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Preparing for Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko in the Technologies learning area

The digital landscape in schools is changing everyday, so Enabling e-Learning wants to be right there, to help inform and support you as you prepare to implement Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko in the Technologies Learning area in your school and kura.

The Connected Learning Advisory | Te Ara Whītiki has prepared this useful PDF document to help you plan for these changes. One valuable place to start, is to see where your school fits, in terms of readiness for change in regards to the PLD opportunities on offer. Check out the reflective questions that will help you do this with your staff and wider learning community.

Please feel free to download and print this document and let us know if or how this has been useful for you at all.


  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 13 Jun 2018 10:44am ()

    Two weeks ago, Technology Online hosted a webinar: Getting started with the learning progressions for digital technologies in primary. Key takeaways?

    "Just get started", is the message from two enthusiastic teachers beginning their journey with digital technologies.

    In this webinar recording, Phillipa Dick (Hatch Education), Rebecca Allnutt (Maori Hill School), and Ryan Inglis (Kaikorai Primary School) share their enthusiasm for digital technologies – and discuss the progress they are making together on their digital technologies programmes.

    Download the slides: Getting started with the learning progressions for digital technologies in primary (PDF, 8 MB)

    For more ideas on getting prepared and integrating Digital Technologies into the curriculum, see Enabling e-Learning's page, Digital Technologies and the national curriculum – what’s it all about? 

    How are you and your students learning with and about Digital Technologies? Any lessons to share - good, bad or otherwise? We'd love to hear more smiley

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 21 Aug 2018 11:27am ()

    Here's a great resource from the Ministry of Education on, Digital Technologies and the New Zealand Curriculum. Your guide to finding support and getting ready (PDF). Feel free to share this with others.

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 18 Sep 2018 5:15pm ()

    As we know, the technology learning area has been revised to strengthen digital technologies – two new areas computational thinking and designing and developing digital outcomes. The intention is to ensure all learners have opportunities to become digitally capable individuals – beyond users and consumers to creators and innovators. Schools will be expected to fully integrate the revised learning area into their curriculum by the start of the 2020 school year.

    Technology learning area 

    So what do we know already?



    • Three Technoloigcal strands – Technological practice, Technological knowledge and Nature of Technology remain an integral, embedded part of the five technological areas
    • The Achievement objectives provide some scaffolded outcomes across the three strands as students progress through the year levels
    • The Progress outcomes describe the significant learning steps that students take as they develop their expertise in computational thinking for digital technologies and how they align to the rest of the levels of the NZC.
    • Two new DT areas focus on computer science, algorithms (CT), electronics (DDDO) programming, digital information and design – an iterative process, informed by critical and creative thinking designed to expand human possibilities by addressing needs and realising opportunities

    Our reality:


    • Teachers and kaiako:
      • are currently becoming more familiar with new revisions, the rationale and content in the Technology learning area of both Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko
      • understanding more about how the revised areas fit into the wider Technology learning area and the NZ curriculum as a whole
      • engaging in PLD, with each other and their communities to understand and implement digital technologies and Hangarau Matihiko
      • implementing new DT & HM content (computational thinking and designing and developing digital outcomes) into teaching and learning programmes
      • unpacking the strands, Achievement objectives, Progress outcomes and exemplars as sign posts for what is possible as progressions across the levels

    It is generally understood that schools will interpret the design and implementation of the curriculum; based on their own School technology curriculum. ie: A localised curriculum (from vision to reality) where students are offered learning pathways that best meet their needs. (Technology in the New Zealand Curriculum 2017 (PDF, 354 KB) P5) Most notably;


    ….schools will generally take a cross-curricular approach, with students learning in the technological areas as part of a topic or theme that encompasses several curriculum learning areas.

    Wherever you are in this journey, you and your learning community will want to unpack possibilities for designing programmes of learning that align with the digital technologies progress outcomes. In tomorrow's dedicated post we'll dive a little deeper to unpack one progress outcome for CT and one progress outcome for DDDO to see how we can extend our own thinking and strengthen these areas in our curriculum design.

    Why not join us then and tell us how you're interpreting these developments in your classroom, school or kura.

    Image sources: Technology learning area, NZC, Richard Giles, Suitcase without my clothes, Flickr, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 04 Oct 2018 2:43pm ()

    Here's another useful resource from Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko (National digital readiness programme). Tell us what you think?


  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 17 Oct 2018 1:09pm ()

    Here's another useful flyer from the Ministry of Education, Digital Technologies and the New Zealand Curriculum Your guide to finding support and getting ready for all schools - to help get our heads around the language, PLD opportunities and support material available as we work towards reading ourselves to implement the new Digital Technologies content into our curriculums. 

    What's on top for you now?

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 08 Nov 2018 5:15pm ()







    Don't miss out on the all the changes to the curriculum MoE resources (brochures, posters, research) for Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko here.

    There are some useful posters (in several different languages) for you to print off in your staffroom and classrooms as well. Find out more >>>







  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 18 Nov 2019 11:50am ()

    We're fast approaching 2020 and our sights are set on planning for ā tērā tau (next year). How ready are we to kōrero and/or implement Digital Technologies - the two new technological areas Computational Thinking in Digital Technologies and Designing (CTDT) and Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes (DDDO) into our localised curriculum? 

    In this latest Enabling e-Learning webinar, Janelle Riki-Waaka, Project Lead for Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko, Digital Technologies National Readiness Programme (for both Māori Medium and English Medium) shines a light on the revised area of the Technology Learning area and shares how we can get ourselves ready to implement and/or lead change in our schools and kura. Check out Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko, share with your friends and colleagues and tell us how you get on below. smiley

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