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Techweek 2018

This page will be updated for 2019 when dates, themes, and supporting resources are available.

A festival of innovation that’s good for the world

Techweek logo.

Techweek NZ takes place this year between Saturday 20 May and Sunday 26 May. Techweek celebrates New Zealand’s fast growing technology and innovation sectors and raises awareness of the need for greater ICT skills and a "tech-savvy" culture for everyone. This events page offers ideas on how schools can get involved in Techweek NZ.

Links to the NZC

Techweek NZ provides a useful context for meeting the intent of The New Zealand Curriculum.

Students can:

  • demonstrate the curriculum vision of being actively connected, lifelong learners by seizing opportunities offered by new technologies
  • explore the future focused issue of enterprise
  • consider the NZC values of innovation, inquiry, and curiosity
  • make use of key competencies
  • achieve learning outcomes in a range of learning areas, especially technology.

Key resources 

Techweek 2018
Explore the official website for Techweek 2018.

Techweek events
Find out what’s on across the country during Techweek 2018.

Techweek Facebook page
Follow the Techweek Facebook page to keep up to date with news, events, and resources. 

Classroom ideas 

  • Explore computer science without computers through this collection of engaging games and puzzles.
  • Hold an hour of code with your students and community. While the official hour of code takes place in December, you can hold this event any time of year.
  • Assign a BP challenge to your students from the list of ideas on this webpage.
  • Read Robot Challenge and hold your own robot competition at school.
  • Read Red-hot Racers and set a similar technology challenge at your school. Students could make miniature drag racing cars or go karts.
  • Participate in virtual science and technology lessons.
  • Search out people in your community who have careers in the technology and innovation sectors and invite them to school to share their work. Students can find out more about these careers through the Careers NZ jobs database.
  • Get your students to sign up to Mindlab kids to access a range of learning challenges that can be completed in the classroom or at home.  

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Tahi, Rua, Toru, Tech – New Zealand’s digital challenge
The Ministry of Education and the IT industry are supporting the introduction of the new Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko curriculum into schools and kura with the 123Tech Challenge. The challenge is a great way to get started with DT&HM in the classroom. Through 123Tech, you can solve problems in your local school or community using digital technologies. Sign up now.

School stories

Starting a makerspace
The principal and staff from Taupaki School explain why and how they developed a makerspace in their school.

No shortcuts: VEX robotics at Manchester Street School
Feilding’s Manchester Street Primary School took home highest honours at the national VEX robotics championships, and they’re the only school in the country to have won recognition at every VEX IQ national competition since the event’s inception.

Setting up virtual reality at Pakuranga College
Pakuranga College ICT faculty leader, Charlie Smith, and teacher, Tyne Crow see virtual reality as a growing technology. To build teacher capacity, they have begun by developing a school culture where people are comfortable using the VR technology.

Preparing for lift-off with real-world skills
A focus on innovation and real-world learning at Hamilton’s Rototuna High School has seen budding designers and engineers planning a rocket launch.

Supporting resources

Digital technologies curriculum support page on Technology Online
Technology Online is a site dedicated to educators, students, and all those with an interest in technology education in New Zealand. It showcases examples of contemporary teaching and learning and provides curriculum support materials.

Technology in the School Journal and Connected
In this section you can find links to School Journal and Connected articles that feature technology content. 

Techlink
Techlink is a site dedicated to technology teachers, students, and all those with an interest in technology education in New Zealand. Techlink showcases examples of contemporary teaching and learning in technology from early childhood through to vocational pathways into industry and enterprise.

Digital technologies spotlight
This NZC Online spotlight explores the new digital technologies curriculum, helping you understand the changes and support available. Find short videos, group activities, and opportunities for personal reflection.

Facebook group – Learning with digital technologies
Join the learning with digital technologies facebook group to discuss and share resources.

Digital technologies in the NZ Curriculum
This site contains resources to support the new digital technologies content in the technology curriculum.

The Mind Lab – Digital passport
This free online programme guides teachers through all aspects of the new digital technologies curriculum in a fun, fast, and easy way.

Computational thinking for educators
A free online course for teachers to support understanding of computational thinking. It provides practical examples of how to integrate computational thinking into your classroom programme.

Have you seen?

Technology online website.

Technology exemplars

Technology exemplars have been developed to illustrate teaching and learning for the newly released digital technologies progress outcomes. The exemplars can be viewed on Technology Online:

Published on: 26 Apr 2018


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