February 21, 2024

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Implementing Digital Technology Learning in New Zealand Schools

Technology makes innovative use of knowledge, skills, and practises for exploration and communication, some of which are specific to technology and others from other disciplines. These include digitally-aided design, programming, software development, various forms of technological modelling, and visual literacy – the ability to understand images as well as create images that make sense.

Digital Technologies and ‘Hangarau Matihiko’ – digital learning is about teaching New Landers how technology works, and how they can use that knowledge to solve problems.

Technology education has been integrated into the New Zealand school curriculum after a lengthy period of research, consultation, development, programme trials, and curriculum review. The new curriculum will require schools to teach students the computer science principles that underpin all digital technologies.

Technology development is crucial in New Zealand. Technology education, with its emphasis on design thinking, encourages students to be innovative, reflective, and critical in developing new models, products, software, systems, and tools that benefit people while taking into account their impact on cultural, ethical, environmental, and economic conditions.

The purpose is for students to gain broad technological knowledge, practises, and attitudes that will enable them to participate in society as informed citizens and provide a foundation for technology-related careers. Students discover that technology is the result of human activity by exploring storeys and experiences from their heritage, Aotearoa New Zealand’s rich cultural environment, and current examples of technology. Students draw on and develop key competencies as they learn in technology.

Furthermore, students will find out about how computers work — understanding what makes algorithms and binary code. This will be beneficial for the young people from having these future thinking skills.

A report has been released which offers recommendations for improving the teaching, learning, and assessment of technology and ‘hangarau’ within the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) and secondary—tertiary education systems. It has been prepared by an expert advisory panel. It affirms that broad-based technology education aligns with the goals of Aotearoa New Zealand to be a nation of world-leading innovators and recommends changes to emphasise technological literacy rather than technical education.

The advisory panel was chaired by the Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waikato, who stated that Aotearoa New Zealand has a world-leading curriculum in the area of technology learning. However, gradual changes have resulted in a loss of coherence around the big ideas and fundamental strands at the heart of the technology learning area in the curriculum and senior school assessment. The big ideas are technological literacy as an enabler for people to live a dignified and successful life in the face of ever-changing technology; and multi-disciplinary, purposeful, innovative knowledge-rich practice.

The report suggests redeveloping the assessment matrix to realign what student’s study to the technology curriculum, allowing for a transition period and appropriate professional development to help teachers and schools adjust to this significant change.

It also suggests limiting the number of subjects in the technology learning area to three parts at Levels 1, 2, and 3, to emphasise technological literacy. The three proposed subjects with explanatory by-lines are:

  • Digital Technology: applying computational thinking and creating digital outcomes
  • Design in Technology: exploring feasible spatial and product designs by modelling and drawing
  • Development in Technology: making fit-for-purpose products, artefacts, devices or outcomes

The panel recommends achievement standards that cover the Nature of Technology, broad-based conceptual and procedural Technological Knowledge and Technological Practice for each of the three subjects.

Digital learning, on the other hand, can improve learning experiences, save teachers time, allow teachers to better tailor learning to student needs, assist in tracking student progress, provide transparency into the learning process for all stakeholders, and much more.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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