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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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      • Corinne Rowe
        By Corinne Rowe
        May 3

        I love the collaborative nature of the learning, authentic opportunities to develop thinking and the key competencies. To think about, would be the development of staff particularly with the the variance in capability and confidence in this area, the time required to grow in this area and the space teachers need to embed this as part of their practice in a meaningful and thoughtful way. Important things to think about as leaders in our school given teacher workload at the moment.

        • Betsy Lui
          By Betsy Lui
          Apr 28

          I am really excited about exploring the Digital Technologies curriculum through this platform and the prospect of learning alongside my tamariki as we embark on this exciting new journey! 

          • Tessa Gray
            By Tessa Gray
            Apr 26

            Thank you to everyone who has responded so far. Acknowledging Enablers and Barriers in our localised contexts is an important stocktake when strategically planning for implementing Digital Technologies school-wide. For more on strategic planning, check out the support for digital leaders/pouahi in the Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko webisite.

            • Kathleen O'Hare
              By Kathleen O'Hare
              Apr 23

              What excites me: That this is new content is appropriate for all our students - not just the gifted and talented!  That teachers just give it a go!

              What concerns me: Equitable access to all the 'bells and whistles' for those of us in lower decile schools.  How do we ensure that our students have access to the same tools/resources not just the cheaper 'unplugged' resources.

              • Kara Luke
                By Kara Luke
                Apr 23

                I am excited about using new thinking tools to enhance student learning.  I feel our students already have some of these and the validation that this curriculum brings should enhance their self efficacy as a learner.

                I am concerned that teachers will stick with one tool and not look at the variety of ways we can learn a skill.

                • Phil Quenby
                  By Phil Quenby
                  Apr 23

                  I'm excited by the unplugged activities like the progress outcome  exemplars on TKI -

                  I also really liked the digital image part of the first Pikau, where an image, using that webpage, was zoomed in to see the colour make up of each pixle and how that then translates to an image we can make sense of.

                  • Niki Burtenshaw
                    By Niki Burtenshaw
                    Apr 23

                    What excites me is that I'm beginning to feel like I understand the knowledge behind DT and my confidence is I'm learning heaps too

                    • Heather HARPER
                      By Heather HARPER
                      Apr 19

                      What excites me is that the focus is on understanding What is Computational Thinking at the beginning using unplugged activities and resources... rather than jumping straight into the DT hardware / software. Also the support provided through this amazing resource and the teachers / educators involved. The pïkau are awesome and extensive.

                      What concerns me is the equitable access to these resources and the knowledge that they are available. Do all schools know about this resource?


                      • Hannah Elliott
                        By Hannah Elliott
                        Apr 17

                        Exciting: students who are better prepared for a digital future (and teaching with digtal technologies is way more fun)

                        Concerning: a very mild concern, but how I'm going to a sell this to my colleagues

                        • Anthony Hennig
                          By Anthony Hennig
                          Apr 17

                          As a Museum Educator I am excited to see how I can implement DDDO into our learning programmes to help support your learning when you undertake LEOTC visits in different venues. 

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