Carol Moffatt - A Legend in Her Own Time
When Carol Moffatt was teaching 40 (!!!) years ago, she "had an instinct" computer technology would play a big part in New Zealand's education system.
She was right. And she played a big part in making that happen.
Moffatt was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order for services to education. The latest honour came more than a decade after the respected educationalist was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.
She started her education path at Cashmere High as the head of the music department in the 1970s and noticed "youngsters" gravitating towards technology, splicing tapes and creating multimedia shows, then, in the 80s, using computers in the classroom.
"I really enjoyed it and the kids got a buzz out of the whole thing. I think I always believed in advanced networks. I just had an instinct how important it is. It just opens doors and the capacity to learn is far greater.
"ICT (Information and Communications Technology) will be totally embedded in schools but you will not notice it. I think we do very, very well but there are pockets of excellence and we have to make sure everyone has that same opportunity."
A broadband rollout would ensure everyone was on the same even footing, she said.
Moffatt became determined to spread ICT throughout schools and from 1998 to 2003 she was the manager of the first ICT strategy for schools for the Ministry of Education.
From 2003, Moffatt worked on the Early Childhood Education ICT Framework.
In 2009 she was appointed the project manager of the Greater Christchurch Schools Network – a project creating a community of connected schools, teaching professionals and educational resources around Canterbury. It uses the high-speed fibre-optic network infrastructure being installed by Enable Networks.