Friday 30 June

Digital technology a must for junior education, Auckland principals say

The funding supports the biggest change to the curriculum in a decade, which involved all pupils from years one to 10 taking part in digital technology education…

Education strategy released for consultation

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Paul Goldsmith has today released the draft New Zealand International Education Strategy for consultation…

Rotorua kohanga among ‘the best of the best’

Rotorua’s Te Kohanga Reo ki Rotokawa has been named among the winners of the Prime Minister’s Education Awards, scooping the prize for Excellence in Learning.

Microsoft wants public-private funding of school devices

The tech giant Microsoft doesn’t think the government’s spending enough to make sure some children can make the most of new digital technologies on offer at school.

University of Otago fears free-for-all if government changes go ahead

The University of Otago fears Government changes to tertiary education could damage the international reputation of New Zealand universities, while unions fear they could lead to privatisation…

Digital Fluency – Open Letter to Hon. Nikki Kaye

High Tech Youth was the first in New Zealand to implement Prof. Resnick’s ideas on Digital Fluency, and in-turn we grew this across the country and then onto the North and South Pacific region…

Editorial: the Government plays digital catch-up

New Zealand children and their teachers must be prepared for the brave new world of coding and robotics…

Plea to support high quality early childhood education

The government appears to be ignoring concerns from early childhood education (ECE) leaders about its longstanding underfunding of high quality ECE services…

 

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Thursday 29 June

Ministry of Education announces funding to create kaupapa Maori school in Marlborough

A school with a kaupapa Maori world view as its guiding philosophy will be created in Marlborough after almost a decade without any bilingual options in the region…

Teaching computer programming ‘incredibly exciting’ – teacher

The country’s teachers are welcoming the proposal to bring computer programming into the core curriculum, saying it will help set young people up to succeed in any career in the 21st century. Claire Amos is an English teacher and the deputy principal at Hobsonville Point Secondary School says the plan is ‘incredibly exciting’…

Teaching students digital technology doesn’t necessarily mean more time online

Preparing kids for a digital future doesn’t necessarily involve spending more time online…

Digital Technology – is This the Best Use of Scarce Funding

Digital Technology Funding – is This the Best Use of Scarce Funding Or is It Low on Priority Consdering the Real Needs of Te Tai Tokerau Schools?

Creativity Before Standard Mediocrity Say Principals

The announcement of a multi-million dollar government investment in digital technology for schools was warmly welcomed by the President of the New Zealand Principals’ Federation (NZPF), Whetu Cormick.

Wednesday 28 June

$40m digital fluency package

Education Minister Nikki Kaye today announced an investment package of around $40 million over three years to enhance the digital fluency of our young people. “This investment will support the biggest change to our curriculum in 10 years,” says Ms Kaye. The package includes $24 million of new and $16 million of existing funding, and comes on top of: …

Educators NZ – Math trail sets Waikato on learning journey with bot …

A new kind of walking trail is set to be unveiled in Hamilton next week. Instead of showing off the region’s beauty and natural resources, it will expand your mind. The Maths Eyes trail will be the first of its kind in New Zealand and will snake its way around the University of Waikato Hamilton campus…

Minister of Education Needs to Do Homework On Screentime

Family First NZ says that parents should be concerned about the amount of screentime that their children are going to be exposed to under the new Digital Technologies-Hangarau Matihiki curriculum, and is critical of government agencies for a lack of research and guidelines for families…

Shake up for school curriculum revealed

Education MInister Nikki Kaye acknowledged it could be controversial given there were already concerns about the amount of time children spend online…

Digital curriculum changes connect young people to the future

Consultation on new digital technologies content for the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa, the Māori-medium Curriculum, was launched today by Education Minister Nikki Kaye. “We’re breaking new ground with a curriculum that offers unique Māori content, learning that can be shaped according to students’ individual needs, and future-proofing so it can adapt to new technology as it arises,” says Ms Kaye. …

Matauranga Maori gets tech twist in new curriculum

The Education Ministry is consulting on adding computer programming to the curriculum for both mainstream and Maori medium schools…

Digital investment worthwhile

Chief Executive Kirk Hope said new funding to support the teaching of digital technologies would help upskill new generations of New Zealanders…

Kids to learn how to code before high school

Proposed changes to the school curriculum will require all children to learn how to program computers by the time they finish primary school…

Educators welcome input on digital fluency package in school

NZEI Te Riu Roa has welcomed Education Minister Nikki Kaye’s offer to work alongside the profession on how to implement the government’s digital fluency package in schools…

Nicholas Pole appointed as Chief Review Officer and ERO Chief Executive

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today announced the appointment of Nicholas Pole as Chief Review Officer and Chief Executive of the Education Review Office. Mr Pole is currently Acting Chief Review Officer. He has held this role since 24 January 2017…

Tuesday 27 June

Principal: Northland’s high truancy rate ‘not surprising’

The Ministry of Education attendance report, released this month, showed Northland had the second highest frequent truant rate (2.6 per cent) with 575 students unjustifiably absent for three days or longer during survey week – June 13 to June 17 – last year…

Favourite Teacher Awards: Teachers are the biggest influence on kids’ success; we meet some of New Zealand’s best

Kapiti College teacher Sarah Sharpe’s students say she’s more than a teacher, she’s a mentor and a friend…

South Auckland students to represent NZ at US robotics competition

Four south Auckland students will represent New Zealand in the United States in a robotics competition. Using science to help humanity, they will present a robot that can help clean contaminated water…

 

 

 

Monday 26 June

Wellington company Chrometoaster wins top Australian design award for educational game

Dave Turnbull’s creative juices started flowing in a high school classroom in Queenstown 20 years ago…

Ministry of Education says ‘no’ to merger proposal

Phil Nixon, Craig Simpson, Hans Konlechner and Bart Crawshaw are pleased to have a decision so quickly on the future of their schools.

Maori language in danger of dying out, principal warns

The celebration of the 25th anniversary of a Maori language total immersion school in Invercargill has come with a warning that the te reo language is in danger of dying out.

Bilingual students receive $9.4 million funding boost

Children learning English as a second language will benefit from an additional $9.4 million boost in Government funding over the next two years…

Rodney Hide: NCEA failure repeats itself

A student passed with an excellence grade in NCEA History Level 1 by copying another student’s answer from the year before. That used to be called cheating…

Alarm raised about principal’s burnout rate

A survey by the teachers and principals union NZEI has found principals report 70 percent higher rates of burnout and more than double the rate of stress compared to the general population. Rural principals reported 11 percent higher levels of burnout than those in urban areas. Lynn Freeman talks to Jane Corcoran, principal of Waiototara school in Southern Taranaki and Lynda Stuart, president of the NZEI and principal of May Road School in Auckland’s Mt Roskill…

Friday 23 June

Traditional wisdom wrapped in digital games

Traditional wisdom wrapped in digital games. A digital game based on Alaska Native stories and traditional Maori games will be featured at a Games in Learning conference hosted by the New Zealand Council for Educational Research in August…

Reports put value on reo adoption

The researcher on a seven year project aimed at identifying the value of Maori language says it will help with future decisions on where resources may be most effective…

OECD backs-up investing in quality ECE

“The focus on high quality early childhood education (ECE) is welcome in the latest report from the OECD” said Clare Wells, Chief Executive New Zealand Kindergartens (NZK)…

 

Thursday 22 June

A Tale of Two School Types & Their Different Treatment

The release of the decision on accountability funding for charter schools, and the Ombudsman’s report on school closures, shows one set of rules for state schools dealing with vulnerable communities, and another set for charter schools, who were supposed to be accountable for their performance but are essentially given a free pass by the Minister…

ERO report suggests south Auckland school needs ‘external intervention’

The students of James Cook High School in Manurewa want a school that not only they are proud of – but a school that others also respect…

Full time school a no go for student with rare syndrome

His parents, Janine and Greg, just want him to attend Hamilton’s Fairfield College from 9am to 3pm yet a funding shortfall means he can’t…

Year eight student teaches MPs a lesson in coding

The tech whiz students are members of Code Club Aotearoa – a charity that aims to give Kiwi kids the chance to learn coding for free…