Techtalk Term 1 2014

1 © State of New South Wales, Department of Educaon and Communies, 2014 TECH TECH talk talk Welcome to the TAS/Technologies e-Newsletter The TECHTalk e-Newsletter is designed to support teachers of all TAS/Technology subjects Years 7—12. Term 1, 2014


A DEC e-Newsletter for TAS/Technology teachers Years 7-12 in NSW

Transcript of Techtalk Term 1 2014

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Welcome to the TAS/Technologies

e -Newslet ter The TECHTalk e-Newsletter is designed to support teachers of all TAS/Technology subjects Years 7—12.

Term 1, 2014

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Inside this issueInside this issue

Contents and Welcome 2

Australian Curriculum: Technologies update 3

Professional Learning 3D Printing 4

Anaphylaxis reminder 5

HSC Showcases and Exhibitions 2014 6

DesignTECH Student Seminars 7

TEA HSC Seminars 8

“Recycled” Resources 9, 10

Questacon Technology Learning Centre 11

Disaster Resilience Toolkit 12

Contact us 13

Welcome back to 2014!

Hope you have had an enjoyable break. This term we will be collaborating with Object: Design Centre

Australia to present an informative series on 3D Printing. Hopefully, this will be the first of several

resources exploring innovative technologies and pedagogies that may assist teachers in implementing

Technology in their classroom.

Don’t forget the DesignTECH exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum and the student seminars that

begin late February. This year the Board of Studies Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) has

something special planned for Stage 6 Design and Technology teachers. I’ll bring you more information

about this as it develops, but pencil in Week 1 or 2 of Term 2 for a teacher workshop!

Wish we could tell you more about the Australian Curriculum: Technologies but, at this stage, it is

“business as usual”. Continue using the existing BOSTES syllabuses for all TAS/Technology subjects 7-12

and we will keep you posted of developments as they happen!

Sandra McKee

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Australian Curriculum: Technologies update

Review of the Australian CurriculumReview of the Australian Curriculum

On 29 November 2013 the finalised Australian Curriculum for

Technologies; Civics and Citizenship; Economics and Business; and

Health and Physical Education were submitted for approval. The Minis-

ters ‘noted’ the curriculum but provided no further action. In light of the

review of the Australian Curriculum (see below), ACARA is seeking clarifi-

cation on what is to happen next, particularly in making these

curriculum documents available.

For us in NSW the message is clear—it is “business as usual.”

A Memorandum to Principals as sent to all NSW schools in July 2013 as a

reminder from BOSTES about the implementation of NSW syllabuses in-

corporating the Australian Curriculum (Mathematics, English, Science,


For TAS/Technology subjects, it reminded us to continue using existing syllabuses in all sub-

jects Years 7-12, until otherwise officially advised:

“...schools are required to continue to use existing NSW syllabuses. Any decisions about

adopting the Australian curriculum, developing syllabuses, and planning subsequent

implementation will be made only after thorough consultation with NSW stakeholders.”

“...existing Stage 6 syllabuses will continue to be the curriculum for the Higher School


The Federal Education Minister, Christopher Pyne, has appointed Dr Kevin Donnelly and

Professor Ken Wiltshire to carry out a review of the Australian Curriculum.

On 10 January ACARA produced a Media Release stating that it welcomed the review of the

Australian Curriculum that Minister Pyne had initiated. The review is expected to be

completed by mid year.

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Professional Learning Opportunities

3D Printing

A three part series exploring 3D printing will run in Term 1, 2014. The series will be

presented in collaboration with Object: Australian Design Centre via Adobe Connect and

will introduce concepts of 3D printing, processes and materials, purchasing advice and

CAD/CAM software requirements. Professional designers and industry experts will discuss

their use of 3D printers and TAS teachers will provide advice about practical classroom


Session 1: What is 3D printing Week 6 Term 1 Tuesday 4th March 2014 3.30 – 4.00pm

Angus Deveson (3D Printing industry expert) Types of printers

Printing process for different applications

Printing materials and media

CAD/CAM – software, file types

3D scanning

Session 2: Meet the designer Real world application

Week 7 Term 1 Tuesday 11th March 2014 3.30 – 4.00pm

Cinnamon Lee - Jewellery designer – interview, PowerPoint, samples of work. Andrew Simpson - product designer and founder of Vert Design - interview, PowerPoint, samples of work.

Session 3: Meet the teacher What can I do with3D printing in my classroom?

Week 8 Term 1 Tuesday 18th March 2014 3.30 – 4.00pm

Ruth Thompson, Head Teacher Technology (Industrial, Engineering and Information) Bossley Park HS, provides insight into the successful imple-mentation of 3D printing projects in the classroom.

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Anaphylaxis reminderAnaphylaxis reminder

As we begin 2014 we need to be sure we are vigilant about putting in place procedures

to ensure the safety of our students. A few things to remember:

Anaphylaxis is a severe and sometimes sudden allergic reaction. It can occur when a

susceptible person is exposed to an allergen (such as a food or an insect sting).

Anaphylaxis is potentially life threatening and always requires an emergency


Become familiar with those students you teach who have been diagnosed as being at

risk of anaphylaxis. Make sure their personalised ASCIA Action Plans are displayed in

an area where they are easily accessible to staff.

Current advice to schools—avoid the use of peanuts, peanut butter or other peanut

products in all curricular or extra-curricular activities. They should also review

curriculum materials to make sure that they do not advocate the use of peanuts,

peanut butter or other peanut products.

All schools now have at least one general use adrenaline auto injector and training

auto injector. Make sure all staff know where they are located and how to use them.

For an individual with asthma who is also at risk of anaphylaxis, the adrenaline auto

injector should be used first, followed by asthma reliever medication, calling an

ambulance, continuing asthma first aid and following the instructions on the

student’s ASCIA Action Plan for Anaphylaxis. Early recognition of symptoms and

immediate treatment could save a student’s life.

Symptoms of severe allergic reactions or anaphylaxis can occur when there is no

history of known allergies. This situation should be treated as an emergency. An

adrenaline auto injector should be administered, an ambulance called and first aid

provided until expert help arrives.

Use the Anaphylaxis webpage to access the Anaphylaxis Procedures for Schools,

resources and the most current and accurate information about supporting students

diagnosed at risk of anaphylaxis.

Use the online student resource Anaphylaxis: Food Preparation and Sharing to help

students learn about anaphylaxis and severe allergies.

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HSC Showcases and Exhibitions 2014


DesignTECH is an annual exhibition of

outstanding Major Design Projects from the

2013 HSC Design and Technology cohort.

The exhibition opens at the

Powerhouse Museum from 21 February and

runs until 18 May 2014.

The exhibition is accompanied by student

seminars focusing on the development and

documentation of the Major Design Project.


InTech is an exhibition of outstanding Major

Projects from 2013 HSC Industrial

Technology students, covering Timber Prod-

ucts and Furniture, Automotive,

Electronics, Graphics, Metal and

Engineering and Multimedia.

Exhibition dates 2014:

Sydney Timber and Working with Wood

Show from 25–27 July 2014 at the Sydney

Showground, Homebush.

Kinross Wolaroi School, Orange

Friday 28 March to Sunday 30 March 2014.


Texstyle is the annual exhibition of outstanding

Major Projects from 2013 HSC Textiles and Design.

For more information visit the TEA website

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DesignTECH Student Seminars

The DesignTECH Student Seminar program is designed to

complement the exhibition of outstanding Major Design

Projects and to assist Stage 6 Design and Technology

students in the development and management of their own


There are separate seminars for Preliminary and HSC

students, focussing on specific aspects of the course

applicable to each group.

The seminars present the students with:

inspiration from practising professional designers, and

industry representatives from the design field

insight into managing the MDP from students who have

successfully completed the course

guidance from experienced HSC markers about

developing the MDP and recording evidence in the

design folio.

There are two seminars each day:

Morning seminar

9.00 am - 12.00 noon

Afternoon seminar

12.30 pm - 3.30 pm

Year 12 Seminars:

Monday 24 February - Friday 28 February 2014

Year 11 Seminars:

Monday 31 March - Friday 4 April 2014

Cost $31 (including museum entry and student booklet)

Booking information is available on the BOSTES exhibition site.

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Need new Ideas to inspire your students? Do you just need some tips to improve your


Come to the

TEA HSC Seminars

All seminars are presented by experienced HSC teachers

in Community and Family Studies, Design and Technology, Textiles and Design,

Hospitality and Food Technology.

(Check the TEA website for accreditation details)

Holiday Inn Parramatta

18-40 Anderson Street, Parramatta

Tuesday February 18th, 2014


Cost: $25 for TEA members and $35 for TEA non-members

Contact the TEA at [email protected]

and a Tax Invoice will be emailed to your school.

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“Recycled” Resources“Recycled” Resources

Another excellent resource that you may have used in the past but have forgotten is

Design Café. Design Café consists of a suite of resources designed to support teach-

ing the Stage 4 Technology (Mandatory) and the Stage 5 Food Technology syllabus.

Go to the Design Café site and hover over the image to see the eleven different food

focussed units of learning that make up this rich resource. The units can be accessed

separately or taught in a sequence.

Design essentials

Management matters

Recipe basics

Tinkering with taste

Food safety matters

Presenting food

Contemporary cuisine

Working with food

Healthy bytes

Food matters

Safety first

The Food in Australia digi stories

project was developed as an online

resource for the Food in Australia

focus area in the Food Technology

Years 7–10 syllabus. The project

encouraged students to play an

active role in capturing authentic

stories of real people in their

community and the factors that

have influenced their food habits.

While this resource was designed to sup-

port the teaching of Food Technology, it

contains many useful links with infor-

mation about capturing factual video

footage which could easily be adapted to

different areas of study.

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“Recycled” Resources“Recycled” Resources

Laptop Wraps, originally developed to

support the Digital Education

Revolution, provide a wide range of

practical resources ready to use in the

classroom. The site is divided into KLA

areas. TAS resources cover several

subject areas, suitable for Stages 4, 5

and 6.

If you liked the Laptop Wraps, why not take it one step further with your class and

develop your own! UCreate walks you through the process of making your own laptop

wrap. Originally targeted at teachers as an accredited professional development course,

this resource is easily adaptable for classroom application. Excellent for students who

need scaffolding of a task requiring a communication/presentation component—a new

level for students stuck on PowerPoint presentations!

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Watch this space...Watch this space...

Last year I wrote a review about the new Questacon Technology Learning Centre (QTLC) in the ACT and the

fabulous workshop activities they run for

students. If an excursion to Canberra

seems a little difficult, the latest offering

from QTLC may be for you...

In 2014 QTLC will run a series of 6 week

project based programs. They take 4

schools/groups per project and connect them to a professional engineer/mentor. All groups attend a

video conference event to launch their challenge which runs for 6 weeks .This incorporates a build project

(using readily accessible items) that is related to the professional field of the mentor. QTLC staff support the

project via 2 video conference progress sessions to catch-up and run related activities. A final VC allows

students to present their work back to the mentor.

Last year’s pilot project – Mission Astronautica – was a great success. There will also be 2 more project topics

throughout semester 2. These projects are free, but do require a time commitment from students and

teachers as there are 4-5 hours of video conference over the 6 weeks plus additional time for in-class work

(at the discretion of schools).

The first session is expected to begin 19 May so start planning! Technology (Mandatory) is the target group,

but if the time requirement seems excessive, consider developing an integrated unit of learning with your

Science colleagues—this would align beautifully with Stage 4 Science. Read more about the pilot

program, what students designed and constructed and what was involved here.

QTLC is currently putting together an information package for interested schools. This is sure to book out

quickly, so if you are interested, send me your details and I will pass on to QTLC.

Other QTLC activities...Other QTLC activities...

Don’t forget to check out the range of workshop activities available at QTLC. Go to the website for further


In addition, they run the QTLC video conference workshop program which focuses on different parts of the

innovation process. Pre and post-workshop activities complement all Questacon video conference

workshops. Workshops are 1 hour in duration, cost $150 for up to 30 students and are offered on Mondays

and Fridays, with three workshop sessions each day.

Monday: 9.30 - 10.30 am, 11.30 am - 12.30 pm and 1.30 - 2.30 pm

Friday: 9.30 - 10.30 am, 11.30 am - 12.30 pm and 1.30 - 2.30 pm

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Disaster Resilience ToolkitDisaster Resilience Toolkit

St John Ambulance Australia is pleased to announce

the launch of the St John Disaster Resilience Toolkit.

Developed by the St John Australian Youth Council

and National Cadet Officers Group, and in

consultation with over 120 young members of

St John, the Toolkit has been designed by young

people for young people, but is also suitable for use

by any member of the community including families.

The Toolkit covers a range of important topics


Being Prepared

First Aid

After the Disaster.

This resource differs from many other resources

available in the sector. Not only does the Toolkit

cover preparedness and considerations for

post-disaster, it has a focus on providing basic first aid

information for injuries and illnesses common during

or after an emergency; such as the St John DRSABCD

Action Plan, burns, gastro and pain relief. The Toolkit

is easy to navigate and small enough to fit in a

family’s first aid or disaster kit.

The Toolkit is freely available for download.


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TAS/Technologies curriculum contact:

Sandra McKee

TAS Advisor Years 7-12 Secondary Education Directorate Learning and Leadership Portfolio Level 3, Oxford Street, Darlinghurst, 2010, NSW T: (02) 9266 8514

[email protected]

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