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Tool use

20 September 2016


Tool use was once thought to be a strictly human behaviour, but it is now known that many kinds of animals use tools. Some animals, sea otters for one, have a favourite tool that they carry about with them. Others find nearby articles such as stones, twigs or thorns, which they use and then discard.

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Indicators of progression for discussion starters:

Component Indicator Level
Characteristics of technology Use this and other examples to describe the relationship between technology and the made, natural, and social world 2
Characteristics of technological outcomes Use this and other examples to describe what technological outcomes are and explain how they are different to natural objects and other things created by people. 2

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Keywords: tools, nature, characteristics of technological outcomes, digital, characteristics of technology, biomimicry

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