Catalyst prize for top Digital Technologies students 2019

Don Christie of Catalyst presented Danika Chhour and Jenny Way with the prize as top NCEA Level 3 Digital Technologies (DT) students for 2018. They were also awarded the IT Professionals NZ cup for excellence in DT.

Fantastic to see such great support from business for schools!

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4 Term year, Yeah Right!

Productive school work – at best

In New Zealand, we have a 4 term school year. Having said that, Seniors have just left, many have exams, some have achieved NZQA on internal assessments. All this means is that for some students, school is out for the year. I am fairly relaxed about this however given the rush to get through the curriculum lets not pretend we have 4 terms, we only have 3 at best. Given the number of breaks, trips etc I think the figure is more like 70% of the year. And given low productivity of many students 60% at best, the academic year is more like 42%. A full year of education – yeah right…

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NZ open Source Awards 2018

The New Zealand Open Source Awards gala dinner 2018 took place in Te Papa in Wellington on 23 October 2018.

I was privileged to be a judge for the NZ Open Source Awards 2018 and subsequently, present one of the awards at the gala dinner. This gave me the opportunity to mix with a range of business and IT practitioners – not usually the case for a teacher.

I had the opportunity to practice what I was going to say with my Year 11 Computer Science class. What a great opportunity to show my students the diversity of open source projects on offer and how they can impact on, and improve peoples lives. Of particular interest was the communities involved in bringing these systems to life.

The more involvement teachers have with local businesses and communities, the better for their students.

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Interesting door – seen in Wellington

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We all float – aspiring artist at WEGC

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Drop, Cover, Hold…

The class participated in the recent nationwide earthquake drill…A computer room in a strengthened building is probably a reasonably good place to be.


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Open Plan classrooms may lead to a compeative advantage… for those schools with walls

“What he had suggested was a large barn with 225 kids and nine staff.” Source here

Forget about white flight we may soon have “no walls” flight, where those schools with walls will have a competitive advantage over the new open plan learning environments…


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