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“Three Drones”, Connected, Level 3 – Shifting Views, November 2019

14 November 2019

Front page of article showing a view from a drone

This article describes three examples of how drones are used in the world of work.
By demonstrating their use within three different fields, the article builds awareness of how they work, how they are used now, and how they might be used in the future.

You can find the story, as well as teacher support material here:

“Three Drones” Connected, Level 3 – Shifting Views, November 2019

Other useful resources

Discussion questions

These could be class discussions with teacher guidance.

  • What societal and environmental issues have influenced the drones that people have decided to make?
  • How did Aeronavics undertake planning, the selection of resources, and the making and testing of the drones to capture rhino poachers?
  • Some of the reasons technology changes over time includes changing needs, fashions, attitudes, ethical and environmental stances or the development of new materials, skills, and knowledge. Why has drone technology changed over time?
  • How has drone technology impacted on society and the natural world over time?
  • What do you think would be useful knowledge for a company that is developing a drone for a specific purpose?
  • What are some of the positive impacts that drones have had on society and/or the environment?
  • What are some of the negative impacts drones have had on society and/or the environment?
  • What is a technological system? Identify the input, process, output, and the human control role for a particular drone.

Indicators of progression for discussion starters

Component Indicator Level
Characteristics of technology
  • describe how societal and/or environmental issues can influence what people decided to make, how they would undertake planning, the selection of resources, and how they would make and test an outcome
  • explain why particular technological outcomes have changed over time
  • describe examples of how technology has impacted on the social world over time
  • describe examples of how technology has impacted on the natural world over time
  • identify that technological knowledge is knowledge that technologists agree is useful in ensuring a successful outcome
  • 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.
3
Technological area Progress outcome
Designing and developing digital outcomes PO 2: Students identify the specific role of components in a simple input-process-output system and how they work together, and they recognise the "control role” that humans have in the system.

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