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 discuss the 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.

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We are often told that the ability to collaborate is one of the most essential skills in future workplaces, and it’s great the 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.

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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



iCloud Update

Mac Users: Be wearing of a new update which enforces you to use iCloud as your back up. This invariably results in it filling up and requiring you to purchase more storage space.


If you’re getting the circle next to iCloud drive (as shown right), you’re close to running out of space. To fix this, install the much bigger (and free) OneDrive for Mac as per these instructions , copy your files over to it, and disable to the enforced iCloud as per these instructions.

See the IT Centre or Mr Knuckey (W3 at lunchtime) for help if required.

Snapchat Privacy Alert

UntitledYou may be aware that Snapchat has released a controversial new update feature which shares the user’s location on a map (as below). This has been received with widespread criticised on safety grounds.

At Queen Margaret College we have a strong commitment to teaching our girls how to conduct themselves safely and responsibly online. In line with this, we strongly advise QMC Snapchat users to turn off this function for their own safety.

This week the class QTechs (student IT support) will be delivering this message to all Snapchat users, along with instructions on how disable this function. The instructions on doing this are provided here, or students can call into see me or the ICT Centre for further help with this.

Please contact me on if you have any concerns about this.




Year 6 App Design Project

After seeing the call for submissions for a fantastic tech challenge I decided to enter and put a team together. The Tech Challenge is a Australian and New Zealand competition calling for girls to enter app ideas to aid their community in ways that fall under the UN guidelines such as poverty, environment, peace, equality, education and health.

After the Kaikoura earthquake where my family and I had to evacuate as we live on the flat in Seatoun, I thought it would be a good idea to create an app that would help others in similar situations.

Eimear and Jaskiran have joined my team and we have started coding in MIT app maker as well as filming a pitch video. We are also talking to Wremo about our ideas.

If we are successful we will head to San Francisco to Technovation! So fingers crossed! There are also prizes that we could win for our school. We will also update QMC News as we progress and maybe even present the app at assembly.

Isabel Haupt 6LA


Left to right: Eimear Fitzgerald; Isabel Haupt and Jaskiran Rahi