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Resource Reviews

This section lists a variety of resources that are readily accessible for teacher use.

If you have come across another resource or resources that you would like to see on this list, please email details to the Technology Online team at technology@tki.org.nz.

  • Experimental Cuisine Collective

    The Experimental Cuisine Collective includes scientists, chefs, writers, performance artists, and food enthusiasts. Its stated aim is "to develop a broad-based and rigorous academic approach that employs techniques and approaches from both the humanities and sciences to examine the properties, boundaries, and conventions of food".

  • Literacy Online website

    Literacy Online is a site for primary and secondary literacy teachers in New Zealand and internationally. The site supports teachers in developing teaching and learning programmes based on the literacy needs of their learners.

  • Bitesize testing the properties of materials

    Bitesize is a free BBC online study support resource for UK teachers and students. Although the Key Stage 2 pages focus on English, Maths, and Science, some of the activities in the Science section also apply to Technology.

  • Radio New Zealand Podcasts

    Technology has changed the way we access the media, and Radio New Zealand (RNZ) listeners can now choose how and when they listen to a programme. Created in 2005, the RNZ website began providing podcasts (free of charge) of some broadcasts, in 2006. In 2008, the decision was made that none of the material owned by RNZ would be deleted. Regular programmes are updated daily or weekly. Users can listen to podcasts directly from the website or download them onto a computer, iPod, mp3 player, etc.

  • Gadget Nation

    In Gadget Nation: A Journey through the Eccentric world of Invention, author Steve Greenberg looks at a range of US inventions. Some, he says, "are examples of innovation gone terribly wrong", some a financial success and others "clever ideas which tanked". Each double-page spread (with photos and diagrams) explains why the inventor felt there was a need for the product, the time and money invested in developing the idea into a marketable product, and any IP or marketing issues.

  • New Zealand By Design: A history of New Zealand product design

    New Zealand By Design is a comprehensive account of the history of product design in New Zealand, from early Maori innovation, through the arrival of European settlers and into the 21st century. Industrial designer Michael Smythe discusses the political, economic and social influences of the times, and how designers responded to these challenges.

  • Pinterest website

    A USA-based site, Pinterest was established in 2010 as a virtual pin board. Members can organize and share images from the internet or their own computers by pinning them on to their boards. They can browse other people's pin boards, follow a user whose taste they admire or specific pin boards based on a theme they are interested in, and can leave comments about items. Each internet "pin " links back to the site it first came from, no matter how often it is repinned.

  • Idealog magazine and website

    Idealog magazine articles include news, interviews, follow-ups of previously featured items, a business guru answers questions, people products and ideas, innovation and innovators in business and a regular Showcase section that focuses on particular areas.

  • Tech Ideas NZ website

    The Tech Ideas NZ website was created by Bill Collis from Mount Roskill Grammar School as a resource for students studying electronics from Year 10 and upwards and teachers interested in implementing their own Electronics programs.

  • Technology in Action books

    Deidre identified a lack of resources as one of the difficulties for schools trying to implement the curriculum. Her Technology in Action books are designed to support teachers in understanding and delivering the Technological Practice strand.

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