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So you're teaching technology

These six introductory modules present some key concepts, resources, and insights from research for you to explore with your colleagues or on your own.

They may be particularly useful for teachers who are new to technology education (or to teaching technology in New Zealand) and for teachers in charge of technology.


Student holding pōhā

The technology learning area aims to develop in students “a broad technological literacy that will equip them to participate in society as informed citizens and give them access to technology-related careers” (NZC, page 32).

To achieve this, two things are vital:

  • teacher knowledge
  • a coherent teaching and learning programme within and across levels.

These modules are designed to introduce you to:

  • key resources for growing your own professional knowledge and planning a technology programme
  • findings from contemporary research undertaken in New Zealand classrooms.

The questions at the end of each module can be used as catalysts for your own thinking or for discussion with colleagues.

Students and a teacher in a workshop

Module 1: What is technological literacy?

Module 2: Teacher knowledge

Module 3: Key resources

Module 4: A coherent teaching and learning programme across levels

Module 5: Insights from research

Module 6: Next steps


These modules draw on findings from a research project (2010–13) conducted by Dr Vicki Compton, Ange Compton, and Moira Patterson.

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