Applied Technology and Key Skills
In addition to their specific content and knowledge, the subjects and short courses of junior cycle provide students with opportunities to develop a range of key skills. There are opportunities to support all key skills in this course, but some are particularly significant. The examples below identify some of the elements that are related to learning activities in Applied Technology. Teachers can also build many of the other elements of particular key skills into their classroom planning. The eight key skills are set out in detail in Key Skills of Junior Cycle.
||Key skill element
||Examples of student learning activities
||Exploring options and alternatives
||Students will create design solutions to a problem/brief.
||Expressing ideas clearly and accurately
||Students will select the most appropriate media to communicate their ideas/solutions.
||Expressing ideas mathematically
||Students will use correct mathematical notation and units when calculating forces.
||Students will demonstrate correct technical language when explaining a process.
|Managing information and thinking
||Thinking creatively and critically
||Students will engage in innovative thinking to design a solution and critique their solution based on the needs of the problem.
||Setting and achieving personal goals
||Students will establish a plan of work and apply it to the creation of a project.
||Being responsible, safe and ethical in using digital technology
||Students will work ethically and safely online and take responsibility for ensuring the security and privacy of themselves and others.
|Working with others
||Students will collaborate to research and develop solutions to a given problem.