Digital technologies support
As your school moves to implement the revised digital technologies curriculum content, a range of information, professional learning opportunities, resources, case studies, and innovative ideas are available for you to access and use.
Watch a video for a guided tour
Digital technologies support guided tour
Watch the video for a guided tour of the digital technologies support on Technology Online.
Kia ora. I'm Cheryl Pym from the University of Otago. We're going to have a short, guided tour around Technology Online and identify the places to find some digital technologies resources to support your implementation.
We're going to start on the home page and then click the “Technology in the New Zealand Curriculum”. When you come to this page you'll find at the very top “Digital technologies support”. On this page you'll find a collection of resources to support you and we're going to begin with “Digital technologies in the revised technology learning area”.
Once there you'll come to this interactive diagram that starts with New Zealand Curriculum at the top, coming down to technology and then the three strands of technology sitting underneath that. So if we click technological practice this will take you to a descriptor and then components and you can click on each of those and find more information.
So we're going to focus on the progress outcomes but you can see the achievement objectives and progress outcomes – all of which are linked to the three strands of the curriculum.
So let's have a look at what's on the computational thinking for digital technologies page. Here you'll see that there's a diagram at the very top that shows you the progress outcomes situated in relation to the levels of the curriculum. So they’re the big chunks of learning that need to take place as foundations before students move on to the next step. We've got a descriptor of computational thinking at progress outcome 1 and then we've got a set of exemplars that you can download as PDFs. For curriculum levels 1–5 we have exemplars but curriculum levels 6 and above you will find that we have snapshots which are just a little bit different in their construction. But again you can download these as PDFs. Of course everybody needs to unpack new words so here we have a "digital technologies: glossary of terms".
Going back to the “Technology in the NZC” and we'll have a quick look at the designing and developing digital outcomes page. You'll notice the construction is exactly the same. So going back to the digital technologies support page you'll see that we've covered the first two sets of support and then we have a really crucial section that's entitled “Digital technologies questions and answers”. So these are questions that schools, kura, leaders, and teachers have posed. And there are some answers from the ministry and curriculum experts to support you in your implementation journey.
Once again back to the support page and underneath those questions and answers you'll see it is “Digital technologies professional support”. This outlines the Ministry of Education free professional learning and development opportunities for schools. So depending on where you are on your journey and your needs, you'll find something there that will support you as you move forward.
Getting towards the bottom of the page now we have the “Technology Online webinars”. There are a range of webinars some of which are focused on the implementation of digital technologies. And if we have a look at this one, this webinar is around getting started with your progress outcomes.
As well as digital technologies webinars we also have some resources. So you'll see some teaching snapshots. If we click on the teaching snapshots you come to a range of resources that are written up to support teachers understanding the curriculum. Here we have one around a year 1, 2, 3 class who were exploring technological systems and computational thinking using some household appliances.
In addition there's a video section. Here we have the digital technologies section up front.
Nearly to the end of our support page, if we scroll to the bottom, you'll see that there are some “Links for digital technologies”. This is a place where you find some curriculum links to other pages outside Technology Online that have been suggested and recommended by practising teachers. Keep an eye out and explore this new section around digital technologies support for the revised technology learning area. Ka kite anō.
Links to digital technologies support on Technology Online
Go to Technology in the NZC to view the new technology learning area diagram. You can follow the links on the diagram to find out more about the revised curriculum content.
Find answers to some of the most common questions about digital technologies in the revised technology learning area.
Information about the professional supports for digital technologies all in one place!
Find information about initiatives, including the National Digital Readiness Programme Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko, to help you incorporate the revised technology learning area in your curriculum.
Find recordings of webinars, including those focused on digital technologies in the New Zealand Curriculum. You can also register for upcoming webinars.
Find tables with links to some useful digital technologies resources to help you in your planning.
Learn about how schools and communities engaged with digital technologies.