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Technology Unit Planning: Developing a Technology Unit: Identify the Focus

Developing a Technology Unit

Identify the Focus

As outlined in the introduction, the school programme design will provide the focus of learning within the unit in terms of the strand components the unit will seek to progress. For 2008-2009 these components will be taken from the Technological Practice strand only. That is: Brief Development, Planning for Practice and Outcome Development and Evaluation. After 2010, all eight components from the three strands of the technology curriculum will need to be covered over the whole programme and as such, assigned to selected units. The programme will also indicate whether the major emphasis in the unit should be on the transformation of information, energy or material/s.

Examples from Units

In the Matariki Celebration unit, Brief Development and Outcome Development and Evaluation were selected as the focus for the curriculum learning outcomes. Technological Modelling was also explored and understandings from knowing about and using models was used extensively to help the children develop their understanding of the brief and make decisions for the final outcome. Transformation of information was the main emphasis in this unit.

In the Toys and Games unit, Brief Development and Outcome Development and Evaluation were selected as the focus for the curriculum learning outcomes. Characteristics of Technological Outcomes and Technological Products were also explored as understanding how toys and games have changed and how the properties of different materials used was important for the development and evaluation of their developing design ideas for a new toy. Transformation of information was the main emphasis in this unit.

In the Personalised Pen unit two components of Technological Practice (Planning for Practice and Outcome Development and Evaluation) were focussed on as the Curriculum learning outcomes. In the Phone/iPod Stand unit this focus was on Brief Development and Outcome Development and Evaluation. Technological Modelling and Characteristics of Technology (by way of the Technology Cycle) were also explored in both these units to increase the quality and fitness for purpose of the outcomes produced. Transformation of materials was the main emphasis in both these units.

In the Sunsafe unit, Brief Development and Outcome Development and Evaluation were selected as the focus for the curriculum learning outcomes and formal assessment. Planning for Practice was also supported within the learning experiences, but was not an assessment focus. Technological Modelling, Technological Product, Characteristics of Technology and Characteristics of Technological Outcomes were also explored throughout the learning experiences. Transformation of materials was the main emphasis in this unit.

In the Is Bling still in? unit, Brief Development and Planning for Practice were selected as the focus for the curriculum learning outcomes. Characteristics of Technology was also a strong focus, and Technological Products and Characteristics of Technological Outcomes were also explored. Transformation of materials and information were both emphasised in this unit.

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