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NSW Department of Education eNewsletter for TAS teachers

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education 2016

    Welcome to the TAS/Technologies

    e -Newsletter The TECHTalk e-Newsletter is designed to support teachers of all TAS/Technology subjects Years 712.

    Term 1, 2016 TE




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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education 2016

    Inside this issueInside this issue

    Stage 3 STEM 3

    Engaging Boys in Textile projects 4

    SHAPE 2015 6

    News about BOSTES 7

    Updated Anaphylaxis resource 8

    Annual TAS safety checklist 9

    TAS Leadership Network 10

    Agriculture and Food week 11

    Opportunities 12-14

    Term 1, 2016

    Term 1 has kicked off and has already been a very busy term with many events and opportuni-

    ties occurring from DoE perspective, we have lots of STEM initiatives and conferences being

    planned and developed. Keep watching SchoolBiz for these opportunities Term 2.

    This issue of TECHTalk includes an article about engaging boys in textile technology projects in

    Stage 4. This has come from Ann Smith who is a teacher at Bega High School and is also a men-

    tor in the TAS Leadership Network. I would like to thank her for her article as I am sure we can

    all benefit from sharing our experiences and success stories. I would like to make these articles

    a regular feature in the newsletter so please get in touch if you would like to share your story.

    STEM is still big in the news and seems to be taking over my life! Keep an eye out for an-

    nouncements and opportunities to get involved. I have included an article about the Stage 3

    STEM project that was started last week at a two day conference in Sydney. The changes in K-6

    technology education will start to have an impact on Stage 4 soon so we really need to be

    getting a good understanding of what our primary colleagues are doing.

    Enjoy the remainder of Term 1. I will hopefully see you at one of the events, meetings or con-

    ferences this year.

    Dan Rytmeister

    TAS Advisor, Years 7-12

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education 2016

    Stage 3 STEM

    Twenty schools/CoS attended the recent Stage 3 STEM Conference as the launch of a project, providing participants with the opportunity to evaluate teaching and learning practice in their schools. The desired impact was improved student learning through innovative practice utilising the pedagogies in the mathematics and science and technology syllabuses. Students will have the opportunity to be engaged in authentic, contextual learning experiences based on project-based and inquiry-based learning situations.

    Why does this matter to high

    schools? As K-6 schools adopt the new curriculum, we will see students coming into our year 7 classes with more STEM skills. This could include skills in creating and using ICTs, coding and well-developed problem-

    solving skills using a range of other technologies. You will need to adjust your teaching programs to accommodate the needs and skill development of the students yet to engage in Technology Mandatory. In addition to this you may have opportunities to share your expertise in technology education and school resources with your partner primary schools. This will build the relationship between the primary and secondary teachers and schools and result in better learning outcomes for all students.

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education 2016

    Engaging boys in Textiles at

    Bega High School By Ann Smith. Ann Smith is an experienced Technological and Applied Studies Teacher at Bega High School who has generously shared her experience in engaging boys in textiles units in Stage 4. Designing and creating using textiles technologies within Stage 4 Technology need not be a subject that disengages boys. Establishing a gender neutral visual classroom space and offering projects in class that appeal to both male and female students fine motor abilities and interests, should see all students

    engaging in the project and seeing it through to completion with pride in their work. This in turn leads to a positive and flourishing whole class learning environment.

    I use three projects; machine sewn boxer shorts, cushion covers and hand-felted cases. The individual design ideas students have for the embellishment of these products allows for personalisation. When embellishing, students start taking ownership of their creations. The materials, tools and techniques used are the key to keeping boys

    motivated, calm, centred and engaged in the activity.

    For those who struggle with keeping their focus and patience with the sewing machine, the embellishment phase of colouring and applying decoration can be a welcome relief.

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education 2016

    Felted case project: This is a very hands-on, tactile activity which is a winner with the boys. After attending a felting workshop delivered through the TEANSW, I was inspired to try this project. In Bega we are able to take a field trip to source wool tops from the local farmers market, where students can select their own colours and textures. The process of then manipulating the wool fibres into a non-woven felt fabric requires a lot of soapy and rigorous kneading, rolling and throwing down, finished with needle punching for embellishment to further personalise the product. Students enjoy designing the individual shape and choice of fastener for their case.

    Cushion cover project: Students tie dye, dip dye, marble or salt resist dye their fabric, choosing a colour scheme to compliment the room in which the cushion will be displayed. Before machine sewing, students draw a picture of their interest e.g. sports, their nickname etc. onto plain calico applique fabric. They then spend time fabric painting their image and then outline with dimensional

    fabric paint pens (alternatively, they can take a photo and print this onto fabric using an inkjet printer). This picture then gets cut out and appliqued onto cushion cover pieces using adhesive applique paper. To finish off students hand embroider around applique border with a blanket stitch using embroidery thread and needle.

    Boxer shorts project: Students choose from an array of coloured fabrics. Once pattern pieces are cut out they can swap and mix pieces with other students of the same size. Before machine sewing, students can screen print their own drawn design onto the pattern pieces using fabric paint. Screen printing uses skills in designing the stencil, cutting out and working with paint.

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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education 2016

    SHAPE 2015

    This year the Design Tech exhibition of Design and Technology has been

    changed and renamed. It includes exemplary student works from Design and

    Technology, Textiles and Design and Industrial Technology.

    The exhibition is on at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

    (Powerhouse Museum) from 27 February to 8 May. Information is on the

    MAAS website.

    A visit to the exhibition is worthwhile for any teachers and students of these

    subjects. Seminars are available but book out quickly.

    Both Texstyle and InTech exhibitions will continue to be held in alternative

    venues. See the BOSTES website for times and locations.

    Congratulations to the students and their teachers for the high quality

    projects on display. The full list of projects is available on the MAAS website.

    Susie Soyun Boo Cheltenham Girls HS

    Tiarney DouglassCoolah CS

    Cara ShirleyDorrigo HS

    Sophie LindsayElderslie HS



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    State of New South Wales, Department of Education 2016

    New Technology Inspector at BOSTES

    I would like to take this opportunity to introduce Mark Tyler as the new

    Technologies Inspector at BOSTES. Mark replaces Peter Thompson who has

    recently retired. I look forward to working with Mark as we move

    Technology Education forward.

    BOSTES Work Samples BOSTES has published the requirements for retaining work samples for Stage

    5 and Preliminary courses. This will impact on the following TAS subjects:

    Stage 5 Preliminary

    Food Technology Industrial Technology

    Industrial Technnology Information Processes and Technology

    Go to the BOSTES website for official notices and more information.

    Australian Curriculum update I have had a number of enquiries about the Australian Curriculum and what

    we should be doing regarding its implementation.

    The short answer is do nothing but teach the existing BOSTES syllabus.

    Under the Education Act In NSW we must teach to a NSW developed

    syllabus and, although the Australian Curriculum was endorsed on 18

    September 2015, we must wait until BOSTES release this new syllabus

    before we can implement it.

    If BOSTES makes the decision to review the existing syllabus, it will follow

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