how many rotations does a 10-tooth gear wheel make when driven by two driver wheels having 20 and 10 teeth? Also, choose a combination of three gear wheels to achieve a required number ...

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The letter A is where it's at

Do you know the letter A? Can you think of words that start with A? Listen to this very soulful song from Sesame Street and see how many A words you can find.

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From Stonehenge to STEREO

Humans have been studying the sun for a long time, possibly because life on Earth is directly influenced by the sun. Why is the sun so vital to life on Earth? Think about what would happen to life on Earth if the sun didn't exist.

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Biscuit factory: two gears: assessment

Test your understanding of ratios by choosing two gears of different sizes according to specific criteria. Complete a pair of gears, or choose the combination of two gears, depending on how many rotations each gear must make. For example, choose a belt gear size of 10 teeth and a driver of 40 teeth to make the belt gear ...

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Connecting digital components

This is a unit for Year 6 from the Scope and sequence resources from the DT Hub. The topic of digital systems is organised into four key elements. Use this flow of activities to plan and assess students against the relevant achievement standards. Students learn about input and output devices and then use Makey Makey boards ...

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Buzzing with Bee-Bots

This learning sequence Buzzing with Bee-Bots can be used to develop foundation skills in computational thinking and to develop an awareness of personal experiences using digital technologies. Students follow and describe a series of steps to program a floor robot. They plan a route to program a robot to follow a path and ...

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Getting iron out of breakfast cereal

You probably know your body needs iron and that you can get it from the foods you eat. Join the Surfing Scientist team as they attempt to extract iron from a bowl of breakfast cereal. What method do you think they will use?

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Water sponge beneath our feet

Could it be that nature has its own system of creating water reserves to help the country get through dry times? Peter Andrews thinks so. His approach provides an alternative to the way most farmers manage water resources. But some of Peter's ideas have caused ripples of discontent, especially among authorities and his neighbours.

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Electricity generation from geothermal energy in Australia

This is an online information resource that explains how electricity is generated from geothermal sources in Australia and includes three diagrams supporting and demonstrating the information provided in the text. It contains six sections: Geothermal systems; Potential advantages of geothermal power generation in Australia; ...

Teacher resource

Reorienting education for a sustainable future

This is a teacher professional development resource containing information and activities about the concept of education for sustainable development. It contains six tabs, providing an introduction, four activities and a reflection lesson. The activity tabs cover a range of topics including the holistic view of the ‘environment’, ...

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Rockets, Mars, Space Shuttles and Space Stations

<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Discover how space exploration has developed over the years. Find out about different space missions and experiments, and a range of spacecraft from the early probes to more complex shuttles. Where do you think space exploration might take us in the future?</span>

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Motion and Energy Transfer: student digital

This is a student digital resource that contains interactive materials for exploring many aspects of energy including energy transfers and conservation, force and energy transfers in systems, energy efficiency, the motion of objects, and acceleration and Newton’s laws. This resource contains a rich array of digital interactive ...

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Monday Conference - PNG, 1971: Presidential vs Westminster system

This black-and-white clip shows John Guise, member of the House of Assembly in Papua New Guinea (PNG), explaining why he thinks PNG should adopt a presidential style of government on attaining independence. He explains that this system would provide more political stability than the Westminster parliamentary system. The ...

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Primary Connections: Earth's place in space

This is an extensive teaching unit focused on learning, through a collaborative, inquiry-based approach, how celestial motion affects days, months and years, and how our solar system works. It includes comprehensive lesson plans, as well as student handouts and other teaching resources, for seven structured lessons that ...

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Motion and Energy Transfer: student guide

This is a student guide that takes an in-depth look at motion, energy transfers and transformations, force and energy systems, energy efficiency, and the movement and the acceleration of objects. This resource contains different parts or chapters, each with information, images and diagrams, inquiry activities with detailed ...

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Big systems: teacher guide

This is a teacher guide comprised of lessons for teaching a unit on the four principle Earth systems: the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere future of science with an emphasis on climate science, global warming, and the Earth’s structure and natural disasters like volcanoes. This resource includes background ...