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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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      • 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. 

                    • 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.

                      • 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.

                        • 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.  

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