Activity Introduction

Quick summary: Students develop a plan for taking action around a real-world issue presented in the Global Problem Solvers series. After reviewing prior knowledge, students discuss the value of creating a plan in bringing an idea to life. Focusing on the solution created for the GPS series, students work collaboratively to create a plan for action, including defining the problem and their solution, creating a mind-map to list the materials and equipment needed, identifying challenges and solutions, and prioritising outcomes in preparation for evaluation. Students then communicate their plan with peers and provide feedback.

These lessons have been developed in partnership with Cisco. Cisco believes that our future will be defined by global problem solvers – global citizens ready to thrive in a connected and digital future by thinking like entrepreneurs, innovating like technologists, and acting as agents of social change.

Learning intentions:

  • Students understand why planning is important to a successful project.
  • Students recognise some of the steps that can be used when planning a project.

21st century skills: 

   CommunicatingCritical ThinkingProblem SolvingTeam Work

Australian Curriculum Mapping

Content descriptions: 

Year 3 HASS

  • Interact with others with respect to share points of view (ACHASSI059)
  • Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions (ACHASSI060)
  • Present ideas, findings and conclusions in texts and modes that incorporate digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms (ACHASSI061)

Year 4 HASS

  • Interact with others with respect to share points of view (ACHASSI080)
  • Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions (ACHASSI081)
  • Present ideas, findings and conclusions in texts and modes that incorporate digital and non-digital representations and discipline-specific terms (ACHASSI082)

Syllabus outcomes: HT2-5, GE2-4

General capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking

Relevant parts of Year 3 HASS achievement standards: Students reflect on their learning to suggest individual action in response to an issue or challenge. They communicate their ideas, findings and conclusions in oral, visual and written forms using simple discipline-specific terms.

Relevant parts of Year 4 HASS achievement standards: Students reflect on their learning to propose action in response to an issue or challenge, and identify the possible effects of their proposed action. They present ideas, findings and conclusions using discipline-specific terms in a range of communication forms.

Topic: Enterprise Learning. 

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Cisco Global Problem Solvers – HASS – Years 3 & 4.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – lead students in guided discussion, oversee group activities.

Resources required:

Keywords: Cisco, Global Problem Solvers, business plan, challenges, solutions, communication, materials and equipment, evaluation.

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

Worksheets

Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will…

  • … understand why planning is important to a successful project
  • … recognise some of the steps that can be used when planning a project.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • … work collaboratively
  • … participate in group discussions
  • … create a mind-map
  • … justify decision making
  • … create a communication piece.

Teacher content information: The Global Problem Solvers are a team of teenage superheroes taking on our world's toughest problems. Developed by Cisco, this animated series supports your students through the steps of becoming problem solving superheroes. The series uses real world problems to support students in identifying and solving problems, in thinking about how technology can be used to solve seemingly intractable problems, and in recognising opportunities for positive social change. In addition, each member of the Global Problem Solvers team exemplifies an attribute conducive to creating innovative so

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Student Worksheet

Thought Starter: “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Making A Plan

Think about your solution, and make a plan for bringing this solution to life by working through the following activities:

1. Defining the problem and the solution

Discuss and record your answers for the following questions:

What is our team called? 

What is our solution?

Why do we want to do this? What problem will it solve?

How will our solution help address the problem?

2. Identifying materials and equipment

Think about the following question: What materials and equipment does your solution need? 

Each group needs to create a mind-map that describes what their solution needs. This should include any materials and equipment required for the solution. 

3. Challenges

There’s a good chance that your solution will come up against some difficulties that you’ll need to think creatively about addressing, for example, even the best people make mistakes, the newest technologi

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