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EDTE560 Technologies Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (B-12)

Unit rationale, description and aim

The Technologies curriculum is designed to provide learning opportunities for students that facilitate the development of critical and creative thinking skills to solve real-world problems. Aligning with the education goals from UNESCO and the 2019 Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration, realisation of these mandates requires the adoption of constructivist principles to support ‘hands-on’, student-centred teaching and learning strategies.

In this unit, pre-service teachers will establish a knowledge base in the areas of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in F-6 Technologies Australian curriculum. The understanding of curricula will be provided from a Catholic, State and Independent school perspective. More specifically, it will familiarise pre-service teachers with both the Design and Technologies and the Digital Technologies components of the Australian Curriculum. This will include syllabus content and requirements, approaches to lesson planning and delivery, the use of project-based learning, and current and emerging digital technologies for resource development. Pre-service teachers will experiment and evaluate a range of digital technologies resources to support meaningful technology pedagogy and will learn to differentiate between ICT General Capabilities and Digital Technologies.

The aim of this unit is to develop pre-service teacher’s awareness of the unique language and, literacy, general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities of the technologies to meet the learning needs of a diverse range of students in Primary school settings

Learning outcomes

To successfully complete this unit you will be able to demonstrate you have achieved the learning outcomes (LO) detailed in the below table.

Each outcome is informed by a number of graduate capabilities (GC) to ensure your work in this, and every unit, is part of a larger goal of graduating from ACU with the attributes of insight, empathy, imagination and impact.

Explore the graduate capabilities.

Learning Outcome NumberLearning Outcome DescriptionRelevant Graduate Capabilities
LO1Critically analyse Design and Digital Technologies curriculum, including the pedagogical frameworks for effective learning, the literacy and numeracy demands, and how they are shaped by the relevant legislative and administrative policies and processes ensuring safe, responsible and equitable access for all learners (APST 2.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.4, 4.5)GC1, GC2, GC3, GC7, GC8, GC9, GC10, GC11, GC12
LO2Evaluate and apply a range of design and digital resources relevant to the teaching of Australian Curriculum: Technologies from a safe and ethical perspective (APST 2.5, 2.6, 3.4, 3.6)GC1, GC2, GC3, GC4, GC7, GC8, GC9, GC10, GC11
LO3Demonstrate skills and understanding of assessment strategies for enhancing learning in the Technologies (APST 5.1)GC1, GC2, GC3, GC7, GC8, GC9, GC10, GC11, GC12
LO4Synthesise and apply knowledge of the Australian Curriculum: Technologies and Technologies pedagogical integration frameworks to design and implement learning sequences that incorporate a range of strategies, including project-based learning, that address the general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities, and meet the needs of learners across the ability range and from a range of social and cultural backgrounds, including children from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds (APST 1.2, 1.3, 1.4,1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1,4.4, 4.5, 5.1)GC1, GC2, GC3, GC4, GC5, GC7, GC8, GC9, GC10, GC11, GC12


On successful completion of this unit, pre-service teachers should be able to:

1.2 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research into how students learn and the implications for teaching.

1.3 Demonstrate knowledge of teaching strategies that are responsive to the learning strengths and needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds.

1.4 Demonstrate broad knowledge and understanding of the impact of culture, cultural identity and linguistic background on the education of students from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

1.5 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of strategies for differentiating teaching to meet the specific learning needs of students across the full range of abilities. 

2.1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area.

2.2 Organise content into an effective learning and teaching sequence.

2.3 Use curriculum, assessment and reporting knowledge to design learning sequences and lesson plans.

2.5 Know and understand literacy and numeracy teaching strategies and their application in teaching areas.

2.6 Implement teaching strategies for using ICT to expand curriculum learning opportunities for students.

3.1 Set learning goals that provide achievable challenges for students of varying abilities and characteristics.

3.2 Plan lesson sequences using knowledge of student learning, content and effective teaching strategies.

3.3 Include a range of teaching strategies.

3.4 Demonstrate knowledge of a range of resources, including ICT, that engage students in their learning.

3.6 Demonstrate broad knowledge of strategies that can be used to evaluate teaching programs to improve student learning.

4.1 Identify strategies to support inclusive student participation and engagement in classroom activities.

4.4 Describe strategies that support students’ well-being and safety working within school and/or system, curriculum and legislative requirements.

4.5 Demonstrate an understanding of the relevant issues and the strategies available to support the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT in learning and teaching.

5.1 Demonstrate understanding of assessment strategies, including informal and formal, diagnostic, formative and summative approaches to assess student learning.


Topics will include:

  • Study of relevant national, state and systemic policy and syllabus statements to set the context for the Australian Curriculum: Technologies within the Foundation to Year 6 context
  • Examination of a range of theoretical frameworks relating to teaching of and with technologies
  • Approaches to planning and development of project-based teaching and learning strategies
  • Teaching and learning strategies, that include the general capabilities and cross-curriculum priorities, to meet a range of diverse learning needs and cultures, especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives
  • Exploration of explicit literacy and numeracy needs for students to succeed in the Technologies and teaching strategies to assist students to achieve in these areas
  • Strategies that can be used to evaluate and modify the Technologies teaching programs to improve student learning
  • Ethics, values and contemporary influences involved in the teaching of the technologies

Learning and teaching strategy and rationale

This is a 10-credit point unit and has been designed to ensure that the time needed to complete the required volume of learning to the requisite standard is approximately 150 hours in total across the teaching period comprising of directed tasks and self-study. 

An emphasis is placed on pre-service teachers as adult learners with responsibility for their own learning and who are capable of problem solving. The learning in this unit is enquiry-based, learner-focused and student-centred. Teaching and learning strategies are designed to be flexible and promote self-regulated and guided learning, underpinned by adult learning principles and may include:

  • Lectures face-to-face or online to enhance knowledge
  • Seminars, tutorials or workshops; online activities to engage in active learning
  • Reading guides which involve directed reading as well as self-directed online study materials
  • Discussion Forum online postings and responses designed to encourage peer collaboration
  • Webinars and podcasts for lecturer and student communication and for further information.

Face-to-face/Online Learning support

Students enrolled in both face to face and online learning modes are required to regularly log into the Learning Management System to access recorded lectures and important announcements, to communicate with other students and lecturers, and to submit assessment and access feedback and grades. Students who are enrolled in either face to face or online learning will have equal access to support from the lecturer in charge and tutors.

Additional equipment requirements for online learning:

  • Reliable broadband access is recommended.
  • Headset with microphone to listen to podcasts, view videos and interact in synchronous classes.

Assessment strategy and rationale

A range of assessment procedures will be used to meet the unit learning outcomes and develop graduate attributes consistent with University assessment requirements. Assessment tasks will address the full range of Digital and Design Technologies offered in the various jurisdictions and comprise two assessments.

Assessments in this unit engage pre-service teachers in practical tasks that mimic the ‘real-world’ of schools and early-learning centres. The capacity to think analytically and work autonomously and collaboratively, will be developed through undertaking individual and shared tasks. Evaluative thinking is encouraged through critical reflection on these learning activities and on a range of resources.

Assessments include a review of an existing Design Technologies Project-based unit of work and the development and implementation of a Digital Technologies project solution.

Minimum Achievement Standards

In order to pass this unit, participants are required to submit or participate in all assessment tasks. The assessment tasks and their weighting for this unit are designed to demonstrate achievement of each learning outcome.

Electronic Submission, Marking and Return

Assessment task submission and return of marked assessment will be done through Turnitin on Canvas. Tasks will be marked and returned three weeks after the assessment is completed.

Overview of assessments

Brief Description of Kind and Purpose of Assessment TasksWeightingLearning Outcomes

Assessment Task 1 (Group and Individual activity): Design & Technologies

Group section

A set of three lessons based on PBL practices (lessons could be part of a larger project)

Each group member to supply one lesson. Lessons are to link to each other, be of the same duration and include the use of digital technology as well as providing lesson objectives, outcomes and links to curriculum.

Innovative teaching strategies – providing the lessons via an LMS

Lessons are to be included in Learning Management System such as OneNote class Notebook or Google Classroom. Outcomes, links and lesson objectives are to be included.

LMS is to also include an overview of the project, learning goals, milestones, and calendar

Individual section

Critical reflection

Students write a reflective blog of how the lessons and broader PBL project reflect good PBL practice, innovative teaching and are underpinned by the curriculum. Also include rationale for supporting the safe, responsible and ethical use of ICT and provide examples of how issues will be mitigated.  


LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4

Assessment Task 2: Digital Technologies

Formative assessment task: assessment as learning and assessment for learning

Students will create a learning activity that authentically demonstrates the inclusion of a digital tool that utilises skills and processes from the relevant curriculum for the age group.

Sample response

Students will create a sample response to  the learning activity that will be demonstrated to peers

Assessment for learning

Students will critique the sample response and outline what evidence they have captured. They will use this to inform the next lesson which they will draft.

Assessment as learning

Students will create an online self-assessment feedback form and justify the self-assessment areas of inclusion and the links to the Digital Technologies curriculum


LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4

Representative texts and references

Required text(s)

Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority. (2015). Australian Curriculum: Technologies., Canberra, ACT: Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority.

Relevant State and Territory curriculum documents. 


Recommended references

Albion, P., Campbell, C., & Jobling, W. (2018). Technologies education for the primary years. South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage Learning Australia.

Henderson, M., & Romeo, G. (Eds). (2015). Teaching and digital technologies: Big issues and critical questions. Port Melbourne Vic: Cambridge University Press.

Howell, J. (2013). Teaching with ICT: Digital pedagogies for collaboration and creativity. South Melbourne, Vic: Oxford University Press.

Howland, J.L., Jonassen, D.H., & Marra, R.M. (2014) Meaningful learning with technology (4th ed.). Pearson new international edition. Harlow, Essex: Pearson.

Larmer, J., Ross, D., & Mergendoller, J.R. (2017). PBL starter kit: To-the-point advice, tools and tips for your first project in middle or high school. Novato, CA: Buck Institute for Education.

Thompson, S., & Thompson, N. (2018). The critically reflective practitioner (2nd ed.). London, England: Palgrave Macmillan.

Whitton, D., Barker, K., Nosworthy, M., Humphries, J., & Sinclair, C. (2016). Learning for teaching: Teaching for learning (3rd ed.). South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage Learning Australia.

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