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Raspberry Pi’s Workshop Update


As you probably know earlier on in the year I worked with Andrew Hornblow and Ross Peterson (Bright Sparks, Skills) to deliver PLD with the Raspberry Pi.  These workshops went very well and it’s obvious that this little computer is capable of some very big ideas!

These cool little devices can be used to teach any of the DT strands in fun and engaging ways, and DFRAG now sells them to schools and students at very special pricing starting from $99*


Visit the store

These new Model B+ Raspberry Pi Starter Kits include everything required to get started. 

Each Kit includes the following items:

Raspberry Pi Model B+
8GB Micro SD Card with NOOBS
Clear Case
HDMI-HDMI Connector
Micro USB Cable

Raspberry Pi Kit Complete
Add to the fun and connect your new Pi to the physical world with a Mini Electronics Kit for just $5*!

Mini Electronics Kit

Visit the store

*plus GST & postage and packing

Kia Ora koutou

Bookings are now open for the Raspberry Pi Teacher PLD sessions running as part of Digi Day, Rangitikei College, Wednesday 20th August, organised by Grant Collie.

There will be two sessions on the day:
9.30am – 12.00noon and 12.30pm – 2.30pm

The workshop fee is $120 and includes resource materials and an electronics kit to take away.
These workshops are a collaboration between DFRAG and The Skills Organisation.

A heartfelt thanks to Grant and his school for making the day possible.

Please go here for more details and to book.

We are planning more workshops around the country. You can register your interest here.

See you there 🙂

I’m pleased to announce the inaugural edition of the Newsletter Teach Young People Computer Science.

I have written this for two reasons – one is to raise awareness of the importance of teaching CS and programming in schools and to emphasis that the younger students are when they learn this, the better.

Learning to code has many positive spin-offs – developing higher order thinking and problem solving skills and laying solid foundations for accessing Digital Technologies courses in the future.

I’ve used Scratch in the classroom from Year 3 with success.  See here for examples.  I am currently tutoring a six year old and her three year old brother and it’s amazing to see their engagement and rapid progress.  Here’s Mum’s feedback.

The second reason for the newsletter is, yes, it’s a promotional tool for my Teacher PD workshops, which I hope doesn’t detract too much from reason 1 🙂

I hope you like it – please download a copy and have a read.  Pass it on to your colleagues, especially Principals in the Junior / Intermediate syndicates.  I would really like you to feed back, so I’m leaving the comments open for this one.

The Newsletter is available here:

I’d like to make an open invitation to colleagues to contribute an article or feature.  Including Digital Technologies Teacher’s voices will further inspire other teachers to give programming a go in their classrooms. Rest assured, this newsletter, like the Teacher’s Lounge will always be free.  Please get in touch.

As most of you will know by now, I am passionate about technology’s huge potential for engaging and raising the achievement of our learners and it is exciting to have the opportunity to raise awareness about this subject.

As Director of DFRAG, the company that brings you the Teacher’s Lounge, I’m excited to announce that we intend to offer skills focused professional development workshops to support the implementation of Digital Technologies in NZ schools.

So that we can guarantee that these workshops will meet the needs of the DT Teacher Community we need your input.

We would be very grateful if you would please spare some of your time to provide us with your feedback. The form should take no more than five minutes to complete.

Simply click on this link:

DT Workshop online poll

If you prefer you can download the poll as a pdf file to complete offline and submit later at your convenience.

DT Workshop Poll August 2013.pdf

If you are part of a department, or a DT cluster, please share these links with your colleagues so they can contribute their feedback too.

The Workshops

The workshops will be designed to compliment the existing pd offered by NZQA, MOE and NZACDITT and will be in the following areas:

  • Junior DT Learning Pathways (years 7-10)
  • Digital Technologies Learning Pathways
    (Levels 1-3)
  • Skills for Digital Information Levels 1-3
  • Skills for Digital Media Levels 1-3 and
  • Generic Technology

Importantly, the workshops will run regularly throughout the year, according to the needs of the Community. They will be delivered by experienced Digital Technologies Teachers and will run in the main centres of Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington.

Your Feedback Is Important

We look forward to hearing from you.  Click here to complete our online poll now.

Nga Mihi

Ginette Van Praag

Digitech Friendly Resources & Gear

New Links Category

Digital Technologies & STEM

A strong foundation in Digital Technologies skills and knowledge can support student achievement across all subjects.

Digital Technologies & STEM presents links to free resources that demonstrate how to apply videogame design and programming skills across the core curricular subjects of Maths, Science and English.

Well worth sharing with colleagues.