Week 5

You will be provided an opportunity in this weeks lecture to participate in the PRO-Teaching (Peer Observation of Teaching) project. The project is looking at additional ways of supporting university staff in providing you with great learning experiences, two observers will join us to observe the lecture  and you will be asked to complete a short survey at the end of the lecture.  I hope you will support the project. 

Required Readings PRIOR to Lecture 5 and Tutorial 5

MMADD about the Arts Chapter 5: Visual arts education
Design and Technology for Children Chapter 6: Assessing children's technological knowledge and capabilities
Design and Technology for Children Chapter 7: Cooperative technological learning and biotechnology
(required for tutorial)

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 (Tutorial 15203 Thursday Noon - 4pm in G31 2.15) 
Group 2 (Tutorial 15202 Thursday Noon - 4pm in G31 2.17)
Group 3 (Tutorial 15204 Friday 8am - Noon in G31 2.15) 
Group 4 (Tutorial 15205 Friday 1pm - 5pm in G31 2.18)

Tutorial Resources

Puppets and puppetry resources
Puppet creation materials (2.07)
One theatre in each tute room + three in 2.07
Children books
Visual arts - drawing, painting and modelling material (2.07)
Straws (200 per tute group)
Newspapers (5 papers per tute group)
Masking tape (2 rolls per tute group)



Lecture 5

You should come prepared to discuss assessing children's technological knowledge and capabilities, and specifically:

Finding out what children know;
Organising learning environments;
Assessing children's achievements - New Zealand perspective;
Potentive assessment - assessment of future capabilities and technological knowledges.

Lecture 5

You should come prepared to discuss Visual arts education, and specifically:

Generating (making), Realising (performing) and Responding to (appreciating) visual arts;
Subject matter in visual arts;
Practical considerations;
Brief overview of arts history; and
Activities to introduce the different forms of visual arts.

Tutorial 5

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

ACTIVITY T6.1    Children's technological capability

Examining the case study of Ryan on pages 118 - 123 of your text, discuss the formal and informal testing occurring and whether the context for assessment matters.

ACTIVITY T7.1    My experiences making cubbies

What were your memories of making and playing in cubbies? Note the range of cubbies and different contexts in which they were created.
  • Did you use a range of technological skills or artefacts?
  • What did you do in the cubbies?
  • What games did you play?
  • What play system did you create?
  • How did you feel?

ACTIVITY T7.2    Cubby House

Design your own cubby using the objects and environment you can see. What games could you play?

ACTIVITY T7.3    Making a free standing structure

In groups design, build, test and evaluate a free-standing structure made out of newspaper that will comfortably house one student. Record your progress with a camera and include a photographic sequence of design, building, testing and evaluation in your Google Document.

The structure must be self-supporting which means that it cannot be connected to anything or propped up in any way. Only newspaper can be used with no more than one metre of masking tape to hold it together.

Evaluate the structure according to the following criteria:
  • stability of structure;
  • amount of materials used;
  • accommodation space;
  • aesthetic appearance; and
  • free-standing / self supporting qualities.

ACTIVITY T7.4    Making straw towers in Lilliput land

In groups of three, assign roles (recorder, reporter and gofer) to each member of the group. Your task is to work as a cooperative group, with the gofer collecting materials and equipment, the recorder writing down the materials used and their cost, and the reporter reporting back to the tutorial group about the experience of the task. As a group you are to build one tower and then answer the following questions:

  • Did you explore the materials first (e.g. try out different joining methods before starting to make the tower)? This stage of the technological process is important as it form the investigating phase. During this phase you need sufficient time to explore the properties of the materials you are working with.

  • Did your group draw a rough sketch or design prior to making the tower?

  • How did you decide which member's idea was to be used for the tower?

  • How did you evaluate your model?

  • Did the cost of materials significantly influence your design, or did you now worry about expensive your model might be?

  • Do you think the costing of the tower contributed to the production of a quality product? 

Per straw $1
Per tape join $0.5
Per elastic band $0.2
Per 20cm of string $1

[straw tower ted video http://marshmallowchallenge.com/]

Tutorial 5

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


Create a portfolio of links to online examples that demonstrate each of the elements and forms of visual arts.Annotate each artwork link with dot points detailing key teaching strategies and processes.


Select one artform of visual arts and develop it into a lesson plan showing clearly the preparation prior to the lesson, the purpose of the lesson, the outcome indicators and how these will be assessed, the resources required, and step-by-step details of the lesson procedure.


Select a children's picture book or other relavent artwork and identify how you could use this in an art appreciation lesson that extends into a 'making art' lesson. Identify what outcome indicators could be used to assess children's learning in relation to the visual arts covered. Write up your ideas in a programmed format, indicating which subject matter and forms of visual arts are being taught and developed. Indicate what syllabus outcomes the children are working towards by engaging in these activities.

Integration Activity I5


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