Are you prepared for 'Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies' in 2017?

The 'Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies' is simply a framework. In fact, it's the bare bones and needs a lot of flesh to be brought to life. The syllabus requires unpacking and explicit detail. With need to roll-out the teaching and learning associated with the new curriculum in 2017, schools must move quickly to identify content, materials and resources. In addition assessment items must be determined to enable students to achieve expected learning outcomes.

To commence organisation for requirements in 2017, I prepared a strategy that aligned Design Thinking in relation to Digital Technologies. The model has prepared a sequence of steps to ensure crafted curriculum is calculated, designed and purposeful. My concept has aided organisation and management of curriculum development. In the same way strategies have been developed for 1:1 programs as with 21 Steps to iPad Success a formula is needed for academic architecture. I believe my 'Design Thinking in relation to Digital Technologies' provides a suitable plan for all schools.

Having identified appropriate steps I proceeded to print the Digital Technologies: Sequence of Content F-10. I read through each descriptor to understand the message each strand conveyed. Terms like 'Create', 'Identify', 'Collect' and 'Explain' provide an indication that the nature of each task is unique and therefore will require different approaches to learning. I decided to use Scootle, Digital Technologies Hub, QCAA and Computer Science Uplugged to provide inspiration and ideas for planned assessment. I sourced numerous websites that presented different assessment samples. I penned down my thoughts on ways to measure student achievement.


Deconstructing the framework provided clarity and understanding. It also enabled me to identify needed resources. To support lessons Sphero (x14), OzoBot (x18), BeeBot (x6), LittleBits Educational Kit, Phantom Drones (x2), 3D Printers (x4), iPads, Lego WeDo (x5) and EV3 (x5) have all been ordered. Most of our learning materials have been purchased through EdTechs Australia. I have also ordered Teaching Computers Unplugged in Primary Schools. This resource shall provide ideas on how to teach computing without using technology. This will prove useful in Early Years and also in the event that technology is unable to service teaching and learning.

Term Outline Template

I am now developing a scope and sequence for each grade. I shall design ten lessons for each semester and identify Critical Input Experiences (CIEs), activities and content that scaffolds learning for students to experience success. Assessment items will reside in the final weeks of each unit and prior lessons will build toward the culminating event. During the term formative assessment will used and units of study conclude with an assessment task to measure student achievement. Ideally Digital Technologies should be blended into the curriculum or paired with existing units of work; however, at this stage Digital Technologies will be taught explicitly and in this manner continuity may be achieved across the school.

I encourage schools that are in the process of designing their Digital Technologies curriculum to view the websites and resources that I have suggested. I am certain they will prove useful in forming units of work. I intend to share my experiences with Digital Technologies on my new Instagram account. We are all embarking on a new journey and sharing our experiencing, understanding, ideas and digital solutions will model the core value of the new Digital Technologies framework.

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