Many of you will be aware that Digital Technology and Hangarau Matihiko (DT&HM) curriculum content must be implemented in schools by 2020. The content is a new component of the broader Technology curriculum, and it is designed to take learners past being digitally fluent – discerning users of digital technology – to the place where they are both computational thinkers and confident creators of digital solutions to problems.
ERO has recently looked into schools’ understanding of these new curriculum requirements across a sample of English-medium schools. The particular focus was on how effective the Ministry’s early roll out of information and support to schools had been.
We would like to thank the 221 schools who took part in the survey – an outstanding 97% response rate!
Ninety-five percent of the survey group had heard of the DT curriculum content (DTc), but only 35% reported that both teachers and leaders had heard of it. Schools which have a teacher with a particular interest in or responsibility for DTc are most likely to be aware and engaged, prioritising this work, and accessing appropriate support.
Just under half of the survey group reported that their teachers were starting to engage with the DT content, but only 16% of schools have teachers already working on it. Most of that percentage of schools are planning at classroom level with slightly fewer planning at school-wide level.
The Ministry expects that all schools will integrate the teaching of DTc across learning areas, helping students to develop their skills in computational thinking and digital design through authentic learning contexts. The curriculum content is compulsory for all students from Year 1-10, and becomes an option for specialist learning only from Year 11.
Given that the timeframe for this compulsory implementation is tightening, it is hoped that more schools will engage soon. The Ministry of Education has professional learning and development options available and is rolling out resources and case studies online to support schools.
There are three key websites of interest: