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A year of integrating technology in primary – toys, straws, and birdfeeders

Student's toy plane

This resource describes how a primary teacher integrated the technology learning area throughout a year’s programme.

It provides examples of interesting ways to integrate learning about components in the technology learning area with learning in other areas.

You could explore these examples with your colleagues or on your own to develop ideas for teaching strategies.

Bird feeders

Student with their bird feeder

The school had a particular focus on the nature of science strand during this year.  

As part of this learning, the class took part in the LEARNZ Virtual field trip NZ Garden Bird Survey - Who`s in your backyard? The students learnt that it was important to feed the birds the correct food as food that is mouldy or unsafe for human consumption can kill the birds.

For technology, the students went on to develop their own bird feeders for their gardens and participated in the NZ Garden Bird Survey.

One of the attributes of the bird feeders was that they had to be out of recycled materials. This aligned with the class social sciences learning on recycling.

The prior learning students had of brief development and planning for practice through their “make a cup of tea” activity (see Tea and Toys) was then translated into this project. The technology learning area focus was also technological practice.

In keeping with the teacher guidance given within the Indicators of progression, Dorothy provided the need (a bird feeder for the backyard) and developed the conceptual statement in negotiation with individual students. She provided guidance to the students as they developed their own design for their bird feeder. They  wrote specifications that included the physical and functional nature of the outcome (what it looks like and what it can do).

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