Technologies

Rationale:

In an increasingly technological and complex world, it is important students develop knowledge and confidence to critically analyse and respond creatively to design challenges. Technologies can play a crucial role in both enriching and transforming societies, and in the management of natural and constructed environments. They also provide practical opportunities for students to explore the capacity of information systems to systematically and innovatively transform data into digital solutions through the application of computational, design and systems thinking.

Aim:

Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies focus on providing students with the tools to transform their learning and to enrich their learning environment. The knowledge, skills and behaviours identified for this domain enable students to:

  • become critical users of technologies, and designers and producers of designed solutions
  • can investigate, generate and critique designed solutions for sustainable futures
  • use design and systems thinking to generate innovative and ethical design ideas, and communicate these to a range of audiences
  • create designed solutions suitable for a range of contexts by creatively selecting and safely manipulating a range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment
  • learn how to transfer the knowledge and skills from design and technologies to new situations
  • understand the roles and responsibilities of people in design and technologies occupations, and how they contribute to society.
  • design, create, manage and evaluate sustainable and innovative digital solutions to meet and redefine current and future needs
  • use computational thinking and the key concepts of abstraction; data collection, representation and interpretation; specification, algorithms and development to create digital solutions
  • confidently use digital systems to efficiently and effectively automate the transformation of data into information and to creatively communicate ideas in a range of settings
  • apply protocols and legal practices that support safe, ethical and respectful communications and collaboration with known and unknown audiences.

Implementation:

  • The Technologies strand is an essential component of Victorian Curriculum F-10
  • All students at our school will study a sequential technologies program which will be embedded in all subject areas and taught by teachers throughout the school.
  • The Technologies program will be based upon the learning focus standards contained within the Victorian Curriculum F-10
  • Student’s individual abilities must be measured at the commencement of each unit of work, and learning opportunities must be provided that cater for the identified needs of each student.
  • Student progress in Technologies will be reported in half and end of year reports.
  • Substantial budgets that provide for the needs of the ICT program, including the ICT centre, pods and professional development will be developed by the ICT coordinator in consultation with all staff and resourced by school council.