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 poducts and how to programme and use a microcontroller. The concepts and theory of electronics is aplied in circuit design. 

 

  • the theory of electronics
  • circuit design
  • computer simulations

Students also prepare parts using 3D printing and laser cutting technology through the use of CAD programs. Students develop skills around soldering and assembly of computer systems and networking in the forms of LAN and WAN taught at senior levels

Curriculum