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Beacon Practice Technology Project – Phase 3

The Beacon Practice Technology Project (Phase 3) got underway in 2012, funded again by the Ministry of Education’s Growth and Innovation Framework (GIF) – Technology Education Initiative. The schools involved receive extra funding, support and professional development to help them develop high-quality programmes and resources. The focus in this project is on the Technological Knowledge and Nature of Technology strands of Technology in the New Zealand Curriculum (2007) in Years 1-10, with an emphasis on culturally responsive pedagogy, innovative environments and supportive relationships. Resources developed by the teachers will be shared on this website.

Nine schools, from Northland through to Southland, were selected to participate in the project:

Beacon Practice Technology Project Phase 3 Facilitator

Paul Neveldsen

Beacon Practice Project Facilitator Paul Neveldsen has a background in primary teaching, and taught at Fairfield Primary School and Whitiora School in Hamilton. He then moved into the tertiary education sector, spending two years at the University of Waikato as a Primary advisor/Technology curriculum facilitator. He was appointed to a deputy principal position at Whatawhata Primary School and later moved to Baird’s Mainfreight School in Auckland as associate principal.

In 2004, Paul took up a Visiting Teacher Fellowship at Auckland College of Education which led to his receiving a lecturing position in Technology education at the university. Since then, Paul has remained in the Faculty of Education at Auckland University, where he has lectured and also acted as an advisor in the primary sector. In 2010-2011, Paul was part of the GIF– Technology Education-funded National Professional Development Team, with specific responsibility for facilitating development work across the Year 7-8 sector. Paul says he is delighted to be facilitating this new Beacon Practice project. “I am looking forward to working with the teachers to produce high-quality, educationally-appropriate resources for Technology.”

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