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ANZAC Day and WWI contexts for learning in technology

22 April 2015


Monuments are being refurbished, poppies are being made, and exhibitions launched as we commemorate ANZAC day and the centenary of the First World War.

These commemorations provide relevant contexts for teaching and learning in the technology curriculum.

This collection of resources provides support for exploring technology understandings in the contexts of historical events and technological products in the past.

Technology in the news

This week we have posted news items that provide curriculum links to some of the commemorations and activities in our cities and regions.


A teacher and a student look at an old phone
Exploring the Nature of Technology strand

These videos show how the teachers at Green Bay Primary use technological products from the past to engage students in learning within the Nature of Technology strand. 

  • Cars are technological outcomes 
    James Mawson has the students describe the attributes the technologists were thinking about in both old and recent car designs.
  • Year 1–2 future technologists 
    The students examine different hats including a 100-year-old motorcycle helmet and discuss the specific purpose for the different hat designs.
  • Technological experiences at Motat 
    The students at Green Bay visit Motat to explore technological products and systems used around the time of the First World War. 

LEARNZ field trips

These field trips feature a series on Memorial Park, a roading project in Wellington, to remember those who served at war. Related resources and activities are available for components in all three strands of the technology curriculum.   

LEARNZ field trips were featured in the December edition of our newsletter. Subscribe on the homepage to receive these email updates twice a term. 

Keywords: anzac, nature of technology, WWI, First World War

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