Strengthening Digital Technologies Hangarau Matihiko in the curriculum

The new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content will be available in early 2018.

As an education system, we want to equip our young people with the right set of skills for whatever path they choose to follow. Our education system is changing how we prepare our children and young people to participate, create and thrive in this fast-evolving digital world. 

Read the consultation feedback reports

 The Ministry of Education ran a consultation on the draft curriculum content from June 28 to the 3 September 2017. Commentary on the feedback we heard, recommendations from an independent Curriculum Advisory Group, and an overview on the changes we made is available to read in the following reports:

The following three reports are now available to view:

The Summary Report includes:

  • the process we have followed in developing and consulting on the draft curriculum content
  • once consultation feedback was collected, a summary of what we heard and what we’re doing as a result
  • the next steps for the education sector to introduce the new curriculum content into schools and kura.

Martin Jenkins Consultation Process Report [PDF, 3.7 MB] this summarises and collates feedback received from the public consultation.

Curriculum Advisory Group Report [PDF, 2.2 MB] this group was established as an independent panel of experts commissioned to advise the Ministry on the draft Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content consultation feedback - and provide recommendations.

A fourth report, The Ministry of Education’s response to the Curriculum Advisory Group Report, will be available on request. This report is a collation of the Curriculum Advisory Group Report and the Ministry’s detailed response to the consultation feedback.

What you need to know

Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko is about teaching our tamariki and children how technology works, and how they can use that knowledge to solve problems. 

Once this new curriculum is introduced, our kids won’t just be using devices like computers and smart phones. The changed curriculum will mean that schools will be teaching our young people the computer science principles that all digital technologies are built on. Students will find out about how computers work – understanding what makes ‘algorithms’ and ‘binary code’.

Our young people will benefit from having these future thinking skills.

Watch an information workshop video

You can watch our workshop video below.

Workshops were provided around the country in July and August 2017.

Multiple sessions were provided in each region, and targeted to specific audiences:
Morning session - focused on school, kura and kahui ako leaders and members of Boards of Trustees
Afternoon session - focused on teachers and kaiako - split into two workshops, English and Māori medium
Community evening session - focused on parents, whānau, community and industry

Read the draft Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko consultation booklet

Our priority is to ensure that the new curriculum content will work for teachers, kaiako, schools and kura, so our learners can achieve the best possible learning outcomes.

The National Curriculum is composed of the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa which set the direction for student learning and provide guidance for schools as they design and review their curriculum.

Read the details of the draft learning area in the consultation documents:

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