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The purpose of this statement is to provide members with NZCETA policy on Digital Technologies in secondary schools. It can be used to:

  • Provide input to the development of an individual school's policy statement;
  • Provide information to be used in curriculum co-ordination exercises;
  • Develop an individual school's prospectus and curriculum programmes;
  • Provide information for use with students, parents and the wider school community.

Definition
The term Digital Technologies is used to describe the u se of digital resources to effectively find, analyse, create, communicate, and use information in a digital context. This encompasses the use of web 2.0 tools, digital media tools, programming tools and software applications.

Rationale
At present the terms “Computing, Information Technology or Information Management “are used to describe any programme of learning which incorporates digital literacy (the teaching and assessing of ICT skills and concepts). However, this terminology does not always match the skills being taught or clearly define the programme of learning.

NZCETA will no longer be using the separate titles of Information Management and Technology ICT for categorizing digital resources, preferring to use the more generic title of “Digital Technologies”. This title will be used as an umbrella term to describe the variety of computer based programmes of learning being offered within schools. This will include the subject titles: Information Technology; Technology ICT; Computing; Information Management; Text & Information Management.

Globalisation and technological change are two key features that are changing and shaping our lives. To participate in a future knowledge society students will need to be able to adapt to change, research, experiment, think critically; work creatively, plan, self-assess, use feedback, as well as project management tools to enable them to communicate ideas in a creative and critical way .  The development of these skills in a robust and well structured Digital Technologies programme will allow students to identify a range of possible pathways which will lead to ICT related careers and/or further study opportunities in ICT.

Links with the New Zealand Curriculum
Digital Technologies contributes to The Learning Area of Technology, as well as aspects of English, the Visual Arts discipline within The Arts area , Media Studies and Social Science , through the use of digital tools to develop, model and/or implement an outcome

Digital Technologies will address the New Zealand Curriculum requirements relating to the Principles, Values, and Key Competencies (Thinking; Using language, symbols and texts; Managing self; Relating to others; Participating and contributing): as well as the individual school’s Mission Statement and Strategic Goals.

* Source: Enabling the 21 st Learner, Ministry of Education, 2006