Here we go again.

So after a couple hours break from Uni (no rest for the wicked), I am back catching up with the course material and starting yet another assignment.  Assignment 2 sees us designing a unit of work that implements ICT that amplifies and transforms practice within the classroom.  So here goes with Assignment 2, and I will be honest I am winging this a bit and things may change like they always do with assignments. I would like to thank Emma Dennis for reflecting her thoughts on both Facebook and her blog this has been a great help when decoding elements of the assignment.

Unit Name: Turbo Technology

Year Level: 2

Australian Curriculum Version 8.2

Specific Learning Area: Year 2 Humanities and Social Sciences -History

Learning Objective:

Humanities and Social Sciences / F–6/7 HASS / Year 2 / Knowledge and Understanding / History / ACHASSK046:  How changing technology affected people’s lives (at home and in the ways they worked, travelled, communicated and played in the past)(ACHASSK046)

Humanities and Social Sciences / F–6/7 HASS / Year 2 / Inquiry and skills / Analysing / ACHASSI039: Compare objects from the past with those from the present and consider how places have changed over time (ACHASSI039)

General Capabilities

Literacy

Comprehending texts through listening, reading and viewing

  • Interpret and analyse learning area texts
  • Listen and respond to learning area texts

Composing texts through speaking, writing and creating

  • Use language to interact with others

Grammar knowledge

  • Express opinion and point of view

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability

Applying social and ethical protocols and practices when using ICT

  • Identify the impacts of ICT in society

Locate, generate and access data and information

  • locate information from a given set of digital sources

Collaborate, share and exchange

  • use purposefully selected ICT tools safely to share and exchange information with appropriate local audiences

Critical and Creative Thinking

Inquiring – identifying, exploring and organising information and ideas

  • Identify and clarify information and ideas
  • Organise and process information

Generating ideas, possibilities and actions

  • Imagine possibilities and connect ideas

Personal and Social Capability

Social awareness

  • Appreciate diverse perspectives

Intercultural Understanding

Interacting and empathising with others

  • Consider and develop multiple perspectives

At the beginning of the unit, students will learn about how technology has changed and developed over time. They compare and research similar objects from the past and present and how they impacted of on people’s lives.

By the end of the unit, students should be able to correctly identify how and if technological advancements have or haven’t improved everyday life. Students will also share their blogs/multimodal presentation to the class outlining how student life has changed over time. They will also construct a skype interview collaboratively as a class to a teacher in India and one in the United Kingdom

Criteria

Understanding and skills dimensions/Historical knowledge and understanding

Understanding and skills dimensions/Analysing and interpreting

Context

School

  • P-6 school located in the Samford Valley, North of Brisbane, QLD.
  • A wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds amongst students and staff, with a large percentage of the school descending from migrant Australians. The school make up also consist of a large number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
  • The school has invested a considerable amount of money on ICT over the last few years which sees internet available throughout the campus. In each classroom there is an interactive projector, 12 desktop computers and 6 iPads. Teachers are also provided with a tablet device to assist with planning and delivery of the curriculum

Staff

  • Teacher aides visit the classroom during set times of the week to assist students.
  • Parent volunteers attend the classroom to support reading and spelling groups.
  • Units of work are planned collaboratively in year group teams to ensure a consist approach throughout the school.
  • Core classes are delivered with students throughout the year level being assigned mixed ability groups to assist to differentiate work.

Students

  • The class is made up of 23 students (13 Females and 10 males), with a wide range of abilities and skill levels present throughout the classroom.
  • All students have regular access to ICT at home but their knowledge is not all the same with some students struggling with ICT.
  • Four students have additional needs, with two students having learning difficulties, one student on the Autistic Spectrum and one with a hearing impairment.

Reference

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA). (2016). Humanities and social science. Retrieved from: http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/humanities-and-social-sciences/hass/curriculum/f-10?layout=1#yl-2

Dennis, E.(2016, August 2).  Week 4 – Assignment 2 unit topic. Retrieved from:https://emmadennis3100.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/week-4-assignment-2-unit-topic/

 

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