Technologies describes two distinct but related subjects:
Design and Technologies, in which students use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce solutions for authentic needs and opportunities
Digital Technologies, in which students use computational thinking and information systems to define, design and implement solutions.
ICT (Information Communication Technology) is part of the General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum and is embedded throughout the curriculum across all learning areas and year levels.
Across the Western Australian Curriculum, students develop ICT capability as they learn to use ICT effectively and appropriately to access, create and communicate information and ideas; solve problems; and work collaboratively in all learning areas at school, and in their lives beyond school. The capability involves students in learning to make the most of the technologies available to them, adapting to new ways of doing things as technologies evolve, and limiting the risks to themselves and others in a digital environment.
In Digital Technologies, students develop an understanding of the characteristics of data, digital systems, audiences, procedures and computational thinking. They apply this when they investigate, communicate and create digital solutions. Students learn to formulate problems, logically organise and analyse data and represent them in abstract forms. They automate solutions through algorithmic logic. Students decide the best combinations of data, procedures and human and physical resources to generate efficient and effective digital solutions. They create digital solutions that consider economic, environmental and social factors.
In Design and Technologies, key ICT concepts and skills are strengthened, complemented and extended. Students become familiar with and gain skills using a range of software applications and digital hardware that enable them to realise their design ideas. Students use ICT when they investigate and analyse information and evaluate design ideas and communicate and collaborate online.
They develop design ideas; generate plans and diagrams to communicate their designs and produce solutions using digital technologies, for example creating simulations, drawings and models and manufacturing solutions (from basic drawing programs to computer-aided design/manufacture and rapid prototyping).
At Newton we believe we have both a responsibility and an obligation to provide teaching and learning programs that incorporate the use of ICT into the curriculum. This prepares students for the fast changing technological world they are growing up in.
The school provides a reliable infrastructure to accommodate the technologies available and recognises this through our School Vision statement and the professional development and support available to staff.
Students use a range of devices (Ipads, laptops and coding tools) and developmentally appropriate applications to learn coding, analyse data and create other digital solutions.