DEC Scan Journal : Volume 36 Issue 1
2017 Volume 36, Issue 1 58 Contents Editorial Learning & teaching Research Share this Resource reviews Dairy Farming Into the Future [videorecording] ABSTRACT Robots milking cows is a recent technological development which will have a significant impact on the dairy industry. In this free video resource, information is presented by a current leader in the development of this innovative technology. The video footage provides a detailed view of the way the robotic dairy operates during the milking process, and is supported by a clear verbal explanation. The economic, managerial, environmental and social factors which drive this change in production methods are discussed simply and clearly. Animal welfare considerations are also outlined. This video is the first and most detailed in a suite of six online videos produced by the NSW Department of Education which explain aspects of robotic dairying. This series would be particularly useful for students and teachers studying the Stage 6 Agriculture elective, ‘Farming for the 21st Century’, and may also have some relevance in the HSC topic, ‘Farm Product Study’, as well as the Preliminary course. The content could also support understanding of concepts in the Agricultural Technology Years 7-10 Syllabus and the Food Technology Stage 6 Syllabus. See the Australian curriculum springboard in this issue for additional ideas and information about using this resource. USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 KLA: TAS SYLLABUS: Agricultural Technology 7-10; Agriculture Stage 6; Food Technology Stage 6 PUBLISHER: NSW Department of Education, NSW REVIEW DATE: 13/01/2017 [636.2] SCIS 1788762 *1788762* Dairy farming into the future by NSW Department of Education – Learning Systems Raising the Steaks – the Science of Cattle Breeding ABSTRACT Outlining some of the scientific advances in cattle breeding, this detailed and up to date video uses a combination of interviews with Australian cattle producers and industry experts. Supported by animations, the 23 minute clip explains embryo transfer as a tool which can improve the productivity and quality of beef animals. Integrated with this is the need for objective measurement of animal traits when selecting seed stock, and the use of Estimated Breeding Values (EBV) and Breedplan for identifying superior genotypes in a beef herd. Other reproductive technologies are discussed, including artificial insemination and juvenile in vitro embryo transfer. The advantages and disadvantages of the increased use of superior animals in breeding programs are also presented. USER LEVEL: Stage 5 Stage 6 KLA: TAS SYLLABUS: Agricultural Technology 7-10; Agriculture Stage 6 PUBLISHER: State of NSW Department of Education, NSW REVIEW DATE: 13/01/2017 [636.208] SCIS 1788756 *1788756* Raising the steaks – the science of cattle breeding by NSW Department of Education – Learning Systems What’s the Mood? Created as part of the ‘Scholastic Scope’ language arts magazine program, the main focus of this video is authorship. By defining mood as the feeling or atmosphere created by art or literature, the video is a little restrictive, although later it does mention how music can also be used to alter the mood of a scene. Without using the terms ‘adjectives’ and ‘adverbs’, the video provides examples showing a variety of descriptive language tools enhancing a written passage through Planning learning activities using YouTube videos embedded in ‘Scan’? Note that a teacher log in is required to view YouTube videos in the NSW DoE online environment. Stage 6 students also have access.
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