“Technology offers students an avenue to succeed as citizens in a global society in which information is growing at an incredible rate. Technology can improve communication, enhance thinking skills, make instruction more efficient and effective, and develop life skills critical to success.”
A.B. Paterson College looks at tomorrow’s technology today and infuses this within the Technology curriculum, together with contemporary learning skills. The aim is to impart the skills and understanding that students can use to launch themselves in their chosen careers or to advance their learning through vocational study in a variety of diverse areas. Students use industrial standard software, 3D printers and laser cutters to realise their learning outcomes.
Students in Years 7 and 8 actively engage in a variety of academic and practical learning experiences moving through the subject areas of Digital Technology, Media, Food Specialisations, Food and Fiber, Materials Specialisations and Engineering Technology. Whilst exploring a variety of concepts students are encouraged to develop contemporary learning skills that are transferable to many other settings. They study factors including sustainability and human-centered design whilst working with a variety of resistant materials such as wood and acrylic. Students prepare food with a multi-cultural flavour and learn digital programming skills to create mobile phone Apps.
In Year 9 students are given the opportunity to nominate their preferred subjects each Semester, enabling them to study the aspects of Technology that align with their personal and academic areas of interest. To enhance student’s learning experiences further, they are encouraged to develop skills and understanding through the development of solutions that address real world situations.
In Years 10-12, students have the opportunity to study elective subjects in the Technology area, including: Design, Engineering Technology, Digital Solutions and Film, TV and New Media, which all contribute towards their Year 12 academic result. Students also have the prospect of studying Hospitality Practices. Each student works towards creatively resolving problems that are relevant to their lives. They are encouraged to become independent learners who are able to identify a need or opportunity and propose viable solutions in a variety of contexts.