TENZ Wellington Region

Technology Mini-Conference

St Oran’s College, 550 High Street, Lower Hutt

9am – 3.30pm, Saturday 16 August 2014

If you teach Technology at Years 5-10 then this conference is for you. TENZ is offering practical presentations by Paul Neveldsen and Moira Patterson both highly experienced in technology teaching at Years 5-10. Presentations will focus on technological practice and the nature of technology. You'll take home a unit plan, hear about careers with technology and have the chance to network with colleagues from around the region.

Attendance is free for members of TENZ. Charge for non-members is $90.50.

Morning tea and lunch will be provided.


Moira Patterson (MEd)

Moira has an extensive background in technology education at both a local and national level. She has taught technology education at the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland for 17 years leading teaching Technology Education in the primary and ECE sector.

From 2010 until 2102 she worked with Dr Vicki Compton undertaking research in the area of technology education. This research project funded by the Ministry of Education was titled Technological literacy: Implications for teaching and learning.

Currently she is TENZ national Regional Chair Coordinator.

Moira is passionate about seeing technology successfully taught in primary schools from years 1-6.

Paul Neveldsen

Paul 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.

Over 2012 and 2013 Paul was the Beacon Practice Technology Project Phase Three Facilitator working with 14 schools across the country to develop Teacher Snapshots and Student Showcase Materials for publication via initially Techlink, and then Technology Online via the Te Kete Ipurangi website with a focus on both the Nature of Technology and Technological Knowledge Strands.

Since the conclusion of that project, Paul has taken up a permanent position in the Faculty of Education at Auckland University with a focus on working with teacher trainees in developing their understanding of the curriculum and its implications for Early Childhood, Primary and Graduate Primary trainees.