Rationale

Involvement in Technologies at St Denis engages our students in critical and creative thinking, including understanding interrelationships in systems when solving complex problems.

The Australian Curriculum: Technologies describes two distinct but related subjects:

  •  Design and Technologies, in which students use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce designed solutions for authentic needs and opportunities.
  •  Digital Technologies, in which students use computational thinking and information systems to define, design and implement digital solutions.

 

Aims

The Australian Curriculum: Technologies aims to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure that, individually and collaboratively, students:

  • investigate, design, plan, manage, create and evaluate solutions
  • are creative, innovative and enterprising when using traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies, and understand how technologies have developed over time
  • make informed and ethical decisions about the role, impact and use of technologies in the economy, environment and society for a sustainable future
  • engage confidently with and responsibly select and manipulate appropriate technologies − materials, data, systems, components, tools and equipment − when designing and creating solutions
  • critique, analyse and evaluate problems, needs or opportunities to identify and create solutions.
  • These aims are extended and complemented by specific aims for each Technologies subject.
  • Content Structure
  • The Australian Curriculum: Technologies comprises two subjects:
  • Design and Technologies
  • Digital Technologies

The curriculum for each of Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies describes the distinct knowledge, understanding and skills of the subject and, where appropriate, highlights their similarities and complementary learning. This approach allows students to develop a comprehensive understanding of traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies. It also provides the flexibility – especially in the primary years of schooling – for developing integrated teaching programs that focus on both Technologies subjects and other learning areas.

For further information on the Western Australian Curriculum – Technologies, please go to http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/technologies/rationale-aims/technologies