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Techweek 2020

This page might include information, links, and events that are specific to 2019. It will be updated as soon as 2020 information becomes available.

Techweek NZ takes place this year between Monday 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 to get schools involved.

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 2019
Explore the official website for Techweek 2019.

Techweek19 School Series
The Techweek19 School Series has events for children of all ages focussed on inspiring the next generation and building critical skills.

Techweek events
Find out what’s on across the country during Techweek 2019.

Techweek TV is a series of live, online video sessions broadcast on the Techweek website. From 9am—5pm every day of Techweek, these interactive panel discussions and presentations give all Kiwis access to the brightest tech minds in Aotearoa. 

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.
  • 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

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko
Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko - the National Digital Readiness programme has been developed to ensure teachers and kaiako are ready to implement the new digital technologies content. Check out the range of meet-ups around Aotearoa to support educators. 

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. 

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:

Updated on: 14 May 2019