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 University Entrance Equivalence for new School Diploma

In another outstanding achievement, Dr Christine Fenton successfully leads Green School New Zealand's application to gain University Entrance equivalence for its High School Diploma (Advanced).

 "Graduation" - GSNZ


SChool NZQA Study & Employment pathways QUALIFICATION

A fantastic win in an incredibly short time, a Secondary School is accredited to offer a Tertiary qualification as an alternative to NCEA. Dr Christine Fenton and Michael Fenton completed the design and application for the Green School New Zealand programme to deliver a New Zealand Certificate in Study and Employment Pathways (Level 3 and Level 4).

"This school really has achieved the creation of the most relevant, inspiring and beautiful curriculum and pathway that will lead learners on to local and global universities, and beyond.”

  "Unique school qualification"  - GSNZ (Note: Theresa Forbes and Kevin House were NOT involved)

  "Green School to offer unique qualification"  - Taranaki Daily News


NZQA MICRO-CREDENTIALS - "BITE-SIZE" QUALIFICATIONS

 Dr Christine Fenton has developed a number of micro-credentials for the Primary ITO;

 "Micro-credentials give biosecurity industry edge"  - Otago Daily Times


EdTalks - digital technologies education; 2020 and beyond

Michael ran a number of workshops at ULearn 2017 and presented research into the opportunities and limitations of the new Digital Technologies curriculum.

He was invited by CORE Education to do an EdTalk: Here he speaks about the new Digital Technologies curriculum; 5 important points all New Zealand teachers should know...

  1. The focus on 'digital' technology is too narrow and is already out of date
  2. Creativity and innovation requires students to consider programming beyond Scratch or Python coding...instead think in terms of machine learning.
  3. There are many opportunities for authentic cross-curricula tasks and assessing competencies...'working with others' may mean working with machines!
  4. Beware of following education 'celebrities' and the pressure to be seen doing the 'next cool thing' in education.
  5. Start small if new to Digital Technologies and have fun!

Michael Fenton from EDtalks on Vimeo.




prime minister's education excellence awards

Michael Fenton and Dr Christine Fenton were finalists in the 2015 Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards - Excellence in Leading category.  The Open Polytechnic Primary Science Teaching and Primary Mathematics Teaching qualifications are taught by this husband and wife team. Michael took a lead role in the design of the programmes, design of the courses and wrote most of the content.

The New Zealand Ministry of Education interviewed the team led by Michael, along with two Primary science educators who graduated from the programmes and now lead science teaching in their schools.


EDUCATION RESEARCH examples

Fenton, C.D., and Karena, T.
Designing an appropriate methodology to examine if the manifestation of Māori values in a tertiary trade-based school were positively influencing the retention and achievement of Māori students
    
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Fenton, C.D., and Karena, T.
Role of Māori values on student retention
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TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT & KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Keynote speaker on day two of SciCon 2016 was Michael Fenton.

Michael has a wealth of diverse experience in education, and his focus is lately on assisting teachers to make science and maths learning practical, fun, and hands-on. He uses active learning (project-based learning) to engage in authentic tasks, using a variety of technologies, some of which he has invented himself.

Michael’s lecture was titled 'Putting the science back into science education – reclaiming the maker space'. Michael's article on the same theme, which will appear in New Zealand Science Teacher’s October 2016 journal, talks about current realities for most science teachers: the equilibrium they need to find between authentic learning, teaching for assessment, and staying abreast of the evolving impact that digital technology continues to have on education.



testimonials


 
"Christine works to the highest standards and  easily understands and works through the complexities surrounding academic quality and portfolio review. She works with staff at all levels of the organisation in a positive and inclusive way. She is well respected because of this.

Christine's academic leadership was instrumental in achieving Category One External Evaluation and Review status for WITT.  I have the greatest respect for Christine's capability and have no hesitation in recommending her."
Richard Handley, Chief Executive, Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki , 2008 - 2013


Michael and Christine were named finalists in the 2015 Prime Minister's Education Excellence Awards - Excellence in Leading category.  The Open Polytechnic Primary Science Teaching and Primary Mathematics Teaching qualifications are taught by this husband and wife team. Michael took a lead role in the design of the programmes, design of the courses and wrote most of the content. 

"I have been privileged to visit the Open Polytechnic to see their online science and maths teaching courses first hand, and I know how impressive they are. The best thing is that the programme enables teachers to study while working, allowing teachers to put what they learn online into practice almost immediately."
National List MP Chris Bishop


New Plymouth Girls' High School - Taking Science outside the classroom


Education Gazette article here

Monitoring energy production

"The work connects with other projects in the community towards sustainable energy by 2050 in Taranaki...Without the advice, financial assistance and time devoted by the organisations the project could not have happened."

Applied Robotics - Spotswood College - 10 week inquiry-based course

Picaxe and BBC Microbit robots designed and programmed by Michael Fenton, curriculum design by Michael Fenton to support STEAM focused learning in consultation with staff.

Robots built by Michael Fenton

"We love that you are helping us out...we really appreciate your skills, time and expertise."


Daleks, Microbit & Picaxe robots, Jupiter 2 & a Skeleton Crew...monstrous work for Science Fair!
 


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Career Force NZ

Energy Skills NZ

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Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology

Tai Poutini Polytechnic

Taranaki Science and Technology Fair

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Spotswood College

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NZBED

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