Digital Technologies

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

​​The Digital Technologies Curriculum is part of the new Victorian Curriculum. The Foundation to Level 10 curriculum provides a single, coherent and comprehensive set of prescribed content and achievement standards. All government and Catholic schools are required to implement the Digital Technologies curriculum by the beginning of 2017. If schools are ready, they can start teaching the curriculum in 2016.

The Victorian Curriculum website contains the introduction, band descriptions, content descriptions, achievement standards, elaborations and glossary for Digital Technologies. For more information, see: Victorian Curriculum

This Digital Technologies curriculum page also contains links to Digital Technologies-related learning and teaching support materials such as websites, publications and other online resources; professional learning support including links to the Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria teachers’ association; and current research in the area of Digital Technologies education. For more information, see: Digital Technologies curriculum 

Important information – At a glance

  • Digital Technologies is a new curriculum.
  • Computational thinking is the main focus of this curriculum. Students will develop problem solving skills when creating digital solutions.
  • Around 50% of the curriculum can be taught without the use of a computer. We refer to this as ‘unplugged’ learning.
  • Students will learn various programming languages (coding) to purpose-design digital solutions to solve specific problems.
  • Some aspects of the curriculum can be integrated with other curriculum areas. For example data collection could be taught in Mathematics in the lower levels.
  • Whole school planning is essential for schools to determine how and when the curriculum is taught.
  • The curriculum has been written in levels. These are sequential and students will need to demonstrate that they have achieved a lower level before progressing to a higher level. As this is a new curriculum, older students may need to begin their learning at the lower levels to ensure competency. Please note that the Digital Technologies curriculum has been written in bands (mainly two levels per band) and there are achievements for the end of each band so there is some flexibility in designing learning and teaching programs.
  • Schools will have autonomy around how the curriculum is implemented. For example one year level could focus on learning about data and digital systems and the following year level could focus on creating digital solutions. 

Why Digital Technologies?

Digital devices are all around us, yet we know very little about how they work and how to make them work. Devices including your alarm clock, the microwave you heat your lunch up in, smart phones which we rely on to connect us to the world, have all been programmed to follow a sequence of steps to make them work. In our rapidly changing economy, it is more important than ever to support students to understand and shape the role of digital systems in their current and future world.  

Furthermore, in a world of an increasing knowledge economy it is vital students have the skills required to be effective problem solvers, enabling them function at a higher level and process this information. Skills such as collaboration and effective communication have become essential for students to enable them to take on jobs that will be created in the future.

In the report Australia’s Digital Pulse, they report that 'the number of Information and Communications Technology workers increased to 600,000 in 2014, and now more than half (52%) are in industries outside ICT itself, including professional services, public administration and financial services.' For more information, see: Australia's Digital Pulse

What are digital technologies (or digital resources)? Watch this short video created by the Computer Science Education Research group at Adelaide University explaining what digital technologies are: What are Digital Technologies?

Why is computer science, including computational thinking important to teach in our schools? Simon Peyton Jones's TEDx talk explains why young people need to learn about computer science at school. A Computing curriculum was implemented across the United Kingdom this year. He talks about why students need to understand how the digital technologies around them work and how to make them work. It shouldn’t be thought of as magic; rather something we have control over. To view the TEDx talk, see: Teaching creative computer science: Simon Peyton Jones at TEDxExeter

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