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Brief description: Head of Physics, Pakuranga College
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About me

I am currently the Head of Physics at Pakuranga College and I am hoping to contribute, share, use and collaborate with teachers and students outside Pakuranga College and Auckland.

After welcoming the values and KCs from the NZC and after beginning the process of integrating these into our units of learning, I have become focused towards developing critical thinking and metacognition in my classroom. The next steps for me to achieve my vision for Physics at Pakuranga College is to develop a community and network of students and colleagues from other schools to share videos, activities, competitions, ideas, activities and assessment opportunities. I want to work with anyone and everyone who shares a passion for learning and physics.

For a little background about myself:


B.SC (Hons) Applied Physics, Nottingham Trent University, UK, 1997-2000

                P.G.C.E Science (Secondary), Nottingham University, UK, 2000-2001


Magnus Church of England School, Newark, Nottinghamshire, UK, 2001-2004

Papakura High School, Papakura, Auckland, NZ, 2004-2006

Pakuranga College, Bucklands Beach, Auckland, NZ, 2006-to date

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  • Nathaniel Louwrens

    Kia ora Dave 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've yet to join some groups, maybe I could suggest some 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 might like to join this group too. /groups/profile/118255/enabling-elearning/ 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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