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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.

Introducing technology

Within a class there will be students who are new to the school who may have little prior learning in technology. This activity refreshes students understandings of the technology learning area and supports newcomers to develop theirs.

A pretest is used that asks students to sort out whether products are a technological product, technological system or non-technological outcome. This gives an indication of students  existing understandings of some of the vocabulary and understanding of the nature of technology strand area.

Other ideas for activities to integrate during the year

Short activities spread out over a period of time can help to build students technological literacy. Using activities regularly helps students develop an understanding where they subconsciously think about technology that is around them all of the time.

This resource offers ideas for a wide range of activities that can be integrated into weekly programmes in a primary classroom to develop technology understandings.

Back to back and heads up is another activity used. Students sit back to back and try and guess what the technological product or technological system is that the student is holding. They ask questions based on the vocabulary of the technology learning area.

  • Is it a technological product or is it a technological system?
  • What do you think the brief might have been?
  • Who would use it /what is its purpose?
  • What are its physical attributes?
  • What are its functional attributes?

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