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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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      • Clive Francis
        By Clive Francis
        Jan 17

        What excites me: now that there is an emphasis of learning about computational thinking and how to design digital outcomes, there are so many possibilities for students to use the opportunities that teachers are going to be giving them to do great things now and in their future. It could be a real game-changer for so many students to shine in ways that were previously not possible.

        What concerns me: too many teachers will not consider providing such opportunities as they don't feel they have the time, expertise or resources they think is needed or they don't believe it's important enough to include in their planning. 

        • Sina Lologa
          By Sina Lologa
          Mar 10

          What excites me about DT is our kids being given the opportunity to be curious and have real life hands on learning to solve real issues concerning our own community.  

          What concerns me..... not getting enough time and PD around DT properly to really lift my practice so that I can be the best teacher that I can be to implement it in my class.  If DT is really important there should be some form of equity on how DT is rolled out in our schools.  Give everyone a fair share of the cake....


          • Joanne Roberts
            By Joanne Roberts
            Mar 11

            Kia ora Sina. I agree it's great seeing the opportunities DT gives our kids to solve real world issues. 

            With your concern about getting enough PD to lift your practice, have you had a look at the pīkau/toolkits now available through this website? There are pīkau aimed at each of the progress outcomes for computational thinking up to NCEA level and two pīkau targeted at designing and developing digital outcomes progress outcome 1 and more to come. Each pīkau takes about 45 mins-an hour to do. They all have concrete examples in them of what you can do with your class, often without requiring any special gadgets. I highly recommend having a look at them. 

            • Sue Foster
              By Sue Foster
              Mar 11

              Hey, I totally agree. As a NE teacher, we are so focused on teaching our young people how to do the basics, yet we need to remember that CT and 3DO creates such a creative space for our students to be creative, and solve problems that will effect their lives so dramatically, in all areas of their lives. It is a game changer!!!! We do need to support each other in this new journey and share resources and ideas just as we expect our Akonga to do. Manaakitanga!!! The Exemplars are useful!!!!

              • Tessa Gray
                By Tessa Gray
                Mar 14

                Sue Foster I totally agree about showing some manaakitanga (support) and mohiotanga (sharing) now's our time to shine!

                If we share ideas, examples, lesson plans, photos with others here in Ngā Kiriahi, we might inspire someone else to trial a simple task in the classroom. The ideas don't have to be big - just enough to become part of our daily teaching, like changing a word in writing time from editing to debugging...we could have a wero a day?

                If you were keen to add photos in here, you can do this by: 

                Adding an image into a comment in this thread, go to the top right-hand corner click Embed content, search the image on your computer, once found, click upload and then click on the image again to insert.

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                • Wendy Slatter
                  By Wendy Slatter
                  Apr 1

                  What excites me: Technology curriculum becoming more to the forefront of teachers awareness.

                  What concerns me: We have a long way to go.

                  • Nicki Radka
                    By Nicki Radka
                    Apr 7

                    What excites me - The more I read the more I can see how some staff, who are hesitant, can be reassured. The collaborative nature of many of the activities I have seen so far also excite me. I really want to develop the problem solving skills of my students and I can see how Digital Technologies can support that. 

                    What concerns me - Convincing and supporting other staff members. Making sure that I am able to become a role model for others so that I can encourage their development.  

                    • Paul Andrews
                      By Paul Andrews
                      Apr 12

                      What excites me: The opportunity to provide rich value to our students.

                      What concerns me: Is the speed in which this feels to be put into place. There is quite a bit of foundation building to have established prior that takes time.

                      • Diane Rojos
                        By Diane Rojos
                        Apr 16

                        What excites me: to be able to empower students to be curious, creative and give them opportunities to be problem solvers and future-forward thinkers. 

                        What concerns me: the added workload to develop our knowledge and skill, the lack of PD and guidance (at present) regarding how this will be rolled out. Teaching at a Catholic school- I am concerned about time.

                        • 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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