Strong support for proposed Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content

Today the Ministry of Education is publishing a range of reports after consultation on the proposed Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content.

Ministry of Education Deputy Secretary Ellen MacGregor-Reid said: “We had a variety of responses, the two main focuses were on getting the curriculum content right, and how we could best support education leaders, teachers and kaiako as they manage changes to their local curriculum.”

“As an education system, we want to equip our young people with the right set of skills for whatever path they choose to follow. We live in a fast evolving digital world that is characterised by changing ways of living and working,” said Ms MacGregor-Reid.

“This new content will focus on educating children on how digital technologies work. It’s about helping to develop digitally capable thinkers and creators. It’s not just using electronic devices and hardware.

“The consultation gave us confidence – in fact 70% of respondents agreed that the intent and direction of the proposed curriculum content contributes to what New Zealand learners need.

“One of the key actions for the Ministry was to review the content to make sure ethics, digital citizenship, and relevance to Te Ao Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi are explicit – we found that feedback really helpful and was an area we focussed on to complete.”

Attention now will now be on the package of supports which will be available in 2018 to help to build teacher and kaiako confidence and capability in integrating the strengthened curriculum content.

“Resources to make these changes clear and provide a deeper understanding of the key ideas will be made available to education leaders, teachers and kaiako, as well as students, parents, whānau and the community,” said Ms MacGregor-Reid.

The Ministry is now one step closer to the release of the new Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content which will be available in early 2018, so that by 2020 all schools and kura can have integrated it into their teaching and learning programmes. 

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