NetHui 2013 national keynote to explore ‘ReTooling School’

Pt England School Principal Russell Burt will deliver the national keynote speech on Day Three of NetHui 2013.

Titled ‘ReTooling School’, the national keynote will explore how school can be re-engineered with Internet-based technologies to make learning more engaging and empowering. Issues of ‘equity’ and ‘access’ will also be covered, focussing on how priority learners can be given the same opportunities for 3rd millennium citizenship as everybody else.

Russell Burt has been an educator for 34 years, spending his adult life working with Maori and Pasifika children and families through school and community. Under his stewardship, Tamaki’s Pt England School has developed a reputation for innovative development of literacy with eLearning and for raising achievement outcomes. He has worked at Pt England school since 1991 and has a convening role in the Manaiakalani Schools Cluster which is committed to growing digital citizenship for children in the Tamaki Community.

‘Retooling School’ hinges on a Change Pedagogy Imperative, says Russell Burt. “By bringing together essential aspects of learning with new media, it is more than possible to develop new learner agency, efficacy and leadership in learning.”

Digital modes of learning are being enthusiastically embraced by many of today’s educators and the possibilities they present are endless. InternetNZ Community and Collaboration Lead Ellen Strickland says Russell’s keynote will be a must-listen for those wanting to find out more about how digital technologies can empower and get the most out of students.

Russell Burt’s ‘ReTooling School’ keynote abstract and biography is available online at

NetHui 2013 is proudly sponsored by Google, Trade Me and Scoop Media Cartel (Gold sponsors). Silver sponsors are Facebook and Catalyst IT. Conference Wi-Fi is being provided courtesy of Bronze sponsor FX Networks, and Telecom is networking drinks sponsor. REANNZ is sponsoring the conference lanyards and TechDay the conference handbook. The conference venue – Wellington Town Hall – is being subsidised by Positively Wellington.

Spaces for NetHui are now full, with all new registrations going onto a prioritised waitlist. InternetNZ is working to free up more tickets. Updates will be posted on InternetNZ’s Twitter and Facebook pages as extra tickets are released.

Members of the media interested in attending NetHui 2013 are asked to email to secure a media pass.

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