COP (Community of Practice) · Leadership · NCEA · New Zealand · Technology

NCEA markers on lookout for memorised or plagiarised answers in 2017 school exams

This has been happening for a year or two in the Digital Technology Externals, but looks like it will roll-out across all Learning areas of the NZC for the 2107 NCEA. NCEA assessment documentation warned Digital Technologies teachers in 2016 that externally assessed reports must be in a student’s own words and that suspicion of… Continue reading NCEA markers on lookout for memorised or plagiarised answers in 2017 school exams

Change · COP (Community of Practice) · Digital fluency · Leadership · Māori · New Zealand · NZACDITT · Technology

Response to the Newsroom

A recent Newsroom article positing a very negative response to proposed Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko Curriculum has managed to gain a lot of traction on Twitter. I was actually really disappointed by the article, and it is unfortunate that the platform doesn’t allow comments so we can’t discuss the points directly. I believe the article itself… Continue reading Response to the Newsroom

CISC8100 Applied Practice in Context · Connectivism · COP (Community of Practice) · Leadership · Mindlab · New Zealand · NZACDITT · PLD · Technology

Week 32 – Changes in my Practice

Titiro whakamuri, kokiri whakamua Look back and reflect, so you can move forward Reflective practice is a challenging, demanding, and often trying process that is most successful as a collaborative effort. (Osterman, K. & Kottkamp, R., 1993) What? The most valuable takeaway from this course for me has been the depth of professional discussion and… Continue reading Week 32 – Changes in my Practice

CISC8100 Applied Practice in Context · Constructivism · Digital fluency · Leadership · Making · Mindlab · Technology

Week 31 – Professional Context – Crossing Boundaries

Looking back to the future Mathison and Freeman (1997) describe one version of interdisciplinarity as a combination of disciplines that enhance the learning in one of those disciplines, and by integration transcends a single discipline through an interconnected vision. In my life, I have had several professions, from graphic artist and designer to multimedia trainer,… Continue reading Week 31 – Professional Context – Crossing Boundaries

CISC8100 Applied Practice in Context · Connectivism · COP (Community of Practice) · Digital fluency · Leadership · Mindlab · New Zealand · NZACDITT

Week 30: Using social online networks in professional development

Beginning the Journey Rouse (2016) defines social networking as the “practice of expanding the number of one’s business and/or social contacts by making connections through individuals”, using the analogy of six degrees of separation. My access to (digital) social networking or “social-media” has largely followed me throughout my teaching career, from playing GNE in 2002/3,… Continue reading Week 30: Using social online networks in professional development

CISC8100 Applied Practice in Context · Leadership · Mindlab · Māori · New Zealand

Week 26: Current issues in my professional context

Culture is the unique set of beliefs and practices shared by a group that are the essence of their special character. Stoll (1998) supports this idea when she talks about the mind-set of culture being, that’s the “way we do things around here”; school culture she writes is shaped by its history, community expectations and… Continue reading Week 26: Current issues in my professional context

Digital fluency · Leadership · New Zealand · NZACDITT

Google announces CS4HS 2017 recipients

Congratulations to a host of excellent digital technology educators who have won Google funding for 2017. Google has run Computer Science for High Schools (CS4HS) programs in Australia and New Zealand since 2011, with more than 9,000 teachers trained. I believe in a first for New Zealand, the teachers association NZACDITT (New Zealand Association for Computing, Digital and… Continue reading Google announces CS4HS 2017 recipients