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Technology Education New Zealand (TENZ) is a non profit professional association supporting and promoting all levels and areas of technology education in New Zealand.
TENZ is organised by teachers for teachers and our aim is to enhance the learning and teaching of technology by creating a well informed, well connected, supportive, and sustainable professional community that has a strong voice and provides effective advocacy for technology education.

To achieve our aims, we need the support of as many teachers as possible. So join us, and help grow and strengthen our national network supporting and promoting technology education across New Zealand.

 

Call for Research Participants

Can you make time to talk to us?

Do you feel strongly about the transition to online teaching during the global pandemic and subsequent lockdowns in Aotearoa New Zealand?

Were there implications for how you taught  technology education?

If so, researchers from the University of Waikato would love to hear from you!

Liz Reinsfield, Andrew Doyle, and Sarah Washbrooke are interested in the recent media coverage (1News, 2022) promoting a need for innovation in New Zealand schools, which implied that such practice involved the use of digital tools for teaching and learning - rather than technology education. We are also keen to explore how New Zealand technology teachers found the transition to online teaching, particularly in terms of the practical aspect of the subject.

If you are interested in participating in the research project, entitled “Innovative approaches to learning in technology education during the global pandemic: Secondary teachers’ technical and technological perspectives and practice”, you will be asked to:

  • partake in one Zoom interview (which will be recorded) in April or May 2022 (30-40 minutes);
  • share teaching and learning resources that were developed during the lockdown(s) (15-20 minutes);
  • review your interview transcript to confirm that it is a true representation of the interview discussion (30-40 minutes).

Should you have the time to take part in this research, please contact Liz Reinsfield at [email protected].

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Technology Education in New Zealand: A guide for teachers

Purchase from https://www.routledge.com/9780367418953

This book aims to develop understanding of technology education in New Zealand. It is New Zealand’s story of technology education in the 21st century and will assist teachers and teacher educators in developing technology education programmes. It explores the philosophy of and rationale for technology education and the relevant theory underpinning technology education. The background to recent changes to the technology curriculum are outlined and aspects of Technology in The New Zealand Curriculum are explored, including sections on the technological areas, strands and components of technology. The process of planning a unit of work is explained thoroughly and modelled to assist teachers who are new to teaching technology in New Zealand. The authors take a unique, dual narrative approach to explore two students’ journeys through their technology education. This is complemented by teachers’ commentary, making explicit links to teacher thinking and theory, and explaining planned student practice. Wholly dedicated to the New Zealand context, this is essential reading for preservice and qualified teachers alike.

Are you a teacher or graduate considering postgraduate study?
Will your proposed study have a positive impact on the learning and teaching of technology education?

TENZ welcomes applications from teachers or graduates enrolled in postgraduate study that will enhance any area of the technology curriculum or improve access to technology education.

 

Support Technology Education

TENZ welcomes support for all aspects of technology education.

By supporting technology education, you will help more students enjoy, and benefit from, effective learning in technology, and see the opportunities of a career in technology. With your assistance, students of all ages can become as excited and passionate about the subject as you are, leading to a more technologically informed society and contributing to a workforce of innovative, creative, independent, lateral thinkers who are both leaders and team players.

Your support could be local, regional or national. It could be focused at early childhood, primary, secondary, or tertiary levels for teachers and/or students.

Types of Support

There is a wide range of ways to support technology education. These could include:

  • Working with students or teachers in a class, school, cluster of schools, region or nationally
  • Providing free or discounted resources or materials
  • Developing teaching materials
  • Providing industry visits
  • Providing experts and expertise (by in-person visit, phone call, email, Skype call, etc.)
  • Being a guest speaker at a school or specially organised event
  • Being a judge for projects
  • Supporting students in their design and manufacture of products
  • Providing technical support for the use of tools and equipment.
  • Sponsoring awards for individual, class, school, region, or national project(s)
  • Sponsoring students to continue with further study

Suppliers and Contacts

TENZ is developing web-based information about suppliers and contacts. We are keen for this to develop into the go-to website for all teachers of technology.

Would you like to have your company, service, products, contact details, ....  added to this site?
Contact us

Sponsors and Advertisers

Newsletters

We are keen to hear from sponsors who want to advertise to our members about offers and discounts for students and/or teachers that we can include in our newsletters.

Conference

Every two years TENZ holds a national conference which provides opportunities for providers to showcase their products and support technology education.

Sponsorship and advertising opportunities include:

  • Sponsorship that will be strongly promoted throughout the conference
  • Trade displays
  • TENZ awards (formally announced at the conference dinner)
  • Conference gifts and prizes
  • Sponsorship of conference bags, inserts or giveaways
  • Sponsorship of conference catering (morning teas, afternoon teas, lunch, conference dinner, conference welcome)
  • Sponsorship to enable a teacher to attend the conference (This could include a teacher from a specific field, a remote region or a NZ region recently affected by hardship – such as floods, drought, earthquakes, etc.)
  • Sponsorship to enable a Matanga (expert) to travel to run a workshop at the conference
  • Sponsorship of early childhood, primary or secondary school student(s) to present their exemplary work
  • Sponsorship of best paper award for an international researcher, NZ researcher, NZ masters research student, NZ doctoral research student, international doctoral research student, or for the best paper in a particular field

If you are keen to support technology education in any way please contact us.