It's finally arrived, a new draft document that will help shape our children for their unsure futures. So what's it like? It's actually pretty good, with excellent concepts and ideas that will give children more understanding of how computers work. There is a big emphasis on computational thinking, using computer algorithms to give instructions for desired outcomes.
Will this be difficult? I think teachers will find this really hard to begin with. There are a lot of really big words and long winded sentences, that could just be a bit much. I believe these could be simplified to make it easier for teachers to pick up these concepts, however everything is definitely there. With a lot of support, teachers will be able to start implementing these concepts within their programmes.
This document is also about creating, problem solving, and positive outcomes for the human race. I like this idea as this is what our classrooms should be about. Rather than teaching static lessons where our children are required to sit with a sheet and practise non-engaging concepts that have no real purpose.
Their best sentence for me in this document is this...
"Knowledge and skills are learned in context. By offering a variety of contexts, teachers help their students to recognise links and develop generic understandings."
Ministry of Education (2017), Digital Technologies Hangarau Matihiko, Wellington, New Zealand
Teaching in context is what I hope will be the making of this document and help us shape the next generation of students. My whole website is based around students learning in context (S.L.I.C).
Integrate as much as you can! You are going to have to. There won't be time to do an hour of maths, 1 hour of reading, 1 hour of writing, half an hour of P.E, twenty minutes of spelling and so on and so on...
I will discuss more ideas in the coming weeks and months as this document is continued to be analysed.