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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.


    That it is there for all students and they will all be able to achieve it.

    - By Justine Clark
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      • Janey Collins
        By Janey Collins
        Aug 13

        DT and implementing CT are going very slowly.  We simply don't have time or access to the upskilling process to drive this as fast as I feel we are being pushed towards digital implementation.  I have concerns that I might be seen as old school but simple skills are being lost to the faster paced computer-driven generation we teach now.

        • Emily Malone
          By Emily Malone
          Aug 8

          I like the idea to integrate into current practices and curriculum, making it more relevant to both the students and teachers learning. 

          • Shirley Bastin
            By Shirley Bastin
            Jul 19

            I value the way the DT Curriculum puts emphasis on thinking, (both logical and creative) something which was once an under-rated skill in the classroom,

            • Fiona jackson
              By Fiona jackson
              May 30

              I am so excited by the many opportunities and skills for students to learn through digital technology.

              My concerns are that training teachers are not been taught any in their studies!! Also, there are too many teachers who think using a digital device is teaching digital technology..... We need to make sure it is purposeful and related  back to the curriculum.

              • Nicole Hayhurst
                By Nicole Hayhurst
                May 26

                DT is exciting but at the same time overwhelming as an educator. I completely see and understand the need for this to have more of a focus in schools but I wonder if I am capable of doing it justice. I just hope teachers receive enough support, PD and other resources to support this new curriculum. My son is someone who has fully benefitted from this in schools and I would love to be able to provide this same opportunity to other students. 

                • Lara Moss
                  By Lara Moss
                  May 20

                  DT excites me because the students get excited and engaged with it. It is another way to be creative and find solutions for issues and problems.  My concerns are around not just doing 'DT' for the sake of it but ensuring it is woven into and through learning, as a tool, not the tool.

                  Unplugged is great for equitable access however within my current group of students and our class device allocation, it can be tricky to ensure equity when using online tools in our class.

                  • Michael Fawcett
                    By Michael Fawcett
                    May 17

                    I'm curious about how to bring others on board, the ones who've already decided that DT isn't for them. The ones who see LwDT/DT/HM as too much of a challenge.  This area is something I've been excited about since I first started teaching and made our first class website in 2000. It's taken a while to go "mainstream".

                    • Debbie Keung
                      By Debbie Keung
                      May 5

                      What excites me about teaching Digital Technologies is the learning potential DT offers to  all our learners regardless of their who they are and where they come from.  I also think it's great that more focus is placed on computational thinking, design and creation rather than the use of DT hardware and software.  

                      What concerns me is whether I will have adequate knowledge in DT so I can effectively implement in my classroom practise next year.



                      • Brenda Williams
                        By Brenda Williams
                        May 5

                        Appreciate this platform to support teacher understanding and implementation. Excited by teachers sharing ...Like the practical ideas/applications. The 'learning' feels right. Seems to make sense for our learners (Current class is Year 0-3). Concern would be an already 'full' curriculum - keen to develop further understanding/confidence to integrate more (and to assist colleagues across our school).

                        • Natasha Bagley
                          By Natasha Bagley
                          May 4

                          I love the collaborative nature and focus on computational thinking versus using digital technologies and I am excited to explore how I can build this into the subjects I teach, even those that are not specifically called "Digital Technologies"! Learning to control and create the digital outcomes versus being controlled by them is also a very important focus. I am concerned like others about the speed of implementation and support for staff keen to learn and explore this curriculum area, as I feel like it may be done without enough training and PD for staff to give them the confidence in what they are trying to do. It seems new changes always involve staff learning in their own time, like I am doing now on my weekend.

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