New Zealand Education & Technology Summit

Creating pathways for 21st Century learning

Event Details


Registration and coffee
Welcome from the Chair
Shane Kerr, Vice-Chair, EdTech New Zealand
A vision for lifelong learning and pathways to deliver a modern workforce
  • Examining the trends and technologies disrupting and affecting the future workplace
  • Identifying the competencies the future workforce will need
  • Facilitating learning to prepare for the modern workplace
Jack Boyle , President, Post Primary Teachers Association
Panel – Creating integrated pathways for education, tertiary, trade and work place development in the digital age

Collaboration and excellence in the educational space is becoming extremely important if New Zealand is to move ahead as a digital nation and ensure a prosperous future. Join panellists from primary, secondary, tertiary, trade and business to discuss the important aspects we need to consider across all levels.

  • Looking at effective ways of giving learners agency over their own learning processes and pathways
  • Highlighting the importance of collaboration and consistency in the creation of future educational and career pathways


Claire Amos, Deputy Principal, Hobsonville Point Secondary School
David Glover, Executive Director - Partnership, Unitec Institute of Technology
Dr Linda Sissons, CEO, Primary ITO
David White, Principal, Marshall Laing Primary School
Josh Williams, CEO, Industry Training Federation
Youth Panel – Workforce in waiting

Technology is natural for the incoming generation of the workforce. Hear from tomorrow’s leaders as they share their thoughts on how we should be making the most of the technology revolution within our education system.

  • Looking at technology as a tool for change instead of a distraction
  • Creating positive learning environments
  • Using technology as a tool rather than a crutch – supporting innovation from the class


Emalee Tea, Student, AUT University
Erana Taufa, Student, McAuley High School
Max Dang Vu, Engineering Student, Auckland University
Morning Break
Ministry of Education Address

The new Hangarau Matihiko and Digital Technologies curriculum content has been implemented to future proof our education system.

  • How the new policy is reshaping our education system
  • Examining the changes in how we assess our children and what tools can enhance learning?
  • Looking into achieving outcomes in the new digital curriculum to stay ahead of expected OECD standards
  • Examining funding available for the new curriculum and how it is being used to help both educators and students?
Pauline Cleaver, Associate Deputy Secretary Curriculum - Pathways and Progress, Ministry of Education
Examining future models of learning
  • Looking into the resources and tools of the future
  • Examining the impact and potential of microcredentials and blended learning
  • Creating effective and safe learning platforms to prepare students for the future workplace
Phil Ker, Chief Executive, Otago Polytechnic
Lunch break
Using data to inform better student outcomes
  • Deciding what data to collect
  • How to use the information the data collects to guide instruction and improve student learning
  • Recognising the digital rights of students
  • Using the data to predict and enhance learning outcomes
Ben Daniel, Associate Professor Higher Education, University of Otago
Case Study: Effectively partnering with community and business to empower digital learning outcomes

Nick Pattison and his students from Ormiston Junior College join us to talk about the importance of purpose and relationships to create positive outcomes in the teaching of digital technologies. They will talk about their involvement with designing a working prototype for Fletcher Building, and also their work in designing and learning about robotics and coding.


Nick Pattison, Learning Designer, Ormiston Junior College
Panel – Improving access to digital tools and learning outcomes in Northland

A look into the model of collaboration between Northpower, Taitokerau Education Trust and the schools in Whangarei and Northland committed to improving access of digital tools and overall learning outcomes for students.


Liz Cassidy-Nelson, Executive Officer, Taitokerau Education Trust
Beth Lamb, Digital Immersion Facilitator, Taitokerau Education Trust
Darren Mason, Chief Executive, Northpower Fibre
Hayley Read, Principal, Whangarei Intermediate
Afternoon break
He Muka Tāngata – Creating opportunities for kaiako and tamariki through digital technologies

Hinerangi Edwards and Tracy Henderson have worked closely together over the past 18 months on a number of projects relating to Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko. This means connecting Māori worldviews, teaching worldviews and computer science worldviews to create meaningful connections and futures for our tamariki and mokopuna.  This presentation will explore how we achieved this at a 4 day wānanga at Pūtahi marae and how we are continually adapting and creating because of this experience.

Tracy Henderson, Research Assistant - Computer Science in Primary Schools, University of Canterbury
Hinerangi Edwards, Director, Aatea Solutions
Closing Session:Education New Zealand: Showcasing our global talent in education services export
Kevin Park, Head of Growth Operations, Crimson Consulting
James Coddington, CEO, Joy Business Academy
James Santure, Head of Education Perfect, Education Perfect
Rhonda Kite, Founder, KIWA Digital; CEO & KIWA Middle East FZ-LLC
Facilitated by: Greg Scott, GM Industry Development, Education NZ
Summary remarks from the Chair
Networking drinks hosted by Education New Zealand
Welcome back from the Chair

Shane Kerr,Vice-Chair, EdTech New Zealand

A challenge to the education sector

As an industry and a complete sector, what is it that makes NZ stand out on the global stage as a digital educational leader?

Paul Irwin, General Manager - Student Marketing, Education New Zealand
Keynote – Addressing successful transformational change for 21st Century Learning
  • Examining the main technological trends that have the ability to enhance learning
  • Preparing the next generation of teachers and learners in order to minimise disruption
  • Using digital technology to create positive learning outcomes in times of dramatic change
Alec Couros, Professor of Educational Technology and Media - Faculty of Education, University of Regina, Canada
Q&A with Alec Couros
Morning break
Outlining the role of technology in supporting education
  • How the development of technology is assisting  better delivery of education
  • Looking into the digital enablers of education - devices, connectivity, identity, data, standards and the cloud
  • Highlighting opportunities for Ed Tech innovation
Stuart Wakefield, CIO, Ministry of Education
The effect of emerging technology on education and its ability to revolutionise how we educate, assess and communicate results
This session will have a specific focus on how AI allows us to individualise education by better understanding students and what and how they need to learn
  • How deep understanding and continuous assessment eliminates the needs for exams
  • Other emerging technologies such as AR and VR and how these can help in education and the potential of block chain for storing and sharing achievement.
Raphael Nolden, CEO and Founder, Jaipuna
Session break
Case Study: Banqer – Challenges of teaching the financial capability of children and expanding EdTech into the Australian market
  • Successful approaches to teaching children financial capability
  • Knowing your economic viability, outlining the challenges, and the need for implementing a state by state approach
  • Lessons learned and best practice for future export endeavours
Kendall Flutey, Co-Founder, Banqer
Getting smarter with digital technology

Come in to learn how to code using Swift programming language. This hands-on conference workshop is designed for those with little or no programming experience. We will explore ways to use this language within the new digital technologies curriculum. iPads supplied.

Dila Beisembayeva, Lecturer and Academic Leader Computer Science, Unitec
Session break
Panel Discussion – Finding a productive balance in the use of digital resources in a learning environment
  • Leveraging technology in education and successfully and finding balance
  • Highlighting security concerns and the best ways to mitigate risk
  • Discussing options to create a platform for learning across all sectors
Amy Croxford, Team Leader, Hobsonville Point Primary school
Derek Wenmoth, Principal Consultant, Core Education
Raphael Nolden, CEO and Founder, Jaipuna
The Success of Virtual Reality in Education

The use of Virtual Reality (VR) across all aspects of education is increasing. Welding, an essential skill across many trades, has always been a difficult skillset to acquire bringing together a multiplicity of complex motor skills and high level of cognitive understanding.  In our hands-on workshop, we demonstrate how we successfully use Virtual Reality (VR) welding simulators to introduce novice welders to the welding process.

Lee Baglow, Lecturer and Academic Leader Vehicle Systems and Materials, Unitec
Chris Lovegrove, Lecturer Vehicle Systems and Materials, Unitec
Lunch break
EdTech resource development
  • Balancing integrating technology and providing the right support for pedagogy
  • Creating accessible, effective solutions to empower students and teachers and equip them for the future
  • Highlighting the need for collaboration between tech developers, educators and businesses alike
  • Integrating Digital Technology into other subjects
Zoe Timbrell, Founder/General Manager, OMGTech!
Incorporating the digital curriculum into the traditional schooling setting
  • Identifying the right professional development to upskill your teaching staff
  • The importance of collaborating and making connections in your community
  • Effectively engaging both staff and students to enhance learning outcomes
Derek Wenmoth, Principal Consultant, Core Education
Session break
Addressing the digital divide – initiatives for inclusive technology adoption
  • The impact of the digital divide on the modern pedagogy
  • Overcoming access issues and ensuring an even playing field
  • Developing digital initiatives that are relevant and engaging for all involved
Jay Allnutt, CEO, Teach First NZ: Ako Mātātupu
Assessing the impact of COLs (Communities of Learning) for digital enhancement
  • An insight into how COLs are helping New Zealand educators with digital technology
  • Strengthening collaboration and gaining maximum mutual benefits for all schools involved
  • Looking into how the model may evolve in the future
David White, Principal, Marshall Laing Primary School
End of breakout sessions
Closing Panel Discussion: Empowering youth to design their own learning pathways through technology
  • Examining the options of having agency over your own learning
  • Highlighting the importance of engaging with your community to create digital learning opportunities
  • Ways to collaborate and help problem solve the business problems of tomorrow
Mahsa Mohaghegh, Director/Founder, SheSharp & and Lecturer - School of Engineering Computer & Mathematical Sciences, Auckland University of Technology
Edwina Mistry, Founder/Director, CreateOps & and Executive Director, TechWomen
Michael Sangyum, Chief Executive Officer, 7eSystems
Closing remarks from Chair and end of Summit

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