YEAR 8 ICT / DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY 

In Year 8, learning in Digital Technologies focuses on further developing understanding and skills in computational thinking, such as decomposing problems, and engaging students with a wider range of information systems as they broaden their experiences and involvement in national, regional and global activities.

KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING

Digital systems
• Methods of data transmission and security in wired, wireless and mobile networks
• Specifications of hardware components and their impact on network activities
Representation of data
• Binary is used to represent data in digital systems

PROCESSES & PRODUCTION SKILLS
Collecting, managing and analysing data

• Evaluate the authenticity, accuracy and timeliness of acquired data
• Evaluate and visualise data, using a range of software, to create information, and use structured data to model objects or events
Digital implementation

• Design the user experience of a digital system
• Design plans, using a sequence of steps, and represent them diagrammatically and in English, to solve a problem and to predict output for a given input to identify errors
• Implement and modify solutions, that include user interfaces within a programming environment, including the need for choice of options and/or repeating options
• Create and communicate interactive ideas collaboratively online, taking into account social contexts

Creating solutions by:
Investigating and defining

• Investigate a given need or opportunity for a specific purpose
• Evaluate and apply a given brief
• Consider components/resources to develop solutions, identifying constraints

Designing
• Design, develop, evaluate and communicate alternative solutions, using appropriate technical terms and technology
• Produce a simple plan designed to solve a problem, using a sequence of steps