In the Victorian Curriculum F–10, the Technologies includes Design and Technology and Digital Technologies.
Technologies and Design
Technologies and design aims to develop knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that students:
become critical users of technologies, and designers and producers of designed solutions
can investigate, generate and critique designed solutions for sustainable futures
use design and systems thinking to generate innovative and ethical design ideas, and communicate these to a range of audiences
create designed solutions suitable for a range of contexts by creatively selecting and safely manipulating a range of materials, systems, components, tools and equipment
learn how to transfer the knowledge and skills from design and technologies to new situations
understand the roles and responsibilities of people in design and technologies occupations, and how they contribute to society
Digital Technologies provide a framework for students to learn how to use technologies to create innovative solutions that meet current and future needs. Students are encouraged to make decisions about the development and use of technologies, considering the impacts of technological change and how technologies may contribute to a sustainable future. The curriculum provides practical opportunities for students to be users, designers and producers of new technologies.
In Design and Technologies, students use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce designed solutions. In Digital Technologies, students use computational thinking and information systems to analyse, design and develop digital solutions.
With technology embedded across the curriculum, St Patrick's ensures students at all levels have access to appropriate devices and platforms. Students in Prep have access to a classroom set of iPads, Year 1 & 2 students have access to classroom banks of laptops. In semester two, Year 2 students are taught email and provided with their St Patrick’s school email account which will remain with them whilst they are enrolled at St Patrick’s Primary School.
In Years 3 - 6, students have access to 1:1 devices. Our Year 3 students begin using Google Education accounts and become familiar with a variety of Google platforms. By Year 6 our students are competent users of technology and transition smoothly into secondary school with competent digital technology skills.
All classes from Prep to Year 6 use Seesaw, providing a learning link between students, teachers and families. Our use of Seesaw enables us to connect families to see their child's work and celebrate their progress on a regular basis.
Further information about ICT and Technologies can be obtained from the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority website here and the Victorian Government Education website here.