Digital Technology

Using Digital Technology to solve problems and equipping students with skills for the 21st century and beyond.

Department reflects the school mission statement in its policies and practices by aiming to “develop the personal potential, social responsibility and respect for individual and cultural differences of all students” at Mt Roskill Grammar School.

Digital Technologies is about teaching students the theory of how technology works, and how they can use that knowledge to solve problems and equipping students with skills for 21st century and beyond. Digital Technology includes a vast area of Computing and Programming that includes proficiency in Microsoft applications, Digital Design and Coding.

Students will gain confidence in using Technology to solve the problems and find solutions. At MRGS we teach a range of Digital Technology subjects and our students are ever enthusiastic to address the real world problems and come up with solutions. At MRGS we create the Technological future!

Teacher in Charge Digital Technology – Helen Prasad

Qualifications: Master of Educational Management, Bachelor of Arts

Experience: I have taught Digital Technologies/Computing at other secondary schools in Auckland before coming to Mt Roskill Grammar. I have a new team around me in the department and we are excited to push the boundaries of technology and learning in the department at MRGS.

Why I teach my subject: We live in exciting times as we prepare our students for jobs that don’t even exist at the moment. Since digital technologies is the future we try to get our students to be digitally literate and be engaged with the tools that help them with their learning, whether through games or otherwise as it gives them opportunities to develop and create things as change is guaranteed with technology and these are the things that make me passionate about my subject.

Why I teach at MRGS: I have had a desire to teach at MRGS because of its great ethnic diversity and now have the support of so many teachers around me and we all are here for one purpose – the success of our students.

Helen Prasad – Teacher in Charge Digital Technology
Latha Nelapati

Courses and Pathways

Year 9 Digital Technology

Entry Requirements:

N/A

Junior Diploma Credits:

3

BYOD Recommendations:

N/A

Who is this course for?

N/A

Year 10 ICT and Computer Science

Entry Requirements:

N/A

Credits:

There is the opportunity to gain 4 credits at NCEA Level 1.

BYOD Recommendations:

N/A

Who is this course for?

Students who enjoy problem solving and interested in learning and developing computing skills to create a range of outcomes.

Year 11 Computer Science

Entry Requirements:

N/A

Credits:

20 Credits at Level 1

BYOD Recommendations:

Desktops are provided, may use own laptops for some units

Who is this course for?

Students with solid computing and maths skills who enjoy solving problems and writing computer programs. (You may only choose 1 of the 3 computer courses)

Achievement Standards:

AS 91071 1.41 Implement basic procedures to produce a specified digital information outcome INT
AS 91072 1.42 Demonstrate understanding of basic concepts of digital media INT
AS 91073 1.43 Implement basic procedures to produce a specified digital media outcome INT
AS 91074 1.44 Demonstrate understanding of basic concepts from computer science EXT
AS 91075 1.45 Construct a plan for a basic computer program for a specified task INT
AS 91076 1.46 Construct a basic computer program for a specified task INT

Year 11 Digital Technology

Entry Requirements:

N/A

Credits:

20 Credits at Level 1

BYOD Recommendations:

Desktops are provided, may use own laptops for some units

Who is this course for?

Students with solid computing and design skills who enjoy creative design. (You may only choose 1 of the 3 computer courses)

Achievement Standards:

AS 91053 1.10 Demonstrate understanding of design elements EXT
AS 91071 1.41 Implement basic procedures to produce a specified digital information outcome INT
AS 91073 1.43 Implement basic procedures to produce a specified digital media outcome INT
AS 91046 1.3 Use design ideas to produce a conceptual design for an outcome to address a brief INT
Level 1 US 5946 Use computer technology to create and deliver a presentation from given content

Year 12 Computer Science

Entry Requirements:

12 Achievement Standard Computing credits at Level 1
Level 1 Literacy

Credits:

16 Credits at Level 2

BYOD Recommendations:

Desktops are provided, may use own laptops for some units

Who is this course for?

Students with solid computing and maths skills who enjoy solving problems. Students must have some computer programming skills. (You may only choose 1 of the 2 computer courses).

Achievement Standards:

AS 91367 2.40 Demonstrate understanding of advanced concepts of information management EXT
AS 91368 2.41 Implement advanced procedures to produce a specified digital information outcome INT
AS 91370 2.43 Implement advanced procedures to produce a specified digital media outcome INT
AS 91373 2.46 Construct an advanced computer program INT

Year 12 Digital Technology

Entry Requirements:

10 Achievement Standard Computing credits at Level 1
Level 1 Literacy

Credits:

19 Credits at Level 2

BYOD Recommendations:

Desktops are provided, may use own laptops for some units

Who is this course for?

Students with solid computing and design skills who enjoy solving problems and creative design(You may only choose 1 of the 2 computer courses).

Achievement Standards:

AS 91367 2.4 Demonstrate understanding of basic concepts of information management EXT
AS 91368 2.41 Implement advanced procedures to produce a specified digital information outcome INT
AS 91356 2.3 Use design ideas to produce a conceptual design for an outcome to address a brief INT
AS 91370 2.43 Implement advanced procedures to produce a specified digital media outcome INT

Year 13 Computer Science

Entry Requirements:

14 Achievement Standard Computing credits at Level 2, including AS91373 (programming) and the Level 2 external AS91367

Credits:

20 Credits at Level 3

BYOD Recommendations:

Desktops are provided, may use own laptops for some units

Who is this course for?

Students with solid computing and maths skills who enjoy solving problems. Students MUST have advanced computer programming skills prior to entry. (You may only choose 1 of the 2 computer courses).

Achievement Standards:

AS 91632 3.40 Demonstrate understanding of complex concepts of Information management EXT
AS 91633 3.41 Implement complex procedures to produce a specified digital information outcome INT
AS 91635 3.43 Implement complex procedures to produce a specified digital media outcome INT
AS 91637 3.46 Construct complex computer program INT

Year 13 Digital Technology

Entry Requirements:

10 Achievement Standard credits in ComputinLevel 2 including AS91370 (HTML/CSS) and the external A591367 at Level 2

Credits:

20 Credits at Level 3

BYOD Recommendations:

Desktops are provided, may use own laptops for some units

Who is this course for?

Students with solid computing and design skills who enjoy solving problems and creative design. Studentmust already have an advanced understanding of HTML and CSC. (You may only choose 1 of the 2 computer courses).

Achievement Standards:

AS 91610 3.3 Develop conceptual design considering fitness for purpose in the broadest sense INT
AS 91632 3.40 Demonstrate understanding of complex concepts of information management EXT
AS 91633 3.41 Implement complex procedures to produce a specified digital information outcome INT
AS 91635 3.43 Implement complex procedures to produce a specified digital media outcome INT

Ayla Hawthorne, Graduating 2018

Subject I have taken: I am studying Computer Science at NCEA Level 3

Why am I studying this subject: I’m thinking of going on to study a computer science/arts conjoint at the University of Auckland next year, but I know that even if I choose another degree or pathway the skills I gain from this subject will still be useful for the future.

What this subject offers me: As well as a headstart on programming knowledge for university level computing, computer literacy is so important in a day and age where nearly everything is digitalised. Knowing your way around a computer and how to use software efficiently is essential in almost any job field.

Why I love this subject: I like problem solving, but computer science also has opportunities to be creative and think outside the box. Our assessments are real-world examples of what a client could need from someone in a computing role, and this industry focus really solidifies how useful the class is instead of learning something which doesn’t have any obvious impact.