We need your help to prepare our kids for the future

Technology is changing fast, our education system needs to adapt with it . Have your say on new draft digital technologies curriculum.

This is an opportunity for you as parents and whānau to have your say on the draft document recently released by the Ministry of Education on Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko. 

We are changing how we equip our children and young people to participate, create, and thrive in this fast-evolving digital world. 

If you can attend any of the evening workshops in your region please do as we are told these workshops are particularly valuable for anyone who may find the digital world a bit of a mystery. 

Digital technologies curriculum workshops 

Mon 31 July

Nelson

Tues 1 Aug

Rotorua

Wed 2 Aug

Rotorua

Thurs 3 Aug

Hamilton

Friday 4 Aug

Hamilton

Mon 7 Aug

Auckland (Central and East /Sylvia Park)

Wed 9 Aug

Warkworth (North Auckland)

Thurs 10 Aug

Whangarei

Fri 11 Aug

Kaitaia

Mon 14 Aug

Auckland South

Tues 15 Aug

Auckland West

Wed 16

Wellington

Thursday 17

Wellington

Fri 18 Aug

Tolaga Bay

Mon 21 Aug

Napier

Tues 22 Aug

Palmerston North

Wed 23 Aug

Palmerston North

Thurs 24 Aug

New Plymouth

Fri 25 Aug

Invercargill

Mon 28 Aug

Dunedin

Tues 29 Aug

Christchurch

Fri 1 Sep

Timaru

Draft technology curriculum

This draft content is about strengthening the technology strand of the New Zealand Curriculum and the wāhanga ako for Hangarau in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa from 2018.

It is relevant for all students from the ages of 5 – 18 (Year 1 – Year 13). The draft Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko (DT and HM) curriculum content is open for consultation until 3 September.

What’s being proposed?

Digital Technologies aand Hangarau Matihiko is about teaching our tamariki and children how technology works, and how they can use that knowledge to solve problems.

Once this new curriculum is introduced, our kids won’t just be using devices like computers and smart phones. The changed curriculum will mean that schools will be teaching our young people the computer science principles that all digital technologies are built on.

Your child will benefit from having these future thinking skills.

All students from year 1 to year 13 (ages 5 to 18 roughly) will have the opportunity to learn DT andHM.

Students will be able to specialise from year 11 to year 13. We are starting with NCEA Level 1 achievement standards, which will be available for use from 2018. Levels 2 and 3 will be made available from 2019.

Introducing progress outcomes to technology

To ensure that our young people have rich learning experiences in Digital Technologies, The New Zealand Curriculum must provide clear, accessible expectations for what students will learn.

Progress outcomes clearly describe the significant steps learners take as they progress in Digital Technologies from school entry to the end of Year 13.

For example, when looking at programming (in the Digital Technologies), progress outcomes identify that students start by learning to program simple instructions in-person (such as stepping out a set of actions on the floor).

Later progress outcomes describe how this learning progresses over time, for example students can develop software or program robots.

How can you be involved?

Support your child to learn all that they can about Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko.

Help your children understand that technology gives them the tools; but they still need to know how to work together, communicate, lead, and plan in order to succeed.

We encourage you to speak with your school or kura, or Board of Trustees about their plans on integrating the Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum into their teaching and learning programmes.

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