Committed to building a Pipeline for Tech Talent, Fusion Networks and Tamaki College have set up an IT Academy and Intern Programme, expanding on opportunities begun with Tamaki College’s adoption of Manaiakalani digital learning programme that focuses on creating opportunities for 21st-century education.
Now Fusion’s first new Digital Curriculum NCEA course is ready to go for 2019, after 12 months of planning and building. It provides an introduction to programming using scratch and mBot robots. The innovative program includes over 4 hours of detailed tuition that steps learners through the basics of programming. The course combines two papers, delivering 10 NCEA assessment based credits.
This approach is being tested to see if more technical subjects can be learnt in school without the need for teachers to be experts in these fields, if successful it will open up almost any technical subject to any school and student. Supporting the course will be expert mentors, with a goal of developing more project focused assessment challenges. Fusion ultimately aims to link these skills together into project focused learning challenges for year groups.
Andrew Gurr: “The Fusion Academy sets the foundations for academic and skills-based learning for career development aligned to IT workforce readiness. The IT Academy is the first step in ensuring students are on a pathway to employment, starting with curriculum built around NCEA papers but learning and assessment based on real-world problems co-delivered in partnership with secondary schools.”
Andrew Gurr also recently participated in the Voluntari.ly Hackfest . Voluntari.ly connects corporate volunteer time with classrooms to teach science, technology, engineering, entrepreneurship, arts and design with the help of engaging content supplied by New Zealand’s leading innovators in educational content.