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“Idea City”, School Journal, level 2, November 2014

18 November 2014

Page 1 of the School Journal article

After the Christchurch earthquakes, lots of places that people loved were suddenly gone. Luckily, Christchurch is full of people with great ideas about how to bring the city back to life.

Some Christchurch people watched movies while riding bicycles! The bikes were hooked up to a battery, which powered the projector and the sound system. Other good ideas include cardboard buildings, walls covered with leaping foxes and other colourful pictures, a washing machine that plays music, and its own superhero.

You can find a PDF version of this article and the teacher support materials on Literacy Online: "Idea city".

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Discussion starters

  • Brief development: Use this and other examples to identify a need or opportunity from the given context and issue. (level 4)
  • Characteristics of technology: Use this and other examples to identify examples of creative and critical thinking in technological practice. (level 4)
  • Characteristics of technological outcomes: Use this and other examples to explain how technological outcomes have been successfully used by end-users for purposes other 
than what they were originally designed for. (level 4)

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