Technology Unit Planning: Developing a Technology Unit: Selection of a Context
Developing a Technology Unit
Selection of a Context
The next step in unit development is the exploration of contexts that would allow for this unit focus to be realised. The selection of an appropriate context will be informed by the nature of the learning experiences, school-based resources (particularly teacher expertise and interest), student interest, and available community resources. The selection of a context is a critical part of unit development as it provides authenticity to the learning experiences. A rich context will help stimulate and maintain student (and teacher!) interest throughout the unit's delivery.
For example – in the Matariki Celebration unit, the selection of the context reflected the wider cultural life of the students and school as it sought to celebrate this important Māori event. In the Sunsafe unit in contrast the context of cancer prevention was selected as based primarily on the teacher's expertise and her view of the importance to all students in terms of their health and well-being. The context for the Personalised Pen and Phone/iPod Stand was largely reflective of the materials and resources the school had available and the potential needs of the students or their family members. In the case of the Is Bling still in? and Toys and Games units, the context largely derived from teacher experience regarding areas of high interest across a range of diverse students. In all cases, the teachers selected contexts which were rich enough to embed learning outcomes that would lead to students being offered opportunity to achieve in the areas determined by the curriculum focus.