NZC Digital Technologies – Our Approach

The Technology Hub – passionate about Digital Technologies

Learning about Digital Technologies has the potential to be one of the most exciting and engaging experiences children can have in the classroom and few things are more satisfying than seeing kids learn through creativity. With the new NZC Digital Technologies coming into schools in 2018, Educators are at an exciting turning point – now it’s possible to combine creativity with new technologies, opening up whole worlds of endless possibilities!

The newly proposed NZC Technology Matrix

Note that, unlike other education systems, the national curriculum in New Zealand, does not provide teaching and learning programmes, but is an official policy statement that sets the direction for student learning.  It requires schools and CoLs to build their local curriculum out of this framework and for teachers to actively design the rich learning tasks that will provide the opportunities for all of their learners to progress their conceptual understanding.

Ministry of Education, 2017

Without a doubt there’s a significant learning curve ahead for Teachers. However, The Technology Hub has 15 years classroom experience in this space and is one of the 9 preferred suppliers for the Ministry of Education’s Strengthening Digital Technologies initiative, contracted to develop resources and best practice approaches in readiness for the new curriculum.

The development of teaching and learning materials for this new subject must be coherent.

For The Technology Hub, this means we took the following approach to implementing a coherent learner pathway from year 6-8+.

7 Successful Approaches to DT Pedagogy

 Learner Centred
 Learning as Inquiry
 Teaching as Inquiry
Hands-on PLD for both Teachers and Learners
Sustainability
Learner Agency
Learner Pathway

The teaching and learning materials you will find on this website have been developed with the above approaches firmly at the forefront. They have been developed for the Raspberry Pi, but can be adapted to the needs and facilities at your school.  Explore the website and do get in touch if we can be of assistance.

The Infographic