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 EdTalks - digital technology education; 2018 and beyond

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

He was invited by CORE Education to do an EdTalk: Here he speaks about the new Digital Technology 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 The focus on 'digital' technology is too narrow and is already out of date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 Technology 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.


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
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