PENZ Inspired Leadership Programme 2014


Capturing good data for the right reasons – effective use of modern technology

PDF version of the slides I presented; PENZ Data Presentation

Resources from my presentation;


Create your own eBooks for FREE!

Recently came across this – and it’s a little gem!  Using Wikipedia you can create your very own eBook on any topic in less than 2 minutes!!  Obviously, it’s far from a personalised resource – however, for those who crave the “content anchor” in their subject areas it’s pretty neat.

Head off to Wikipedia and look for “Print/Export” in the menu column on the left.


Select Print/Export and then select, “create a book” – the Book Creator window will open, click on “Start Book Creator”;


This will keep the Book Creator open whilst you head off and search for your topic.  I’m going to create my eBook on Nuclear Physics!  No idea what this is, but it sounds good!!  Type your topic into the the search field (top right) and add your page to your book;


You can then click on “Suggested Pages” – these are related topics that will appear as chapters in your eBook.  Then click on “Show Book” and add your title;


Then download your book – either as a PDF, ePUB file or Word document – then save to your device and distribute freely!  Simple as that – in less than 2 minutes I’ve created an eBook on my topic of choice, with pictures/graphics and a contents page, with references and links.  All supported under a Creative Commons license – copyright free.

If you’re interested, you can check out and download my new eBook on Nuclear Physics here! – Nuclear Physics

Capturing Good Data for the Right Reasons

PENZ Leadership Programme 2013 – Effective Leadership From The Middle



PENZ Leadership – pdf version of the slides.

Resources from my presentation;

Slides from the junior programme review;

Survey 1

Survey 2

A Week With A Chromebook …

WOW – yep, I’m sold on this!  What a great device – heard about them, read about them … and finally got my hands on one….


The Samsung Chromebook – launched in the US and UK (now available in a few more countries) – but not in New Zealand!  I had to purchase it on Amazon (US) and get it shipped to NZ using a NZ PostShop service called YouShop which provides you with a US delivery address and then ships it out to you in NZ once you’ve made payment for postage.

All up I paid NZ$311.00 for the Chromebook – plus $60 postage.  No duty or GST to pay.  Delivered in a week from ordering to my door for NZ$371.00 – TOTAL BARGAIN!

This thing is great;

  • Light weight
  • Silent operation (no fans)
  • Runs cool – doesn’t get hot
  • Boots from fresh in less than 9 seconds
  • Instant on/off if you close the lid
  • 7 hours of battery life
  • Fast operating system (Chrome)
  • Great screen 11.6″
  • Lovely keyboard (very Mac like)
  • Large track pad
  • No software to purchase (all FREE web apps)
  • Automatically updates over wifi
  • No issues with viruses
  • Built-in Webcam and mic
  • 2 x USB (one is 3.0)
  • 1 x HDMI – looks awesome on my HDTV
  • SD card slot
  • Love it!


When you first boot it up, there’s no setup to go through.  Just input your Google account details and password and BOOM – you’re in.  It grabs your chrome bookmarks, links to your Google Drive (and gives you a whooping 100GB of free storage!).  No software to purchase or download – just head off to the Chrome Web Store and select your FREE apps.  I’ve added;

  • Chrome web browser
  • Gmail
  • Google search
  • YouTube
  • Spotify
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Dropbox
  • Google Drive
  • Microsoft Skydrive
  • Google maps
  • Hotmail
  • and shed loads more!!!

There really is a web app for most applications.  The only exception at this stage that has left me lost is the lack of a Skype web app – yep you can use Google hangouts, but Skype is my main video connection with mates/family.


It just works…. plugged my Logitech Z5 USB speakers into the Chromebook – BOOM – no software to configure or download – they just work.  Plugged the HDMI into my TV and it worked – perfectly, no mucking around with settings.

I really like it – so far I’ve been able to complete all tasks (except Skype) on this device; including this blog post!  I think that this could be a great student device – fast, low cost and it doesn’t have any of the iPad java/flash issues – all websites load and work just fine.  Highly recommend that you have a play with one of these … it could be the future 🙂