Welcome to 2018!

Dear Parents and Students.

I hope you’ve all had a good break and are well rested and all set for an exciting year ahead. A couple of bits of news from the QMC e-Desk:

  • Next week all Year 6 parents and new parents will be sent an email regarding Laptop start up information for 2018.
  • IT staff will be running a Helpdesk drop in service on Thursday 25 January and Friday 26 January, 9am – 3.30pm, to trouble shoot problems should people need help.

In addition, in-class time will be allocated in the first weeks to school for supporting students with loading Class OneNote notebook, setting up students’ subject folders on their OneDrive, and running through the basics of computer usage, care and management. Internet safety and ethics will be covered at the outset for Year 6-10 students, and other aspects of Digital Citizenship will be addressed over the course of the year.

I look forward to seeing the girls again and in particular extend a warm welcome to our new parents and students for 2018. Please email me on richard.knuckey@qmc.school.nz of have any questions about our 1:1 laptop programme or the role that IT will play in your daughter’s classes this year.


Richard Knuckey
Head of eLearning


10 Trends for Education

Each year, CORE Education’s experienced staff of researchers, educators, and digital technology experts pool their expertise and share their understandings to identify the trends and influences that are expected to make a growing impact upon education in New Zealand in the coming year.


In 2017 Core have seen two significant themes impacting the nature of these trends and the specific examples identified. The first is the notion of exponential change that we are experiencing in every sphere. Our traditional approaches to coping with and responding to change are no longer sufficient to meet the demands of such exponential change, and thus the trends identified will require new ways of thinking about and responding to this change. The second is the concept of digital disruption, which emphasises the ways that digital technologies are disrupting rather than simply augmenting or adding to what we currently do. Together, these things are driving the transformation that is occurring in all facets of our lives — including education.

Click below to see Core Education’s latest 10 trends for Education.

Ten Trends 2017

Taken from core-ed.org/tentrends2017

Cyber Smart Week: Nov 27 – Dec 1

This week is New Zealand Cyber Smart week, and we will be using the opportunity to provide refresher information for students regarding how to keep themselves and their data safe online. This will be done through a student presentation during Monday’s Principal’s assembly, reminders all week in the daily notices, posters, and class QTech presentations in form time.

For Parents

For parents, the poster above (download here) might be useful as a guide for talking to your daughter about adhering to safe and responsible online behavior.

More useful information and resources are available on the Digital Citizenship page of this blog.


Collaborative idea generation using OneNote

Case study: Student centred idea generation and critical discussion in 12IB Theory of Knowledge.

As ToK is largely discussion-based, our class are avid users of the OneNote collaboration space. This may be through researching a certain topic – for example the Golden Ratio in art, and then using these works that we have found as a base to have an in-class discussion on this artistic principle. We also use the collaboration space as a way to share our ideas and create information-rich documents in a shorter space of time. That is, instead of individually writing notes, we can work together and very quickly build a knowledge base on a certain topic. For example, we collaborated to assemble examples of logical fallacies, thus enabling us to see how these are manifest in everyday life. The collaboration space has also been an excellent tool for creating a stimulating online discussion as a homework task. For example, when responding to the question – Does emotion assist or limit us as we search for knowledge, we found an array of quotations that linked to this question and individually answered whether or not we agreed with the quote. We then responded to each other’s comments, resulting a melting pot of often differing viewpoints which in turn greatly aided our understanding of the complexities of this challenging topic.


Creative use of furniture and online collaboration are always guaranteed in Theory of Knowledge classes!

We are often told that the ability to collaborate is one of the most essential skills in future workplaces, and it’s great that here at QMC we have the opportunity to utilize our digital devices to put this into practice. – Charlotte Barber

Get your phones out please students!

Case study: Year 7 Digital Technology sharing their smart phone designs via a QR Code on their collaboration space.

In Year 7 Digital Technology students are required to research and come up with the new locally produced food product idea, complete with a brand name and logo. They then design and create a smart phone app as a marketing device for it, using cloud based tools. The students then share their finished app with the class by generating a QR Code linked to the app’s URL, and pasting this on the collaboration space. This means that they can easily test, evaluate and comment on each other’s app, and similarly share their own and classmates’ designs via their phones with friends, family, and possible investors.


Mia Webb (7CH) capturing a QR code on her mobile phone in order to test her classmates’ Webapps.

Who knows? Maybe there soon be new alternative to My Food Bag!

OS Update for Mac

There’s a massive new update for Macs released today, and the school IT Centre doesn’t recommend it for any of the students’ Macbooks.

There are the main two reasons it isn’t recommended;

  1. On Macs that don’t run on a solid state drive, it will simply not function at all.
  2. A lot of programs won’t be compatible with this new version.

Right now it’s only available as a “featured” item in the App store. But it will eventually make it’s way to the “Updates” tab, which makes it look like an essential update rather than an optional one.

See the IT Centre if you have any questions about this.

QMC’s Future IT Professionals!

Thirty QMC students between Years 9 and 12 joined over a hundred other girls from around Wellington to learn what life is like working in IT fields at ShadowTech Day on Thursday 22 June.

Shadow Tech day was organised by New Zealand Technology Industry Association and hosted by WelTec to encourage girls to pursue a career in the tech sector by having them shadow women working in the field for a day.

Students started the day listening to inspirational speeches by Ross Young from Google and Eva Sherwood from Oracle New Zealand.

They were then paired up with businesses and headed off to experience life in the world of technology.

Project Analyst Ashleigh Miller shows the students how the visual Kanban system works Students L-R Yuki Jay, Khashmira Vallabh, Lauren Pemberton and Ellena Meadows

Project Analyst Ashleigh Miller shows the students how the visual Kanban system works Students L-R Yuki Jay and Lauren Pemberton

Year 11 student Isabel Nicholls toured Trade Me for the day and says it was an “amazing experience”. Her group got to learn about the different ways people contributed to the Trade Me site.

“We were able to learn all about the different people’s roles in the squads behind the technology of the Trade Me website,” Isabel explains.


Nina Maurer, Greta Brown and Isabelle Eftimov hard at work at Oracle

“From developers, to designers, we had one on one talks and tours with these mentors. I learnt all about what happens behind the scenes.

“We also got to try out all of the slides on each floor of the workspace. It was such a cool and friendly environment and I really enjoyed my day.”

ShadowTech Day 2017 group picture

ShadowTech Day 2017 group picture at Transpower