School funding – An issue of social justice

Posted by & filed under decile, Education policy, mosomelt, neoliberal education policy, school funding.

Last week, a somewhat surprising announcement suggested the current method whereby New Zealand state schools are funded is in for a major overhaul. This system has revolved around the concept of ‘decile funding’. Effectively, based on certain socio-economic measures (such as employment status of parents, number of people living in a household, and real estate […]

Technology – Like the air we breathe

Posted by & filed under BYOD, competencies, digital devices, digital learning, Digital pedagogy, Flexible learning spaces, mosomelt, neoliberal education policy.

I notice that an Australian educator was quoted by the Times Educational Supplement as suggesting “technology is invisible now. Just like electricity, it’s there, it’s an enabler, it makes the connections work.” Indeed. I spent some time observing the implementation of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) in a secondary school last year, and one of […]

University in 2016?

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This is the title of a recent newspaper article that is more of a promo or advertorial on behalf of the university system in New Zealand. The article was well-timed to coincide with the publication of the results of the 2015 National Certificate in Educational Achievement – better known in these parts as NCEA. The article […]