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Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko 2018 and beyond

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Started by Tessa Gray 27 Apr 2018 9:22am () Replies (5)

Kia ora tatou, there are a lot of new developments on the horizon for Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curricula 2018 and beyond. To stay abreast of the news, subscribe to this Technology Online newsletter. The latest issues includes updates about:

The National Digital Readiness Programme website is here – Kiatakatu

Kiatakatu  is now live and will host an overview of the online and face-to-face components of the programme. A self-review tool to support educators will be launched at the beginning of June, with further content following.


National Digital Technologies for All Equity Fund announced 

The Digital Technologies Equity Fund officially launched on 27 March. This programme will run until the end of 2020, and will reach 12,500 eligible ākonga/students per year. The Ministry of Education has partnered with the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and Karrikins Group to deliver these innovative programmes.

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  • MisterDRoberts (View all users posts) 30 Apr 2018 10:40pm ()

    Exciting times ahead  -  looking fwd to the details behind all this

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 02 May 2018 6:39pm ()

    @MisterDRoberts you might find this timeline and some of the related resources helpful too?

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

    Digital Technologies PLD - Process

    Now's the time for schools to get involved, so check out what PLD possibilities might be right for you. smiley

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 04 May 2018 12:29pm ()

    Also, here's an interesting panel debate, cross-posted from: Getting ready to implement Digital Technologies | Panel discussion from Australia

    Just after John Hattie’s messages, there's an interesting Australian panel debate (2016) where educators (and a student) talk about getting ready to implement Computer Science and Digital Technologies into their curriculum.

    Might be some gems for us in here too, as we begin to learn more about ways to implement Digital Technologies (draft) and Hangarau Matihiko in our classrooms in Aotearoa.

    Play from 28.43mins - 51.16mins

    Some key ideas:


    • Bigger picture thinking - this is really about students having an ability to impact their communities and solve real world problems.
    • Anyone can be a Digital Scientist, anyone can find a problem they are passionate about and find solutions to solve that problem.
    • Solving higher order thinking problems together and that in this process it’s ok to fail.
    • This is really what teachers do well already - just need to look at how we can use technologies in the problem solving process, where students can create the technologies and create the solutions.
    • This is an opportunity to light a fire where we can let our kids know that we don’t everything, we’re not all experts and don’t have to be.

    • There is no stereotypical Computer Science teacher – they come in all shapes and sizes.

    • Teachers don’t have to know everything but can use strategies to help with that - like using students as experts, accessing resources and each other. 

    • We can all step outside our comfort zone a little bit and try this together. Build a network, start a movement help overcome the fear.

    • Connect, connect connect and share, share, share.

    • Just have a go! Have the courage to try one thing. This is about our students.

      Most enlightening is how one student, Claire shares her Reading Republic app she built to help kids engage in reading more. Claire's advice to teachers:

    ​​Remember that your students want to work with you and learn with you too, failing will always eventually lead to succeeding, so this is a useful lesson to learn from you. Having technology in the room makes learning more exciting for us kids.

    Do you think this applies to us in NZ as well?

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 24 May 2018 2:53pm ()

    As we become more familiar with the developments in the two new Digital technology areas of the Technology learning area, it might be useful to thinking about the definitions or terminology associated with these changes. ie:

    e-Learning is learning and teaching that is facilitated or supported through the appropriate use of ICTs and learning (about Enabling e-Learning) while Digital Technologies is about students learning about technologies, so they can go beyond being consumers to becoming designers and creators of technologies.

    Here's a great video (6mins) from CORE facilitator Katrina Laurie, as she describes the connection between digital fluency, digital literacy and the new digital technologies curriculum.

    EDtalks: Integrating digital technologies across the curriculum

    Also see: Computational thinking for school students and teachers - what's the big idea? where Tim Bell gives clear overview of the need to introduce implement Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko in our curriculum and marautanga. 

    Technology Online has also created a snapshot, Digital Technologies spotlight where they invite you to download the following presentation to use with your colleagues, to help unpack these understandings further.

    What is your understanding of these digital technology areas and what does it mean for you and your students? Any observations, concerns or wonderings to share?

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