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A curriculum eNewsletter for Science and Technology K-6 and Technology subjects 7-12 for teachers and stakeholders.

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  • NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre

    State of NSW, Department of Education and Communities, 2012, NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre NSW, Department of Education and Communities, 2012, NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre

    TechTalk NSW Curriculum eNews Technologies 7-12

    Inside this issue

    Upcoming Exhibition

    Australian Curriculum

    Technologies

    Folio Parameters in DT and IT

    HSC Online

    Competitions

    Spacewise

    Welcome to the Technologies on-line e-Newsletter FIRST ISSUE We would like to welcome you to the first edition of TECHTalk - the

    e-newsletter for teachers of all Technology subjects 712.

    Our intention is to send this publication once a term. If you do not

    wish to receive this, please unsubscribe here. If you have been for-

    warded TECHTalk by others, email us your details.

    Upcoming Exhibition Nick Mount: Glass 8 September 3 November 2012 A new series of work by one of Aus-tralias leading glass artists, Nick Mount. Part of Objects Living Treasures: Masters of Australian Craft series. OBJECT GALLERY & COLLECT

    Term 2 2012 Volume 1

    Issue 1

  • NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre

    State of NSW, Department of Education and Communities, 2012, NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre NSW, Department of Education and Communities, 2012, NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre

    NSW needs a strong voice in the development of the Australian Curriculum: Tech-nologies to main-tain the strength, depth and diver-sity of Technolo-gy education in our State.

    Australian Curriculum: Technologies

    The Draft Shape Paper for Technol-ogies was released mid-March for public consultation and feedback. This was the first opportunity for teachers, to see the direction posed by ACARA for the develop-ment of the Australian Curriculum in Technologies. The paper proposes that Technolo-gies comprises two strands for Foundation-Year 8 and two sub-jects Years 9-12: Design and tech-nologies and Digital technologies, with the option for specialised technologies subjects offered from Years 9-12 to be developed by the states and territories. The DEC consultation process in-volved an on line survey, briefings across DEC directorates, a series of focus groups to help inform our response and several videoconfer-ences which were repeated due to

    teacher demand. In general, the response to the Draft Shape Paper has been divided. Many teachers expressed concern about the time allocated to the various stages for Technologies and disagreed with the proposed structure to divide Technologies into the two strands/subjects. The response to the sur-vey was staggering with more than 180 respondents and in excess of 150 teachers joining in the vide-oconferences. The feedback gathered will become part of the NSW response to ACARA. The draft Australian Curric-ulum: Technologies is due for com-pletion January 2013. There will then be a consultation period be-fore the final curriculum which will be published by the end of 2013.

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    Expression of Interest ACARA is currently calling for teachers with extensive knowledge, understanding and expertise in one or more technology specialisa-tions to register an Expression of Interest for inclusion on a register of curriculum writers. NSW needs a strong voice in the develop-ment of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies to maintain the strength, depth and diversity of Technology education in our State. Information about how to register can be found at http://www.acara.edu.au/curriculum/technologies.html

  • NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre

    State of NSW, Department of Education and Communities, 2012, NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre NSW, Department of Education and Communities, 2012, NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre

    HSC Online

    Encourage your students to use NSW HSC online. http://www.hsc.csu. edu.au/ This is a joint venture between Charles Sturt University and the Department of Education & Communities.

    REMINDER: FOLIO PARAMETERS IN DT AND IT

    The 2011 HSC cohort were the first

    to experience the changes from the

    Board of Studies restricting the num-

    ber of pages students could submit

    for documentation of their design

    process in DT and IT.

    While any change is always viewed

    with some caution, this should be

    considered carefully particularly in

    DT, where folios were becoming in-

    creasingly longer. Some students

    believed that they needed to pro-

    duce more volume than the previ-

    ous cohort in order to achieve better

    marks. The result was frequently

    padding, and irrelevant or unneces-

    sary research and testing that did

    not contribute to meaningful design

    modification or development. The

    changes were generally well re-

    ceived and the new rules adhered to

    by the majority of students. It

    should be noted that projects not

    following the new parameters were

    subject to a marking penalty and

    were not considered for exhibition

    as they were in breach of the Board of

    Studies rules.

    So what advice can we give students

    stick to the parameters, be selective in

    what you include to show process and

    real design development and foster the

    use of 3D communication wherever

    possible in the design/testing/

    development of projects. Material

    based 3D modelling or proto-typing

    must be stressed as an essential com-

    munication media. To view the parame-

    ters go to the Reporting and Assessing

    Document on the DT and IT BOS site

    under HSC Syllabuses.

    For more information, click here.

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  • NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre

    State of NSW, Department of Education and Communities, 2012, NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre NSW, Department of Education and Communities, 2012, NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre

    Competitions

    AUSTRALIAN RECYCLED CARDBOARD ARC NATIONAL

    SCHOOL COMPETITION

    http://www.arc.org.au/?page_id=3 Entries close 14 September 2012

    UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG YEAR 11 AND YEAR 12

    ENGINEERING STUDIES COMPETITION

    http://www.uow.edu.au/eng/highschoolcompetition/index.html

    Entries close 14 September 2012

    UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG YEAR 11 AND YEAR 12

    DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

    COMPETITION

    www.uow.edu.au/eng/highschoolcompetition Entries close 14 September 2012

    The non- DEC products and events listed in this eNews are to be used at the readers discretion. The inclusion of product and event information is not an endorsement by the DEC.

  • NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre

    State of NSW, Department of Education and Communities, 2012, NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre NSW, Department of Education and Communities, 2012, NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre

    Australian Curriculum

    Which one will we use?

    In NSW the Education Act of 1990

    states that, Any syllabus devel-

    oped or endorsed by the Board for

    a particular course of study is to

    indicate the aims,

    objectives and desired outcomes

    in terms of knowledge and skills

    that should be acquired by chil-

    dren at various levels of achieve-

    ment by the end of specified stag-

    es in the course, and any practical

    experience that children should

    acquire by the end of any such

    stage.

    Board of Studies syllabus

    As the Australian curriculum does

    not state aims, objectives and

    outcomes, the NSW Board of

    Studies will produce syllabus doc-

    uments for use in NSW even

    when there is an Australian Na-

    tional Curriculum.

    The Board of Studies is continuing

    the development of the K 10 syl-

    labus for Science (incorporating

    Science and Technology K-6). Ref-

    erence is made throughout the

    draft syllabus to the Australian

    National Curriculum.

  • NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre

    State of NSW, Department of Education and Communities, 2012, NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre NSW, Department of Education and Communities, 2012, NSW Curriculum and Learning Innovation Centre

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