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What is Technology? 
The importance of technology to all New Zealanders was acknowledged with the introduction of a Years 1-13 curriculum in Technology in 1995. In June 2006, Technology was added to the 'approved subjects' list for university entrance, in recognition of the academic strength of the new subject at senior levels in schools, and the fact that technology is a growing focus of university study. Study in Technology at school develops a broad technological literacy through the experience and exploration of a wide range of technologies in a variety of contexts.

Technology challenges students in a way unlike any other subject. Within areas such as control, food, communications, structural, dynamic, and bio-related technologies, creative design processes and materials, students work creatively and analytically to identify, trial and evaluate potential solutions, and eventually put their ideas into practice. Technology has natural inter-relationships with other subjects such as the sciences, social sciences, languages, the arts and health and physical well-being.

Why is it important for students to take technology education?
As the world develops it is increasingly important for students to understand how technological developments impact on society, the economy, and the environment. Whether or not they plan to engage in a career in technology, all students can benefit from knowledge gained in Technology Education

Technology education presents students with rich and varied experiences. It teaches a broad technological literacy through interactions with hard, soft, food and bio-related materials, electronics, and information and communication technology. It provides an opportunity to develop a level of technological understanding that will enable them to participate as an informed participant in an ever-changing society.

Students learn skills that can effect changes in their own lives and community, and perhaps even nationally or globally. Through Technology Education, they are helped to develop a critical eye with which to assess the implications of new technologies – issues such as the dwindling supplies of fossil fuels, alternative fuels, and the impacts of both on the environment, or the health impacts of our increasing production and consumption of processed foods, their production. Technology allows for students to look at the world differently.

A growing number of classroom projects work with real-life 'clients' within and outside the school. These provide genuine experiences and opportunities for students and teachers to interact in a mutually beneficial way with the wider community. These interactions enhance and focus learning and give students experience of and confidence in situations outside the classroom, and an invaluable appreciation of working environments and opportunities and the broader impact of technology on society. Many technology teachers also take advantage of the extensive support network that is in place in which volunteer industry professionals work with classes on projects and mentor individuals.

In Technology classes students most importantly gain knowledge and skills essential to all kinds of work, university study and a successful life. They are encouraged to show initiative, be innovative and creative, learn independently, and to take responsibility. They learn teamwork and communication skills and the importance of contributing to the community both socially and economically.

The New Zealand Curriculum (2007) identifies five key competencies, describing them as 'the capabilities people need in order to live, learn, work and contribute as active members of their communities'. These are:
  • Thinking 
  • Using language, symbols, and texts 
  • Managing self 
  • Relating to others 
  • Participating and contributing 
These competencies form the basis of the learning of Technology in schools, and translate into the essential skills identified by employers, as exemplified in quotes from a variety of industries. The text in italics explains with the way in which these qualities are developed and fostered in Technology Education.

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