Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies Grades K – 3
IDEATE – MAKE – SHARE
Design Thinking and Making: this process is meant to be done in combination with grade-level content from other areas of learning in cross-curricular activities.
The ability to design and make, acquire skills as needed, and apply technologies is important in the world today and a key aspect of educating citizens for the future.
Goals and Rationale
The Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies curriculum builds on students’ natural curiosity, inventiveness, and desire to create and work in practical ways.
- Designs grow out of natural curiosity
- Skills can be developed through play
- Technologies are tools that extend human capabilities
Students are expected to use the following learning standards in combination with grade-level content from other areas of learning in cross-curricular activities to develop foundational mindsets and skills in design thinking and making.
Learning Commons Resources
We have a wide variety of books, curriculum and DVDs that cover this topic.
- STEM (Applying the Standards)
- Project Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-directed Learners
- 100 Fantastic Things to Make, Do & Play
- Rosie Revere, Engineer
- Pirate, Viking & Scientist
- The Most Magnificent Thing
- Magformers Designer set
- Gears! Gears! Gears! Super Set
- And more!
Use the following keywords to search for resources:
- Maker education
- Project based learning
- Inquiry based learning
To enter the Search Portal, click on the banner located at the top of this page.
Log in to BrainPOP to find videos on engineering, technology and digital citizenship, or to BrainPOP Jr. for the videos available for Gr. K-3 under technology, such as blogs, computational thinking,computer programming, e-mail, engineering and design process, internet safety, parts of a computer, taking photos and transportation..
Go to BrainPOP Educators (no login required) which has the option to choose BC curriculum standards.
In BrainPOP you will find short animated movies, to creatively engage students in learning. (Gr. K-12) Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.
Log in to Discovery Education Canada and search for ADST topics. There will be topics such as: Education, Engineering, Environmental Occupations, Financial, Health, Human Services, Workplace Skills, Marketing and Sales, Mechanics, Media and Arts, Personal and Building Services, Production Occupations, Professional Specialty Occupations, Scientific Occupations, Technical and Related Occupations, Technology, and Transportation and Material Moving Occupations.
Discovery Education Streaming Plus offers students award-winning digital or multimedia content. (K-12 content) Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.
Log in to Explora Primary.
EBSCOhost’s Explora is a site to encourage student research with extensive, reliable content and ease of use. (K-12 content) Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.
Log in to Enchanted Learning.
Enchanted Learning produces educational materials, mostly for Gr. K-3, which emphasize creativity and joy in learning. Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.
EverFi produces digital courses, such as: financial literacy, STEM, diversity and inclusion, student loan management, digital citizenship, civic awareness, entrepreneurial thinking, alcohol and substance abuse, and sexual assault prevention. (Gr. 1-12) Look for a full description (and a list of all courses available) under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.
Log in to Kidblog.
Kidblog is a secure, private blogging platform created specifically for educational use. (Gr. K-7+) Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.
Log in to KnowBC and search by going to an encyclopedia or book and searching it.
KnowBC is the leading general reference site for British Columbia, including such resources as the Encyclopedia of British Columbia and other reference works. (Gr. K-12) Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.
First log in to Learn360 before you choose a topic or “click” on a link. Once in Learn360 select a topic such as Technical and Vocational Education, then filter for the appropriate grade range.
Learn360 is a media-on-demand service or digital video library for Gr. K-12, with digital, audio and other support materials. Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.
PebbleGo is a research site for students in Gr. K-3 (Animals, Science, Social Studies and Dinosaurs), while PebbleGo Next is for Gr. 3-6 (Science and Social Studies), both of which have read-along audio. Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.
Log in to Tynker.
Tynker’s interactive courses enable students to learn computer programming in a fun and imaginative way. Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.
Log in to World Book Early World of Learning (pre-K to Gr. 3) or World Book Kids (Gr. K-5) through the parent home page in Encom under “Curriculum Resources” or through the Subscriptions page in the Learning Commons Search Portal.
In World Book Kids, choose “Activities” to find a number of great ADST projects. The “For Grownups” section at the bottom explains how to use these with your students.
World Book is our online encyclopedia with research sites for all ages from K to 12. Look for a full description under “Subscriptions” in the main menu above.