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Review of digital technologies

We are working alongside sector partners to review the positioning and content of digital technologies within the framework of the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. View a list of the sector partners.

Update: July 2017

The review is complete and a draft digital technologies curriculum has just been published. The draft is open for consultation and feedback until the end of August 2017. All submissions will be considered and reported back on later this year prior to the curriculum’s implementation at the beginning of 2018.

The New Zealand curriculum

“Kaua e rangiruatia te hāpai o te hoe e kore tō tātou waka e ū ki uta.”
"Don’t paddle out of unison; our canoe will never reach the shore."

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.

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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.

Te Marautanga o Aotearoa

Ko te iho o te hangarau kei te waiata e whai ake nei. Mai i te whakaharatau hangarau a ō tātou tūpuna tae noa ki ngā tukanga hangarau o te ao hurihuri, i whakatakotohia e ō tātou tūpuna he huarahi hei whāinga mā tātou.

"Tikina atu i tuawhakarere
I te ao kōhatu
Ngā mōhiotanga o rātou mā
Hei kawe i a tātou i roto i te ao tūroa
Kua takoto kē te whāriki i rarangahia e rātou
Wānangahia, tuakina kia tau
Rangahaua kia maumahara
Manakohia kia whiwhi ai
Te mātauranga Māori motuhake."

Kia tipu ake te kākano hangarau ki ā tātou ākonga, me whakawhiti kōrero, me raweke, me whakamātau kia mau tonu.


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Previous Updates:

2 September 2015

We have now concluded our series of workshops as the first step in the review of the content and positioning of digital technologies in the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa.  These provided a valued opportunity to listen to stakeholders and facilitate some robust discussions.  During the workshops all stakeholders were invited to submit proposals which were then considered by the group.  Proposals included potential new content, transition from schooling to further study, training or the workplace, and the positioning of digital technologies in the National Curriculum.

Having both Te Reo and English medium representatives meeting together was a real strength as we were able to share challenges, potential solutions, approaches to teaching and learning, community perspectives, competencies, values and principles. 

The outcomes of the workshop discussions reflect there is need to make digital technologies more explicit in the curriculum to support the needs of students learning, living and working within a digital world. 

During the final session of the workshops groups considered next steps in the review process.  We now have the opportunity to reflect on ways forward to test our thinking further and to continue the review process with our partnership with stakeholders.

28 May 2015

We held another very productive workshop, again with representatives from schools, kura, academia, sector unions, industry and the 21st Century Learning Reference Group.
This workshop focused on answering these questions

  •  Language in common: 
    • What language do we use to describe digital technologies as a body of knowledge? 
    •  What does it mean and what does it look like in the classroom? 
  • Building a foundation
    • What knowledge, skills and understanding do our students need to equip them to thrive in the digital era? 
    • What knowledge, skills and understanding do our students need to equip them to test the validity of their assumptions, meet the ethical challenges and stay safe in the digital era? 
  • Understanding the contexts 
    • What framework enables us to catch up and stay ahead of change in the rapidly developing digital era landscape? 
    • Does this framework provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding discussed in Session Four?

 The next workshop will be held on July 30. In the meantime, workshop participants are expanding on ideas discussed using the online tool Loomio for both English and Māori medium.

31 March 2015

Stakeholder engagement began on 31 March 2015 with a workshop of representatives from schools, kura, academia, sector unions, industry and the 21st Century Learning Reference Group.

The first stakeholder workshop focused on:

  • Defining the problem we are seeking to address
  • A discussion of recent and relevant approaches to teaching and learning digital technologies
  • Identifying potential changes for the positioning (if any) 
  • Identifying potential changes for the content (if any) 

Following the workshop, some of the attendees took part in an informative discussion about digital technologies and the curriculum on Radio New Zealand National's Nine to Noon show.

The link to this discussion is available here: 

Nine to Noon: Review of Digital Technologies in the National Curriculum

Keep coming back to the site for updated information and progress

Related information


Technology Online

E hāngai ana tēnei paetukutuku ki ngā hiahia o ngā kaiwhakaako, ngā ākonga, otirā ngā tāngata katoa e ngākau nui ana ki te kaupapa o te whakaakoranga hangarau i Aotearoa nei.

Technology Online is a site dedicated to educators, students, and all those with an interest in technology education in New Zealand. It showcases examples of contemporary teaching and learning and provides curriculum support materials.