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"Don't Sit If You Want to Keep Fit", Connected – Is that so?, level 4, January 2015

19 January 2015

First pages of the Google slide for the article

More and more people believe that sitting is bad for us. Scientists seem to agree that standing is better for many aspects of our health, such as heart, brain, and muscle health.

Schools are taking this on board also. Maybe your school already encourages you to stand while you are working or move about a lot.

Some technologists are creating products such as cardboard standing desks to help address the issue.

You can find this article and the teacher support materials on Literacy Online: "Don't sit if you want to keep fit".

Other useful resources

Cardboard standing desk could change the way we work

A project called "Refold" has resulted in a cardboard standing desk that facilitates the present-day workflow by allowing flexibility and aiding collaboration.

Indicators of progression for discussion starters

Component Indicator Level
Characteristics of technology Use this and other examples to identify examples of creative and critical thinking in technological practice and to identify and categorise knowledge and skills from technology and other disciplines that have informed decisions in technological development 4
Technological products Use this and other examples to describe examples to illustrate how the manipulation of materials contributed to a product’s fitness for purpose 4

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