Tuesday, April 25, 2017

HaSS workshop on 26 April 2017

PowerPoint from the 26 April workshop

Some useful HaSS links

Spatialworlds
GeogSpace
AC History Units
Geogaction
DECD Learning Resources for Australian Curriculum 
Australian Geography Teachers' Association website

Geography Teachers Association of South Australia
History Teachers Association of South Australia
History Teachers Association of Australia
Legal Education Teachers Association SA (LETASA)
Business Educators Australia

Email contact:
malcolm.mcinerney@sa.gov.au


* The Australian Curriculum Portal




A selection of HASS resources and links





 Being a Citizen: a resource for Civics and Citizenship programming



 South Australian Parliament teaching resources



The role of juries eBook (DECD Outreach Education)



Suffragettes site (DECD Outreach Education)


Discovering Democracy resources 




* Parliamentary Education Office resources





* A primary school resource from Parafield Gardens Primary School for Civics and Citizenship




A primary school resource from Parafield Gardens Primary School for Economics and Business




* DECD Australian Curriculum: HASS resources 

The DECD "Making the Australian Curriculum work for us' resource has been designed  to support the teaching and learning of the Australian Curriculum: HASS.

As you can see below the resource to date includes a creative animation, broadsheets on the curriculum, sound bites and 'talking heads'.

The Story of the learning areas animation. An excellent animation on 'What is Geography for'



The HaSS curriculum, year by year, all on one page in the Learning Area Explorer.




Achievement Standards Charts and activities (soon to be updated for HaSS F-7)



* The RSLSA Virtual War Memorial

A great resource for commemoration activities, historical research and work on Australian identity in the Civics and Citizenship curriculum.




Changing Worlds: The South Australian Story (DECD Outreach Education resource)


 
* South Australian Aboriginal Cultural Studies Curriculum
http://dlb.sa.edu.au/tlsmoodle/
Click on ACS Aboriginal Cultural Studies course and then in the next screen,
enter password in reverse as mentioned.

* DECD Outreach Education



Some other useful DECD Outreach Education resources for the teaching of HaSS

Muslim Cameleers website: (South Australian Museum)




Curator’s Table: German migrants experiences in Australia during World War I web based resource:




iPad inquiry trails to be undertaken on site at the South Australian Maritime Museum:







Monday, April 24, 2017

Curriculum Making and Powerful Knowledge


Image above: The Geography Association in the UK. An amazing resource and the leaders in the concept of curriculum making. However the concept applies to all the HaSS subjects


Related sites to Humsteach blog
Australian Curriculum Portal
DECD Learning Resources for Australian Curriculum
DECD Achievement Standards Charts 
Australian Geography Teachers' Association website

Geography Teachers Association of South Australia
History Teachers Association of South Australia
History Teachers Association of Australia 

Scoop.it 


Email contact:
malcolm.mcinerney@unisa.edu.au   

What is curriculum making?

Curriculum making is the creative act of interpreting a curriculum specification or scheme of work and turning it into a coherent, challenging, engaging and enjoyable scheme of work.
Curriculum making is a job that really never ends and lies at the heart of good teaching.
When educators talk about curriculum making we refer to the creation of interesting, engaging and challenging educational encounters which draw upon teacher knowledge and skills, the experiences of students and the valuable subject resources of the subject. Curriculum making is concerned with holding all this in balance and as a teacher you play a key role.

Why curriculum making? 
The potential and promise of a subject is compromised if it is seen only as an inert or static 'knowledge-to-be-delivered'. Covering the syllabus is just the mechanics of teaching and is not the same as making the curriculum.
Curriculum making is about bringing a curriculum alive. It is about enacting the curriculum and giving it purpose. HaSS is a learning area that can enable students to better understand the world and their place in it. It aims for a deep understanding.
The inquiry-led approach lies at the heart of teaching and learning in the Australian Curriculum: HaSS. Humanities teachers perform a delicate balancing act, drawing upon the student's experiences, the subject resource and their own knowledge and craft skills.

The essence of curriculum making 
The following diagram captures the essence of curriculum making. Think of the diagram as a kind of 'corrective', always aiming for somewhere in the middle. Engage with the subject, listen to your students and question the value of what you are teaching.


Diagram from the Geography Association UK

The inquiry approach contains four central aspects including the creation of a 'need to know' through the use of an engaging stimulus. It then develops through the collection and use of data, processing and making sense of that data and finally reflecting on learning in order to apply it to future enquiries.
This process has been captured in a single diagram (adapted from Roberts, 2003).






Sunday, April 2, 2017

Preparing for our excursion to the Adelaide CBD on 24 April




On Monday 24 April, meet at 9am at the National War Memorial on the corner of Kintore Avenue and North Terrace.

Sites to support your HaSS planning
Australian Curriculum Portal
GeogSpace
AC History Units
DECD Learning Resources for Australian Curriculum
Australian Geography Teachers' Association website

Geography Teachers Association of South Australia
History Teachers Association of South Australia
History Teachers Association of Australia
Legal Education Teachers Association SA (LETASA)
Business Educators Australia

Email contact:
malcolm.mcinerney@unisa.edu.au


Some resources to support historical learning on South Australian history and the visit of workshop 4070 and 5171 to the city on 24 April.

Adelaide City Explorer




* Changing Worlds: The South Australian Story
http://www.changingworlds.sa.edu.au/?page_id=39

 

*A role play simulation of the contact between Aboriginal people and Europeans from the point of European con act, into eh 20th Century. The South Australian Aboriginal history role play, click here and you can download a pdf of the activity.


* The RSL Virtual War Memorial:  an excellent resource to help students study the involvement of South Australians in the global conflicts of the 20th Century.

A great resource for commemoration activities, historical research and work on Australian identity in the Civics and Citizenship curriculum.





* DECD Outreach Education
A service of DECD to encourage and support teachers to use important cultural and a natural history sites in South Australia. Take particular note of the Planning a visit section of the site.



* The South Australian Migration Museum
We will be visiting the Migration Museum on Kintore Avenue. The following website provides guidance for such a visit.


Some other useful DECD Outreach Education resources for the teaching of HaSS

iPad inquiry trails to be undertaken on site at the South Australian Maritime Museum:







Muslim Cameleers website: (South Australian Museum)




Curator’s Table: German migrants experiences in Australia during World War I web based resource:





Monday, March 20, 2017

Let's talk theory



Related sites to Humsteach blog

Australian Curriculum Portal
Geogaction
DECD Learning Resources for Australian Curriculum
DECD Achievement Standards Charts 
Australian Geography Teachers' Association website

Geography Teachers Association of South Australia
History Teachers Association of South Australia
History Teachers Association of Australia 

Scoop.it 




Email contact:
malcolm.mcinerney@flinders.edu.au    


Let's talk theory for a while


It is important  in your rationale for your lesson plan and unit plan that you refer to learning theories. I know you have done a lot on learning theories during your studies but I thought it was worth reminding you about the importance of referencing them when you are designing the learning for students

A site too check out about learning theories is at http://www.learning-theories.com


In the Australian Curriculum you will see many learning theories in action via the inquiry model used in HaSS




Constructivism

The philosophy about learning, that proposes learners need to build their own understanding of new ideas, has been labelled constructivism.


 Blooms taxonomy

Some other learning theories to refer to in HaSS:


·        Multiple Intelligences

·        Systems thinking

·        Experiential learning

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Understanding play is critical to understanding learning




YouTube on connecting and creativity

Creative ideas from A to Z


Using games in humanities

"Understanding play is critical to understanding learning."
"Play is the basis for cultivating imagination and innovation."
Seely and Brown

So what about this play thing? For many educators play is recognized as a critical tool for children. They consider that through play they come to understand, experience, and know the world. However as we get older (and the teaching force fits into this category), play is seen as unimportant, trivial, or as a means of relaxation and learning switches to something you do in school where now you are taught.

“What we fail to fully grasp is that play is the way that children manage new, unexpected and changing conditions, exactly the situation we now all face in the fast-paced world of the 21st century. Play is more than a tool to manage change; it allows us to make new things familiar, to perfect new skills, to experiment with moves and crucially to embrace change —a key disposition for succeeding in the 21st century.”

Seely and Brown believe play as part of a new culture of learning does the above in four ways:
1) By thinking about the problem as a crisis in learning rather than teaching
2) By looking at the incredible power of new cultures of learning that are happening already and understanding what makes them successful
3) By tapping new resources: peer to peer learning, amplified by the power of the collective, which favors things like questing dispositions over transfer models of education and embraces play as a modality of exploration, experimentation, and engagement.
4) By understanding how to optimize the resources (and freedom) of large networks, while at the same time affording personal and individual agency constrained within a problem space created by a bounded learning environment.
Play provides freedom to act in new ways which are different from "everyday life" within a set of rules that constrain that freedom. Think of any game a kid creates of make-believe. It is both fantasy and it has to have rules (which may be arbitrary and even ridiculous), but what it results in is a world of imagination and something entirely new and innovative.


In short, play cultivates imagination and innovation, two capacities critical for individuals to function and be successful in the 21st Century.

Such consideration of play brings me to the idea of games and game-type activities (simulations, quizzes, puzzles etc) in the geography classroom. Here is just a selection of free game type activities/resources available on-line which could and in the view of Seely and Brown should be embraced by the geography classroom.

Fun is OK!

Test your knowledge of world geography
http://www.geosense.net/

Games for Change curates digital and non-digital games that engage contemporary social issues in a meaningful way. These games have been created by cross-disciplinary teams from around the world.

Ideas to inspire: Online Geography Gaming: This site contains links and background to hundreds of online games and simulations for use in the geography classroom. The site also has ideas and links to ICT and on-line collaboration tools. An amazing one-stop shop for teachers to incorporate games and fun into the classroom for students to learn.

Here is a selection from the excellent Ideas to inspire site (28 out of the 102 profiled on the site)

Electrocity

Stop disasters

3rd World farmer

Sim sweatshop

Darfur is dying

McDonalds game

My Sus House

My abodo

Flood Sim

Google Flight Sim

Sporcle: Place based games

Place games and quizzes

Classic Sim City

Oil and extraction

Free poverty

Global rich

Trans Aid: transport issues and aid

Refugees: Against all odds

Climate change Pentathlon

Food force: Humanitarian food game

*Race against global poverty

Climate challenge

Earthquake: make a quake

Urban plan

*Environmental quiz game

Shipping

Virtual volcano

Map Zone games