Computing and Digital Technology
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What is technology about?
Technology is intervention by design: the use of practical and intellectual resources to develop products and systems (technological outcomes) that expand human possibilities by addressing needs and realising opportunities. Adaptation and innovation are at the heart of technological practice. Quality outcomes result from thinking and practices that are informed, critical, and creative. Technology makes enterprising use of its own particular knowledge and skills, together with those of other disciplines. Graphics and other forms of visual representation offer important tools for exploration and communication. Technology is never static. It is influenced by and in turn impacts on the cultural, ethical, environmental, political, and economic conditions of the day.
Why study technology?
The aim is for students to develop a broad technological literacy that will equip them to participate in society as informed citizens and give them access to technology related careers. They learn practical skills as they develop models, products, and systems. They also learn about technology as a field of human activity, experiencing and/or exploring historical and contemporary examples of technology from a variety of contexts. Further information on the New Zealand Technology Curriculum can be found on the following website: http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/
All classes within the Department have data projectors for the Teachers to use as well as AB Tutor Broadcast software for managing students’ internet access and enabling teachers to demonstrate lessons via the students’ monitors within the classroom. The Department is well served by two Sharp colour laser printers, every classroom also has a laser B&W printer, and easy access to electronic tablets and digital cameras when needed. We have four PC based computer labs and have purchased our first 3D printer for students to work with.