Robots and Community:Y3-4 teaching unit

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This unit provides ideas for Year 3 and 4 teachers in relation to information systems (robots) and the community. The robots used in this unit are robots which are used at the Royal Australian Mint and Keepon. For additional technology teaching ideas visit:
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Robots and Community:Y3-4 teaching unit

  1. 1. Information Systems & Community Y3/4 By Joanne Villis Information Systems & Community Y3/4 Teaching Ideas Australian Digital Technologies Curriculum Ideas By Joanne Villis Side image source: http://pixabay.com/
  2. 2. Information Systems & Community Y3/4 By Joanne Villis Australian Curriculum DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES (Y3/4) Explain how developed solutions and existing information systems meet common personal, school or community needs, and envisage new ways of using them (ACTDIP012)
  3. 3. Information Systems & Community Y3/4 By Joanne Villis Robots Aims: Students explain how robots meet personal and community needs. Students foresee new ways of using robots. Teacher background information: In their simplest terms, robots are information systems which contain sensors, control systems, manipulators, power supplies and software all working together to perform a task.
  4. 4. Information Systems & Community Y3/4 By Joanne Villis Robots Lesson 1 & 2 (linked to Math – money): Robots in the Royal Australian Mint Begin this lesson by discussing what students think robots are and where they have seen them. Many students may think of robots as toys rather than as technologies used in the community. Show students the video on the following slide (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u3upZG4toE ) which addresses how money is made. Pause the video after robots are discussed.
  5. 5. Information Systems & Community Y3/4 By Joanne Villis Robots Additional resources about robots in the Royal Australian Mint can be found online at: http://www.ramint.gov.au/education/factsheets/technology. cfm . Ask students to use De Bono’s 6 Thinking Hats to discuss the use of robots in the production of money. What should we be thinking about? What is our topic? What do you know about the robots which are used in the Royal Australian Mint?
  6. 6. Information Systems & Community Y3/4 By Joanne Villis Robots What are the benefits of using robots in the production of money? What do you feel about the use of robots in production? How do you think it effects the production and the community? How might things go wrong when using the robots? How might the use of robots have a negative effect on the community? Can you think of a new robot which could help with the production of money at the Royal Australian Mint?
  7. 7. Information Systems & Community Y3/4 By Joanne Villis Robots Lesson 3 & 4: Researching robots Allow students two lessons to research robots which are used in the community and then share their discoveries with the class. A good online site for students is Science Facts (http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/sciencefacts/technology/type sofrobots.html ). If students have iPads a great app is called Robots and it is free. Before sending students off to ‘research’ give them a list of questions that you would like them to focus on.
  8. 8. Information Systems & Community Y3/4 By Joanne Villis Robots Lesson 3 & 4: Researching robots Invite students to share their knowledge by posting ‘did you know comments’. I like to do this three different ways. I ask student to use post it notes, write on the whiteboard at the front of the room or share collaboratively online using Padlet. The images below are for visual reference only, they were not taken when teaching this unit. Image: Padlet Image: Post it notes Image: Whiteboard
  9. 9. Information Systems & Community Y3/4 By Joanne Villis Robots Lesson 5 & 6: Keepon Teacher background information: I recommend that teachers watch the video on Keepon before using this lesson (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFfw0RteVwA ). I also suggest that teachers who are choosing this lesson purchase a Keepon robot for around $60.00 AUS. Show students the robot and allow them to play with it. Ask students the following questions: I wonder what the robot is used for.
  10. 10. Information Systems & Community Y3/4 By Joanne Villis Robots I wonder what it does. I wonder how it works. I wonder what it might be used for. Student responses will be varied. Show students the video on the following slide (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3g-yrjh58ms ). Ask students, what they think the robot is responding to. Pull the soft outer coating off the robot and allow students to see what is inside. Invite students to discuss how they think the robot works. What are the main components?
  11. 11. Information Systems & Community Y3/4 By Joanne Villis Robotic hands This teaching idea is linked with the Design and Technologies curriculum. I would introduce students to the concept that robotic body parts are helping members of the community who may have lost a body part due to injury. This would involve discussion only with an emphasis that robotic body parts are designed by people to help people achieve tasks that they previously would have been unable to. For teacher reference only, view the inspirational TED talk on the following slide. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDsNZJTWw0w
  12. 12. Information Systems & Community Y3/4 By Joanne Villis Robotic hands continued I found two great websites which provide hands on activities for students to explore the making of robotic hands. 1. Puppets 2 robots http://puppets2robots.wikispaces.com/The+Mechanical+Arm 2. An Ordinary Life Science Blog http://anordinary-life.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/science-step-by-step- how-to-make.html?m=1
  13. 13. Information Systems & Community Y3/4 By Joanne Villis Robots Unit evaluation:
  14. 14. Information Systems & Community Y3/4 By Joanne Villis Copyright I give permission for the following: Adaptations and sharing of this resources for educational purposes only. I do not give permission for commercial use of this work. When sharing or adapting this work I ask that you give credit to the original creator, Joanne Villis at http://intertecheducation.edublogs.org/ .These ideas may be used for non-commercial purposes only. Contact details: http://intertecheducation.edublogs.org/ jvillis@inter-tech.com.au http://www.pinterest.com/joannevillis/

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