Josh is an experienced secondary and tertiary educator with notable expertise in the areas of digital technologies, design thinking, curriculum integration and design, and project based learning.
Closely involved in technology education in Christchurch since 2011, Josh has led multiple initiatives to develop and deliver educational experiences that connect with learners and empower them to be inspired, future aware, always curious makers and doers.
Josh understands that every student brings their own individual personality, approaches, big dreams, aspirations, and challenges to the classroom and he is an expert at supporting educators in the design of tailored programmes that invite students into authentic and lasting learning experiences.
Prior to joining the team at CORE Education, Josh developed the content of Ara Institute of Canterbury’s Level 1-3 dual enrolment digital technologies programmes from the ground up, and successfully delivered these programmes to secondary students from schools throughout Canterbury. He also initiated and co-led the Canterbury Secondary Digital Technologies 2019 teacher support programme, worked with often marginalised, second-chance learners at a private training establishment, ran a small but successful web and app development company specialising in educational products, and consulted on numerous educational initiatives.
Josh has expertise in the following areas:
- Digital fluency: develops others to build deep understanding of digital technologies as a tool for designing and creating solutions.
- Curriculum integration and design: supports secondary educators in the design of innovative programmes that engage, inspire, and equip learners through the integrated use of digital technologies.
- Design thinking: applies design thinking to inform and transform educational design and practice. Design thinking expertise honed by some of the world’s best, including Stanford University’s d.school, David Clifford of Design School X, and IDEO global design.
- Project based learning: models the implementation of effective project based learning using a self-developed PBL framework informed by globally recognised and accepted pedagogy.
- Collaboration: builds relationships and works with people at all levels within educational hierarchies.
- Effective leadership: mentors, supports, and grows individuals who value awareness, diversity, courage, equity and clarity. Brené Brown Dare to Lead trained.
- Futures thinking: reflects on and is informed by the major changes that will occur in the future to illuminate pedagogy and strategy.
- Technical expertise: has a deep working knowledge of program, database, and web design and development. Practice informed by both industry and classroom experience.
Conference presentations, seminars and workshops
2019: The Future of Learning – Boma NZ Education Fellows presentation.
Awards, fellowships and scholarships
2019: Boma NZ Education Fellow
2017: Ara Excellence in Teaching & Learning Award
I firmly believe that education is about much more than remembering information and passing tests. It’s about social awareness. It’s about equity. It’s about equipping ourselves, educators and students both, with the tools and the mindsets that we need to shape a future that could barrel into destructive and inequitable paradigms if we don’t think broadly and deeply.
Learners need to be immersed in diverse and relevant contexts and given the agency to authentically wrestle with them, not just because it makes for more engaging learning, but because today’s students are tomorrow’s future and they have the capacity to understand and solve local and global challenges in ways never before comprehended. The future will be bright if we but extend an invitation into it.