Phil Feain

Introduction of Digital Technologies in the Australian Curriculum

Planning for the implementation of Digital Technologies in the Australian Curriculum I am wondering what others are doing with meeting standards using products like Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Muse across Years 7 - 10.

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Lorraine Nitschke

Posted on 9/18/15 12:33:11 AM Permalink

I'm teaching in a school which has, over the past few years, downgraded Year 7 and 8 IT to 2x 45 min lessons a week from 5x45 min lessons. Now, for 2016, IT in those year levels has been completely dropped. Aspects of the course has been hived off on to other subjects. I'm really disappointed by this, as it seems to be totally counter to what the Australian business world requires. In future, the first our students will see of IT in high school is as an elective subject at Year 9 level. This is a small-but-growing school, with 2 IT/IPP teachers. We despair as we see other sections of the school being promoted (drama, music, art, sciences) at the cost of the technology skills.

Nicola Martin

Posted on 9/2/15 11:28:09 PM Permalink

Muse is a great way of introducing web design but not programming. I prefer to teach CSS and HTML using a code editor like Adobe Brackets or Adobe Edge Code. That way they learn pure coding which all the WYSIWYG software stifles.

We have been teaching Adobe Edge Animate to the seniors but will be introducing it to year 7 and 8 classes next term. We have already taught them Photoshop so they can use that to generate the images for their animation.

Stephen Blackwell

Posted on 8/31/15 11:28:00 PM Permalink

I have recently played with Muse and we will be introducing it at years 7 and 8 (1x72 minute period each week as a core subject)before moving into Dreamweaver in years 9 and 10 (2x72 minute periods per week in a 1 semester elective at each year level). We also have a year 9 and 10 elective on television production with Premiere Pro as the editor and so we will also be introducing Premiere Pro in years 7 and 8.

Bethany Dutton

Posted on 8/20/15 12:11:19 PM Permalink

Unfortunately the digital technologies is very narrow - so alot of the use of photoshop and illustrator has been delegated to Media Arts and mainly focusing on programming and web design as the focus is programming and information systems

Phil Feain

Posted on 9/1/15 2:24:59 AM Permalink

Hi Bethany. I have noticed that their is a heavy emphasis on programming related activities within the curriculum. However, I am planning to use some of the Adobe tools in each of the year levels that meets some of the non-programming competencies. For example, HTML and CSS with Dreamweaver and Illustrator to create a logo for the website and designs completed separately. I want students coming out of Year 10 with a range of software skills and experiences. I am excited about the prospect of building up our VCE classes.

Claire Richards

Posted on 1/11/16 5:37:00 PM Permalink

I am teaching our course from the Media Arts and Digital Technologies curriculum. I've found actions in Photoshop useful for showing students what simple automation can do and a motivation to learn code. I have posters of the engineering and creative design cycles on the wall to show the similar processes used.