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I am Marc Williams from New Zealand. I left school at age 17 to become an Architect. I have 36 years experience as an Architect on more than 100 built projects. I am a registered secondary school teacher that specialises in digital technology and architecture. I created Architect School in 2016 and mentor Year 13 New Zealand students to become architects.

My academic qualifications are: Bachelor of Architecture & Bachelor of Architectural Studies Degrees. Master of Education Degree (Computational Thinking, Computer Science, Programming). Graduate Diploma Secondary Teaching (Digital). Graduate Diploma Creative Technologies. Diploma 3D Animation (with Distinction).

Before becoming a teacher I worked in architecture offices from 1985 to 2000.

In 2006 I created New Zealand Visual Effects specialising in animation and digital visual effects.

 

@_architectschool features some of my architect and digital technology career videos.

Full biography on LinkedIn

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I was the senior Digital Technology Teacher at Alfriston College secondary school from 2011 to 2022.  

 

I taught digital, design and architecture project based learning to more than 3000 Year's 9 to 13 students and the eLearning professional development of the teachers and staff.  

I created digital.school.nz.

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I was responsible for about 500 Year 13 students over 10 years in my digital technology classes. Some of my students have or are currently studying a Master of Architecture degree at UoA, AUT and Unitec. The experience of being able to teach and help all these students with their personalised learning and mentor them about tertiary and career opportunities after finishing secondary school was one of the inspirations for creating Architect School.

I instigated the use of Minecraft in curriculum class learning, in 2013 a group of my Y9+10 students recreated the school in Minecraft. I developed a new curriculum using Minecraft for students to be able to learn to code in a fun game based environment which resulted in the creation of a Computer Programming NCEA Level 1 assessment AS91883 in Minecraft.

 

In 2014 Auckland War Memorial Museum commissioned Alfriston College students to re-create the landscape of 1915 Gallipoli in Minecraft for the 100 year anniversary of World War One ANZAC exhibition in 2015. This Gallipoli Minecraft world was shared with every school in New Zealand and is available for worldwide download. 

 

I created minecraft.school.nz

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