Are you aware that there is a new Digital Technologies - Hangarau Matihiko Curriculum being implemented in 2018 into all schools/ kura in New Zealand?
This new curriculum is exciting and we are already doing a lot towards it at Te Kura o Matapihi. We are super well resourced in all classrooms and as well as this we provide an integrated STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Maths) programme across the teams. The new curriculum is not just about using technology.
The focus is more about teaching our tamariki how technology works and then how they can use that knowledge to solve problems. So, in actual fact you could almost say that it is about equipping our tamariki with future thinking skills.
Digital Technologies are already part of the the hangarau curriculum. Four Technological areas have just been added to Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.
Te Whakaaro Rorohiko
Te Hoahoa me te Hanga Otinga Matihiko
Ngā Ariā o Ngā Whanaketanga Hangarau Matihiko Arareo
Te Tangata me te Rorohiko
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What I really like about the new focus for digital technologies is how it is more than just “using” technologies to play games. The idea is that our tamariki learn to take ownership over the thinking processes they use when creating on digital technologies.
Currently, the Te Kāhui Mātaamua team are rewriting traditional stories into a game format. We are using SCRATCH. During this process they have to write instructions to make their character move. If it doesn’t work the first time they have to learn to “debug” their program or fix it up. All these sorts of things involve problem solving and also help in the development of the more advanced computational thinking skills