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The Mind Lab by Unitec empowers teachers around NZ in 2018


With new locations around the country, The Mind Lab continues to enable Kiwi educators to upskill in digital and collaborative learning

The Mind Lab by Unitec is bringing its nationwide Postgraduate Certificate programme to more educators around the country this 2018. For the next intake, kicking off in March, The Mind Lab has announced over 10 new potential locations across the North and South Island. To date, the programme has been in 30+ locations around the country.

Throughout February and into March The Mind Lab team are running hands-on, free pop-up labs at different locations. These give educators the opportunity to hear The Mind Lab story, gain a greater understanding of the programme including what makes it unique, and ask any burning questions.

Designed to suit all levels of educator from early childhood right through to tertiary, the programme is flexible to enable full-time work alongside part-time study, focuses on building capabilities as a 21st century educator, and is NZQA-accredited.

Dr David Parsons, National Postgraduate Director of The Mind Lab, says now more than ever professional learning and development in education is vital.

“We have seen more than 3,000 teachers learn how to integrate digital technologies into their teaching practices and build competencies that will be essential in the future - including creativity, innovation, collaboration, and agility,” David says.

“Now is the time for teachers to prepare for digital technologies to be integrated into the New Zealand Curriculum & Te Marautanga o Aotearoa. With momentous changes underway, we know Kiwi educators are under more pressure than ever to successfully integrate digital fluency into their practice. Luckily, developing confidence in leadership, collaboration and digital tools is exactly what we do,” he says.

Fee McLeod, The Mind Lab General Manager, says, “As the digital curriculum comes into play, this year marks a significant turning point for teachers in New Zealand. At The Mind Lab we have pioneered digital and collaborative learning for teachers around the country. The new locations for our March intake will enable us to reach more teachers than ever before, and continue to empower educators and students in our contemporary and tech-enabled world.”

All of those who are interested in the programme or The Mind Lab can secure their place at a pop-up lab via The Mind Lab’s website under ‘Pop-Up Labs’. Friends or colleagues are welcome provided the team is notified in advance.

David says, “We encourage everyone to come along and try a collaborative, hands-on activity that you can take straight back into the classroom, and learn about the course content, workload, fees and scholarships.”

The new proposed locations are listen below. In order to make the new locations possible, The Mind Lab requires 40 applications of interest at each. Final locations will be announced closer to the beginning of each intake.

For more information, visit www.themindlab.com/postgrad-studies and to find out when the free workshops will be held go to http://themindlab.com/postgrad-studies/pop-up-labs/

Proposed new locations

• Mangere

• Papakura

• Pukekohe

• Tauranga

• Papanui

• Blenheim

• Dunedin

• Waimate

• Wanaka

• Takapuna

• Warkworth

• Cambridge

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