Digital Technology


What is Digital Technology?

Digital technologies impact on every aspect of our lives and are vitally important to New Zelaand’s growth in the 21st century.  Digital Technology gives students opportunities to develop knowledge and skills with digital technologies so they are equipped to respond to rapid changes in our society.

Digital Technology allows students to develop an appreciation of the range and power of computer applications and learn to solve problems. By considering a broad range of computer applications, students develop an understanding of the power and versatility of the computer and the benefits of its use, but also its limitations and potential disadvantages. The skills learnt can also be used in other areas of study and in everyday life.

The Aims of Digital Technology

The aims of Digital Technology are to:

  • Provide students with the opportunity to foster an interest in, enjoyment of, and confidence in the use of digital technologies.
  • Provide students with the ability to program and use common software applications, including word processors, spreadsheets, databases, interactive presentation software, e-mail, web browsers and website design etc.
  • Develop a greater awareness of how digital technologies are used in the workplace, and consider the impact of new technologies on methods of working and on social, economic, ethical and moral issues.
  • Prepare students for further education and/or future employment.

 

Why Choose Digital Technology?

Digital Technology courses will appeal to students who:

  • enjoy study that is relevant to their own lives and experience
  • want the opportunity to carry out practical work and be creative
  • enjoy solving problems
  • want to develop their digital technology skills for use at home or on the go, in industry and commerce.

Facilities

The Digital Technology Department has excellent ICT facilities with three air-conditioned classrooms of PC computers. Class sizes allow for one computer per student. The software available is up to date.

The department makes use of Microsoft Teams for distributing materials, collecting work from students and for collaborative work. Students make use of OneDrive so they can access their files from wherever they are.

There is a Code Club on Thursdays after school for like-minded students to meet and work collaboratively to improve their coding skills.

Who does Digital Technology?

Year 9 DTC

Students take this Digital Technology course as part of their Technology cycle.

The course focuses on developing students’ skills in the areas of using Microsoft Teams, managing their files through OneDrive, creating PowerPoint presentations and the use of spreadsheets for modelling and creating graphs.

These are skills which will be useful throughout their time at WBHS and beyond.

Click on the link for course details: https://course.westlake.school.nz/course.php?code=9DTC

Year 10 DTC

This is optional for students.
The course involves:

  • creating and delivering a presentation and this is assessed through an NCEA unit standard
  • creating simple webpages using a template and this is assessed through an NCEA unity standard
  • programming, designing and creating a game
  • a project

This course is a good foundation for our courses in the Senior School.

Click on the link for course details: https://course.westlake.school.nz/course.php?code=10DTC

Year 11

This is optional for students. There are two courses offered:

NCEA Digital Technology Level 1

  1. 11DTC – this has a mixture of Unit Standards and Achievement Standards.  It includes Desktop Publishing, spreadsheets, creating a digital information outcome, evaluating and creating websites. The external assessment is a report showing how the student manages information.  There is no programming in this course.  It is possible to gain Course Endorsement. Click on the link for course details: https://course.westlake.school.nz/course.php?code=11DTC
  2. 11DTP – which is mainly Achievement Standards and has a programming element to it. Students learn how to plan by writing algorithms and then code using Python. Through project management, students learn about tools and techniques to keep their work on track. Students will also learn how to design and create a website. This course is new for 2018. It is possible to gain Course Endorsement. Click on the link for course details: https://course.westlake.school.nz/course.php?code=11DTP

Years 12 and 13

We offer two pathways – NCEA and Cambridge International Examinations.

NCEA

Year 12

Level 2

12DTC – this includes one Unit Standard which involves creating a database which is then used to create a digital information outcome for an Achievement Standard. Students will also learn how to design and create a website.  It is possible to gain Course Endorsement.

Click on the link for course details:

https://course.westlake.school.nz/course.php?code=12DTC

Year 13

Level 3

13DTC – Please note this course is closed entry.  Students must have successfully completed 12DTC with 14+ credits at Merit or Excellence level.

Click on the link for course details:

https://course.westlake.school.nz/course.php?code=13DTC

Cambridge

Cambridge programmes and qualifications develop not only content but also skills. This helps learners to bridge the gap to the next stage of education and the world of work.  Courses encourage learners to be:

  • confident in working with information and ideas – their own and those of others
  • responsible for themselves, responsive to and respectful of others
  • reflective as learners, developing their ability to learn
  • innovative and equipped for new and future challenges
  • engaged intellectually and socially ready to make a difference

Year 12

AS Information Technology

This course is a mixture of theory and practical with the emphasis on applying knowledge gained to the real world. In a world where information technology (IT) is constantly changing, individuals increasingly need technological and information literacy skills that include the ability to gather, process and manipulate data.

The impact of IT on society is enormous and as the percentage of businesses and households connected to communication networks such as the internet grows, so does the need for individuals who understand these new technologies.

This course encourages learners to become effective and discerning users of IT. It helps them to develop a broad range of IT skills, knowledge and understanding. Learners study the structure and use of IT systems within a wide range of organisations, including the use of a variety of computer networks. As a result, learners gain an understanding of IT system life cycles, and how these affect the workplace. They also learn about the wider impact of IT on society in general.

Click on the link for course details:

https://course.westlake.school.nz/course.php?code=12CPX

Year 13

A2 Information Technology

Students also study graphics creation, animation and simple programming for the web relevant to their own use of IT on this second year of the course. https://course.westlake.school.nz/department.php?d=11