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"Six Photos", School Journal, level 3, August 2016

03 August 2016

pages 10 and 11, showing a photo of Māori at Parihaka

This article discusses six photos of people and places that were taken in New Zealand in the nineteenth century.

The article may not link directly to the technology curriculum, but the content can provide a useful starting point for exploring understandings within the characteristics of technology component

  • Guide students to identify in the photographs the range of clothes being worn and the materials and equipment used at this time. Explore how these have changed over time. How have these changes influenced people’s capability to do things? For example, looking at the photo "Turning bush into butter", you could ask – How are cows milked today? How has this changed our capability to produce milk?
  • Compare the range of materials and number of clothes people wear now (and their maintenance) compared with people who lived in the nineteenth century. How have these changes in clothing and materials changed our capability to work and socialise?
  • Explore both the positive and negative impacts of these changes in technologies. For example, ask – What is the impact of this huge increase in clothing on people, society, and/or the environment?

You can find the article and teacher support material on Literacy Online: "Six photos".

Indicators of progression for discussion starters

Component Indicators Level
Characteristics of technology
  • describe the relationship between technology and the made, natural, and social world
  • identify social and/or environmental issues that may have influenced particular technological practices and/or the attributes of outcomes produced
  • describe how particular technological outcomes have changed over time and identify if this resulted in changing how people do things
  • describe examples to illustrate when technology has had a positive impact on society and/or the environment
  • describe examples to illustrate when technology has had a negative impact on society and/or the environment.

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