Kiwi educator awarded international fellowship

International technology and business think-tank, the World Technology Network, has elected web developer David Copeland a fellow for his work in ICT applied to education.

International technology and business think-tank, the World Technology Network, has elected web developer David Copeland a fellow for his work in ICT applied to education.

One of the particular achievements of Copeland, from CWA New Media, is in helping put together the Ministry of Education’s Te Kete Ipurangi (Online Learning Centre) website, an information resource for teachers and students.

“There is a lot of talk about collaboration in the field, but there are not many people doing it as practically as David has,” says Laurence Zwimpfer of Unesco New Zealand. Unesco nominated Copeland for the award, following a visit here earlier this year by the organisation’s deputy director Abdul Wahid Kahn, when he saw some of Copeland’s work.

Copeland has a background in television, which gives him a knack for “storytelling” and this makes the TKI website particularly effective, Zwimpfer says.

The award follows Copeland’s selection as a finalist of the 2003 World Technology Award for Education, which was won by Dr. Robert Tinker of the Concord Consortium.

The awards and the fellowships were presented at WTN’s World Technology Summit in San Francisco in June.

Copeland will be taking part in a panel session on ICT and education at the conference of the Associated Schools Programme Network (ASPnet) in Auckland this week (see www.unesco.org.nz/home/asp). ASPnet is a Unesco initiative to promote international dialogue among schools.

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