In many people’s eyes, when they think of educational technology, they visualise traditional classes of Information Communication Technology (ICT), which would include learning skills such as word processing, presentation applications and spreadsheets. According to the Chilean National Curriculum, these skills are now seen as cross curricular, and should be integrated across the whole school, and the delivery of this knowledge should be the responsibility of all subject teachers its quality and relevance.
According to Mineduc, the responsibility of all subject teachers is to integrate the following ICT skills into the curriculum:
- To be able to find information from the internet and evaluate To be able to use ICT in problem solving, communication, expression and creativity
- To be able to use ICT to present, represent, analyse and model information and situations (specifically with the use of multimedia)
- Participate in virtual communication and social networks with creative and relevant contributions
- Make conscious and responsible use of digital technologies by respecting oneself, respecting others and respecting the right to privacy and intellectual property (Digital Citizenship).
As the above ICT skills are the responsibility of every subject teacher, we as the Design Technology department must act as a point of reference, lead by example, and provide adequate training to all faculty staff.
What are our main roles in the school?
Technology Integration in the Primary Years Program (PYP); Teaching Design Technology in the Middle Years Program (MYP); Research, Innovation and Training.
Technology Integration in the PYP
To help us achieve the goal of technology integration, we have a team of technology coaches who work with teachers and students from pre-kinder to 5th grade. The philosophy that we promote is to use technology that modifies and redefines the student’s learning experience, rather than use it to substitute for a similar activity (SAMR). This team is perfectly suited to help achieve this goal because they have both pedagogical and technical skills, and when working with subject teachers, can combine these skills with content knowledge (TPACK).
Teaching Design Technology in the MYP
At Santiago College, we teach Design as it is a required course for the IB Middle Years Program or MYP. At the same time, we are required to teach all learning objectives from the Chilean Technology curriculum. For this reason, our subject is called Design Technology.
Each year our students are required to complete at least three projects, where they are presented with problems that need to be solved. The process that is followed to achieve the solutions is called the Design Cycle.
Our aim is for students to be able to follow the process of the design cycle, understand the importance of planning and testing, and ultimately be able to transfer these skills across any other project, inside or outside of school.
- What is the MYP Design Cycle? The Design Cycle is a way of thinking/organizing that helps to realize a goal. Whether that goal be a the development of a new recipe, program an educational video game, or 3d print locker key rings. The Design Cycle starts with Inquiry and Analysis of an issue or topic: What is the problem? Why is it a problem? The next step is to Develop Ideas and planning drawings that can lead to the desired outcome. Then the solution must be created by following the planning drawings and demonstrating technical skills. Evaluation is the final stage, where both the end product and the process are measured according to success criteria.
- What are the Chilean Technology Goals? The goals are very similar: to design, to make and to test.
Research, Innovation and Training
Technology is a subject which is continually evolving and giving teachers new ways to improve the learning experience of students. Even though it is our duty as educators to take advantage of these new technologies, and to follow the minimum standards set by the Chilean Ministry of Education, it can be very time consuming and occasionally daunting for subject teachers. For this reason, one of the roles of our department is to research, trial and communicate educational technology methodologies and tools to other teachers.
Communication of this information takes place through training, social media and technology integration coaching.
We hope that with this research and innovation, we can lead change within the school. Some of our future goals include:
- Improve our online learning management system to include parent views and project feedback
- Implement a Technology Integration Coaching program in the Middle School
- Giving students more experience with Computer Programming and Robotics
- Looking into the possibility of offering Computer Science at the IB Diploma level
- Exploring the possibility of implementing a ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) environment
During the second semester in the Design and Technology class, 9-grade students had to create a video game using the Scratch website. The goals of creating a video game were to start learning a new language by having a first approach to coding and to also about how video games are developed in real life. In this task, students were asked to create a video game which would teach other students about a specific topic. From history to how to cook healthy food, students displayed all their imagination to create really fun games. Here are some examples:
First Level Wandas Cooking Game
Level 2 Punic Wars Mario
Infant School students learning to program with Beebots
4th grade Students making graphic organizers on animal adaptions
8th Grade Healthy food project: Green Yogurt Muffins
Our Hour of Code Promotional Video
ABSCH Technology Event, making hydraulic lifts
8th Grade Healthy food project: Foyo bites
6th Grade Students making game controllers with Makey Makey
8th Grade Healthy food project: Roasted chicken with couscous
We invite you to visit the follow website: MYP Technology Classes to know more about this subject.