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  • 11 July, 2016

    My views on Digital Technologies and how the I.T. Industry can better understand and support Education in meaningful ways.

  • 23 August, 2015

    During my most recent position as a secondary teacher I moved to using student-led projects to introduce and develop design process, technical skills and project management skills to students.

  • 09 March, 2015

    My teaching style definitely leans towards the use of projects to teach students technical and management skills so last year, my first year back in teaching since 2009, I designed a set of courses for senior students that would allow them to create and run their own projects over the course of t

  • 13 May, 2014

    I have recently been getting interested in and learning more about programmable electronics boards, specifically the Arduino, with an eye to introducing my students to them.

  • 08 August, 2013

    Following success with a Makerbot Replicator 2 I was keen to introduce local teachers to the idea of 3D printing by running a workshop to build one.

  • 07 June, 2013

    In the previous resource we created a small castle using basic techniques and fixed values. In this resource we are going to rework the script so the fixed values are managed by variables and allowing our model to be customised. The castle model is the same.

  • 05 June, 2013

    This resource works through some common techniques using the 3D modelling application OpenSCAD to create a simple model suitable for 3D printing.

  • 04 June, 2013

    This resource works through a simple process for taking vector images created in Inkscape to the 3D modelling application OpenSCAD and exporting them to a format suitable for 3D printing.

  • 22 April, 2013

    One of my stated goals for ZYPE was to work in a decent multi-disciplined software design team and I have been working towards that ever since. 

  • 08 February, 2013

    While I was teaching I was introduced to the idea of 3D printing by Vik Oliver and the RepRap project and my attention was well and truly grabbed.

  • 12 September, 2012

    We finally ordered a Raspberry PI (from Element 14) which resulted in a few days of experimenting with the basics

  • 15 August, 2010

    While teaching IT across Year 10 - 13 I built up some resources around web design to help explain the basics and let students build skills to the point they could create their own web site with a decent visual style. I taught them to adhere to the W3C specs (web standards) right from the start and aimed to keep things as simple and uniform for myself throughout the different age groups.

  • 02 November, 2009

    An interview with PlainsFM about my experiences as a secondary teacher using open source software in the classroom.

  • 15 May, 2009

    Last year I invested in ten Wacom Bamboo Fun drawing tablets for the ICT classroom and with the recent upgrade to Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid have been stoked to find they are now plug 'n play and work really well.

  • 15 April, 2009

    I have been working towards including 3D visualisation in my ICT courses as a way of hooking in students and teaching them how to use a virtual environment to explore concepts that would be expensive to build physically.

  • 15 March, 2009

    I have been looking at my classroom and thinking about the issues I am facing with the rows of computers. Students all sit sideways to the board and many are out of view while I am instructing and can continue working on the computer without me knowing. I can hardly get between the chairs to work with students and often miss students in the corners.

  • 15 November, 2008

    Following the trip to Wellington for the NZ Open Source Awards and a breakfast workshop at Core-Ed I have revitalised my interest and understanding in Moodle. I have started a very small first step with a couple of Year 10 ICT students who came back after completing the course in the first half of the year and set up an animation project for them.

  • 15 May, 2008

    Open source software is a great resource for the classroom and, in particular I found it an excellent source of tool sets for my ICT courses.

  • 15 March, 2008

    I have recently rebuilt the machines in my ICT room at school. After a couple of weeks struggling to use Symantic Ghost to create an image of the dual boot we have been using I went with a slightly simpler approach. The machines now run Ubuntu 8.10 as the sole operating system.

  • 17 October, 2007

    The classroom can be a busy environment to organise. Planning is critical to a successful classroom and the timing is important to get right.

  • 15 August, 2007

    In reaction to our school's choice of Student Management System I started knocking up ideas for interfaces that would allow teachers to see the sorts of information they needed in class. The idea is to hide as much of the functionality as possible and make the interface contextual. Ideally this would then feed information back to a Government approved system.

  • 24 June, 2004

    To experiment with the Augmented Reality Tool Kit developed by the Human Interface Technology Lab (NZ version at HitLab NZ ) and get up to speed with the magic book technology. It was also loads of fun.

  • 01 November, 2003

    RSS is a simple method of providing information about a site for others to use and is typically used by News orientated sites to syndicate their content.

  • 01 September, 2003

    Ever since paper was invented and people started making marks on it to communicate ideas content has been embedded in the medium. Once written down those words were forever set and their layout and style were passed through time.

  • 21 November, 2002
  • 07 November, 2002

    Working with a Designer should provide you with great solutions and should be an interesting and exciting experience.

  • 21 March, 2002

    Cascading Style Sheets vs table layouts and why we should be bothering with this approach.

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