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What is technology about?

Technology learning area title.

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e kore tō tātou waka e ū ki uta.

Technology is intervention by design: the use of practical and intellectual resources to develop products and systems (technological outcomes) that expand human possibilities by addressing needs and realising opportunities. Adaptation and innovation are at the heart of technological practice. Quality outcomes result from thinking and practices that are informed, critical, and creative.

Technology makes enterprising use of its own particular knowledge and skills, together with those of other disciplines. Graphics and other forms of visual representation offer important tools for exploration and communication.

Technology is never static. It is influenced by and in turn impacts on the cultural, ethical, environmental, political, and economic conditions of the day.

Published on: 08 Apr 2014

Digital technologies

Digital technologies in the curriculum
In The New Zealand Curriculum, digital technologies will be recognised as a part of the Technology learning area from the beginning of 2018. In Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, it will be recognised as a whenu (strand) within the Hangarau Wāhanga Ako. Learning in digital technologies will link to learning across all Learning Areas and Wāhanga Ako.

Enabling eLearning has a support section to help educators get prepared.

Supporting TKI communities

Technology Online

A site dedicated to all those with an interest in technology education in New Zealand, with examples of contemporary teaching and learning and curriculum support materials.

Technology in the NZC explains the knowledge and practices underpinning the learning area's three strands and eight components, and stresses the importance of technological literacy.

NZ Senior Secondary Curriculum Guides – Technology
Helping teachers create quality teaching and learning programmes.