Tag Archives: Digital Technologies

The Problem With Software: Why Smart Engineers Write Bad Code

I don’t usually read serious books during the summer holidays but in the case, I made an exception. Some quite useful material from a teaching perspective and also if you have been in IT as long as I have, a … Continue reading

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Computers making decisions that impact you and your children

This report about the use of computer algorithms by Government agencies is worthy of a wider audience.  I will be using aspects of this report to explain the societal impact of computer technology and automated decision making to my students.

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Great Start but need another 160 hours

I had the good fortune to attend a 2-day professional development (PD) session delivered by Prof. Tim Bell a key player in new DT curriculum design, Computer Science Field Guide and CS-Unplugged initiatives. Even better, given the time of year, there … Continue reading

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Is this text designed for communication, education or teaching Te Reo?

A friend of mine asked me if the above text designed for communication, education or teaching Te Reo? I think it is a bit of each but in these times of limited free speech, I will not voice an opinion on … Continue reading

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Maybe I will give them typing to do…

I have a new Year 9 Digital Technologies(DT) class. Recall DT is an elective in New Zealand (at present) – something students (or their parents) choose to do.  Two new students made it quite clear, quite publicly that they did … Continue reading

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DIY Technology – Hard Materials

It seems that as a teacher of digital technologies I am qualified to teach hard materials (go figure!) Fortunately having done a little DIY I would be fairly relaxed taking such a class. I wonder if I would be allowed … Continue reading

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Compulsory Digital Technologies Years 1-10 is coming…

“education should prepare young people for jobs that don’t exist using technologies that have not been invented to solve problems were not yet aware of” Richard RileyFrom 2020 it will be compulsory for New Zealand students Year 1-10 to be … Continue reading

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