Topic: Integrating Learning and Work in the Digital Age
-Challenges, benefits, an app and an appropriate qualification mechanism
The future of fast evolving vocational education and training will be one in which those who commence their learning at work can capture that learning in an effective way which allows for developmental learning and for credit towards qualifications. Conversely, for those who commence learning in institutional settings but who are drawn into work prior to completion of qualifications, there will be a curriculum that ‘follows‘ them into the workplace, allowing them to complete their qualifications through work-based learning. The mechanism which will glue together workplace and institutional learning will be the micro-credential, supported by digital tools like a productivity app adapted to make life easier for apprentices and other learners, their employers and polytechnic tutors.
Topic: Equitable Digital Access for Students
In 2020 the MoE has stated all teachers in NZ must be equipped to teach Digital Technologies.
Statistics and research show that our young people are not fully equipped to fill a range of 21st Century job roles currently available. Schools are working hard to bridge this knowledge gap, but what are we doing about equitable access to this from homes and communities? 100,000 students in New Zealand do not have access to internet from their home. There are varied reasons for this and one of those is the simple fact that it can be unaffordable.
The Haeata Community Campus has partnered with Chorus, N4L, MoE and The Greater Christchurch Schools’ Network Trust to work towards bridging the digital divide. With it’s launch in 2018, Project ConnectED is a collective effort to connect students and whānau to their education from home.
Irihāpeti Mahuika, will tell the story of how ConnectED has come to life and the impact of this for the community and students they serve.
Topic: EduBits – a new way for learners to show what they know
Otago Polytechnic, one of New Zealand’s leading tertiary education institutes, is proud to be the driving force behind EduBits, our micro-credentialing service. In this session learn how EduBits can be used to partner educational delivery beyond the classroom, making learning accessible and visible to industry and learners.
With more than 50 years’ experience providing assessment and learning programmes throughout New Zealand and internationally, Otago Polytechnic holds the highest possible quality-assured status rating from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). We ensure that all EduBits are constructed through robust internal quality processes, ensuring that they are credible, valuable and CV-worthy.
Topic: The New Digital Technologies Curriculum Content
-An ABC of computational thinking and digital technologies
The New Digital Technologies Curriculum Content sounds like it would be mainly about devices, but in fact it is more about people; devices aren’t an end in themselves, but a means for helping people to achieve their goals. In addition, teachers might be concerned that the technology is too fast-changing to keep up with, and uses jargon that may become outdated quickly.
This talk will look at the connection between the digital devices and people, including some key ideas and terminology foundational to digital systems, and reflections on helping teachers get up to speed with the curriculum. This will include exploring the lasting ideas that underpin the curriculum, illustrating them with examples from the Computer Science Unplugged approach.