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Kiwi kids get their say

Sarah Putt. 26 February 2019, 8:15 am

A mini-census of New Zealand children is due to take place over the next four months, as the CensusAtSchool or TataurangaKiTeKura Aotearoa survey kicks off from March 4. Organisers say it is the only national survey that polls children on their views of their own lives.

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N4L reaches halfway mark in security rollout

Sarah Putt. 19 February 2019, 10:13 am

Network for Learning (N4L), the Crown company that provides internet services to 99% of New Zealand schools and Kura, is halfway through the rollout of new cybersecurity technology from Fortinet.

N4L has today announced that 1300 of the 2450-plus schools have deployed the enterprise-grade firewall and web filtering solutions. In addition to Fortinet, technology partners include Spark and a panel of 12 local technology companies that are visiting each school as part of the upgrade.

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Big changes to tertiary education: What, why, and impact on the IT industry

Paul Matthews. 15 February 2019, 1:57 pm

A massive shakeup of the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnic (ITP) space has been announced by Education Minister Chris Hipkins this week. 

But what are the underlying problems that led to this and will it really make a difference? And more importantly for us, what will this change mean for delivery of IT-related programmes in New Zealand?

With a third of students studying IT-related qualifications coming from ITPs, this change is going to affect our industry. ITPNZ CEO Paul Matthews talks through the background and some of the opportunities and threats for our sector.

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Tweeting te reo Māori

Sarah Putt. 14 February 2019, 8:06 am

While most of us have been enjoying the long hot summer, researchers at Waikato University have been analysing millions of tweets to determine how te reo Māori is being used on the social media site.

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End of the line for Pond

Paul Brislen. 21 January 2019, 4:04 pm

It started with a hiss and a roar but it sounds very much as though Network 4 Learning's experiment in online collaboration - Pond - has dried up.

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Tahi Rua Toru Tech showcases student talent

123Tech Team. 06 December 2018, 11:00 am

The national finals of Tahi Rua Toru Tech, NZ's Digital Challenge, showed that when you ask school students to come up with new ideas to solve community problems using digital tech, they will amaze yo…

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Take one step forward

Vivian Chandra. 22 November 2018, 5:00 am

Do you work for a corporate that gives you the day off to volunteer? Have you used it yet? This year? Ever?

We've chatted with many companies and more and more organisations are giving their staff …

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Comprehensive Learning Approach

Sunitha Prabhu. 05 September 2018, 6:49 am

The success of any tertiary teaching and learning approach lies in enabling the learners with practical and work-ready skills that apply to a real life scenario.

A guest post from Wintec senior st…

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Checking in on virtual reality

Sarah Putt. 14 August 2018, 10:10 am

Virtual reality has always seemed like one of those technologies that ought to be more prevalent than it actually is. The last Gartner Hype Cycle that I sighted had it well ahead of the pack of other …

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Examining the benefits of participating in IT

Sarah Putt. 09 August 2018, 6:17 am

Ngāi Tahu Research Scholar at the University of Canterbury, Mark Van der klei, whose PhD thesis is examining the IT occupation's attractiveness to Māori, asked the question at ITx about whether it i…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 03 August 2018, 4:00 pm

Pop quiz: You open up your laptop and discover all your files are encrypted and a mysterious message says you're not getting your data back unless you give someone $5000 via an anonymised service. You…

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