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Major tech competition for school students launches today
The IT industry is partnering with the Ministry of Education to launch an exciting new digital technology championship today, open to all New Zealand school students, and designed to encourage greater participation in digital technology.
The Tahi Rua Toru Tech Challenge is part of a broader initiative to help teachers introduce the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content into classrooms and get kids excited about digital tech. It is being led by IT Professionals NZ in partnership with the Ministry of Education, Royal Society Te Apārangi, Code Club Aotearoa, the Digital Technology Teachers Aotearoa and others.
Final consultation on new Cybersecurity and Testing qualifications
There are some new qualifications potentially on their way in New Zealand, in cybersecurity and testing. But we need your feedback.
IT Professionals NZ and NZQA National Qualifications Services, as co-developers of sub-degree IT and computing qualifications in NZ, invite feedback on the draft proposed cybersecurity and software testing qualifications before they are listed as new quals.
Breaking into conversations politely
A fabulous group of young(er) women and men at a FLINT meetup (Future Leaders IN Technology, Hamilton) challenged me during an "Importance of Networking" interactive talk - to teach them how to break into conversations politely.
This is an insanely useful skill, not just for younger folk hoping to get into the business, but for all tech heads to learn.
OMGTech! wants you
OMGTech is looking for a few good folk to come along and support its programme of getting kids involved in the ICT sector. Are you up to the challenge?
NetHui 2017 kicks off next week
InternetNZ's NetHui is on and, after a year spent touring the regions, it's back in Auckland, at Aotea Square.
This year's theme is "Trust and Freedom" and InternetNZ has lined up some major speake…
Giz a job: Industry says no need for tertiary qualifications
As the innovation sector struggles to find people to fill roles, a number of major companies have banded together to deliver an open letter to the public saying applicants need not hold a formal quali…
120,000 kids still without internet access at home, warns lobby group
The 20/20 Trust has released its Digital Inclusion Manifesto in the lead up to the election and is calling for all New Zealanders to have affordable access to the internet and "the skills and confiden…
Technology Education Policy in Election 2017
In the lead-up to the election, Ian Apperley takes a closer look at policy considerations. This post: education.
World Biggest Education Technology Conference Explores Computer Games for Learning
The use of computer games to support the learning and assessment of 21st century competencies was the focus of a keynote by Professor Valerie Shute at the World Conference on Computers in Education (W…
Reflecting on the Digital Technologies school curriculum announcement
As outlined last week, ITP is really happy to be part of the major announcement around the detail of Digital Technologies in the curriculum for all New Zealand schools. This is an initiative we've bee…
Brislen on Tech
In which we close out the Copper Age, discover people do actually use this thing called the internet and that if teachers can grasp the nettle, so can you.