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Inspire confidence in the digital technologies curriculum

Rob Clarke

Rob is the co-founder and CEO of Learning Architects. He supports leaders and organisations to thrive in the future through coaching, development, technology and learning design. He is a Ministry of Education accredited PLD facilitator. He is also a Dad - at present, these blog posts will focus on the interplay between schooling happening at home and his professional reflections on distance learning.

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Inspire Confidence In The Digital Technologies Curriculum

Welcome Victoria Macann to our team!

Inspire confidence in the digital technologies curriculum by undertaking PLD with Victoria Macann! Victoria works with schools and Kāhui Ako who are focused on the implementation of the Digital Technologies Curriculum. She also offers digital fluency, STEM and science. She is focussed on enhancing student outcomes through active, creative and collaborative learning whilst using technology.

Victoria has a background in Science and Biology teaching with experience integrating technology into her professional practice for over 7 years. Victoria has a Masters in Education (Digital) and is an Apple Professional Learning Specialist.

She brings a range of skills to support schools and Kāhui Ako to become more confident and capable. These include developing content knowledge and skills involved for successful implementation of the new Digital Technologies Curriculum. For example:

  • breaking down the DTC document into progress outcomes;
  • exploring and questioning how to implement the new progress outcomes in a meaningful way for students;
  • the introduction and practice of  a wide range of teaching strategies and classroom practices tailored to the DTC;
  • engaging with various practical software and robotics tools to support the progress outcomes.

Victoria always maintains focus on the context of the schools’ setting and is a role-model of role model of what it means to be a bi-cultural citizen. She is very aware and responsive to cultural practices that are of significance to the school and the wider community.

Most recently, Victoria has worked with Tauranga Intermediate where she has led 5 day-long sessions for 9 teachers from various schools throughout the Tauranga area focusing on Computational Thinking as a new key competency in the Digital Technology Curriculum.

Victoria is available for schools and Kāhui Ako who wish to use her expertise for centrally-funded professional learning and development (PLD) and privately.

Professional learning that built teacher capacity


Oaklands School has engaged Rob Clarke for a number of years in a variety of roles. In 2019 we have participated with Learning Architects in a PLD programme as part of the MOE funding scheme. All of our teaching staff… Read more “Professional learning that built teacher capacity”

Margaret Trotter, principal

Professional learning that is practical, real, and supportive

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Rob has been a big help in assisting our staff, students, and parents, as we strive to develop capable and responsible digital citizens. He has run parent workshops, staff meetings and worked in classrooms with our teachers and students. Rob… Read more “Professional learning that is practical, real, and supportive”

Anne Cato, deputy principal

…carefully constructs the conversations so the ideas of the students are leading the discussions


While facilitating professional learning for our staff Rob has interacted with a number of students to model the use of digital tools. Rob has always taken this opportunity to filter in digital citizenship learning by asking thoughtful and probing questions… Read more “…carefully constructs the conversations so the ideas of the students are leading the discussions”

Bevan James, ICT lead

Strategic planning process was robust and thorough


We have appreciated Craig working with our Board of Trustees, whānau and staff to develop an updated strategic plan. Craig has facilitated a number of meetings gathering thoughts and ideas, synthesising them and re-presenting possibilities to provoke further discussion. The… Read more “Strategic planning process was robust and thorough”

Murray Overton, principal

…integral part of the appraisal process and the professional development of our SLT

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Over the last two and a half years Rob has been an integral part of the appraisal process and the professional development of our senior leadership team at Queenstown Primary School. Initially, he worked with our six team leaders to… Read more “…integral part of the appraisal process and the professional development of our SLT”

Darryn Rae, deputy principal

…set our school up in a sustainable way

Victoria has worked with Waipawa School over the last 12 months in Digital Technologies PLD. She connected with staff and made an impact from day 1. Victoria sets high expectations and supports and guides teachers to reach these expectations. She… Read more “…set our school up in a sustainable way”

Paul Jamieson, principal

Focusing in on computational thinking

Emma Ranui

Kia ora, my name is Emma Ranui and I am Deputy Principal here at Pyes Pa School. We’ve been fortunate having Victoria Macann deliver a workstream of professional learning for all of our staff around digital technologies and in particular… Read more “Focusing in on computational thinking”

Emma Ranui, deputy principal

Shona is a vastly creative

Shona is a vastly creative and experienced practitioner who has helped our staff navigate through the complexities of 21st-century learning concepts and the exponential increase in access to digital technologies. As a result, we are a school with a strong… Read more “Shona is a vastly creative”

Nick Leith, deputy principal

leadership appraisal helped us identify our strengths individually and as a leadership team

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It has been a pleasure to work with Rob for our leadership appraisal. He helped us identify our strengths individually and as a leadership team. He guided us on how to work with these strengths and support each other by… Read more “leadership appraisal helped us identify our strengths individually and as a leadership team”

Bronwyn Harding, deputy principal

It has been inspiring working alongside Shona

Julie Smith

It has been inspiring working alongside Shona as we develop the DT Curriculum for the Junior School – Years 0-2. She has excellent curriculum knowledge and she has a passion to see DT integrated into all areas of the curriculum.… Read more “It has been inspiring working alongside Shona”

Julie Smith, Digital Technologies Lead

incredibly creative ideas to help implement the DTC

Caebrook Intermediate

I have to admit I was a bit sceptical at the beginning of how Computational Thinking would fit into our programme with the range of learners I have, however, I shouldn’t have been because it has been great. Shona unpacked… Read more “incredibly creative ideas to help implement the DTC”

Anna Kerr, Year 8 Level Leader

confident in where we are going with the DTHM curriculum

Witarina Owens

Our college is integrating the DTHM curriculum across our junior Ignite Programme. We wanted a PLD partner with a broad knowledge of all curriculum areas and expertise in cross-curriculum project-based integration to support us with our implementation. Our team has… Read more “confident in where we are going with the DTHM curriculum”

Witarina Owens, Technology Teacher

Strong grasp of the new Digital Technologies Curriculum

Juanita Mclellan

Working with Shona has been brilliant. She has a strong grasp of the new Digital Technologies Curriculum and provides fantastic support. However, it is her ability to see the bigger picture within a schools infrastructure, ethos and vision to cater… Read more “Strong grasp of the new Digital Technologies Curriculum”

Juanita McLellan, teacher of the arts

The most effective leadership coaching….


I have found all of the workshops that Tabitha has led to be hugely useful. From day one we looked at different types of leadership approaches and the ways you can inspire people within your team to deepen their inquiry.… Read more “The most effective leadership coaching….”

Julie Coughlan, Head of Department Social Studies

A fantastic day of Leadership Coaching

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Thank you for a fantastic day of reflection, probing, planning, sharing and learning! You are a fantastic facilitator. Tabitha you have a perfect blend of sharing your expertise, and empowering others. Not to mention modelling the various strategies you encourage… Read more “A fantastic day of Leadership Coaching”

Melanie L'Eef - Assistant Principal - Teaching and Learning

Tabitha is an exceptional coach

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Tabitha is an exceptional coach, supporter and teacher. She has worked alongside our staff to enable them to become more confident with the use of technology to make their lives easier and to utilise more effectively in the classroom. I… Read more “Tabitha is an exceptional coach”

Rachel Peak, assistant headmistress

Outstanding professional development delivered from a teaching perspective

Blake Carlin

The staff of our school have certainly appreciated and benefited from the professional development around the Digital Technology Curriculum provided by Victoria this year. Victoria brings everything from a teaching perspective and each session has included direct tangibles for teachers… Read more “Outstanding professional development delivered from a teaching perspective”

Blake Carlin - Principal

Innovative learning… digital fluency


Matt is supporting us in a variety of ways that align and support our culture and kaupapa – team teaching, growing leadership, making connections and gathering learner voice. We have been lucky enough to work with Matt Richards for almost… Read more “Innovative learning… digital fluency”

Angela Lowe, principal

…decodes the Digital Technology Curriculum

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We worked with Victoria at the Makerspace classroom and again with the introduction of the new Digital Technology Curriculum. Victoria has worked closely with teaching staff on progress outcomes, and how to include these into their classroom practice. I can’t… Read more “…decodes the Digital Technology Curriculum”

Debra Harrod, Assistant Principal

Craig is an insightful, reflective, leadership coach


Craig is an insightful, reflective, leadership coach. I have appreciated his questions, prompting and input to help ensure my own ongoing development. Craig has also worked with our Board of Trustees to facilitate a review of our strategic plan through… Read more “Craig is an insightful, reflective, leadership coach”

Murray Overton, principal

Further Details & More Information...

Victoria Macann: MEd, BSc, PGDipTchg, APLS (Apple Professional Learning Specialist)

e: [email protected]
m: +64 27 4288 586
l: LinkedIn

Specialist skills:
Digital Technology Curriculum
Digital Fluency
Science (Year 1-11 general Science, 11-13 Biology)
Programme/resource development
Instructional design (online courses)

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