Digital Technologies Curriculum
Level 7 - 8

Level 7 - Level 8

Data and Information

Content Description

  • Investigate how digital systems represent text, image and sound data in binary.
  • Acquire data from a range of sources and evaluate their authenticity, accuracy and timeliness.
  • Analyse and visualise data using a range of software to create information, and use structured data to model objects or events.
  • Manage, create and communicate interactive ideas, information and projects collaboratively online, taking safety and social contexts into account.

Lesson Ideas

Online Resources

Students with Computer
  • Analysing the Game: explore the research behind sports data collection. Please note teachers will need to create a free login to access the quality teaching resources. Institution of Engineering and Technology
  • Applications of programmable systems: use this activity to support students to be able to explain on-off terms of binary coding. Please note teachers will need to create a free login to access this quality resource. Institute of Engineering and Technology
  • The Australian Magician's Dream: use this lesson sequence to help students to understand computational thinking, algorithms and data. Paul Curzon and Peter McOwan
  • Computational Thinking - Searching to Speak: use this idea to create a sequence of lessons supporting students to explore computational thinking, data, binary, and algorithms. Paul Curzon

Units of Work

Online Resources

Technologies Network
  • Give Binary a Try: this sequence of lessons takes students through understanding binary and how they are applied for computer engineers. Try Engineering
  • Information Everywhere: an introduction to web-based information systems for secondary students. Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Itching for more: a unit plan to use with students who have more advanced programming skills. Royal Society of Edinburgh
  • Traffic Patterns Unit: this sequence of lessons explores simple pattern formation in complex systems, and in the use, modification, and creation of agent based models to conduct experiments on simple virtual traffic systems. Project GUTS
  • Social Networks Units: social networks are an important topic in modelling the behaviour of people. Engage students in simple interactive activities to explore social network concepts, and in the use, modification and creation of agent-based models of social networks to conduct experiments on spreading information through networks. Project GUTS
  • Digital Information Unit: what can be represented with a single bit and how do we get a single bit of information from one place to another? This unit explores the technical challenges and questions that arise from the need to represent digital information in computers and transfer it between people and computational devices.


Online Resources

Inputs outputs
  • Computer science in a box - Unplug your curriculum: this resource booklet was produced to be used for students ages 9-14 to teach lesson about how computers work, while addressing critical maths and science concepts such as number systems, algorithms and manipulating variables and logic. The National Center for Women and Information Technology

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