A new technologies curriculum for Australian Schools
Australian teachers are excited by the publication of a new technologies curriculum for foundation to year ten F-10. This curriculum draws together the subject areas of design and technology and digital technologies. It addresses is a need for all students to become more confident, creative users of technology. Technology is such a vital part of our daily lives and the business world.
This new curriculum has two strands
- Knowledge and understanding
- Processes and production skills.
There is a focus on systems thinking considers the interconnected layers or aspects of a whole system before looking at isolated elements. The key factor in systems thinking is that an action or disruption in one part or element of a system will influence and impact on the other layers. This connects to the cross- curriculum theme of sustainability.
Design thinking and design processes have been introduced to explore the processes and thinking strategies used by designers as they engage in creative practices. There is a focus on students being actively engaged in authentic design projects which link across all areas of the curriculum. I am looking forward to seeing your responses and how you tackle this complex area of technology in your teaching.