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World Biggest Education Technology Conference Explores Computer Games for Learning

IFIP Staff. 11 July 2017, 8:09 am

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…

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Reflecting on the Digital Technologies school curriculum announcement

Paul Matthews. 03 July 2017, 11:00 am

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…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 02 June 2017, 3:18 pm

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.

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A different approach to digital technology in schools

Dave Lane. 02 June 2017, 8:17 am

It's 2017 in New Zealand, and our schools aren't producing enough confident, informed digital participants. Sure, they can play games like a boss, but that's just digital consumption. Ask them to do s…

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Teachers embrace digital learning technologies

Paul Brislen. 01 June 2017, 7:32 am

A survey of primary and intermediate school teachers and principals finds that most believe digital technologies are enhancing classrooms and student learning. 

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How to be a Highly Valued Employee

Heather Grace. 21 March 2017, 7:19 am

If you would like to be a more highly valued employee and reap the rewards of that (get promoted, earn more money, help your organisation be more successful) please read on.

Many years ago, back in…

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People Disrupt Processes: Adopt a "No Dickheads" Policy

Heather Grace. 15 March 2017, 6:58 am

Talent is not everything. Our sports teams have found this out the hard way. Some of our national teams, now have a "No Dickheads" policy.

What do we mean by a "Dickhead" and how do you spot one?

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Do you have Knowledge, or Wisdom?

Heather Grace. 15 February 2017, 6:42 am

The other day I saw a slogan on the side of a truck, which said: "Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is knowing not to put it in a fruit salad." My immediate reaction was amusement,…

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Volunteering abroad - what's it like for tech professionals?

Kalena Jordan. 02 February 2017, 7:01 am

Jared Linnell is a Victoria University graduate who just returned from ten months volunteering with Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.  He told Kalena Jordan about his …

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This week's ITP update

Paul Matthews. 02 December 2016, 4:25 pm

It was a big planning week for ITP, with various board planning sessions for 2017, a new President and Deputy President, first face-to-face meeting of the full new ITP Board, various ministerial meeti…

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This week's ITP update

Paul Matthews. 25 November 2016, 4:38 pm

In this week's update from ITP, the leaders of 12 of the largest tech bodies come together to work on election policy advice, heaps of those with CITPNZ go through the Breadth of Knowledge test, and d…

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Why Tech Companies Fail: Sales and Marketing

Heather Grace. 23 November 2016, 6:25 am

If you are a regular reader of TechBlog you will have recently read about the five top reasons why tech companies fail. In that blog we explored the Us and Them Syndrome and identified the warning sig…

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Why Tech Companies Fail

Heather Grace. 21 November 2016, 6:58 am

There are many reasons given when a tech company fails. Some of the quoted reasons are real, others are simply poor excuses.

When you delve deeper, past the media spin and the stakeholder frustrat…

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This week's ITP update

Paul Matthews. 18 November 2016, 3:35 pm

In this week's update from ITP, the Government's ICT (ur, Cloud) Marketplace, and taking some of the sector's concerns about education changes to Education Minister Hekia Parata.

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This week's ITP update

Paul Matthews. 11 November 2016, 10:00 am

In this week's update from ITP, new Cyber Security and Testing quals possibly on the cards, student projects, and a big welcome to our new Corporate Partners.

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World Conference on Computers in Education Issues Call for Papers

ITP staff. 10 November 2016, 9:26 am

The world's largest conference exploring the use of technology in education, WCCE 2017, has issued a Call for Papers, inviting potential speakers to submit papers around the theme: "Tomorrow's Learnin…

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This week's ITP update

Paul Matthews. 04 November 2016, 4:00 pm

In the first of a series of regular weekly updates, ITP CEO Paul Matthews outlines the tech sector's disappointment at the Marsden Research Fund's continued overlooking of computing research, the laun…

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Government to introduce online schools

Paul Matthews. 25 August 2016, 5:54 pm

This week Education Minister Hekia Parata announced the Education (Update) Amendment Bill, an broad impact bill which makes a number of changes to how education is delivered in New Zealand.

Part of…

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IT industry speaks with one voice on Marsden research funding

Paul Matthews. 05 August 2016, 3:48 pm

11 of the leading representative bodies from the tech sector have joined forces to raise serious concerns about apparent bias within New Zealand's major Marsden research fund that has led to a signifi…

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The New Zealand Centre for ICT Law Goes Live

David Harvey. 03 August 2016, 6:59 am

The New Zealand ICT Law Centre is the brainchild of its founding Director, former District Court Judge David Harvey, and includes both teaching and a broader research function. But its role as a test …

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