Unpack the Curriculum
Helping teachers implement the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies
Unpacking the curriculum
The Digital Technologies curriculum has been designed around ten key concepts. The DT Challenges and PD workshops focus on understanding these deep ideas in computing.
While the vocabulary is new, many of these concepts are ideas and processes that teachers will already be teaching in other learning areas.
Click the box to explore each concept.
Key Concept: Abstraction
Abstraction involves hiding details of an idea, problem or solution that are not relevant, to focus on a manageable number of aspects.
Abstraction is a natural part of communication: people rarely communicate every detail, because many details are not relevant in a given context.
Abstraction does not appear explicitly in the content descriptions
However, abstraction underpins many of the content descriptions below. For example:
- Abstraction is central to many representations that hide detail.
- Abstraction is central to describing a high-level algorithm.
- Abstraction is central to ignoring irrelevant properties in data interpretation.
Key Concept: Digital Systems
Key Concept: Data Representation
Key Concept: Data Collection
Key Concept: Data Interpretation
Key Concept: Specification
Key Concept: Algorithms
Key Concept: Implementation
Key Concept: Interactions
Key Concept: Impact