The 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.
Implementing the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Technologies
The Australian Curriculum: Technologies has been published on the Australian Curriculum website as ‘Available for use; awaiting final endorsement’. State and territory curriculum and school authorities will advise schools of their implementation plans.
ACARA has liaised with states and territories to identify and prioritise the aspects of the Digital Technologies curriculum that will best support schools and teachers as they implement the curriculum. The document Digital Technologies advice for providers is designed to provide guidance for providers of professional development and teaching resources. This is intended to ensure that the areas of greatest need are addressed in the first instance and unnecessary duplication of support is avoided.
Writing of the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: Technologies
Draft Australian Technologies Curriculum Consultation
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 hosted 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 was made available for viewing on the ACARA website (from 12 August). This draft work in progress, was not a formal consultation document. Additional refinements were made in response to feedback from participants in the validation process.
Advisory group and writers for Technologies (Writing phase)
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: Technologies
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.
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 and National Panel informed its development.
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.
Advisory Group for Technologies (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.