A report has been released that shows what is ahead for education and the use of technology to create connected communities. Released by Nikki Kaye, Associate Education Minister, the 'Future-focused learning in connected communities’ report was created by the 21st Century Learning Reference Group.
The report sets out strategic priorities for the future, including the creation of modern learning environments that are vibrant and safe, investment in high-quality content and systems, and development of collaborative networks for teachers and leaders to share ideas, Kaye says.
“The report is comprehensive and covers potential device policies and further professional development for teachers. We want to ensure young people are even better equipped with 21st century skills and I have no doubt that this report will help us achieve that.”
“The Government has invested over $700 million in digital infrastructure to schools. This investment includes $211 million towards the N4L managed network to provide schools with predictable, fast uncapped internet with content filtering and network security services. The rollout of the managed network has exceeded expectations, and we expect over 700 schools to be connected by the end of the year.
“The Government has invested over $165 million to upgrade school networks through the School Network Upgrade Project, so that schools can take full advantage of the rollout of ultra-fast broadband and rural broadband around the country. Over 1,500 schools have received network upgrades to date.”
Kaye says that raising achievement for children and young people means making the most of technology and digital content. An example of one initiative is the Computers in Homes programme, where the 2014 Budget has allocated $2.5 million, meaning up to 1500 more families will have access to the internet and the education of computer skills.
In thanking the Chair and members of the 21st Century Learning Research Group for developing this report, Kay says that new technologies are transforming the way teaching is done.
"We want to give all students and teachers the opportunity to achieve and innovate at school and beyond.”
For a full copy of the report, visit www.minedu.govt.nz/FutureFocusedLearning