In 2020, it is an expectation that Digital Technologies will be implemented into schools across New Zealand. The progress outcomes have been designed to not only teach our tamariki how to use technology, but also how to create with technology. Supporting and shifting our students from consumers of technology to creators of technology. Over time giving them opportunities to become contributors to local and global communities.
The programme also aligns with GCSN’s commitment to The Sustainable Development Goals; Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth, Goal 9: Industry, innovation and infrastructure and Goal 10: Reduced inequalities.
To support schools, teachers and communities in implementing Digital Technologies, GCSN have compiled a collection of resources and tools to help make this an easy transition for your school.
The New Zealand Government has released a booklet, Digital Technologies and the New Zealand Curriculum: Your guide to finding support and getting ready – view here, with all the information you need to make informed decisions about the new curriculum.
PLD Funding support
PLD funding can help your school get up to speed with the new technologies programme. The Ministry of Education’s Education Services website has a strong collection of materials and resources for Principals and school leaders. This page also has links to PLD providers in your area. You can also access information and funding applications here.
The DT for All Equity Fund helps “less-advantaged students with access to digital tools, skills and knowledge.” DTTA website
Supportive Websites for Digital Technologies educators
Kia Takatu - The National Digital Readiness Program designed to support teachers understanding of Digital Technologies. This is a free online PLD experience with opportunities for face to face support.
DTHM for Kaiako – a website for DT educators, full of resources, workshops in your area and community spaces.
CS4S Teachers Network – An online space for teachers to collaborate and share resources with others about the new digital technologies programme.
123Tech -. A collection of challenges created by the Ministry of Education and the IT industry to support schools with the new curriculum.
Digital Passport – A free for teachers video programme to help implement Digital Technologies into the school and classroom.
Teacher Training Packs from Microsoft
This is an exciting time for both our students and teachers as they are given the opportunity to learn how to work with technology, create real world solutions, and to learn alongside each other about what possibilities technology can offer.
If you would like further support or advice about Digital Technologies, contact GCSN or a local Ministry Accredited PLD Provider.