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Schools need to do better

Kirk Hope of Business NZ writes regular articles for Stuff. A common theme of his articles is the mismatch between what the education system produces and skills required by NZ businesses.  A recent article stated: “Engineers are needed, and qualified IT people, and … 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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Google Code-in and Ubuntu

This years Google Code-in contest for teenagers (ages 13-17) started on 7 December and runs through to 25 January. A perfect time frame for those students wanting something to do over the summer break. A handful of WEGC students have … Continue reading

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Hour of Code

  I asked my Year 10 students to undertake the “Hour of Code” tutorial for Beginners. Not that they are beginners, they have been using Scratch the last few weeks. But it did serve three advantages: They got to have … Continue reading

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Excel and Word tests to gain employment

Quite interesting that for many entry level jobs applicants have to complete Microsoft Excel and Word competency tests. This makes me wonder if we are doing our students a dis-service by migrating them to Google or Open Source equivalents. Having … Continue reading

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Advertising a small business

I had a brief look at what was involved when advertising with both Google AdWords and Facebook “likes” for small local businesses. The default setup via Google AdWords resulted in circa $2.00 per click. This could potentially be quite expensive … Continue reading

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Facebook and Google the musicals

These are very good … I have been showing them to classes recently and following up with questions that challenge their thinking (hopefully) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2JhpNbe2Io https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftQ6A3DKKeg

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