Equipping students with skills for Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko learning

Technology is changing fast and our education system needs to grow and adapt with it. We are changing how we equip our children and young people to participate, create, and thrive in this fast-evolving digital world.

What is the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content about?

The new content is about teaching students the theory of how digital technologies work, and how they can use that knowledge to solve problems.

Watch an introductory video with Jackie Talbot, Group Manager Early Learning and Student Achievement, Ministry of Education.

Who is the curriculum intended for?

This curriculum will be available for all students from Year 1 to Year 13. Students have the opportunity to specialise from year 11 to year 13.

We are starting with NCEA Level 1 achievement standards, which will be available for use from 2018. Levels 2 and 3 will be made available from 2019.

By the end of Year 10, all young people should be digitally capable - able to use and create digital technologies to solve problems and give them an advantage whatever pathway they choose to follow.

Timeline:

What students need to know

Your world is more digital and fast paced than any generation before you. Digital Technologies shape our homes and communities and how we interact with each other and live our everyday lives.

Our education system is changing to better equip you to take part, create and thrive in this fast-evolving digital world.

What do we mean when we talk about Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko (DT and HM) in the curriculum?

DT and HM is about learning how technology works and how to use that knowledge to solve problems. We want to support you to innovate and create with digital technologies, whatever pathway you may choose.

Who will get to learn about this new curriculum?

The curriculum will be available to all students from year 1 to year 13 (ages 5 to 18 roughly). Students have the opportunity to specialise from year 11 to year 13. We are starting with NCEA Level 1 achievement standards, which will be available for use from 2018. Levels 2 and 3 will be made available from 2019.

Why does learning about Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko (DT and HM) matter? How will it help you?

Digital technologies can help you to solve problems, work together with your friends, and communicate. This new curriculum will teach you decision-making processes.

More and more people need digital technology skills and knowledge to succeed, whether you want to make robots, be a politician, or a farmer; for example:

  • farmers use drones to find out where their crops need watering
  • engineers use satellite maps to help them plan where to build their structures
  • fire-fighters use heat-sensing equipment to find out where the fire is hottest so that they can put it out faster
  • Team NZ's shore crew made equipment for the sailors to use to make the best tactical decisions, sail the fastest, and win the America's Cup.

How you can get involved

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What parents need to know

Digital Technologies are transforming how we live – shaping our homes and our workplaces, and changing the way that we interact with each other and live our everyday lives.

Technology is changing fast and our education system needs to grow and adapt with it. We are changing how we equip our children and young people to participate, create, and thrive in this fast-evolving digital world.

What is Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko (DT and HM)?

Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko is about teaching our tamariki and children how technology works, and how they can use that knowledge to solve problems.

Once this new curriculum is introduced, our kids won’t just be using devices like computers and smart phones. The changed curriculum will mean that schools will be teaching our young people the computer science principles that all digital technologies are built on.

Your child will benefit from having these future thinking skills.

What will change for my child?

All students from year 1 to year 13 (ages 5 to 18 roughly) will have the opportunity to learn DT and HM. Students will be able to specialise from year 11 to year 13. We are starting with NCEA Level 1 achievement standards, which will be available for use from 2018. Levels 2 and 3 will be made available from 2019.

Many teachers, schools, kura and Kāhui Ako are already making digital technologies learning part of their teaching programmes. This change ensures that all students get these experiences, to prepare them for a world where digital skills are increasingly valuable to the economy and wider society.

Introducing progress outcomes to Technology

To ensure that our learners have rich learning experiences in Digital Technologies, The New Zealand Curriculum must provide clear, accessible expectations for what students will learn.

Progress outcomes clearly describe the significant steps learners take as they progress in Digital Technologies from school entry to the end of Year 13.

For example, when looking at programming (in the Digital Technologies), progress outcomes identify that students start by learning to program simple instructions in-person (such as stepping out a set of actions on the floor). Later progress outcomes describe how this learning progresses over time, for example students can develop software or program robots.

How you can get involved

Support your child to learn all that they can about Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko. Help your children understand that technology gives them the tools; but they still need to know how to work together, communicate, lead, and plan in order to succeed.

We encourage you to speak with your school or kura, or Board of Trustees about their plans on integrating the Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum into their teaching and learning programmes.

Find out more about the consultation

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What teachers and kaiako need to know

Who is the curriculum intended for?

From 2020, the curriculum will be available for all students from year 1 to year 13. Students have the opportunity to specialise from year 11 to year 13. We are starting with NCEA Level 1 achievement standards, which will be available for use from 2018. Levels 2 and 3 will be made available from 2019.

What will change in classrooms?

Many teachers, schools, kura and Kāhui Ako are already making digital technologies learning part of their teaching programmes. This change ensures that all learners get these experiences, to prepare them for a world where digital skills are increasingly valuable to the economy and wider society.

Within the Technology Learning area of The New Zealand Curriculum, two new areas have been introduced for English medium: 

  1. Computational Thinking for Digital Technologies students will develop and understanding of computer science principles that underlie all digital technologies. They’ll learn core programming concepts so that they can become creators of digital technology, not just users.
  2. Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes learning how to design quality, fit-for-purpose digital solutions. 

In the Hangarau Wāhanga Ako of the Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, two new areas have been introduced for Māori medium: 

  1. Te Whakaaro Rorohiko (Computational thinking) which includes using te reo Māori to express problems, formulate solutions and solve them using algorithms, programme and data representation.
  2. Te Tangata me te Rorohiko (People and Computers) which includes designing and developing digital outcomes while considering their role and responsibility as digital citizens.

How will teachers be supported through this change?

A range of support will be made available to you to help you comfortably integrate the new curriculum content into your teaching and learning programmes.

2018 - 2019

Programmes, support and initiatives to help teachers and kaiako get ready for the strengthened Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko (DT and HM) curriculum content.

  • Digital enterprise scholarships available
  • Digital Technologies for All Equity Fund: The Digital Technologies for All Equity Fund will open digital technology pathways for priority students
  • Professional Learning Development: Comprehensive Professional Learning Development (PLD) and support will be available to help teachers and kaiako integrate DT and HM content into teaching and learning programmes. A phased programme will be rolled out for teachers and kaiako
  • Curriculum resources and support available
  • National Digital Championship: Celebrate excellence in DT and HM teaching and learning in schools and kura with the National Digital Championship — regional and national champs to be found!
  • Specialised online provider

2020

It’s expected that the strengthened Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content will be taught in schools and kura

More detail about the package of support

A package of support for different levels of readiness will be rolled out for teachers and kaiako to build their capability and confidence in teaching the curriculum from 2018.

Over the next three years $40 million will be spent to ensure schools, kura and Kāhui Ako | Communities of Learning have an excellent understanding of the new curriculum content and how this can be integrated into teaching and learning programmes, as well as ensuring that children and young people have access to rich learning opportunities in Digital Technologies and Hangarau curriculum content.

From Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko support websites, the Ministry will provide a quick-guide for teachers and kaiako, school and kura leaders to evaluate their readiness and immediate needs for development. From 2018, the professional support will be accessible from the Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content support websites:

The professional support is staged at providing different levels of competency. It can be accessed until the teachers and kaiako feel they are ready to develop their plan to integrate the new Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content.

Overview of Professional Support accessible from 2018

1. Digital Fluency (available since 2016) – this national priority Professional Learning Development may be the best place to start for some

Digital fluency support is designed to ensure teachers and kaiako can confidently use digital technologies, programmes and devices to support their curriculum teaching and learning programmes.  

It is important for teachers and kaiako to build their confidence and use of digital technologies as we move into a world that is increasingly digital for many students. The foundations built here will also help teachers as they engage with the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content more extensively in the Digital Readiness for All support explained below.

2. Nationwide Digital Readiness Programme (Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko) will be available to provide a focussed look at the new content

This programme will introduce teachers and principals to the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content and teaching strategies. It is designed to ensure that all teachers and kaiako have the opportunity to get an introduction to, and information about, the new curriculum content. The programme will be provided online and through in person support. It will commence during Term 1, 2018 and be available for three years.

3. Tailored Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko Professional Learning and Development for Kāhui Ako | Communities of learning, schools and kura will be provided

As Kāhui Ako | Communities of learning, schools and kura consider how to integrate the curriculum materials into their teaching and learning programmes they will be able to apply for centrally funded support. Schools, kura and Kāhui Ako will be able to select a suitable accredited facilitator who will work with them to build and professional learning and development plan which is responsive to their needs, priorities and approach to delivering the new curriculum content, in a manner tailored to their individual needs and context. It will commence during Term 1, 2018.

Other Curriculum supports

More curriculum supports will be provided over time to support the implementation phase. Other Curriculum supports such as exemplars and lesson plans can be accessed through the Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content support websites:

How ready are schools and kura to integrate the new content?

  • Most will have some sort of emerging digital technologies programme but will need guidance on how to identify the gaps on where they need support.
  • Some will just be getting started and will benefit from seeing good practise from other schools.
  • And some schools and kura will have established opportunities for students to learn, use, and create digital technologies. We want to support this group to share their great practice with others and stay ‘cutting edge’

Find out more:

Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content support websites: 

Make contact:

What business needs to know

The worldwide demand for skilled people in an increasingly digital economy far outstrips the skills supply. New Zealand's technology industry partners tell us there are significant opportunities to better compete in a global marketplace.

The strengthened curriculum will provide every student with the opportunity to develop the skills and capabilities to design and develop new digital technologies; to inspire students to engage in the multi-faceted world of computer science and to become not just users, but designers and creators of digital technologies.

Supporting the workforce of the future

What will change in classrooms?

Many teachers, schools, kura and Kāhui Ako are already making digital technologies learning part of their teaching programmes. This change ensures that all learners get these experiences, to prepare them to be work-ready for a world where digital skills are increasingly valuable to the economy and wider society.

This curriculum will be available for all students from year 1 to year 13 (roughly 5 to 18 years). Students have the opportunity to specialise from year 11 to year 13. We are starting with NCEA Level 1 achievement standards, which will be available for use from 2018. Levels 2 and 3 will be made available from 2019.

By the end of Year 10, all young people should be digitally capable - able to use and create digital technologies to solve problems and take advantage of whatever pathway they choose to follow.

For students who study Digital Technologies through to Year 13, we expect that they will be on the pathway to specialising - meaning that they understand the targeted digital skills needed in the digital technologies industry, and how they can lead our next generation of innovators and trailblazers in the digital world.

How can you be involved?

Think about how you can support the growth of skills and competencies you need by connecting with the young people in your community. You can support your local school, kura or Kāhui Ako to understand how your organisation uses technology.

Work with your local schools, kura, and Kahui Ako to adopt a local curriculum that ensures that students have the digital capabilities that you need as employers.

Potential or current suppliers of digital learning resources to schools can visit our procurement site to find out how to register to receive information about upcoming contract opportunities and providing resources to schools, 

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Potential or current suppliers of digital learning resources to schools can visit our procurement site to find out how toregister to receive information aboutupcoming contract opportunities and providing resources to schools.

 

Background to the curriculum content change

Where did the idea to add Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko to the National Curriculum come from?

In July 2014 the Government launched the Science and Society Strategic Plan “A Nation of Curious Minds: Te Whenua Hihiri i te Mahara”. This was a joint plan between the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and the Office of the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor. It included the review of Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko in the National Curriculum.

On 5 July 2016 Minister Parata announced the strengthening of Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko (DT and HM) which would form part of the Technology Learning Area of The New Zealand Curriculum and the Hangarau Wāhanga Ako of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa from Year 1 through to Year 13

Why have we strengthened Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko in the National Curriculum?

Digital technologies are going to continue to be an intimate part of our society and economy in years to come. Our education system needs to prepare our children and young people to participate, create and thrive in this fast-moving digital world.

Our economy need workers with specific technological skills to enable innovation and support the infrastructure that firms, governments, commerce and users rely on. Industry have been among those calling for more learning about digital technologies, so that learners have the skills their future employers need.

The National Curriculum needs to reflect that the world has changed, and to reflect that we now understand that our children and young people need to have greater capabilities in digital technologies.

The Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content strives to connect traditional Māori practices and knowledge with the skills and capabilities students need to confidently live in the digital world. It does this while reinforcing the critical importance of understanding the past to inform future practice that benefits people and the environment.

The New Zealand Curriculum was last reviewed in 2007, and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa was developed in [2008]. Since then, technology has changed immensely:

  • A decade ago the first iPhone had just been released – now most New Zealanders own smartphones.
  • Self-driving cars, artificial intelligence and augmented reality have stopped being science fiction and started being our reality.

The Information Communication Technologies industry faces significant challenges recruiting people with the right skills to drive digital innovation and strengthen New Zealand’s potential for economic growth. We need to increase the number of students leaving school with these valuable digital specialist skills.

How has the Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content been developed? 

  • The Ministry worked closely with experts in the education sector and with the digital technologies industry to develop early drafts of the curriculum content.
  • This combined international experience and New Zealand research on key learning in digital technologies.
  • We have since worked with independent advisory groups to refine the content and the implementation plans. These Independent Advisory Groups represent a range of stakeholders from the education and teaching sector, unions, and the business and technologies industries. 
  • The consultation provided an opportunity to contribute further voices from the education and teaching sector, unions, and business and technologies industries, as well as students, parents and whānau, community and iwi. 

Will schools and kura be getting more funding for digital devices as a result of this curriculum change?

We are not funding digital devices as a result of the curriculum change.

A substantial investment of over $700 million has been invested into schools and kura to support digital infrastructure - get fibre to the school gate, upgrade schools’ networks and provide the managed network and uncapped data via the Network For Learning (N4L).

Additionally, the following support services are used to fund software for schools, lease laptops for teachers and provide support:

 Virtual Learning Network;

  • e-learning modules;
  • TELA laptop scheme
  • Microsoft licensing agreement
  • the Connected Learning Advisory service.

Underlying Principles of the Curriculum Development

Why is Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko being included as part of the Technology Learning Area and Hangarau Wahanga Ako?

Technology focuses on intervention by design for humans by humans.

Technology is much more than designing and making technological outcomes, it involves critiquing past, existing and possible future technologies, while considering their environmental, social and cultural impacts. Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko use that same approach, and use many of the same skills – such as identifying user needs and then developing responses.

The Hangarau Wāhanga Ako focuses on enabling ākonga to gather technological understanding, beginning with the Māori world-view and its relevance to the modern world. A strong focus is placed on the values, the skills, and the learnings in technology that ākonga are familiar with.

Why the focus on Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko instead of literacy, numeracy, or the arts?

Our learners need to have a basic understanding of digital technologies to succeed today and in the future.

Even if they don’t go into “tech industry” careers they will need digital technologies skills, knowledge and capabilities to become fully participating citizens and successful workers in our increasingly digital society and economy.

We expect that Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko learning will be integrated with other Learning Areas of the curriculum – so students might learn about the principles of programming in the context of mathematics, science or music.

The Content - what’s changed?

What’s changed in the New Zealand Curriculum?

The Technology Learning Area in the New Zealand Curriculum now clearly outlines the expectations for learning in Digital Technologies. Two new technological areas have been introduced:

1. Computational thinking for digital technologies: computational thinking enables a student to express problems, and formulate solutions in a way that means a computer (an information processing agent) can be used to solve them.

2. Designing and developing digital outcomes: students understand that digital applications and systems are created for humans by humans. They develop increasingly sophisticated understandings and skills related to designing and producing quality, fit for purpose, digital outcomes.

What’s changed in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa?

The Hangarau Wāhanga Ako in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa has now been revised to include two tupuranga in Hangarau Matihiko. These two tupuranga are named Te Whakaaro Rorohiko and Te Tangata me Te Rorohiko. These integrate the essential elements of te reo Māori me ōna tikanga, digital citizenship and computational thinking.

What concepts and practices drive the Hangarau Matihiko curriculum? 

  • The overarching concepts and practices in the Hangarau curriculum reinforce the critical importance of understanding the past to inform future practice that benefits people and the environment. The Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content strives to connect traditional Māori practices and knowledge with the skills and capabilities students need to confidently live in the digital world.

What do you mean by ‘digital technologies?’

 Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko is learning about digital technologies, not learning using digital technologies. 

  • Learning about digital technologies is about developing the skills, knowledge and capabilities needed to understand and innovate to come up with digital technologies solutions.
  • Learning using digital technologies is about becoming capable at using individual devices or pieces of software.

Introducing Progress Outcomes for Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko

For learning in digital technologies, schools and kura need to provide learning opportunities in line with the progress outcomes from the technology learning area and hangarau wāhanga ako.

Progress Outcomes have been developed for the Digital Technologies content to provide clear descriptions of the most important learning steps. The uneven spacing of the progress outcomes reflects the different learning and time required for each outcome and is based on data collected during the development of the digital learning progressions.

Learning progressions describe significant learning steps as students develop their expertise (key skills, knowledge and attitudes) in Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko, and illustrate what this learning looks like through annotated exemplars of rich task design and student responses.

Progress Outcomes are a new development for the National Curriculum. Over the next two year implementation period we will continue to work with the sector to ensure they receive the support they need to implement them.

How will this impact on the non-digital areas of the Technology Learning Area in the New Zealand Curriculum?

Achievement Objectives for Technology have been retained but are reorganised into the contexts in which learning takes place.

Is there new curriculum content at senior secondary level and how does this impact on NCEA?

Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko Level 1 Standards and Resources now available. Level 2 and 3 will be available from 2019.  

We’re going to extend the Level 3 transition year to two years, meaning that the old standards will be phased out at the end of 2018, 2019 and 2020 respectively.

This would mean that students who complete the old NCEA Level 1 standards in 2018 will be able to continue to work towards the old standards for Levels 2 and 3 in 2019 and 2020.

Find out more information here: http://ncea.tki.org.nz/

Support for schools and kura

How ready are schools and kura to integrate the new content? 

  • Most will have some sort of emerging digital technologies programme but will need guidance on how to identify the gaps on where they need support.
  • Some will just be getting started and will benefit from seeing good practise from other schools.
  • And some schools and kura will have established opportunities for students to learn, use, and create digital technologies. We want to support this group to share their great practice with others and stay ‘cutting edge’ 

What support will the teaching sector receive?

A package of support for different levels of readiness will be rolled out for teachers and kaiako to build their capability and confidence in teaching the curriculum from 2018. View the ‘Ready, set. Go!’ poster.

Over the next three years $40 million will be spent to ensure schools, kura and Kāhui Ako | Communities of Learning have an excellent understanding of the new curriculum content and how this can be integrated into teaching and learning programmes, as well as ensuring that children and young people have access to rich learning opportunities in Digital Technologies and Hangarau curriculum content.

From Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko support websites, the Ministry will provide a quick-guide for teachers and kaiako, school and kura leaders to evaluate their readiness and immediate needs for development.

From 2018, the professional support will be accessible from the Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content support websites: 

The professional support is staged at providing different levels of competency. It can be accessed until the teachers and kaiako feel they are ready to develop their plan to integrate the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content.

Overview of Professional Support accessible from 2018:

1. Digital Fluency (available since 2016) – this national priority Professional Learning Development may be the best place to start for some

Digital fluency support is designed to ensure teachers and kaiako can confidently use digital technologies, programmes and devices to support their curriculum teaching and learning programmes.  

It is important for teachers and kaiako to build their confidence and use of digital technologies as we move into a world that is increasingly digital for many students. The foundations built here will also help teachers as they engage with the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content more extensively in the Digital Readiness for All support explained below.

2. Nationwide Digital Readiness Programme (Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko) will be available to provide a focussed look at the new content

This programme will introduce teachers and principals to the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content and teaching strategies.

It is designed to ensure that all teachers and kaiako have the opportunity to get an introduction to, and information about, the new curriculum content. The programme will be provided online and through in person support. It will commence during Term 1, 2018 and be available for three years.

3. Tailored Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko Professional Learning and Development for Kāhui Ako | Communities of learning, schools and kura will be provided

As Kāhui Ako | Communities of learning, schools and kura consider how to integrate the curriculum materials into their teaching and learning programmes they will be able to apply for centrally funded support.

Schools, kura and Kāhui Ako will be able to select a suitable accredited facilitator who will work with them to build and professional learning and development plan which is responsive to their needs, priorities and approach to delivering the new curriculum content, in a manner tailored to their individual needs and context. It will commence during Term 1, 2018.

Other Curriculum supports

More curriculum supports will be provided over time to support the implementation phase. Other Curriculum supports such as exemplars and lesson plans can be accessed through the Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content support websites:

From 2018, how should parents and students be involved?

We want to encourage students and parents to get involved at their local curriculum level. We expect that schools and kura will need to take some time to absorb the new content, and start to design their approach to integrating the new content. Depending on the readiness level of the school, students, parents and whānau should encourage open conversations about the new content during the two year implementation period beginning in 2018.

Why is the new curriculum content being introduced from as young as Year 1?

We want all of our youngest learners to know that having these skills presents exciting opportunities in careers that can’t yet be imagined.

We want to get rid of current stereotypes in the computers industry. Clever digital technologies thinking can support any industry: agriculture, construction, fashion, banking, and the medical field.

We’re going to need all types to help us with solving the challenges of the future. By making this new curriculum available from Year 1 – we are signalling that diversity is welcome.

Additionally - similar to maths, you wouldn’t try and teach calculus before having basic maths concepts understood.

The foundations of digital technologies learning are formed by developing a sense of language, number, symbol, relationship, communication, following instructions and so on. We are starting at Year 1 so that basic digital technologies learning can be understood before they get onto more complex material. 

This isn’t just about learning to use electronic devices, this new curriculum content will support learning how digital technologies work and also the key competencies of ethics, team-work and problems solving.

The new skills that this content will focus on will help students to become digitally fluent and capable.

A digitally fluent person can decide when and why to use specific digital technologies to achieve a specific task or solve problems.

A digitally capable person can create their own digital technologies solution. Students will already have a level of knowledge, this curriculum content helps to enhance and grow that knowledge.

The new skills that this content will focus on will help students to become digitally fluent and capable. A digitally fluent person can decide when and why to use specific digital technologies to achieve a specific task or solve problems.

A digitally capable person can create their own digital technologies solution.

What does our school or kura need to do as a result of the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content being available?

From early 2018 we encourage school leaders to review any teaching of digital technologies in current teaching and learning programmes, as well as the confidence of your teaching staff in working with the new content. Those schools and kura that are a part of a Kāhui Ako should consider how digital technologies learning can be strengthened across their learner pathway and community.

Throughout 2018 and 2019, schools should take the time to become familiar with the new content. Teachers and kaiako should get to embed the practice and grow in confidence as they become familiar with the content, and learn their own insights on what works for them to teach it.

We expect that schools and kura will begin developing teaching and learning programmes for Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko throughout 2018 and 2019. Each school or kura will be able to develop their own local curriculum around the Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko content to suit their own views and philosophies.

The Ministry will be making a package of supports available to schools and kura to assist with the introduction of the new content. This support will be ramped up over time to address the increasing demand of schools as they properly integrate the new content into their local curriculum.

By 2020, your school or kura will need to teach the new content.

When will reporting begin for Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko

Schools and kura will begin reporting on Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko after the content becomes compulsory, from 2020.  The Education Review Office will formally start monitoring schools after 2020.

Other digital issues for schools and kura

Is learning about privacy / intellectual property / responsible use of digital devices part of the new curriculum?

Many of these topics will be involved in Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko learning – for example, students will consider ethics and the impacts of products they design on people.

Additionally, these topics align against the key competencies within the National Curricula, and would be seen as an important part of self-management learning in in this digital age.

We have / don’t have BYOD – will we be funded to buy devices?

Schools and kura will continue to have the flexibility to determine the learning needs of their communities best.

If schools don’t guarantee a device for all students, will this compromise the learning of those who don’t have their own devices?

No, the introduction of Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko will not require that each learner has their own device. No further funding will be provided attached to this curriculum change for schools and kura to buy new digital devices.

The new curriculum content is about learning about how digital technologies work – in many cases, this will not even require a device. Where a device is required, we expect that schools’ existing infrastructure will be sufficient. We are developing support and resources to help teachers implement the content into their local curriculum. The ‘Digital Equity for all Fund’ will be rolled out in 2018-2019 so that students have equitable access to digital technologies learning programme support.

 

Resources

Te Reo Māori

Other languages

Posters

Read the new curriculum content

The Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content support websites:

 

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