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Can Digital Technologies be fully integrated with the NZ Curriculum?

What aspects of Digital Technologies (DT) can be fully integrated? Will any parts have to be standalone?

As we head towards the integration of DT and the discussions around the DT curriculum it will be important to see implementation within the context and realities of the NZ education system. There is a lot of stress in our teaching service, and this will become another stress point, so the question is how can we lead, motivate and reassure in this area and help our fellow educators embrace DT? The reality in our service is that we have a crowded curriculum (is it the curriculum docs or ourselves and assessment pressure that create this?) and already technology and science are areas that can be left behind (have less teacher capacity) within Inquiry and Integrated Topics - so will DT be any different? What aspects of DT will require some "Rote" or frequent practice (think basic facts in Maths) so that they are mastered, and can this be done adequately within a pupil focused Inquiry or Integrated Topic? Also, for implementation years in DT, what will we need to spend more time on so that pupils/teachers get an adequate PD experience in this area? Do we have to swing the pendulum one way before we can let it settle back? As we plan for integration is it best to plan maths integration of DT as one example, seperate from Social Sciences etc.?

Is it in a simple way "learn to code" so we can "code to learn"? We use a similar thought in reading, I know DT is wider than this, but you get the idea - I hope.

The reality is that not everyone is going to carry the flag for DT. We know that the attitude and support of senior staff will be vital.

We also need to avoid the "course" mentality. Sending some people on courses may help but this does not tend to move a school forward into changing and improving learning without micro-PD moments where teams, teaching buddies support and challenge one another in taking learning risks.

My thoughts for Implementation

  1. Get school leaders -community on board. Find some keen early adopters in your school to help form a team based approach. gather resource, discuss, get some sound pedagogy for what you are doing.
  2. Have a year playing in the sandpit of risk taking. Learn from failure, celebrate having a go but help people to have positive experiences. Some school may involve all staff at this point, others may involve key "innovators" throughout their staff. If possible look for one key person in every school team that you have. Get staff to set simple inquiry goals in your appraisal-inquiry system.
  3. Using the flag bearers, early adopters from the first year to train teams. Have full staff, pupil lead workshops, and team based learning. Focus now on implementing within curriculum, planning for use within existing units or topics planned for the year. Make sure your resource the implementation and have it reflected in school wide and individual focus/inquiry appraisal goals. Buddy systems?
  4. Third year, review impact on learning, attitudes and adjust the programme within your school to suit the reality of your school more closely.

Your feedback on the ramble...

Cheers - Warren

Digital Technologies: Ideas, implementation, inspiration for the new curriculum.

Digital Technologies: Ideas, implementation, inspiration for the new curriculum.

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