The Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies draws together the distinct but related subjects of Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies. It will ensure that all students benefit from learning about and working with traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies that shape the world in which we live. In creating solutions, as well as responding to the designed world, students will contribute to sustainable patterns of living for themselves and others.
Validation of Achievement Standards
Validation of the F-10 Australian Curriculum: Technologies achievement standards commenced on 12 August 2013. The purpose of validation is to ensure that the achievement standards provide a clear progression of achievement across each band of learning. As part of this process, ACARA hosts workshops with teachers and curriculum experts from across the country to critique and provide feedback about the pitch, progression and clarity of the achievement standards. The revised curriculum prepared for the validation of achievement standards is available for viewing on the ACARA website (from 12 August). This is draft work in progress, not a formal consultation document. Additional refinements are proceeding in response to feedback from participants in the validation process.
In October 2013 the final F-10 Australian Curriculum: Technologies will be presented to the ACARA Board for approval. Subject to endorsement by Ministers of Education in November 2013 the curriculum will be published on the Australian Curriculum website in late-2013.
Writing of the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum
Draft Technologies Curriculum for Consultation
Hear an introductory podcast to the Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies Foundation to Year 10. This was originally presented to participants in the Technologies Intensive Engagement Activity during the consultation period.
View the Technologies Podcast Transcript
Advisory group and writers
In July 2012 ACARA appointed writers and advisory group members for the writing phase. The selection process for the writers and the Advisory Group (Writing phase) involved the evaluation of over 80 applications from teachers, professional associations, education authorities, academics and industry professionals from all states and territories, and the references from nominated referees for those shortlisted.
The Technologies Advisory Group (Writing phase) was established to provide a balance of informed views on Technologies curriculum. Members included curriculum experts from a range of states and territories, technologies specialisations and stages of schooling.
Writing began with an induction program in August 2012. Two Coaches have been appointed for the writing phase. Professor Lyndon Anderson for Design and Technologies and Professor Chris Pilgrim for Digital Technologies.
Shaping of the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum
Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies
The Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies
sets the broad direction for writing the Australian Curriculum for Technologies. This has been developed with significant input from teachers, academics, professional teachers’ associations, education authorities and the Technologies industry and community.
Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies Consultation Report
Consultation on the Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies was held between March and June 2012. ACARA received over 240 responses nationally to the online questionnaire and 42 written submissions. The final report is now available.
The Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies
The Draft Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies was developed in 2012. The comments, suggestions and findings from the Advisory Group, national forum, National Panel and national consultation informed the final Shape of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies.
Technologies Initial Advice Paper
ACARA appointed Professor Lyndon Anderson, as the lead writer for the development of the Shape paper for Technologies and an Advisory Group for the Shaping phase. Three members of the Advisory Group (Shaping phase) assisted the lead writer in writing sections of the Initial Advice paper and the resulting Shape paper: Professor Marilyn Fleer, Associate Professor Howard Middleton and Associate Professor Paul Newhouse. A national forum on 5 December 2011 involving over 110 expert teachers and stakeholders across the education and Technologies communities provided feedback on The Technologies Initial Advice Paper.
Technologies Advisory Group (Shaping phase)
The selection process for the Technologies Advisory Group (Shaping phase) involved the evaluation of over 150 applications from teachers, professional associations, education authorities, academics and industry professionals from all states and territories, and the references from nominated referees for those shortlisted.
The Technologies Advisory Group (Shaping phase) was established to provide a balance of informed views on technologies curriculum. Members included curriculum experts from a range of states and territories, technologies specialisations and stages of schooling.
Technologies Position Paper
The development of the Australian Curriculum for Technologies began with a position paper in relation to key matters, including the definition of Technologies, the organisation of the curriculum, the structure of the curriculum and the relationship of Technologies to other learning areas and subjects. Twenty-five teachers, school leaders, academics and curriculum experts participated in a planning workshop to contribute to the development of the position paper for Technologies curriculum in December 2010.