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Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies_What's New

Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies

What's New?

As part of the current work of transforming the BC provincial curriculum, the intention is to bring applied learning to all curricula. This is being done in two ways. Firstly, individual areas of learning are being revised to place greater emphasis on curricular competencies, the doing part of the curricula. Secondly, the Applied Skills curricula are being re-envisioned as a K–12 program. 
 
The name “Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies” replaces “Applied Skills.” The new name is intended to better capture the scope and nature of the domain. Design involves the ability to combine an empathetic understanding of the context of a problem, creativity in the generation of insights and solutions, and critical thinking to analyze and fit solutions to the context. To move from design to final product or service requires skills and technology. Skills are the abilities gained through competence to do something and to do it increasingly well. Technologies are tools that enable human capabilities, and range from blunt-nosed scissors, to tablets, to drill presses, depending on the grade level, available resources, and facilities. 
 
In Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies (ADST), students will grow in their ability to use design thinking to gain an understanding of how to apply their skills to problem finding and solving, using appropriate technologies.

Kindergarten to Grade 5

What's the same?

  • Teachers will continue to provide students with opportunities to design and make things in the context of exploratory and purposeful play and learning in various areas of learning.

What's new?

  • This is a new provincial curriculum for Kindergarten to Grade 5.
  • The K–5 curriculum consists only of Curricular Competencies and Big Ideas. These will provide a common focus and a common language for the designing and making activities that are currently a normal part of students’ learning experiences in K–5 classrooms.
  • There is one set of Curricular Competencies for Kindergarten to Grade 3, with simplified design stages that are naturalistic and developmentally appropriate.
  • There is another set of Curricular Competencies for Grades 4 and 5 with more detailed design stages, to reflect a developmental progression and encourage more purposeful designing and making.
  • This is a simplified curriculum that has no Content learning standards for Kindergarten to Grade 5. The intent and requirement is that teachers use the learning standards for Curricular Competencies from ADST K–5 with gradelevel content from other areas of learning to provide students with crosscurricular opportunities to develop foundational mindsets and skills in design thinking and making.

Grades 6 and 7

What's the same?

  • Middle schools or other schools that currently offer a rotation of modular explorations will be able to accommodate the redesigned ADST curriculum within their current delivery models.

What's new?

  • This is a new provincial curriculum for Grades 6 and 7.
  • The curriculum is modular in design to allow for choice and a variety of delivery models, depending on the school configuration and student interest.
  • The curriculum is identical for the two grades. The intent is that students will experience at least three Content modules in each grade.
  • The Curricular Competencies and Big Ideas are identical for all Content modules.
  • Schools may choose from among the modules provided in the provincial curriculum or develop new modules that use the Curricular Competencies of ADST 6–7 with locally developed content.
  • Locally developed modules can be offered in addition to, or instead of, the modules in the provincial curriculum.
  • The curriculum has been developed to accommodate delivery in a variety of settings.
  • Schools that currently have an exploratory rotation may choose to continue with that delivery model for ADST. Schools that do not currently have an exploratory rotation may wish to develop one, or to teach ADST modules in an integrated cross-curricular way with other areas of learning.

Grades 8 and 9

What's the same?

  • There are provincial curricula in Business Education, Home Economics, Information Technology, and Technology Education.
  • Schools will continue to encourage exploration, as well as offering students choices.
  • Schools will be able to accommodate the redesigned ADST curriculum within their current delivery models.

What's new?

  • The Curricular Competencies and Big Ideas for Grade 8 are the same as for Grade 7.
  • The Curricular Competencies and Big Ideas for Grade 9 are continued for Grade 10.
  • There are separate sets of Content options for Grade 8 and Grade 9. These These may be offered as modular rotations of varying length, as is common for Grade 8 now, or as full-year courses, as is often the case in Grade 9 now.
  • The Curricular Competencies and Big Ideas are the same for all of the Content modules in a grade.
  • Schools are expected to offer students the equivalent of a “full-year” program in ADST. This can be made up of one or more modules.
  • Schools may choose from among the modules provided in the provincial curriculum or develop new modules that use the Curricular Competencies of ADST 8 or 9 with locally developed content.
  • Locally developed modules can be offered in addition to, or instead of, the modules in the provincial curriculum.
  • As the new ADST curriculum has explorations starting in Grade 6, schools may wish to offer students more choice in Grades 8 and 9 than was offered previously.

Grades 10 to 12

What’s the same?

  • There is provincial curriculum in the areas of Business Education, Culinary Arts, Home Economics, Information Technology, Media Arts, and Technology Education and related disciplines.
  • Students in Grades 10 to 12 have opportunities to specialize in a specific area or to continue to explore their interests in more than one area. The specialization might be driven by students’ desire for practical skills in a particular area, their interests and passions, or their plans for post-secondary education or careers.
  • School districts are able to continue to offer and develop local courses to augment provincial curricular offerings. Board/Authority Authorized (BAA) courses remain in effect.
  • Skills Exploration courses and Industry Training Authority (ITA) curricula have not been revised and remain in effect.

What’s new?

  • The provincial curricula for Grades 10 to 12 have been reconfigured to match the intent and directions of ADST and to build on the explorations in Grades 6 to 9, and redesigned to match the current curricular design.
  • The Curricular Competencies and Big Ideas for Grade 9 have also been used for all Grade 10 ADST curricula, for consistency and continuity.
  • One set of Curricular Competencies and Big Ideas has been developed for Grades 11 and 12 and used for all Grade 11 and 12 ADST curricula.
  • In all ADST curricula there is greater emphasis on student choice about what products to design and make.
  • Content learning standards identify concepts and topics. This creates the space for students to personalize their learning by making choices about what they design and make, and the depth and breadth of their learning on a particular concept, based on their own interests and passions. The generality of the Content learning standards also facilitates inclusion by allowing the teacher or the student to adjust depth and breadth to match abilities.
  • The Content options for Grades 10, 11, and 12 have been significantly redesigned and reorganized to build on the new program in K-7 and the redesigned program in Grades 8 and 9, to maintain a focus on designing and making, and to reflect enrolment numbers, developments in the domain, and policy considerations. Some courses have been combined, some have been eliminated, some have been renamed, and some have been moved to and from other learning areas.                                        
  • In Business Education, courses have been combined and reorganized, Economics 12 has been moved to the Social Studies learning area, and a new E-Commerce 12 course has been developed.
  • Cafeteria 11 and 12 have been renamed Culinary Arts 11 and 12, and a new Culinary Arts 10 course has been developed to allow earlier specialization.
  • In Home Economics, curricular content from Human Services 11 and 12 has been combined with content from Family Studies 11 and 12 to create new courses called Child Development and Caregiving 12 and Housing and Living Environments 12.
  • Information and Communication Technology courses have been significantly updated and two new courses, Computer Science 11 and 12, have been developed as Mathematics courses with input from post-secondary institutions.
  • Media Arts 10-12, with a focus on the application of digital technologies, has been moved to the Applied Design, Skills and Technologies learning area.
  • Technology Education courses have been significantly reorganized. Some courses have been combined, and some courses have been eliminated as a result of policy development considerations (e.g., Technology Education 11A, B, C, and D courses). New courses, such as Coding for Manufacturing 12, Mechatronics 12, and ROVs and Drones 12, have been added to reflect developments in the discipline. 

The chart below shows current provincial Applied Skills curricula and the proposed new ADST 10-12 curricula. 

Current Applied Skills 10-12 curricula

Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies 10-12 curricula

Business Education

Business Education 10: General

 

Business Education 10: Communication

 

Business Education 10: Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship and Marketing 10

Business Education 10: Marketing

Business Education 10: Finance and Economics

 

Accounting 11

Accounting 11

Basic Computer Applications 11

 

 

Entrepreneurship 11

Marketing 11

Marketing and Promotion 11

Accounting 12

Accounting 12

Business Information Management 12

 

Data Management 12

 

Economics 12

Has been moved to Social Studies

Financial Accounting 12

Financial Accounting 12

Management Innovation 12

 

Marketing 12

E-Commerce 12

Culinary Arts

 

Culinary Arts 10

Cafeteria 11

Culinary Arts 11

Cafeteria 12

Culinary Arts 12

Home Economics

Home Economics 10: General

 

Home Economics 10: Foods and Nutrition

Food Studies 10

Home Economics 10: Textiles

Textiles 10

Home Economics 10: Family Studies

Families and Society 10

Food Studies 11

Foods Studies 11

Textile Studies 11

Textiles 11

Family Studies 11

Interpersonal and Family Relationships 11

Human Services 11

Food Studies 12

Food Studies 12

Textile Studies 12

Textiles 12

Family Studies 12

Child Development and Caregiving 12

Housing and Living Environments 12

Human Services 12

Information and Communications Technology

Information Technology 10

Web Development 10

 

Computer Studies 10

Information and Communications Technology: Applied Digital Communications 11

Digital Communications 11

 

Information and Communications Technology: Computer Information Systems 11

Computer Information Systems 11

 

Information and Communications Technology: Computer Programming 11

Computer Programming 11

Information and Communications Technology: Digital Media Development 11

Digital Media Development 12

 

Information and Communications Technology: Applied Digital Communications 12

 

Information and Communications Technology: Computer Information Systems 12

Computer Information Systems 12

 

Information and Communications Technology: Computer Programming 12

Computer Programming 12

Information and Communications Technology: Digital Media Development 12

 

Media Arts

Visual Arts: Media Arts 10

Media Arts 10

Visual Arts: Media Arts 11

Media Arts 11

Visual Arts: Media Arts 12

Media Arts 12

Technology Education

Technology Education 10: General

 

Technology Education 10: Drafting and Design

Drafting 10

Technology Education 10: Electronics

Electronics and Robotics 10

Technology Education 10: Mechanics

Power Mechanics 10

Technology Education 10: Metalwork

Metalwork 10

Technology Education 10: Woodwork

Woodwork 10

Automotive Technology 11

Automotive Technology 11

Carpentry and Joinery 11

Woodwork 11

Drafting and Design 11

Drafting 11

Electronics 11

Electronics 11

 

Robotics 11

Metal Fabrication and Machining 11

Metalwork 11

Automotive Technology 12

Automotive Technology 12

Automotive Technology 12: Automotive Electricity and Electronics

 

Automotive Technology 12: Body Repair and Finish

 

Automotive Technology 12: Engine and Drive Train

Automotive Engine and Drivetrain 12

Carpentry and Joinery 12

Woodwork 12

Carpentry and Joinery 12: Cabinet Construction

 

Carpentry and Joinery 12: CNC Wood Processes

 

Carpentry and Joinery 12: Residential Construction

 

Carpentry and Joinery 12: Woodcraft Products

 

 

Furniture and Cabinetry 12

Drafting and Design 12

Drafting 12

 

Coding for Manufacturing 12

Drafting and Design 12: Advanced Design

 

Drafting and Design 12: Architecture and Habitat Design

 

Drafting and Design 12: Engineering and Mechanical Drafting

 

Drafting and Design 12: Technical Visualization

 

Electronics 12

Electronics 12

Electronics 12: Analog Systems

 

Electronics 12: Digital Systems

 

Electronics 12: Robotics

Robotics 12

 

Mechatronics 12

 

ROVs and Drones 12

 

Metalwork 12

Metal Fabrication and Machining 12: Advanced Fabrication

 

Metal Fabrication and Machining 12: Advanced Machining

Machining and Welding 12

Metal Fabrication and Machining 12: Advanced Welding

Metal Fabrication and Machining 12: Art Metal and Jewellery

Art Metal and Jewellery 12

Metal Fabrication and Machining 12: CNC Processes

 

Metal Fabrication and Machining 12: Forging and Foundry

 

Metal Fabrication and Machining 12: Sheet Metal

 

Tourism

Tourism 11

Tourism 11

Tourism 12

Tourism 12

Other

Automotive Service Technician 1

These curricula have not been revised and are still in place.

Carpentry Level 1

Professional Cook 1

Applied Skills 11

Skills Exploration 10

Skills Exploration 11

Skills Exploration 12

 

Last updated: August 12, 2016