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Digital Technologies Hangarau Matihiko

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  • Topic: Strengthening Digital Technologies Hangarau Matihiko (#DTlHM) in the curriculum
  • Where: St Cuthbert’s School
  • What: Asking for feedback
  • When: 7th August 2017
  • Who: Principals and School Leaders


What teachers, leaders & Communities of Learning need to know.

There is a Grassroots movement happening in schools. “Many teachers, schools, kura and Kāhui Ako are already making digital technologies learning part of their teaching programmes. This change to the national curriculum ensures that all learners get these experiences, to prepare them for a world where digital skills are increasingly valuable to the economy and wider society.”  

The consultation session that I attended with my principal was run for principals, and school leaders including Kāhui Ako because the new addition to the national curriculum needs senior management understanding.

The goals for the session were to

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National Teaching Service dropped, government confirms | BBC News

The Learning Renaissance

A scheme to recruit top teachers to work in deprived areas has been dropped, the government confirms.

The National Teaching Service was announced by England’s then Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan, in 2015.

The plan was for 1,500 outstanding teachers and leaders to be deployed by 2020 “to the schools that need them most”, with a pilot in the North West.

But following the pilot “we can confirm that we will not be progressing”, said a Department for Education spokesman.

Read more about this story on the BBC website: National Teaching Service dropped, government confirms | BBC News

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University opens without any teachers | BBC News

The Learning Renaissance

A university for coding without any teachers opened in California last month.

It’s called 42 – the name taken from the answer to the meaning of life, from the science fiction series The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

The US college, a branch of an institution in France with the same name, will train about a thousand students a year in coding and software development by getting them to help each other with projects, then mark one another’s work.

This might seem like the blind leading the blind – and it’s hard to imagine parents at an open day being impressed by a university offering zero contact hours.

But since 42 started in Paris in 2013, applications have been hugely oversubscribed.

Read the full article on the BBC website: University opens without any teachers | BBC News

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ULearn16 | My closing keynote …

ULearn16 | Karen Spencer’s uLearn16 closing keynote …

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Ehara taku toa, he takitahi, he toa takitini

My success should not be bestowed onto me alone, as it was not individual success but success of a collective. Standing on the shoulders of giants.


Well, better late than never — but it is with much pleasure and a mighty dollop of relief that I share with you the notes and video of the keynote I delivered at the ULearn16 conference last month.

ULearn is an educational event I know well – and it felt beautifully like being on home turf – but also the closing session and biggest crowd that I have had the pleasure to address in a  long time.  I so wanted to set the right tone, share ideas that would sit well on the journey home and percolate as everyone kicked into term 4.

“A key note can also be thought of as from the practice of a cappella – playing a…

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