Many of us are exploring the new digital technologies content as two new technological areas of the Technology Learning area. Considering funding doesn’t come from a bottomless pit, deciding what equipment and consumables (electronics, robotics, peripherals, 3D printers) to purchase and how to use them wisely, can be a huge consideration for schools and kura.
Start with what we know
An important place to start; is to find out what equipment you already have. Create an inventory. Gather teacher data on the frequency, use, appropriateness and desirability of the equipment being used. Ask teachers what they would like to see more of and why?
We don’t know what we don’t know
Investigate what is available to schools:
Ask your students and their parents, identify people in your community with knowledge
Keeping any flyers, product brochures that come to your school, advertised in magazines
Researching suppliers of educational technologies online and/or make contact to ask more
Talking with people in other schools, in online forums, communities (like this one), NZ teachers (primary) Facebook group, DTTA, local meetups,Te pa pouahi leaders course both hosted by Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko and websites like Enabling e-Learning and Technology Online.
Research NZ examples and reimagine how the equipment can work on your digital platforms (PC, Mac, Chromebooks, tablets etc). For example in, Hands on learning using electronic kits Technology Online, we see a pilot study using an electronics kit (micro- controller, electricity conducting playdough and LED lights).