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Enabling e-Learning forum: Digital technologies in the national curriculum

Digital Technologies will introduced as a part of the Technology Learning area in The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa in 2018 and at this stage a roll out of consultation workshops is happening round the country. These changes mean this will be the first time the curriculum has been updated since 2007. Developments so far include clarification of "big ideas" (2016) development of the draft curriculum with a trial and consultation of these key concepts in schools and kura with Hangarau Matihiko working group (2017). Stories from these trials will be available soon.

Technologies curriculum

The reorganised Technology learning area still has the three strands: technological practice, technological knowledge, and nature of technology. Below this are five new technological areas:

  1. Computational thinking for digital technologies
  2. Designing and developing digital outcomes
  3. Designing and developing materials outcomes
  4. Designing and developing processed outcomes
  5. Design and visual communication.

Enabling e-Learning Digital Technologies in the Curriculum

For me this page offers new language and a lot of new learning particularly around:


For example, Computational thinking - looking at a problem in a way that a computer can help us to solve it. It seems like there is a lot of new learning required for teachers here and with a strong message of commitment from the government that our young people will be prepared for a digital future, experts in, NZTech Advance Education Technology Summit: Leading for 21st Century Learning offer some critical questions to help make this happen:


  • How can teachers be prepared for the new learning environment?  

  • How can teacher technology capability be developed?  

  • How can we provide the tools for technology learning?  

  • How can we ensure the successful development and use of resources?

It is still early days in development, but if you’re working in a school or COL (Kāhui Ako), what does this mean for you in 2018? How prepared are you and your colleagues to implement a Digital Technologies strand? What are you trialing already? What are your hopes and fears? Feel free to drop your comments below.


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  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 11 Sep 2017 5:04pm ()

    Kia ora tatou, here are some gems from Technology Online for schools as we unpack the new draft Digital Citizenship | Hangarau Matihiko.

    In this section you can:

    • find resources and ideas to support digital technologies | hangarau matihiko
    • learn about how students, teachers, schools, parents, and communities engaged with digital technologies | hangarau matihiko projects.
  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 11 Dec 2017 2:13pm ()

    Here's the latest news from the Ministry, just in time before Christmas. Message reads as;

    On Friday we released the new Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content.  This was an internationally significant day for New Zealand’s education system as we strive forward to better equip learners for our changing world. 

    We appreciate that you took part in the development of this new National Curriculum content.

    We’re looking forward to supporting schools and kura in this journey towards having new digital technologies teaching and learning programmes become a part of every New Zealand child’s education.

    Here is a copy of Friday’s Press Release for your information.  

    New digital technologies curriculum content published

    Education Minister Chris Hipkins today announced that new Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content is being published into The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

    Digital technologies document“My goal as Education Minister is to make sure we are future-proofing our education system. This means we need to change the way we do things to keep up and ahead of changing technologies,” says Minister Hipkins.

    “The digital curriculum content positions us as global leaders in education, meeting the needs of a digital and fast-paced world and making sure our learners will be job-ready when they graduate.

    “Young people will learn how digital technologies work and will develop critical thinking skills and learn key competencies such as collaboration, communication, problem solving, and ethical and safety awareness.

    “The Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content connects traditional Māori practices and knowledge with digital confidence. The Hangarau concepts reinforce the importance of understanding the past to inform future practice for people and the environment.”

    The release of the content follows a consultation period with teachers, kaiako, schools and kura, parents and whānau.

    The Ministry is supporting schools and kura to build their staff capability, so they can support their learners with the skills needed to succeed, and work with parents and whānau to develop the best fit for their students.

    Schools and kura are expected to integrate the Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content by 2020. It will be taught from Years 1-10, with the option to specialise from Years 11-13.

    The new Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content is available from - technology.tki.org.nz and hangaraumatihiko.tki.org.nz

    A package of support will be rolled out for teachers and kaiako to build their capability and confidence in teaching the curriculum from 2018. View more on these initiatives here - education.govt.nz/digitech

    Next year we intend to continue to support teachers and leaders with this mahi, and would love to hear your stories too as you unpack, trial and implement the new curriculum. smiley Watch this space!

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 06 Mar 2018 1:30pm ()

    Found this Edutopia interview with co-creator of CODE.org Hadi Partovi really interesting.

    Hadi grew up in Tehran, Iran learning to code on a Commodore 64 (like I did) where him and his brother Ali created a program to play sheet music starting with Beethoven. The thing about coding is the ability to use this kind of thinking in all other realms of life online and off, where Hadi says,

    It’s definitely changed the way I look at the world. It taught me how to solve complex problems by breaking them down into smaller parts and rearranging them to make better sense of them. Computer science is about learning how to think, and it’s applicable to everything from writing a symphony to building a business like I did.

    Play construction Hadi goes on to say he sees coding as a foundational skill for life and that learning computational thinking should start as early as kindergarten, unplugged where they don't even need a computer;

    You can have kids write down recipes—organizing all the steps for making eggs, for example, is a lot like writing a computer program. And when you start kids really young, you reach them before stereotypes and negative associations set in, before they think “I’m a girl and I can’t do this” or “This is just for nerds.”

    In this sense, computational thinking sounds a lot like back-mapping, problem solving and algorithms?

    What do you think? Is this something we do well in pre-school and/or juniors already? How can our everyday lessons be extended to make references/include computational thinking?

    Image source: PXHERE

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 07 Mar 2018 1:16pm ()

    As we know, exciting things are on the horizon for digital technologies in our education for both NZC and TMOA and what a beautiful metaphor – a cluster of whetū (stars) as the visual representation of plotting or navigating Hangarau Matihiko.

    Hangarau Matihiko

    Wahine Tane

    E rua ngā Anga Tupuranga Hangarau Matihiko me ōna whakatupuranga ka taka iho i te aho Hangarau Matihiko.

    Te Ao Māori me te Hangarau Matihiko, is the understanding, that computational thinking is nothing new, it has always been a way of life for Māori. Think Tāne, Māui, Kupe, then we think about tipuna (ancestors), and we realise just how fundamental resilience, problem solving, collaboration and creativity (pakirehua) have been for Māori to respond to real world issues and needs; to succeed and become a strong, proud, resourceful people of today.

    As we gaze to the stars and navigate a new way forward, how will our young people call on the skills, knowledge of their ancestors and create new possibilities that is, Te Ao Māori me te Hangarau Matihiko? 


    Image source: Wikipedia

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