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Advice on programming
and assessment

Assessment ideas

Years 7-8; Years 9-10

This NSW Board of Studies resource is designed to help teachers understand key aspects of information and software technology.


Advice on programming and assessment

Description

The document contains a description of a process for designing assessment. It incorporates two sample units of work at Stage 5: database design project, and digital media project. The document has been provided by the NSW Board of Studies as part of their resource provision for information and software technology (7–10).

This resource is designed to help teachers understand key aspects of information and software technology, which has substantial overlap with the content and requirements of digital technologies, specifically in the areas of:

  • discussion of data requirements and data types
  • digital systems and information systems
  • legal and ethical issues
  • impact of technologies on society
  • user interface design
  • collaboration and group work.

The document provides advice on how to construct a program of study that covers the scope of information and software technology, including a scope and sequence description, a process for planning and sequencing units of work, and for developing learning and teaching activities. The exemplar, database design project, provides insights that are relevant and informative for future digital technologies assessments.

Additional details

This resource describes an assessment framework based on a model that integrates learning and assessment, presented first as a generic model, and then through examples relevant to information and software technology (specifically of interest, database design project).

The document describes the assessment for learning framework in a generic sense, before proceeding with detailed, annotated examples of its application. Of particular interest is the application to database design, which forms an informative basis for application of the framework to future digital technologies assessments.

Guidance For Use

This is a demonstration of the application of the Assessment for learning framework in a computational context. It can be used as a guide for developing further assessments specific to digital technologies.




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