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February 26, 2017

Streaming Breakfast Seminar — 3 March: Digital Technologies And The NZC – What’s It All About?

One for my Kiwi readers to begin their week.

Inspiring professional learning at your convenience — streamed straight to you!
Kia ora Michael

Our popular streamed-live breakfast seminars are back this year!

We invite you to join our next live-stream presentation on Friday 3 March:

Digital technology and the NZC – what’s it all about? 

Digital Technology will be fully integrated as a strand of the Technology learning area in the New Zealand Curriculum and as a whenu within the Hangarau Wāhanga Ako of Te Marautanga o Aotearoa by 2018. This is the first change to the NZC since its introduction in 2007 and represents an exciting development.

But how can topics such as programming, data representation and algorithms be taught in a primary school and what do they even mean? This seminar will introduce some of the topics likely to be covered in this new strand, discuss what they might look like within a classroom programme, how it differs from what is already being done in schools and some tips for getting up to speed with the new material.

This CORE breakfast seminar will

  • explain the topics that make up what we know of as ‘digital technologies’
  • give a national and international perspective as to why learning digital technologies is important for all learners
  • show how these topics can be integrated within other subject areas
  • demonstrate how computing topics can be taught “Unplugged” without using computers
  • report on the learnings and successes from a University of Canterbury pilot

Key Details
Date: Friday 3 March 2017
Seminar time: 7.30 am — 8.30 am (live stream)
Cost: Live stream only — $80 plus gst
Recorded video only — $80 plus gst
Live stream and recorded video — $120 plus gst
Presenter: Tim Bell
Venue: Streamed live

Viewing options

Live stream: Watch the seminar as it happens, with the opportunity to ask the presenter questions via a virtual discussion space. $80 plus gst.

Recorded video: View a recording of the seminar at a time that suits you. We aim to have this available the Monday following the event. $80 plus gst.

Live stream and recorded video: Watch the live seminar, benefit from the discussion space and also receive access to the recorded video for future reference. $120 plus gst.

Want to see how streamed breakfasts work? Watch our short video

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Who will benefit from attending this seminar?

This session will be of interest to senior leaders wanting to understand the new developments to enable them to plan for the change, as well as classroom teachers at all levels interested in finding out more about the approaches that could be used to teach the topics within this new strand.

About our presenter

Manu Faaea-SemeatuTim Bell is a professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Canterbury. His “Computer Science Unplugged” project is being widely used internationally with the supporting materials (books and videos) having been translated into 20 languages. Tim has received many awards for his work in education including the ETH (Zurich) ABZ International Honorary Medal for Fundamental Contributions in Computer Science Education (in 2013) and the IITP (NZ) Excellence in IT Education Award. Since 2008 he has been actively involved in the design and deployment of the approach to the teaching of digital technologies in New Zealand schools.

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