June 28, 2017
Matauranga Maori gets tech twist in new curriculum
The Education Ministry is consulting on adding computer programming to the curriculum for both mainstream and Maori medium schools.
Minister Nikki Kaye says the ministry is breaking new ground with a digital technologies curriculum that offers unique Maori content, learning that can be shaped according to students’ individual needs, and future-proofing so it can adapt to new technology as it arises.
There will also be $40 million available to upskill teachers to deliver the new curriculum, shift the education system to a more digitally-oriented environment, and provide more opportunities for young people to learn about digital technologies.
The new curriculum content sets out what students need to learn to become not just fluent users but also skilled creators of digital innovations and inventions.
It will also deliver digital technologies through Maori values, knowledge and education with its integration into Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.
All pupils from years one to 10 will take part in digital technologies learning.
There are new achievement standards being developed for NCEA to encourage older students to develop the more specialised skills that industry partners say are in high demand.
Initial consultation runs until the end of August, with new content available for use from January 2018 and the new curriculum in full use from the start of 2020.
View draft content at https://education.govt.nz/digital-technology-consultation
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