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“in loco parentis” – Silicon Valley and Seattle

Having safely returned from leading a group of 27 Wellington East Girls College (WEGC) students to Silicon Valley and Seattle over 12 days I now have a pretty good idea of what the term in loco parentis means ie in place of … Continue reading

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Silicon Valley and Seattle… the sequel (and maybe some help needed)

Following a successful trip in 2014 to Silicon Valley (Google, Facebook, Adobe, Dreamworks, Intel, Tech Museums..)  and Seattle (Microsoft, Boeing, Museum of  Flight…) WEGC is doing it all over again – in about 5 weeks time. The tech firms have … Continue reading

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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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