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Digital Technologies and ICT posters - the difference between the F-10 Digital Technologies Curriculum and ICT
These two posters provide visual representations and examples of the components of the Digital Technologies Curriculum and elements of ICT.
The difference between the Victorian Digital Technologies curriculum and ICT F-6 and 7-10 - A3 size (pdf - 268.87kb)
The A3-sized poster can be downloaded, printed and added to student workbooks or similar.
Computational thinking poster – Digital Technologies and Mathematics
This poster provides a visual representation of the four components of computational thinking in the Digital Technologies and Mathematics curriculums: Decomposition, Pattern Recognition, Abstraction and Algorithms.
Computational thinking in the Victorian Curriculum – A0 size (pdf - 2.13mb)
Computational thinking in the Victorian Curriculum – A3 size (pdf - 577.23kb)
The A3-sized version of the poster can be downloaded, printed and added to student workbooks or similar.
Teachers and schools are also encouraged to download, print and display the A0-sized poster.
The A0-sized poster can be printed on an A3 printer by 'tiling' 3 × 3 A3 pages. To do this, select the appropriate tiling options within the print preferences in Adobe Acrobat or another PDF reader app.
Unpacking content descriptions
The following materials are designed to assist teachers to become more familiar with the curriculum by "unpacking" the content descriptions.
When curriculum planning, one of the most important aspects for teachers is to connect the intention of the lesson/s with the appropriate content descriptions and to enable students to demonstrate progress in their learning based upon the achievement standards.
This package of resources outline:
- A suggested focus for lessons
- Sample activities to be undertaken by the students.
These resources cover
a selection of the content descriptions from each band, not all the content descriptions.
Sample program plans and coverage maps
There is no one set way that a school could develop their teaching and learning program. Teachers and schools have the flexibility to create teaching and learning plans that respond to the needs of their students.
The following samples show how a school could conceptualise units of work to cover the content and to assess against the achievement standards in a two year planning cycle.
These resources contain two parts:
Program planning templates
This demonstrates coverage of the content descriptions in a number of units taught across a two year planning cycle. Each unit is linked to extracts from the achievement standard and outlines assessment strategies.
Curriculum Area plans
This provides a visual representation of how the Digital Technologies curriculum will be covered across two years, showing the units by topic, the sequencing of the topics, the coverage of the three strands within the Digital Technologies curriculum and the time allocated to each strand and unit.
These two planning components are interrelated. Each provides a different perspective on the teaching and learning program. Both types of plans are important to consider when making decisions about the best way to deliver the curriculum in each school context.
DigiTech CPT annotated example
videos produced by VCAA Specialist teachers.
For information on academic vocabulary visit
Department of Education and Training - Vocabulary andVCAA Academic Vocabulary.
The following external links are for teacher reference purposes. They do not constitute VCAA endorsement of the views or materials contained on these sites.
Coding across the curriculum
This extensive report, conducted by the Computer Science Education Research Group, University of Adelaide, reviews the availability of current resources to support the implementation of the Digital Technologies curriculum. Each resource is reviewed on the basis of required entry, whether technology is required, the relevant topic, the audience (teacher or student) and the band.
Computational Thinking Course for Educators
This free resource, developed by Google, is aimed at secondary teachers. It focuses on the essential elements of computational thinking and includes a video on computational thinking.
CS Unplugged secondary
CS Unplugged is an online, free collection of learning activities that teach the fundamental principles of Computer Science. While this extensive resource has not been written specifically for the Digital Technologies curriculum, the majority of activities are relevant to the different levels of Digital Technologies.
Computing at School primary
While this is a resource to support primary teachers implement the Computing curriculum in the UK, a significant part of it is relevant to teachers delivering the Digital Technologies curriculum in the Victorian Curriculum.
Computing at School secondary
While this is a resource to support secondary teachers implement the Computing curriculum in the UK, a significant part of it is relevant to teachers delivering the Digital Technologies curriculum in the Victorian Curriculum.
Computational thinking: A guide for teachers
This resource is suitable for both primary and secondary teachers. It provides an insight into computational thinking, which is the cornerstone of the Digital Technologies curriculum. It is written to support the Computing curriculum in the UK, but the concepts are equally applicable to the Victorian Curriculum.
Computational Thinking: computer science for fun
This UK resource explains in very practical terms the essence of computational thinking. Much of the content relates directly to the Digital Technologies curriculum and is suitable for both primary and secondary teachers.
Computer Science for Fun
This UK resource is designed for teaching computational thinking. It is an extensive resource including presentation slides, learning activities and notes.
Computer Science Field Guide
This New Zealand resource, designed for secondary students, provides a range of activities that align with the Digital Technologies curriculum. Tim Bell, one of the authors of CS Unplugged is an author of this resource. A
teacher version is also available.
Computer science in a box – unplug your curriculum
This resource has strong connections to CS Unplugged (as Tim Bell is a co-author). There is an extensive range of practical activities to develop students’ computational thinking skills.
Australian Curriculum lessons
This resource includes some lesson plans and resources to support coding in the Digital Technologies curriculum. The content descriptions in both the Australian Curriculum and Victorian Curriculum version are the same for these levels. There is also a lesson that incorporates content from both
English and Digital Technologies.
Growing up Digital
This extensive resource published by DET focuses on a range of social and technical protocols associated with the use of digital technologies. It includes links to downloadable classroom activities, videos, interactive learning modules and advice sheets.