Technologies enrich and impact on the lives of people and societies globally. Society needs enterprising students who can make discerning decisions about the development and use of technologies, develop solutions to complex challenges and contribute to sustainable patterns of living. Technologies can play an important role in transforming, restoring and sustaining societies and natural, managed and constructed environments.
The Western Australian Curriculum: Technologies describes two distinct but related subjects:
- Design and Technologies, in which students use design thinking and technologies to generate and produce solutions for authentic needs and opportunities
- Digital Technologies, in which students use computational thinking and information systems to define, design and implement solutions.
In an increasingly technological and complex world, it is important to develop knowledge and skills to analyse and creatively respond to design and/or digital challenges.
Through the practical application of technologies including digital technologies, students develop dexterity and coordination through experiential activities. Technologies motivates young people and engages them in a range of learning experiences that are transferable to family and home, constructive leisure activities, community contribution and the world of work.
Technologies provides students with authentic learning challenges that foster curiosity, confidence, persistence, innovation, creativity, respect and cooperation. These attributes are necessary when using and developing solutions to make sense of complex ideas and relationships in all areas of learning. Technologies help students to be regional and global citizens, capable of actively and ethically communicating and collaborating.
Overarching the learning areas of the Western Australian Curriculum is the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Capability, which needs to be woven into the learning curriculum. Importantly, the word, “woven” is critical to the teaching of ICT Capabilities as it is not a learning area and needs to be integrated into the teaching of Technologies (Digital Technologies, Design and Technologies) and other learning areas (Mathematics, English, Science, Physical Education & Health, The Arts, HASS and Languages).
For a detailed view of the Burrendah Primary School's ICT Capabilities Scope and Sequence, please click HERE
In Term 3, 2020 the concept of a BYOD - iPad program was reviewed by the BYOD Committee which included School Board members, parents and teachers. After the completion of this review, the committee recommended the introduction of this program to the School Board. Following this recommendation, the School Board met and unanimously endorse this program to start in Year 4 2021.
For a detail outline of the BYOD - iPad program, please refer to the Communities - Bring Your Own Device tab in the menu above.
For a summary of Frequently Ask Questions and Answers, please refer to Communities - Bring Your Own Device tab in the menu above.