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Digital Technologies

Resources

Curriculum area-specific resources have been developed to support teachers implementing the curriculum, organised by 'Help me plan', 'Help me find a teaching resource' and 'Help me assess'.

Overview of Digital Technologies

Digital Technologies provides students with the opportunity to acquire and apply specific ways of thinking about problem-solving to create innovative, purpose-designed digital solutions.

Computational thinking is at the core of this curriculum. It is a way of analysing problems and precisely and logically designing solutions that can be understood and carried out through the use of programming languages. Design and systems thinking also contribute to the problem-solving approach in this curriculum.

Digital Technologies empowers students to move from being confident users and consumers of digital systems − ICT as a general capability − to being discerning and creative problem solvers, equipped for an increasingly knowledge-based economy and society.

When creating digital solutions students use data, information, processes and digital systems. Digital systems are often referred to as either digital technologies or ICT. These are the digital resources, such as tablets, notebooks, cameras, phones and data probes that allow data and information to be manipulated, stored and communicated.

The Digital Technologies curriculum is new, and it is a discipline based learning area, not a capability. In the Victorian Curriculum, skills associated with ICT as a capability are either specifically embedded in the content descriptions of Mathematics, Media Arts, Geography, English and Digital Technologies or schools have the flexibility to determine how these skills will be used in their teaching and learning programs for other curriculum areas.

The Digital Technologies  curriculum on the Victorian Curriculum F–10 website

To learn about key components of the Digital Technologies curriculum, view the presentation Introducing Digital Technologies

Contact

Phil Feain, Digital Technologies Curriculum Manager

Phone (03) 9032 1724 or email the Digital Technologies Curriculum Manager   

Professional associations

Department of Education and Training (DET)

The DET introduction to Digital Technologies includes links to teaching and learning resources in FUSE, professional learning opportunities and research papers. A range of support materials is being developed to assist teachers in implementing the Digital Technologies curriculum.

Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV)

DLTV supports teachers of Digital Technologies and all teachers who use digital devices in their teaching and learning programs. DLTV runs professional learning programs (both face-to-face and online), holds an annual two-day conference and publishes a free journal.

Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACCE)

ACCE is the peak body representing the state and territory subject associations supporting teachers of Digital Technologies and ICT as a capability. Each association has developed some resources to support teachers implement the Digital Technologies curriculum.

Computer Science Education Research Group

The Computer Science Education Research Group at the University of Adelaide has developed two free online courses for primary and secondary teachers targeted directly at unpacking the Digital Technologies curriculum. A short video provides an overview of what are digital resources available.

International Society for Technical Educators (ISTE)

ISTE is the peak international subject association. There are many resources on this site that are suitable for teachers of Digital Technologies. The resources range from videos to lesson plans to explanations of key computer science concepts.