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.
Module 3: Key resources
Technology Online hosts three key resources designed to help you grow your knowledge and understanding of the technology curriculum and how to teach it:
- explanatory papers
- indicators of progression
- progression diagrams.
All these resources can be used by teachers, syndicate leaders, teachers in charge of technology, and heads of department/faculty for planning purposes and professional learning.
For each of the eight components within the three strands there is an explanatory paper describing what it is about and defining key ideas. The paper comes with examples of contexts that could be used at different curriculum levels.
To understand a specific curriculum component or get an overview of key technology ideas, these papers are a great place to start.
Go to the explanatory papers:
Indicators of progression
The indicators take each technology achievement objective and, in bulleted points, describe what students are expected to know and/or be able to do.
An accompanying guidance section suggests a variety of strategies that you could use to develop student skills/knowledge/understanding in relation to the target achievement objective.
The indicators of progression are available in two formats: by curriculum level or component. They are an indispensible tool for programme planning and assessment.
- Go to the indicators of progression.
The progression diagrams are a series of one-page diagrams, organised by component, that show how understandings are developed within and across curriculum levels. They can be used for both programme planning and assessment purposes.
- Go to the progression diagrams.
Used together, the indicators of progression and progression diagrams are an excellent resource for planning next learning.
Questions to think about or discuss
- Have a look at the explanatory paper for a curriculum component that you feel less certain about. How could you use it as a professional development tool (for yourself, your team)?
- How could you use the indicators of progression and progression diagrams to help you plan your school’s technology programme?
- How could you use the indicators of progression and progression diagrams when planning your classroom programme and to assess learning?
Module 1: What is technological literacy? | Module 2: Teacher knowledge | Module 3: Key resources | Module 4: A coherent teaching programme across levels | Module 5: Insights from research | Module 6: Next steps