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Written By: - Date published: 1:15 pm, March 31st, 2009 - 4 comments
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Professor Paul Callaghan from Victoria University introduces the ‘Think Tech’ site via video.

Panelists will look at what sorts of new technologies, in ICTs, nano-technologies, or bio-technologies, are likely to emerge in the future, and the effects these could have on our society and on our education systems.

Are we prepared for this future? Are we equipping New Zealand children to succeed in the future? Are we scared or excited about this? What do we need to do today to be ready?

The debate will launch ‘Think Tech’ which is a web site set up by Secondary Futures (an education think tank), and built by e-cast. People interested in technology can continue to talk to people interested in education, and New Zealanders from all sectors will be encouraged to share their views on the place of technology in the future of education in the days and weeks ahead; by contributing their own film clips, uploading resources, holding meetings and discussions.

Date: Tuesday 31 March 2009

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: http://www.thinktech.co.nz

People are invited to register today on the new site – ‘Think Tech’. http://www.thinktech.co.nz

Once registered you will be able to take part in the debate. All New Zealanders, whether registered or not, will be able to view the debate live by visiting the site.

Leading New Zealanders will debate live on-line, the effects of technology on education and society twenty years from today.

For the first time, people across New Zealand will be able to listen to a policy debate on-line and send in their comments and questions for the panel in real time.

Radio New Zealand’s Sean Plunket will facilitate the debate, which will be held at Te Papa.

The eight panelists are:

  • Seddon Bennington (CEO Te Papa)
  • Maria English (Student and award winning debater)
  • Oscar Kightley (Entertainer, writer and commentator)
  • Bernice Mene (Secondary Futures ‘Guardian’ and former Silver Ferns captain)
  • Luke Nola (Producer of TVNZ ‘Let’s Get Inventing’)
  • Richie Poulton (Director, Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Research Unit at Otago University at Otago University)
  • Antony Royal (IT entrepreneur and business leader)
  • Kevin Norquay (Senior journalist with NZPA)

4 comments on “Have your say ”

  1. Ianmac 1

    Wot? No politicians on the panel????? How sad!

  2. lprent 2

    Politicians, while always after publicity, are invariably technophobes – even those who love technology.

  3. What an awful site (thinktech.co.nz). It’s a pity that their web site couldn’t reflect a better understanding of web technologies and best practice.

  4. Al 4

    Some technical issues to address. Chat lagged behind the speakers. Some interesting points came out – need for values, different strategies for learning in this environment, and improvement of teacher technology skills. Issue of lifelong learning and prepare students and adults for constant change. Recognition of informal learning. Agree with Daveski – the thinktech site needs improvement. Overall a good start.

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