Welcome to Technology 7-12
Welcome to Technology 7-12, supporting technology teachers in NSW public schools.
In Years 7 and 8 all students are required to complete the Technology (Mandatory) course.
In Years 7-12 students have the opportunity to study elective subjects in the Technology area, and a further choice of HSC subjects including Agriculture, Design and Technology, Engineering Studies, Industrial Technology, Information Processes and Technology, Food Technology, Software Design and Development and, Textiles and Design.
The site provides quick and easy access to up-to-date curriculum and professional development resources. Use the left-hand navigation bar to access the resources for each Technology subject Years 7-10 and Years 11-12.
Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management within the Curriculum P-12 – Procedures.
These new procedures apply to all curriculum and extracurricular activities and are designed to assist all teachers when planning activities which may involve students in the preparation and/or sharing of food, to protect the health and safety of students and to implement requirements of the Anaphylaxis Procedures for Schools.
The main message is: Schools must not use peanuts, tree nuts or any nut products in curriculum or extracurricular activities. This does not include foods labelled as "may contain traces of nuts".
The Allergy and Anaphylaxis Management within the Curriculum P-12 – Procedures can be found on the Anaphylaxis page of the NSW Public Schools website. Additional important information to support students diagnosed at risk of anaphylaxis can be found on this page.
TECHtalk...TERM 1, 2015
...is our secondary curriculum e-Newsletter for TAS/Technology subjects 7-12.
It contains important updates and information as well as highlighting new resources and educational opportunities.
Look at previous editions.
Australian Curriculum: Technologies
The Australian Curriculum: Technologies Foundation to Year 10 has now been released by ACARA. It has been published "Awaiting final endorsement".
It is not to be implemented by NSW TAS/Technology teachers. In NSW we must continue using existing syllabuses until the Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) incorporates the Australian Curriculum: Technologies into new/revised syllabuses for Technology subjects, as indicated in a recent Memorandum to Principals.
Watch this space for updates on the progress of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies.
3D Printing Professional Development
A series of video conferences were run this term exploring 3D Printing from an indusrty, design professional and Technology teaching perspective. This was a collaborative venture in association with Object: Australian Design Centre. As well as video conferences a series of recorded Adobe Connect sessions were produced. If you missed the VCs, the following links may be useful for professional learning or as teaching resources:
Session 1: What is 3D Printing? - an industry perspective.
Session 2: Meet the Designer - a real world perspective.Cinnamon Lee, Jewellery Designer/Metalsmith Presentation
Session 3: Meet the Teacher - classroom application.Ruth Thompson, Bossley Park High School Presentation
Update: Australian Curriculum: Technologies
There are a number of misconceptions about the Australian Curriculum: Technologies in NSW. We have developed a video presentation for teachers to provide an update on the development process, inform the results of our consultation process and clarify any misconceptions.
The presentation is approximately 20 minutes in length and can be viewed by individuals or used by schools, networks or faculties as a form of professional learning.
The presentation provides:
- clarification of the roles of ACARA and Board of Studies
- an explanation of the process of curriculum development nationally and in NSW
- a timeline for the process
- an overview of the structure and organisation of the Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies
- feedback on the Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies received from teachers through consultation
- ideas for professional learning
Board of Studies syllabus amendments—Anaphylaxis
Teachers should be aware that students may have food allergies that can result in anaphylaxis, a severe and sometimes sudden allergic reaction which is potentially life-threatening and always requires an emergency response. This is an important consideration in selecting foods to be handled and consumed.
In the Food Technology Years 7-10 syllabus an additional Students learn to point has also been added in the Core: Nutrition and consumption section:
· identify dietary strategies that would be adopted by individuals with food allergies
In Food Technology Life Skills Outcome LS3.2 has been amended to include reference to food intolerances/allergies and allergic reactions.
Please be aware of these amendments and ensure they are implemented in teaching and learning.
It is essential that all teachers are aware of and follow the correct procedures. The Procedures have particular relevance to teachers in the Technology Learning Area, especially those subjects with a focus on food preparation and/or sharing.
The Anaphylaxis Procedures for Schools are currently under review. Information about changes/updates will be made available as soon as released.
Teachers can also find curriculum resources here.
The Anaphylaxis Procedures for Schools are mandatory. They state:
To minimise the risk of exposure to a high risk allergen, schools should avoid the use of peanuts, peanut butter or other peanut products in 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.
These precautions apply to all schools whether or not any student is known to be at risk from anaphylaxis.
Making technology learning safer
Technology teachers need to constantly identify hazards regardless of area of study, be it at the agriculture plot, workshop, food preparation area, design room or computer room. Implementation of effective risk management strategies are needed to continually provide a safe teaching and learning environment as well as explicit and appropriate teaching and learning activities about safety.
Making Technology learning safer provides information about:
- Advice for Technology teachers
- Safety teaching resources
- Learning to work safely: student activities
- Other resources
Spacewise - a Built Environment design project
Students examine public spaces within their community, identify areas of need and design and produce a proposal for redevelopment to better meet the needs of the people who use the space.
The resource is supported by Teacher Notes, Teaching and Learning Sequences and additional resources.
Spacewise is now available on TaLE.
For matters related to Technology/TAS 7-12 subjects please email: Sandra.McKee4@det.nsw.edu.au