Educators as Knowledge Navigators                                             

“Never has there been a greater need to invest in national digital resilience, capability and protection as there is today. Don Christie, MD, Catalyst IT

The impact of digital technologies on education, and of educators on the use of social media and other platforms, are key strands of Education Leaders Forum 2019. This year’s theme Digital Divides, Dividends & Dangers was decided on last year.  It has taken on new significance since the Christchurch Mosques shootings.

In a digital world awash with both dubious and useful information, educators are more important than ever as knowledge navigators. Two parts of education for each part of regulation is the way forward.

Educators feel the depth of digital changes but they can also be overwhelmed. ELF19 will boost your capability and credibility as an education leader by getting you up to speed with strategies for bridging digital divides, unlocking digital dividends and avoiding digital dangers.

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“In a world awash with digital data educators are more important than ever as knowledge navigators.”

Contributors as at 06/06/19

Phil Ker
Chief Executive
Otago Polytechnic
Integrating learning and work

Nicola Ngarewa
Spotswood College
DISRUPT-ED: Embracing the future

Irihāpeti Mahuika
Director of Learning
Haeata Community Campus
Equitable Digital Access

Mike Hollings
Chief Executive
Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (Te Kura)
Te Kura’s transformative shift  online

Jimmy McLauchlan
Business Development
Methodist Mission Southern
Prison VR Literacy Project

Cheryl Adams
Animation Research

Prisoner  VR Literacy Project

Hilary O’Connor
Director  Technical Sales
Soul Machines
Humanising technology

Paul Stevens
GM, Open Knowledge Group
Catalyst IT
Education and Open Source IT Innovation

Fraser Liggett
Economic Development Programme
Enterprise Dunedin, DCC
Centre of Digital Excellence

Andy Kilsby
Director Employability
Otago Polytechnic
EduBits – a new way for learners to show what they know

Dr Mary Redmayne
 Independent Researcher
Victoria and Monash University
Dangers of Screen Overuse

Anjie Webster
Education Advisor
Online Safety and Wellbeing

Pauline Spence
Education Advisor
Online Safety and Wellbeing

Prof Tim Bell
Department Computer Science &
Software Engineering UC
The new Digital Technologies curriculum


Donald Matheson
Media & Communications
University of Canterbury
Fake News and Flaky Views

Digital Divides
Access to technology and the development of digital skills is essential for people to fully participate in society and the economy.  The Ministry of Education has strengthened the Digital Technologies strand in the New Zealand Curriculum effective 2020.  More>>>

Digital Dividends
The digital transformation of life enables individuals to play a bigger role in their own learning and careers, in partnership with educators. The fast changing world of work requires a mix of both technical skills and soft skills like critical thinking, communication, empathy and decision-making.  More>>>

“…the choice between cocooning ourselves in the past… or embracing a future based on innovation, disruption and using our brains is stark.”  Alex Malley

Digital Dangers
There is growing evidence of the addictive power of digital technology and awareness of some of the other dangers inherent in its largely unregulated use.  All learning communities need to develop strategies to support their students’ development of digital citizenship, online safety and wellbeing.  More>>>

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“ There is growing evidence of the addictive power of digital technology and awareness of some of the other dangers inherent in its…use.”

Balanced Learning
Ed Tech comprises key tools but is not the whole toolbox for growing brains, opening minds and developing the mix of technical and soft skills needed for creativity and innovation.

Whatever digital devices are used in a learning setting the focus should always be on developing the thinking power of the free spinetop computer with which every learner is equipped.  The aim is to optimise positive learning benefits while minimising  harmful effects.

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