Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search


MIT students help with computers and IT skills in schools

5 February 2013

MIT students help with computers and IT skills in schools

In a unique arrangement, Manukau Institute of Technology students are helping the trust which delivers computers and digital technology to children in Auckland’s oldest state housing community.

The Manaiakalani Education Trust works with nine decile one schools in Glen Innes, Pt England and Panmure.

It provides a wide range of digital resources, tools and advice, with the aim of inspiring students and improving their overall school experience and results.

Manaiakalani has a huge database of government, philanthropic, business and community partnerships, but keeping up with bookwork was starting to become overwhelming for the small team.

“We managed everything via spreadsheets and email, so it was no surprise that we were feeling there must be a better way,” says Manaiakalani Education Trust executive officer Jenny Oxley.

Business consultancy Davanti have a close relationship with the trust and was also looking for a way to provide mentoring and work experience opportunities for MIT students.

MIT Bachelor of Information Systems (BIS) students Simon Wilkinson, Renuka Sharma and Nicole Marcelo, under supervision from Edwina Mistry MIT’s Project Supervisor, were charged with delivering a customer relationship management (CRM) tool that would make life easier for the trust.

Each student put in a minimum of 450 hours work as part of the project, which is a requirement to complete the BIS degree. They produced a tailored CRM system that the Manaiakalani Education Trust is thrilled with. For example, the trust’s debt collection process now takes one hour, as opposed to three days.

“Working with MIT students, under the guidance of Raymond Yong and Phillipa Wallace from Davanti Consulting, really helped determine our business requirements and to see how we could bring a much higher level of efficiency and professionalism into our operations,” Ms Oxley says.

Trust chairman Pat Snedden was impressed with the Davanti’s willingness to bring in the MIT students.

“I salute the Davanti team for their willingness to champion this initiative and for their generosity in sharing their knowledge and skills to such an extent. We are delighted with what has been achieved and the difference it will make to our work,” Mr Snedden says.

MIT student Simon Wilkinson says it was a privilege to work on a project of such importance to the community.

“Manaiakalani are achieving huge educational results for these kids. It was motivating to help make their systems more manageable, leaving them time to do the good work,” Simon says.

Davanti Principal Robert Carter says the project provided a rewarding way for its people to partner with the trust to improve employment outcomes for children, as well as providing mentoring opportunities for MIT students.

“It was great to be able to make our business knowledge and expertise available to the trust, as well as provide the MIT students with an opportunity to participate in a project that taught them new skills and helped them transfer their academic learnings into the real business world,” said Mr Carter.

© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


University Of Canterbury: Henry VIII’s Divorce Lawyer’s Magna Carta On Display

The University of Canterbury is publicly displaying New Zealand’s oldest copy of the Magna Carta for the first time, just as a new connection it has with Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn has been discovered. More>>

Arts Festival: An Evening With Richard Dawkins

In a special one-off, New Zealand event at the Michael Fowler Centre, Dawkins will reflect on his eminent career as a scientist, and expand on the themes of inspiration, influence and ideas in his recent memoir, Brief Candle in the Dark: My Life in Science. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Worldly And Unworldly

"Being Magdalene" by Fleur Beale The situations shown in this youth novel are shocking, scary, and very moving as we experience Magdalene’s struggle to be a perfect girl as defined by the cruel and unreasonable leader of “The Children of the Faith”, as she moves reluctantly into young womanhood. More>>

Whistle Stop: Netball NZ To Implement New INF Rules

Netball New Zealand (NNZ) will implement the new Official Rules of Netball, as set down by the International Netball Federation (INF), from January 1, 2016. Key changes include the elimination of whistle following a goal, amendments to injury time and changes to setting a penalty. More>>


Scoop Review Of Books: Waiata Aroha

Vaughan Rapatahana on Chappy by Patricia Grace: With this eminently readable novel Patricia Grace returns to the full-length fiction stage after a hiatus of ten years. More>>

'Ithaca' At Q Theatre: Introducing NZ's World Class Cirque Troupe

NZ’s very own cirque troupe is set to become a household name with the premier of its adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey having secured a key season in Auckland. More>>

Music Awards: The Tuis Are Broody This Year

Topping off a sensationally eventful year both at home and internationally, Nelson born brother-sister duo Broods has taken home four Tuis from this year’s 50th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>


Sport: Richie McCaw Retires From Rugby

Richie McCaw has today confirmed he is hanging up his boots and retiring from professional rugby. The 34-year-old All Blacks captain and most capped All Black of all time has drawn the curtain on his stunning international career which started in Dublin 14 years ago, almost to the day, and ended in London last month when he hoisted the Webb Ellis Cup aloft for the second time. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news