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IT Excellence in Education – Code Club Aotearoa

I attended the NZ Excellence in IT Awards last night. I was one of three judges in the Education category. The winner was Michael Trengrove for his work in establishing and now managing Code Club Aotearoa. This initiative involves coordinating a “nationwide network … Continue reading

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Google Student Ambassador program : Open Source equivalent?

I was pleased to hear that a former student of Wellington East Girls College has been appointed to a Google Ambassador role. The Google Student Ambassador Program is an opportunity for students to act as liaisons between Google and their … Continue reading

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Good, Bad and Interesting 2015

Reflecting on the last year, and using the deBono technique of Good Bad Interesting, I have come up with the following (limited to 17 in total and not in any order of priority): Good Coaching the senior second soccer team – … Continue reading

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External assessments for Digital Technologies

I recently reviewed the results for NCEA Digital technologies external assessments Level 1 (Year 11, Form 5). Seems that 50% of  students failed the Information Management(IM) assessment, a disproportionately larger number being boys. That is quite a high rate of failure.  As it turns … Continue reading

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Never to late to learn

I had the opportunity to attend Kiwi Foo Camp 2013 http://baacamp.org/. Attending were an incredible diversity of smart, artistic and creative thinkers from all parts of NZ and even a few from other parts of the world. Humbling really. In addition … Continue reading

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20% tail of failure in education

20% is not acceptable, but way better than the 50% myself and others had to endure under the old School Certificate regime. Back the,  50% of students had to fail each exam and marks scaled accordingly.

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Education system issues 3

Digital Technologies is an optional subject. Hence to be sustainable in a school sufficient students must choose to take the subject. If they don’t numbers fall and DT teachers lose their jobs… Student choices are driven by many things including … Continue reading

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Education system issues 1

I recently met a well qualified Digital Technology teacher who was made redundant due to falling school roll. There were two DT teachers at the particular school, one well qualified, one not so well qualified. How do you choose? On merit, qualifications, performance etc. , apparently not … … Continue reading

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It is never the students fault

“Mr Joyce said the funding had been opened up to private providers because many of the polytechnics had not been performing, with a completion rate of just 50 per cent.” Source http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/7926325/Tertiary-jobs-go-amid-funding-shake-up At tertiary institutes I expect students to be self … Continue reading

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novopay and my OIA

I have some residual professional interest in Novopay, the Ministry of Education (MoE) payroll system. I also have an interest in the new payroll system as a teacher of Digital Technologies achievement standards. As such, I placed an Official Information Act (OIA) with MoE for … Continue reading

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