Consumer and financial literacy: Digital Technologies

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Digital Technologies

The Australian Curriculum: Technologies has a significant role in developing consumer and financial literacy in young people. The Digital Technologies subject supports the development of the dimensions of consumer and financial literacy as shown in the diagram below.

Approximate proportion of the dimensions addressed in Digital Technologies

Digital Technologies provides an opportunity for students to develop the skills of collecting, managing and analysing data. These skills are underpinned by the understanding students develop about data representation. The focus on computational thinking in Digital Technologies can be applied in a range of financial contexts. In particular, the skills used to analyse patterns and trends and process data equip students with capacities to make reasoned financial decisions, such as selecting investments. Students also learn to interact responsibly and safely in online environments using appropriate technical and social protocols. These skills have application in a number of real-world contexts such as internet banking and identity protection, using mobile phones and establishing the best data plan for particular needs.

Moneysmart for teachers and Tax, Super and You provide a number of interdisciplinary units and interactive activities that provide opportunities to include aspects of the Digital Technologies subject.


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Representation of data

Recognise different types of data and explore how the same data can be represented in different ways (ACTDIK008)

Collecting, managing and analysing data

Collect, access and present different types of data using simple software to create information and solve problems (ACTDIP009)


Explain how student solutions and existing information systems meet common personal, school or community needs (ACTDIP012)

Collaborating and managing

Plan, create and communicate ideas and information independently and with others, applying agreed ethical and social protocols (ACTDIP013