"The War on Weeds", Connected, level 2, November 2018
05 April 2019
The article shows how students can use digital technology to become citizen scientists and act locally on a national issue.
You can find a PDF version of the teaching notes here:
Other useful resources
- Environmental information services – NIWA collects and manages significant amounts of New Zealand's environmental data particularly in the climate, freshwater, marine, and atmosphere domains.
- What is the environmental impact of a data center? – This article discusses the negative effects of data collection centres on the environment.
- Describe the relationship between the technology used in this project to create the NZ database and the made, natural, and social world.
- What are some of the environmental issues that have influenced the way they have developed a digital recording system for the weeds?
- How do you think they may have kept records of weeds in the past?
- What are the positive impacts of monitoring weed growth as described in this project?
- Technology does not always have a positive impact on the environment. What do you think could be a negative impact on the environment as we are able to collect more and data on digital devices?
Indicators of progression for discussion starters
|Characteristics of technology||
|Technological area||Progress outcome|
|Designing and developing digital outcomes||PO 1: In authentic contexts and taking account of end-users, students participate in teacher-led activities to develop, manipulate, store, retrieve, and share digital content in order to meet technological challenges. In doing so, they identify digital devices and their purposes and understand that humans make them. They know how to use some applications, they can identify the inputs and outputs of a system, and they understand that digital devices store content, which can be retrieved later.|