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    Tessa Gray
    What excites and concerns you about teaching Digital Technologies?
    1 June
    Public discussion Created by Tessa Gray

    Why DT? Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko (DT & HM) have recently been  included into the Technology learning area of the New Zealand Curriculum. DT & HM includes topics that have never been part of this learning area before, so chances are you may not have encountered this as part of your own education.

    Tell us how you’re feeling about the additions to the curriculum in the comments section below. You might find others with similar thoughts to your own.

    Likewise, if you'd like to start a discussion thread of your own, please feel free to create one here.

     

    @Helen.Norcliffe1 and @Nane.Lockington2  I hear you about growing your own knowledge, there are a few new things to learn in this kuapapa, terminology and coding processes, language etc. I've found the Pīkau really useful, and hoping you and your colleagues have been able to sign up for Kauhaurangi Tuihono - webinar series like @Annie.Ash1 has found and you might like too @Ngawai.Haitana-Tuhoro. smiley Sometimes sharing videos of rapid advancements and changes to technology in society is a nudge for those who might not see the purpose of this being introduced into our curriculum, ie: the good, bad and ugly of artificial intelligence as well as igniting interest in students @Kerri.Bailey (who may not have been inspired before) can be catalysts for getting teachers to get on board too.

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      • Tessa Gray
        By Tessa Gray
        Jun 3

        Helen Norcliffe and Nane Lockington  I hear you about growing your own knowledge, there are a few new things to learn in this kuapapa, terminology and coding processes, language etc. I've found the Pīkau really useful, and hoping you and your colleagues have been able to sign up for Kauhaurangi Tuihono - webinar series like Annie Ash has found and you might like too @Ngawai.Haitana-Tuhoro. smiley Sometimes sharing videos of rapid advancements and changes to technology in society is a nudge for those who might not see the purpose of this being introduced into our curriculum, ie: the good, bad and ugly of artificial intelligence as well as igniting interest in students Kerri Bailey (who may not have been inspired before) can be catalysts for getting teachers to get on board too.

        • Ngawai Haitana-Tuhoro
          By Ngawai Haitana-Tuhoro
          May 29

          The thing that excites me about teaching digital technologies, is learning about digital technologies and developing my understanding more.  I am enjoying working through the pīkau. 

          • Kerri Bailey
            By Kerri Bailey
            May 25

            The thing that excites me about DT is that this is another tool we can use to ignite and engage our students. This could be the "way in" for some of the children that we may not have been able to reach so far. Because it's also a curriculum area, it's going to be someone's "thing" just as Maths, Literacy, Art, Science etc are which is awesome, we are giving our kids more options!

            • Annie Ash
              By Annie Ash
              May 5

              What excites me is that the learning I am doing while completing the pikau and the meet ups.  I am really excited about integrating Digital technologies into my classroom practice.  I can see a whole lot of exciting and new learning for myself and my learners.  While I continue to learn I can see a lot of what we have been doing can easily be integrated through digital technologies, for example developing mathematical vocabulary etc.  I haven't got any concerns so far in my journey. 

              • Nane Lockington
                By Nane Lockington
                Apr 1

                What is exciting about DT is the endless opportunities we as educators and learners have access to.  This will extend us further as we more into the digital age and the fact that this is not new territory as scary as it may seem,  it is about making those connections and integrating this into our learning.

                Like Clive, I am concerned about the reservations of many teachers and lack of knowledge in how to implement DT into the learning.  This may prevent them from exploring DT.  In this day and age we need to be open to new learning and engaging in the learning with our learners.

                • Adrienne Tavendale
                  By Adrienne Tavendale
                  Mar 26

                  I'll admit this is new to me and daunting, partially because if I'm honest it is not something I personally am interested in.  However, I have two primary aged children of my own and understand that this is their future. My goals at this very early stage are to get a clear understanding of exactly what digital tech is and what it is not, and begin to explore how it might look and fit in the role that I am in at my school. I want whatever I do to be engaging, but it also has to be authentic and fit into what I am already doing, so looking at ways to adapt what I am already doing to make it work for everyone.  Small steps for me!

                  • Helen Norcliffe
                    By Helen Norcliffe
                    Jan 6

                    To start with, my big concern is my lack of knowledge at this point.  I guess I am in the right place to deal with that.  Unfortunately, there are too many educators out there who are resistant to change, especially with digital development.  However, I am really excited about seeing student engagement with computational thinking and where it can take them!

                    • Joanne Roberts
                      By Joanne Roberts
                      Dec 9

                      I totally agree Audrey Campbell. Integration over learning areas is ideal. In relation to the professional development, doing these pīkau is a great start (there are now 23 pīkau in both English and Māori mediums. Also keep an eye out under the Meetups section of the Resources tab. There will be many meetups around the country in 2020. These are a great way to ignite and fuel passion in DT teaching.

                      • Audrey Campbell
                        By Audrey Campbell
                        Nov 28

                        Integration has to be the key - it cannot stand alone as the timetable is already bursting full.  

                        A plan is needed to ensure there is professional development wrapped around to meet the depth of knowledge required.

                        • Karney Dawson
                          By Karney Dawson
                          Nov 25

                          I have broken the ice and plunged into this course of work. Though myself I have that confidence and passion to run with this I really want to experience the whole process so I am in the shoes of those that have not in the same mindset as me. A great start was this session. Small steps make a big difference was my take away.

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