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Modern Learning Environments – Yeah, Nope

I had my first experience relieving (more like babysitting than teaching) in a modern learning environment (MLE) recently. It was a Year 10 maths class sitting adjacent to a Year 9 class in an open plan area designed for 3 … Continue reading

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Pessmistic students?

I recently gave a multi-choice test to 17 Year 10 students in the area of Human-Computer Interfaces. I also asked them following the test to estimate how well they did. Consistent with similar surveys I have done, all but two … Continue reading

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Catalyst IT award for top WEGC Digital Technologies students

Wellington East Girls College(WEGC) prizegiving was held last night (31 October 2019). It is quite a formal affair. Catalyst sponsored the prize to our top two Digital Technologies students: Jamie U and Charlotte Cordwell. Presenting the award was Aleisha Amohia … Continue reading

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https://worldusabilityday.org/

When researching usability as part of teaching Year 10 students about Human-Computer Interactions (HCI) I came across https://worldusabilityday.org/ . Noting that New Zealand was not represented I created an event focussed on teaching HCI to multiple Year 10 students. At … Continue reading

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Sometimes, maybe, possibly some sanctions are necessary?

The Transport Agency has discovered that a purely educational and facilitative approach with some restorative justice perhaps is not adequate for people to do what is required when it comes to WoF inspections. Hence the debacle over having thousands of … Continue reading

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Disgraceful telephone stats for IRD

Following on from recent challenges contacting IRD over several months I did an OIA on their call stats. I can see why I got frustrated. I also wrote to IRD on 24 September with the first line stating… “Please acknowledge … Continue reading

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In flight construction

This is what a classroom looks like when you truncate 1m from available space and erect a temporary wall and windows (perspex). The process involved moving power and data cables at short notice – fortunately, things mostly work. Students are … Continue reading

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