Year 9 Digital Technology

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Miss K. Carnihan

Who is this subject intended for:
This subject is for everyone!

What you will learn in this subject:
This course is designed to meet the requirements of the new Digital Technology curriculum.

Example Topics:
Physical Programming: learn the basics of electronics and programming a digital device to perform tasks eg micro-computer or robot.

Student interest will be taken into account. 

Computational Thinking
Understand end-users needs
students decompose problems to create simple algorithms using the three building blocks of programing: sequence, selection, and iteration.
They implement these algorithms by creating programs that use inputs, outputs, sequence, basic selection using comparative operators, and iteration.
They debug simple algorithms and programs by identifying when things go wrong with their instructions and correcting them
They are able to explain why things went wrong and how they fixed them.
Students understand that digital devices represent data with binary digits and have ways of detecting errors in data storage and transmission.
They evaluate the efficiency of algorithms, recognising that computers need to search and sort large amounts of data.
They also evaluate user interfaces in relation to their efficiency and usability.

Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes
Given some parameters they are able to make decisions (largely independently) about the best tools/ techniques to solve the problem. They work through an iterative process to design, develop, create, store, test and evaluate digital content that meets its purpose.

This includes:

Select appropriate software and file types for particular purposes based on key features, and justify selection. Use selected software to develop and combine digital content to create an outcome.
Understand the role of operating systems in managing personal computer hardware, security, and application software. Explain the conventions of file management procedures and use of storage devices

Where this subject will lead:
Studying digital technologies will enhance your career opportunities in the future.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

Recommended equipment - Micro computer (micro: bit, arduino, or similar)

Recommended Prior Learning

What you need to be able to do and know to achieve in this subject:
Students will need to have good written and verbal skills, a desire to achieve and succeed and an eagerness to learn in a digital environment.


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