EdTech Newsletter – September 2018 Update

Jackie Clark

Earlier this year, a friend gave Rebecca and I honey from his own suburban Auckland hive.   Immediately, I decided I wanted a hive of my own! I’ve always liked bees (even as a child), beekeeping is good for the environment and who doesn’t like honey?  It makes a great personal gift too.

Six months later, spring arrived and I had done nothing!  Spring is when you start new hives and it’s a modest window, so it was a case of right now or wait another 12 months.  Three weeks on and while I’m not an expert, I have the equipment I need and know enough to start my own hive thanks to Google and Beekeeping for Dummies.  With my newly acquired knowledge, I can converse on a range of beekeeping topics from Nucs, broods, Varroa destructor and everything in between.  I even know why every beekeeper needs a 12V car battery charger (who knew?).

So, why am I sharing this?  My recent interest in beekeeping has shown me what the future of education will look like.  The process has helped reinforce my project focused learning skills, especially just-in-time learning and has given me a micro-skill (akin to micro-credentials).

The future of learning is likely to include a number of these elements plus anywhere and anytime (that suits you), personalisation, choices (paths) and hands on experience.  Learning how to keep bees has also reinforced my belief that I’m not too old to learn new tricks (I just turned 60)
and that learning can be fun.  Bees are fascinating little things!

In other EdTech news, Tech Futures Lab has started a meetup group Future of Work New Zealand, a great forum for open conversation on this topical subject.  It’s great to see a candid conversation on reshaping the future of New Zealand’s workforce, from four day weeks to the gig economy.  This is a conversation that affects all of us and we should all be engaging in now!  It also segues to the conversation on the Future of Education, which Tech Futures Lab’s sister entity, The Mind Lab, has kicked off with their first events across New Zealand.   Great work Sarah and Francis.

Earlier this month, EdTechNZ, The Mind Lab and Education New Zealand met with a delegation of Education Officials from South Korea.  This was an excellent opportunity to share the experience of bringing technology into education.  It also helped the delegation better understand education in New Zealand and its internationally established values.

This month, I would like to highlight the great work being done locally by Boma.  Boma is a global network supporting leaders, educators, entrepreneurs, youth and changemakers to navigate our rapidly changing world, helping create a better, more sustainable and human centred future for us all.  This fits well within the four pillars of sustainability (social, human, economic and environmental) which increasingly more businesses are supporting alongside government. Sustainability was also a common thread of conversation at last week’s NZTech Board strategy planning day.  It’s encouraging to see social responsibility as a key thread in so many conversations.

As always, welcome to all of our new members and I look forward to working with you all.

Ngā mihi
Shane Kerr
Vice Chair

PS: I need the battery charger to weld wax backing sheets onto the wires of the frames that bees build the wax comb on for breeding and honey production!


Join Frances Valintine for the Future of Education meetup on 17 October in Auckland.  Learn how education is changing, what the digital revolution means for schools and what we can be doing today.

Register to attend the Future of Work meetup on 17 October in Auckland. In other news, read the follow up to 18 year old William Reynolds call to better equip students for the future.

Malala Yousafzai calls for technology to help bridge the education divide. The Pakistani activist and the youngest person ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, cites the role of technology in her global campaign to promote education for girls.

In a recent survey, parents recently shared their views on coding.  The survey showed that 50 percent believed that coding is the most beneficial subject, while 14 percent responded that cursive and handwriting is most beneficial!

Check out ISTE’s newly released tech trends for the classroom, including coding, digital citizenship media literacy, real time feedback and VR. Read more here.

While teachers are expected to integrate tech in the classroom, the reality is it can be a struggle. This article explores the pressure for teachers to become digital experts in a classroom of digital natives.

Discover the practical applications of Blockchain technology.  Blockworksis 12 October in Auckland.    Join the New Zealand Cyber Security Summit on 18 October in Wellington.  If you missed #cantysummit18, view highlights here.

With over 700 incidents in the last quarter, New Zealand is facing a growing number of cyber incidents as reported in CERT’s latest quarterly update.  CERT’sCyber Smart Week is 8-12 October.

Make the most of Expo 2020 Dubai, with NZTE’s Gulf Opportunities Showcase in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch in October.

Save these 2019 event dates; Tech Marketers conference on 28 February, AI-Day on 28 March andTechweek 20-26 May.  #ISTE2019, 23-26 June in Philadelphia.

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