About the DVC teacher

William van Zyl was born in South Africa and lived most of his life in The Republic of South Africa. He emigrated to New Zealand many yeas ago. He was trained as a Design and Visual Communication teacher back home which included Technical Drawing, Graphics, and Technology. His studies included a Technology Teaching Diploma (4 years) from the University of the Free State , B.A. (Psychology & Sociology) from the University of South Africa, Post Graduate Diploma, and a M Ed from the University of Waikato (NZ). He is planning to enter into a PhD in future if accepted. Title: Exploring the Philosophy of Peer-to-Peer Learning Technologies.

His teaching experience includes teaching DVC at secondary schools for over 26 years.  For some time he was involved in Building Construction projects & Architectural Design which gave him some practical experience in design and building construction work. His interests are Open Education, Open Education Resources, Global Development Education, Sustainable Architecture, Bio-mimetics, Gifted and Talented students, Peer-to Peer (P2P) collaboration, Integrated Learning, and Teaching and Learning Technologies in Secondary School & Higher Education. His subject areas of interest are, Digital Technology, DVC, STEM Education, STEAM Education, Basic Computer Programming, Integrated Learning Approach, Science (circuits), Papermaking, and more.          

Self-portrait Picasso style: "'Extravagant Thoughts.' Credit: W van Zyl. Tayasui Sketches App. 


Huntly , Waikato, New Zealand

Huntly has a loyal population and enjoys a rich history. It’s where people say “it’s a place you may leave... but you’ll always return.”

There is good reason to be based in Huntly. Its location, just an hour’s drive from central Auckland and 25 minutes from Hamilton, makes it the perfect base for those wanting a small town lifestyle, with big city amenities. It lies adjacent to the spectacular Waikato River and boasts several lakes and parks with picturesque walkways, all surrounded by rich farmland.

It has a very strong sporting history and is particularly strong in rugby league. There are several league clubs in the area and a number of famous international players began their careers in Huntly.

New Zealand’s largest thermal power station is located in Huntly, on the banks of the Waikato River. The area has a long history of coal mining. Both open cast and underground mines have operated in Huntly and still do, providing valuable employment and economic input. Much of the coal is shipped to New Zealand Steel at Glenbrook in Auckland.  

Source: http://openwaikato.co.nz/attachments/docs/13625-wdc-factsheet-huntly-1.pdf

Below: Hip Hop Nationals 2013, Mega Schools, Huntly College 

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About the town Huntly and Huntly College.  

 The image below shows the town Huntly  with the footbridge and the Tainui bridge behind it in the foreground. Looking from the North to the South.            

CREDIT IMAGE:  Johnragla - Own work. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huntly,_New_Zealand#/media/File:Huntly_from_Upper_Lookout,_Hakarimata_Walkway.jpg

Huntly (Māori: Rahui-Pōkeka) (population estimated at about 8,000) is a town in the Waikato district and region of the North Island of New Zealand. It is on State Highway 1, 95 kilometres south of Auckland and 32 kilometres north of Hamilton. It is situated on the North Island Main Trunk (NIMT) railway and straddles the Waikato River. It is within the Waikato District which is in the northern part of the Waikato Region local government area.

Huntly was called Rahui Pokeka when migrants settled the town some time in the 1850s. The Huntly name was adopted in the 1870s when the postmaster named it after Huntly, Aberdeenshire in Scotland. He used an old 'Huntley Lodge' stamp to stamp mail from the early European settlement. The 'Lodge' was later dropped and the spelling changed to also drop the additional 'e'.

The railway from Auckland reached Huntly in 1877, when the Huntly railway station was opened.

Huntly College: The school's motto, "Ma te pono ka watea", is a Maori translation of "The truth shall set you free". Love this motto!  

Source: Wikipedia/huntlycollege (updated Feb 2018).

Below: The Tainui Bridge over the Waikato River.

Source of picture: wikipedia.com 


The author had an interesting and unique childhood. Not travelling abroad - as you would expect - but venturing through the fields, bushes, tools sheds and mysterious underground tunnels around his neighborhood. His happy place was - and still is - tinkering with ideas, science, and new possibilities. Many times while cycling he will get new ideas; he brings the unexpected, the unique, the creative in a flurry on a page or in a sketch. To this day he dreams of vicious wars and sophisticated weaponry in an innocent child's scout cave. He loves diagrams, timelines, cross sections, sketches, and details of sinister and hidden concepts and ideas; always looking for a new mystery to decode and to encode. He investigates and explores extravagant thoughts which he includes in children's books and stories; he loves to include philosophers perspectives, articles,  intriguing stories, and poetry. Academic and research work are also his forte. He always offers a simple but practical explanation within an engaging context. Not your ordinary thinker! A lifelong scholar and teacher. 


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