In Year 9, Digital Technologies is an option class. Students rotate through the options that they have chosen, spending two terms in each subject.
Digital Technologies in Year 9 is broken into three units.
Students cover the following parts of Progress Outcome 4 from the Computational Thinking strand of the Digital Technologies Curriculum:
Students also cover the following parts of Progress Outcome 3 from the Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes strand of the Digital Technologies Curriculum:
In this short unit students develop their understanding of how computers store different types of data using binary digits.
Students further develop their programming skills while exploring the role of hardware platforms in computing. They learn about the Input and Output elements of the Input/Storage/Processing/Output model. Students learn about the Internet of Things to understand the ways in which different sensors can provide more effective input and output than the traditional keyboard, mouse, and monitor. Using LabView and EV3s, students develop programs and they learn how a simple rough prototype can lead to a finished product. The unit concludes with a design challenge that asks students to use the EV3 as the basis for an innovation of their own design.