The term Digital Technologies is used to describe the use of digital resources to effectively find, analyse, create, communicate and use information in a digital context.  Digital Technologies at Howick College is an option subject from Years 9 to 13. It is a semester course at Year 9 and full year-long option courses with a pathway from Years 10-13.


There are five strands in the Digital Technologies curriculum.  Our courses focus on three of the strands:  Digital Information (Word, Excel, Access), Digital Media (Web Design, Photoshop) and Programming/Computer Science (Scratch, Python and C#). 

Students who study Digital Technology and Computer Studies at Year 12 will also be given the opportunity to sit the International Computer Drivers' Licence (ICDL).

Why study these subjects?

Skills developed in Digital Technologies transfer to other subject areas and after leaving school will be useful as a tool for tertiary study or obtaining an employment position.

Computer Studies

The Digital Technology Department offers Computer Studies at Years 12 and 13. As well as learning a range of computer applications, such as spreadsheets, word processing, desktop publishing, web design, graphics, databases and programming, students:

  • Develop problem solving skills by the development of the thinking processes that are needed with computing technology
  • Acquire a basic understanding of computer technology, terms and computer processes.
  • Look at the career opportunities and social implications of computers.

Digital Technology - Computing

What is Digital Technologies?

Computing? IT? ICT? Information Systems? Digital Literacy?
These are some of the ways to describe what is now known as Digital Technologies (DGT).  The subject as it currently stands is only four years old.  It has evolved from the old ideas of basic computer skills for Microsotf Office to a subject that is potentially exciting, dynamic and innovative.  By the nature of all things to do with computers, the subject is forever evolving as the technology we use in school and access to information is in a state of constant change.
The Digital Technologies curriculum has five strands:  Digital Information, Digital Media, Programming and Computer Science, Digital Infrastructure and Electronics.  Electronics is taught in a separate department but within the Technology Learning Area.

Digital Technologies - Electronics

In this subject, students learn about the design and construction of electronic devices and how to programme and use a microcontroller. It also covers

  • the theory of electronics
  • circuit design
  • computer simulations


International Computer Drivers Licence

ICDL is a great opportunity for students to prove to employers that they have basic competence in the use of computers.

The ICDL is an international qualification, which is supervised by the New Zealand Computer Society. It is portable which means that if you do not complete all the modules at school, you can complete the rest of the modules at an accredited test centre in New Zealand or overseas. There are seven modules ranging from:
  • basic concepts of information Technologies
  • word processing
  • spreadsheets
  • databases
  • using the computer and managing files
  • resentation and drawing packages
  • information network services (Internet and Email)