New Digital Technologies curriculum content for all schools and kura

A new Digital Technologies (English medium) and Hangarau Matihiko (Māori medium) curriculum content is being published into The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.

Why are Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko being included as part of the Technology Learning Area and Hangarau Wāhanga Ako?

Technology has changed:

  • A decade ago the first iPhone had just been released – now most New Zealanders own cellphones.
  • Self-driving cars, artificial intelligence and augmented reality have stopped being science fiction and started being our reality.

Technology focuses on intervention by design for humans by humans. Technology involves critiquing past, existing and possible future technologies, while considering their environmental, social and cultural impacts.

The Hangarau Matihiko curriculum connects traditional Māori practices and knowledge with digital confidence ensuring the past inform future practices for people and the environment.

Why the focus on Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko?

Our learners need to have an understanding of digital technologies to succeed today and in the future. Even if they don’t go into “tech industry” careers they will need digital technologies skills, knowledge and capabilities to fully participate in society.

A digitally fluent person can decide when, why and how to use specific digital technologies to perform a specific task or solve problems.  A digitally capable person uses technology to find a solution. For example, checking online before going to a movie rather than arriving at the theatre to find it fully booked.

This isn’t about teaching students how to use digital devices, it’s about giving them an understanding of computer science principles and programmes. This will enable them to learn how to design their own digital solutions and become creators of, not just users of, digital technologies. We are not funding digital devices as a result of the curriculum change. 

Schools and kura can integrate the Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content into their teaching and learning programmes from 2018.  It will be taught from Years 1-10, with the option to specialise from Years 11-13. 

From 2018, how should parents and students be involved?

We want to encourage students and parents to get involved. Talk to your school or kura about the Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content.

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