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Digital Technologies & STEM

A strong foundation in Digital Technologies skills and knowledge can support student achievement across all subjects.

Digital Technologies & STEM presents links to free resources that demonstrate how to apply videogame design and programming skills across the core curricular subjects of Maths, Science and English.

Well worth sharing with colleagues.

More Essential Resources

Annotated exemplars for external DT standards 91070 and 91074 have been updated and are available for viewing / download on the NZQA website.

See right for updated links.

Essential Reading

The 2011 Technology Assessment Report (Level 1) is now available: 

91070 Demonstrate understanding of basic concepts of information management
Candidates who were awarded Achievement for this standard demonstrated the
required skills and knowledge. They typically:
• identified an operating system and provided a general description of two or three key
features of that operating system
• identified at least two common software applications and provided a description of
more than one key feature of each software application
• described correct procedures for structuring and naming files and folders
• described a common technique used for compressing files
• described a procedure to manage a threat to data such as installing virus protection
software or performing regular back-ups
• described ethical issues related to information management


Click here to view the whole document.


Must see  – workshop sessions from the Christchurch NZACDITT Symposium 2011 and The Google CS4HS workshops

If you missed these great events, no problem!  The organisers have put together recordings from a broad range of sessions to support DT Teacher PD.

Highlights from CS4HS include NZCS keynote speakers, student perspectives and ways to unpack and assess the Computer Science and Programming knowledge standards, including exemplars.

Visit the Google CS4HS channel here

The videos from the NZACDITT Symposium cover a broad range of material including course planning, computer programming and digital media.

Visit the NZACDITT Christchurch Symposium 2011 channel here

From Tim Bell, University of Canterbury

Dear Teachers,

As part of the ongoing work to improve what is happening in computing in schools, we’d really appreciate it if you could complete our survey on Programming and Computer Science in schools. We’d love to hear from all high school Digital Technologies teachers, even if you’re not teaching Programming and Computer Science standards.

As an incentive, we’re giving $20 Westfield vouchers to the first 25 teachers to complete the full survey, and everyone else will be going in a draw for another 10 vouchers.

It’s completely confidential, and we’d love to get your honest opinions so that we can paint an accurate picture of what’s happening in NZ. Please encourage your colleagues to participate!

This project is being organised by Tim Bell (Canterbury), Peter Andreae (Victoria) and Anthony Robins (Otago).

The survey is at:

Many thanks,
Tim Bell
Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering
University of Canterbury, NZ

From Tim Bell & Heidi Newton, Canterbury University

At the CS4HS workshop and other events,  I’ve been presenting ideas for teaching the new 2.44 standard on Computer Science that becomes available this year.

By popular request we’ve written up the main ideas we’ve presented, along with some new ones, and have also put together a Powerpoint presentation on HCI plus a glossary.

A draft version of all this is available to view and download from the NZACDITT website.