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David Farquhar

Brief description: Education Specialist for HP.
Contact email: david.farquhar@hp.com
Telephone: 027 6323160
Mobile phone: 027 6323160
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About me

David Farquhar, Education Specialist for HP NZ, has extensive commercial and educational experience. Previously Director of Commerce at Avondale College and Teacher in Charge of Business Studies at Rangitoto College, David has been a strong advocate of technology in the classroom and developing student learners equipped for the wider world. 

David published a NCEA Level 2 Business Studies Workbook in 2014, the first Business Studies workbook for NZ, and a Level 3 Workbook was published in 2016. He has also participated in various education initiatives including the Business Boot Camp held at Massey University since May 2014, the first Business Studies Teachers trip to China in 2011, and has had an extensive involvement with the Young Enterprise Trust promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and sustainability.

His involvement with HP goes back several years, with the establishment of the HP Ambassador Programme while teaching at Rangitoto College. This involved the mentoring of Business Studies students by HP which enabled students to see “behind the door” of a major corporate  plus involvement in business activities including human resources, sales, finance, logistics and marketing. The success of the programme has seen it extended to Avondale College in 2014, and to a wider group of schools including Otahuhu, Tamaki and Aorere Colleges in 2015. In 2017, Northcote College and Marcellin College are involved in the mentoring.

Another programme David developed in conjunction with Massey University, Albany in 2014 was the one week residential Business Boot Camp to develop senior students’ knowledge of the business world. The Boot Camp involves approx 70 students from a wide range of schools across the North Island who attend to learn vital soft skills such as networking, presentation skills and relationship building while also visiting a large number of companies. Other activities included presentations on specific business topics, MasterChef Challenges and Business Theatresports. 

David has the ability to bridge the education and commercial sectors with ease, and is available to assist schools in a number of ways including:

  • Advice and guidance around BYOD plans, staff Professional Development and device use.

  • Access to HP resources, including trial device such as printers, laptops, etc.

  • Guidance on TELA, AoG and retail purchasing options.

  • Access to international resources offered by HP including “Sprout” .

  • As a presentation speaker on commerce subjects, particularly Business Studies/Economics.

  • What type of device? With the widest range of devices in the market, HP will have a product to meet your requirements, but it’s the educational outcome that needs to drive the device choice.

  • BYOD, teacher PD, BOT issues.

  • Sharing and distributing best practice stories and experiences from across New Zealand as he visits schools across the country.

David has joined HP to help schools, teachers, Principals, Trusts, BOT’s and students to achieve the best solution for their needs.

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  • Nathaniel Louwrens

    Kia ora David

    Welcome to the Connected Learning Advisory — Te Ara Whītiki group in the VLN.

    We trust you will find the articles and discussion posts useful for you and your school as you make decisions around integrating digital technology with learning.

    Please feel free to join in with the discussion.

    Ngā mihi nui

  • jessegraphics


    Thank you got in. I am actually enrolled at Unitec's MindLab but have to take a leave. I will restart next year.


  • Nathaniel Louwrens

    Kia ora David and welcome to the VLN.

    I am part of the online team and we are here to support you and help you get the most out of the VLN community.

    I see you have joined a group already; maybe I could suggest some other groups to help you get the most out of the VLN.

    You might like to join the "Getting started on the VLN" group, here you will find a wealth of tips to help you get the most out of the VLN.

    You have already joined the Enabling e-Learning group. There are several more e-learning sub-groups you might like to join too for on-going conversations.

    Each fortnight we put together the e-learning round-up on the blog, it is well worth skimming through to see the latest discussions and links, /blog/group/118255/all

    If you want to know more about VLN/Enabling e-Learning community groups, you can view this webinar recording >>> http://bit.ly/1eQTLXD

    Looking forward to working with you online.

    Ngā mihi nui, nā Nathaniel.

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