Activity Introduction

MBICodyHeroShotQuick summary: The My Big Idea project is designed to spark a deeper conversation about Australia’s future and encourage people to take action towards that future. This lesson provides a step-by-step guide to enable students to envision and connect with their future while participating in the My Big Idea initiative. Students will be supported to come up with ideas to address the key challenges facing the country. They will also explore and vote for the ideas that have been submitted, and engage their friends, family and community in the project.

Key points to explore:

  • Young people have great ideas about how to improve Australia’s tomorrow.
  • The My Big Idea project aims to source and bring to life some of Australia’s most innovative and inspiring ideas for the country’s future – no idea is too small to be Australia’s next big idea!
  • Young people’s voices and views are important and worthy of investment.
  • It is important that young people feel a sense of ownership and agency over their tomorrow.
  • You and your students can engage with the community in a positive and meaningful way that leads to action.

21st Century skills:

MY BIG IDEA 21st century skills

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions:
This lesson can be applied across the curriculum. It is a great way to address the general capabilities and incorporate the cross-curriculum priorities into your subject area. The lesson can be integrated into any subject area across the Year 7 and 8 curriculum, including:

Year 7 HASS (Civics and Citizenship)
Problem-solving and decision-making

  • Appreciate multiple perspectives and use strategies to mediate differences (ACHCS057)

Communication and reflection

  • Reflect on their role as a citizen in Australia’s democracy (ACHCS060)

Year 8 HASS (Civics and Citizenship)
Problem-solving and decision-making

  • Appreciate multiple perspectives and use strategies to mediate differences (ACHCS071)

Communication and reflection

  • Reflect on their role as a citizen in Australia’s democracy (ACHCS074)

Year 7-8 Health and Physical Education
Contributing to healthy and active communities

  • Investigate the benefits to individuals and communities of valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity (ACPPS079)

Year 7 English
Interacting with others

  • Use interaction skills when discussing and presenting ideas and information, selecting body language, voice qualities and other elements, (for example music and sound) to add interest and meaning (ACELY1804)

Interpreting, analysing, evaluating

  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret, analyse and synthesise ideas and information, critiquing ideas and issues from a variety of textual sources (ACELY1723)

Year 8 English
Interpreting, analysing, evaluating

  • Use comprehension strategies to interpret and evaluate texts by reflecting on the validity of content and the credibility of sources, including finding evidence in the text for the author’s point of view (ACELY1734)

Creating texts

  • Create imaginative, informative and persuasive texts that raise issues, report events and advance opinions, using deliberate language and textual choices, and including digital elements as appropriate (ACELY1736)

General capabilities: Literacy, ICT Capability, Critical and Creative Thinking, Ethical Understanding, Personal and Social Capability, Intercultural Understanding

Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.4, OI.5, OI.6, OI.7

Topic: Social issues, Sustainability.

Time required: 120 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: High – facilitate student discussion and brainstorming; coordinate student movement around classroom.

Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet and the My Big Idea website. Device capable of presenting a website to the class; including a projector and speakers. Computer/web-enabled device (preferably one per student, however enough for one per pair would also suffice). My Big Idea Introduction. Printed copies of the following: My Big Idea TOPIC Posters (optional), My Big Idea CHALLENGE Posters, Colour-Symbol-Image Visible Thinking Tool (one per student). My Big Idea Idea Judging Criteria (one per group). Butcher’s paper, notepaper, textas, recycled paper or sticky notes, Blu-Tack. Project Planning Tips for Success (extension activity).

Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities, use of online search tools, online submission of ideas.

Keywords: Australia, community, tomorrow, idea, brainstorm, change.

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Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

MBIDeborahHeroShotTeacher preparation

Overarching learning goal:
Students will understand why the My Big Idea initiative has been created and how it works. They will feel connected to the Australian community and its current and future challenges. Students will be able to think critically and creatively about a set challenge and work collaboratively to brainstorm, then refine and submit ideas that address real community issues.

Teacher content information:
My Big Idea is designed to spark a deeper conversation about Australia’s future, encourage and facilitate citizen-led action towards that future, and instill a sense of possibility. Run by the Australian Futures Project, the details of the My Big Idea project are as follows:

  1. A sample of people representative of the Australian community was surveyed. They were asked about their personal, cultural and organisational values and from the survey results, 10 topics and 30 associated challenges (three challenges per topic) were identified. For example, t
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Student Worksheet

Thought starter: Let's create the future we want ... today.

 

1. What challenge did you work on throughout the lesson?

How might we ?

 

2. What was your group's idea to address the challenge?

 

If you haven't already, go to mybigidea.org.au and submit your idea!

Don't forget to encourage your friends and family to vote for your idea, and submit an idea of their own!

Reflection

What did you find easy during the session? Give some detail about what it was and why you found it easy:

What did you find difficult during the session? Give some detail about what it was and why you found it difficult:

Think about your classmates and group members. What did you see them do that you admire? Include some detail about your observations here:

If you feel comfortable, let your classmate know about your observations.

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