Year 9 Digital Technologies

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs C. Sunnex

Digital Technologies helps prepare you for your future - developing the skills, knowledge and ability to adapt yourself to an ever-changing global environment. 

Students choosing a digital technologies pathway will develop the more specialised skills that industry say are in high demand.  Students become the creator rather than a user of our digital world.  The curriculum covers two key areas, computational thinking and designing and developing digital outcomes.

Computational thinking is about understanding how computers work and principles that underlie all digital technologies.  Control a Robot and work with Microbits to expand your programming skills.

Designing and developing digital outcomes enables you to  develop knowledge and skills in using different software programs to create digital content such as websites, infographics, images, movies, sound and other applications.

Course Overview

Term 1
Computational Thinking, learning the key concepts for computer programming while controlling edison robots and microbit challenges.

Term 2
Designing and developing digital outcomes is where you can create quality, fit-for-purpose digital outcomes to meet the requirements of an end user. These include; print media, e-marketing documents, movies and sound and much more.

Semester A
Digital Information such as the presentation and management of data including file management, word processing, digital presentations.
Suggested software: Microsoft Excel, Access, Word, PowerPoint, Slideshare; Google docs

Digital Media such as video production, multi-media design and animation, web design, on-screen presentations, brochures, advertisements
Suggested software: Publisher, Photoshop, Premier Pro

Programming & Computer Science such as writing a simple program using drag and drop tools to create a simple game or programme a robot.
Suggested software: SCRATCH, EdScratch

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

USB flash drive


Studying digital technologies leads to a wide range of career options;
Creative content design - web site developers, animators, radio imaging, print designers
Business data analysts
design and develop hardware products or software applications
Provide a range of technical services.


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Credits listed may change.