Authentic Learning & STEAM Education 

 in New Zealand Schools

This webinar shares the experience of a New Zealand school in implementing a high-quality, STEAM-based learning programme and presents research findings on the significance of digital literacy capabilities in preparing young learners for the realities of post-secondary education, and work. 

Students who engage in authentic learning and STEAM-based education are better prepared for the realities of 21st century careers and post-secondary education. Despite the benefits of STEAM education, 2018 PISA test results show that New Zealand educators face challenges to implement a STEAM curriculum. 

In this webinar, you will:

  • Learn tried, tested, and concrete models of STEAM integration in New Zealand schools.
  • Understand the role and importance of 21st century, authentic learning models.
  • Receive free STEAM activities for immediate use in your classroom and school.

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Meet our Panelists


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Mason Summerfield
Rathkeale College

Deputy Principal – Director of Teaching & Learning

Mason was appointed to this position at Rathkeale College at the start of 2016 from Lindisfarne College where he was Head of the Science Faculty, a Boarding Housemaster and held other management roles. Prior to Lindisfarne, Mason taught at Central Hawkes Bay College and Massey High School. His teaching expertise is in the sciences particularly Biology and Agricultural Science; he holds a BSC from Lincoln University and a Diploma in Teaching from the Christchurch College of Education.  Mason has also recently completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Digital and Collaborative Learning (MindLab).

Mason was the National Examiner in Agriculture and Horticulture for nine years, a lead teacher in the development of assessments and resources for NCEA, and the President of that subject’s national teacher association for four years. Mason has coached sports teams including 1st XI football and cricket teams in his previous schools and continues to enjoy being involved with sport at Rathkeale. In 2014 Mason attended the International Boys’ School Coalition (IBSC) annual conference in Capetown and the following year presented an Action Research paper in Vancouver on empathy and global connectivity.

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Dr. Behnam Soltani
Academic Partner - MIT | New Zealand

Academic Director - Digital Media Academy | New Zealand

Ben holds a PhD in Educational Linguistics from Victoria University of Wellington. He has 23 years of teaching experience and has taught in four polytechnics and two universities in New Zealand. He has been in different roles including a Lecturer, Research Officer, Senior Research Fellow in New Zealand. During the pandemic Ben lectured in two undergraduate courses at Massey University. He is currently an Academic Partner at Manukau Institute of Technology, helping with the staff development, learning and teaching, academic quality, and program development. Ben’s research interests lie in learners’ experience, graduate employability, sustainable assessment, supervisory practices, and academic socialisation.

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Jamie Turner (Host)
Digital Media Academy
Director of Education

Jamie was appointed Director of Education for global leading STEAM curriculum company Digital Media Academy in December 2019. Prior to joining Digital Media Academy, Jamie taught for four years at East London Arts and Music Academy in London, UK, a world-class 16-19 Academy offering young people everything that they will need to lead successful lives within the music, games design and film and television sectors. Jamie trained as a Music Educator and has worked in various curriculum development and design roles, including curriculum design for the Royal Opera House in London, over his 10+ years in the education sector. Jamie’s passion is authentic learning experiences and innovative educational design.