Tag Archives: Digital Technologies

Girls can progarm – why do they choose not to at Senior Secondary levels?

Faced with dropping student numbers I posted the following on a New Zealand DT teachers forum. We are experiencing a gradual decrease in the numbers of girls doing DT. The perception is that programming, in particular, is too hard, there is … Continue reading

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Where are the Maori and Pacific Island students?

Both in the Digital Technology classroom and at a range of outside events the lack of Maori and Pacific Island students is noticeable. They do not take Digital Technologies as an elective in Years 9 and 10, this translates into … Continue reading

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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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