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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.


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      • 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.

                    • 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.

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