Update from ITPNZ
Here's a quick weekly update from ITP CEO Paul Matthews.
This week has seen a proposal for one of the largest shakeups to tertiary education in a generation. We've been focusing on the good, bad and ugly of what's been announced and will continue to engage with the Govt agencies leading this work. Elsewhere, DIA is consulting on their tech Marketplace project to inform the next stage of development and 123Tech is taking off for 2019!
Big shakeup to Tertiary Education
A massive shakeup of the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnic (ITP) space has been announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins this week, along with changes to ITOs and other parts of the education sector.
Given that a third of all students in New Zealand studying IT-related fields come from this sector, these changes have a high potential to impact our industry in future - both good and bad.
I've outlined some of the background to these changes over on TechBlog this week, as well as some of the opportunities and threats the proposed changes might have for IT-related educational provision in future.
ITPNZ is perfectly positioned to help ensure these changes are positive for our sector, with a strong relationship with IT educators and Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (their collaboration body CITRENZ is now part of ITPNZ) and a good relationship with the Government agencies undertaking this work.
I'm really keen to hear from you about what you see as the pros, cons and otherwise as we go into these discussions - feel free to drop me a short note with your thoughts.
DIA consulting on Marketplace for tech
The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) continues to move away from the traditional panel model for tendering for government business and is moving towards a more flexible, open approach that should change the way government buys products and services.
The DIA Marketplace (previously known as the Cloud Marketplace) aims to simplify the process for vendors and buyers alike, should enable smaller companies to pitch for government business and make the process less difficult all round. To kick off the new year DIA is launching a round of consultation seeking feedback from the supplier market around "service integration and managed services" (SIMS) service profiles.
DIA say that the feedback will inform the SIMS service design to ensure that the views of the supplier community are considered before the services are finalised and made available in the digital Marketplace.
Details around the market engagement criteria are available from GETS and submissions on this round of consultation are due in before 22 February - next week.
Tahi Rua Toru Tech taking off
Tahi Rua Toru Tech, the tech industry's digital challenge in schools, is taking off this year with a new platform, new teams, new schools and a focus on scale.
If you don't know much about the Challenge, check out this article in the Education Gazette (which goes out to all schools in NZ):
Nationwide challenge helps teachers implement new curriculum content
A digital technologies challenge is helping teachers feel confident about introducing new curriculum content while also ensuring students have fun.
Students and teachers all around the country are taking up the challenge to solve problems in their local schools and communities using technology.
The Tahi Rua Toru Tech Challenge requires teams of three to four students to complete a project-based challenge in class, in schools or through local code clubs. Each team is partnered with an industry mentor for guidance and support.
Projects that made it to the national finals included an app to help parents find babysitters, a robotic hand to be used in dangerous or distant places, and a website that helps students keep up to date with a rotating school timetable.
The challenge aims to help teachers introduce the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content and excite students about technology.
Excellent article. It's been a huge job getting the challenge up and running last year, and a big focus over the last month has been implementing a range of changes to help support schools and grow in scale. It's going to be a great year!
ITP Roadshow coming in April
ITP President Mike Dennehy and I, plus some of the ITP local and national team, will be travelling around the country in April to talk about the refreshed Strategic Plan, 2019 work programme, CITPNZ and CTech, the new programmes we have for organisations looking to put good professional development programmes in place for their staff, and lots more.
We'll be working with our local branch committees over the next few days to finalise dates and should have a full announcement soon. Hope to see you there!
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