Module 4

Required Readings PRIOR to Tutorial 4

Design and Technology for Children Chapter 4: Creativity and Design

Additional readings include:

You do not need to complete the in-text activities as these will be addressed in tutorials but it is important that you have read the texts as this will be assumed in both lectures and tutorials.

Group 1 (Wednesday 1pm - 3pm)
Group 2 (Wednesday 4pm - 6pm)
Group 3 (Thursday 9am - 11am)
Group 4 (Thursday 11am - 1pm)
Group 5 (Thursday 2pm - 4pm)
Group 6 (Thursday 4pm - 6pm)

Tutorial Resources

Robots (5 per tute group) - basic pre-builds + towers, usb cords. etc. Batteries charged.
Beebots, iPads
Costuming material for robots - cloth, paper, etc.


Tutorial 4

In your tutorial you will undertake a variety of technology activities including:

ACTIVITY T4.1    Asking design questions

Have you ever questioned the way your environment is organised or constructed?
Did you ever think about why chairs are designed the way they are?
Record as many questions or thoughts you may have had about your designed environment.

ACTIVITY T4.2    Encouraging children to ask quality design questions

How can you encourage young children to ask quality design questions? What can you set up in a classroom or centre which acts as a catalyst for asking design questions? What will you do or say?

ACTIVITY T4.3    Ecodesign teaching

How could you use the framework presented in Table 4.1 (page 86) to teach ecodesign principles? Map out a lesson plan on what you might do.

ACTIVITY T4.4    Analysing practices for opportunities to build creativity

Think back to your last visit or video conference to a classroom. Examine the learning climate and the resources available. Analyse this context. Lewis (2009, p262) asks the following questions and they will be helpful in your analysis:
  • What are the creative prospects of technology education?

  • What pedagogic strategies seem likely to stimulate the inventive urges of children?
We add:
  • What kinds of emotional conditions are created in the classroom for supporting creativity?

  • What kinds of physical spaces (including time) are available for children to engage in creative design?

Integration Activity I4

Lego robotics - moon base, Beebots, Scratch, Alice


The first video explains building the robots, this will be done for you for the tutorial

The next video explains how to give instructions, program, your robot

and here are some additional tutorials

Scratch is a very popular programming language for kids

Alice is a simple programming language for kids based on making movies as a metaphor