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Technology is one of the seven essential Learning Areas of the National Curriculum and as a result it forms part of the curriculum for Years 9–13 students at Ōtaki College.
In all areas of today's society, being able to use digital technologies is an essential skill. As computers have evolved into a multitude of forms, so the need has arisen to give our students the skills and knowledge required to manage a life merged with, and reliant upon, these digital technologies. All of our courses are designed to allow students to become familiar with all modern applications of digital technologies. A focus on web and cloud technologies is important, so much of the courses are designed around the investigation and use of the Internet. 

Students will be encouraged to value:
  • Excellence, by aiming high and by persevering in the face of difficulties;
  • Innovation, Enquiry & Curiosity, by thinking critically, creatively, and reflectively;
  • Diversity, as found in our different cultures, languages, and heritages;
  • Equity, through fairness and social justice;
  • Community & Participation for the common good;
  • Ecological Sustainability, which includes care for the environment;
  • Integrity, which involves being honest, responsible, and accountable for acting ethically;
  • And to respect themselves, others, and human rights 
Students will be challenged and supported in developing the following Key Competencies within the Digital Technologies Curriculum:
  • Thinking is about using creative, critical, and metacognitive processes to make sense of information, experiences, and ideas. These processes can be applied to purposes such as developing understanding, making decisions, shaping actions, or constructing knowledge. Intellectual curiosity is at the heart of this competency;
  • Using Language, Symbols & Texts is about working with and making meaning of the codes in which knowledge is expressed. Languages and symbols are systems for representing and communicating information, experiences, and ideas. People use languages and symbols to produce texts of all kinds: written, oral/aural, and visual; informative and imaginative; informal and formal; mathematical, scientific, and technological;
  • Managing Self is associated with self-motivation, a “can-do” attitude, and with students seeing themselves as capable learners. It is integral to self-assessment;
  • Relating to Others is about interacting effectively with a diverse range of people in a variety of contexts. This competency includes the ability to listen actively, recognise different points of view, negotiate, and share ideas;
  • Participating & Contributing is about being actively involved in communities. Communities include family, whanau, and school and those based, for example, on a common interest or culture. They may be drawn together for purposes such as learning, work, celebration, or recreation. They may be local, national, or global. This competency includes the capacity to contribute appropriately as a group member, to make connections with others, and to create opportunities for others in the group 
Students will learn in an interactive, vibrant environment where questioning and discovery are crucial to the development of knowledge and understanding. Students will have access to a range of hardware and software environments, and will use the Internet frequently. Students will work in groups where possible.

The National Certificate in Computing (NCC) is an industry relevant qualification offered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). The NCC can be achieved at Level 2 and Level 3, and then subsequent levels on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF). The NCC is offered at Ōtaki College as an additional qualification to the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), and is not intended to be the main focus of achievement in this course. Please download the relevant PDF documents below, which explain the NCC requirements in detail.

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