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Events on March 17, 2015
  • Professor John Williams Inaugural Professorial
    Starts: 6:00 pm
    Ends: March 17, 2015 - 7:00 pm
    Location: Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, University of Waikato
    Description: Practice versus theory: The value of Technology Education
    Technology Education is a core element of the New Zealand Curriculum and encompasses a lot more than just woodwork or digital technology. Because of its practical nature, it can be difficult to assess and is sometimes misunderstood or sidelined by subjects which are perceived as more ‘academic’. Professor Williams will describe his research, which aims to assess practice, and in so doing, help overcome the false dichotomy between theory and practice. He will argue that technology needs to be recognised as a broad and highly-valued subject.
    TIME: 6-7pm, Opus Bar open from 5pm
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Events on March 20, 2015
  • Faculty of Education Colloquium
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: March 20, 2015 - 4:00 pm
    Location: TT1.05
    Description: Pedro Manuel Martinez Monje
    (The University of the Basque Country, Spain)

    Digital citizenship in the knowledge societies
    Knowledge societies are the desired outcome of a new form of future societies. It is not clear, however, how this aspiration can be achieved or recognized by whole communities when inequality in terms of access to digital resources (digital divide) exist. Increasingly, digital access is becoming a new citizenship right on par with social welfare, health care and education in societies with welfare regimes. My presentation discusses the issues related to bridging this digital divide from a range of perspectives, political to different paradigms of social exclusion.
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Events on March 21, 2015
  • POET Symposium
    Starts: 9:30 am
    Ends: March 21, 2015 - 2:15 pm
    Location: MSB1.01 & MSB1.05 (Management School, University of Waikato, Hamilton)
    Description: Hear local and international POET (Pedagogies of Educational Transitions) researchers share their research and discuss implications for research, policy and practice.
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Events on March 25, 2015
  • Developing Middle Leadership in Secondary School learning series commences
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 26, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: Secondary School learning series commences
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Events on March 26, 2015
  • Increasing Principal Effectiveness learning series commences
    Starts: 12:00 am
    Ends: March 27, 2015 - 12:00 am
    Location: TC1.05
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Events on March 27, 2015
  • Faculty of Education Colloquium
    Starts: 3:00 pm
    Ends: March 27, 2015 - 4:00 pm
    Location: TT1.05
    Description: Kylee Edwards
    Te Oranga The School of Human Development and Movement Studies
    An experimental gifted classroom in the 1950s: Reflections from class members
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David Blackwell

David Blackwell
Innovation and Technology
Team Leader, Internet Development

(+64) 7 838 4466 ext 7709
TT.1.19

I have been with the Faculty of Education since 1997. Over the years I have changed roles many times and am now responsible for the Faculty of Education's Website and many contract and research sub-sites, working within the Innovation and Technology Team within the Faculty. 

I have extensive experience with the PHP/MySQL programming environment and use and configuration of Wordpress, and other Content Management Systems. In 2003 our team created the Faculty's web portal "edLlinked" which provided personalised content to students and staff. During 2012-2013 a new portal based on the Laravel PHP framework was developed and is now in production. In 2011 we developed our external website using Wordpress as the CMS, https://education.waikato.ac.nz.

I have an interest in Facebook development, mobile devices, elearning materials, online usability and gaming. In my free time I train in Taekwon-Do as a 1st dan Black belt.