David Kinane

I have been integrating digital technologies into classrooms since the last century. I have long seen the positive impact on learning potential that technology can have on students. Used well, technology is a force for massive educational change, but equally, used poorly and the same technology has the potential to have the opposite effect. This is I why I am so passionate to work in class, alongside teachers, so that I can team teach and model effective digital technology pedagogy with them and enable teachers to grow and become passionate about effectively integrating digital technologies into their own practice and classrooms.

I started out as a classroom teacher. I trained as a teacher in the UK and have been a registered teacher in New Zealand since 2001. My progression to specialist digital learning facilitator has followed the following path:

Hertfordhshire Local Education Authority technology adviser

Head of IT and digital technology curriculum design – St Edmund’s School for Girls’

Head of IT – Howick Intermediate

Director of IT – Meadowbank Primary

E-Learning facilitator (secondary) – Team Solutions, University of Auckland

Director of dakinane limited – established 2008

Accredited PLD facilitator – Ministry of Education

Accredited DT/HM facilitator – Ministry of Education

Sharp, Kinane Limited

Once Jacqui Sharp and I became accredited MoE facilitators we decided to create a new company, Sharp, Kinane Limited. We share the same educational ideals and saw that collaboration would allow us to offer our combined services to more teachers all over New Zealand. We do not do “off the shelf” one size fits all solutions and instead offer to schools, through their PLD contracts, high quality, innovative and bespoke digital learning professional development. We currently manage over 30 centrally funded PLD and DT/HM contracts for the MoE, working in Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Taranaki and Westland. We currently have four accredited facilitators working under our guidance to ensure that we provide the highest quality support to teachers. We aim to increase this number of facilitators in 2019 to enable us to continue to provide high quality and innovative PLD to teachers and schools throughout the country.

Sharp, Kinane Limited 2019

The Learning Zone

At The Learning Zone, we have created a suite of interactive self paced learning lessons that teachers can use with their students. We have designed these resources to enable students to plan their own learning pathways, at their own pace and time. Please take some time to have a look at the example cited on the home page. The resources on this site are available via subscription only, if you would like more details please contact us either via The Learning Zone website or here . Alternatively, we can create a series of bespoke learning pathways in literacy, numeracy or computational thinking for your school. Please contact us for more information.

The Learning Zone 2019

Maker Camp

In collaboration with Mark Rowlinson, Head of Technology at Northcross Intermediate, we have set up a Maker Camp for students from years 5-9. This 4 day camp runs most school holidays throughout the year.

Maker Camp is based on the constructionist philosophy of Gary Stager and Sylvia Martinez, it is a space where students are encouraged to investigate whimsy, immerse or lose themselves in a project or idea that they want to follow. In short we create an atmosphere or a series of opportunites for students to have some hard fun, challenging themselves.

Maker Camp 2019

Interface Magazine

Almost since the start of the magazine over 10 years ago, I have been a regular contributor to Interface Magazine. You can read a selection of those articles by clicking on the Interface logo below.