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


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 and to find out when the free workshops will be held go to

Proposed new locations

• Mangere

• Papakura

• Pukekohe

• Tauranga

• Papanui

• Blenheim

• Dunedin

• Waimate

• Wanaka

• Takapuna

• Warkworth

• Cambridge



© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Book cover: New Zealand's Backyard BeastsScoop Review Of Books: Bug Report

You might be forgiven for being a little uncertain about what this non-fiction work is all about based just on its title, but the cover illustration steers you straight, and the content inside leaves you in no doubt about the purpose of this lovely book More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Best Music Tracks Of 2018

Oliver Godji, who records as Octavian, is a French/British/Angolan rapper based in London. As someone born in Lille, France, he didn’t qualify for welfare in Britain... More>>

Programme Launch: Pussy Riot Leads The Auckland Fringe

The full programme for Auckland Fringe arts festival 2019 has landed with a giant international announcement for the blockbuster programme which features Russian protest art collective Pussy Riot. They are set to make their New Zealand debut, coming to Auckland for one night only. More>>

Howard Davis: Three Reasons for Film Fans to Get Netflix

The past two months have finally seen Netflix come into its own, providing the financing for three films that will warm the hearts of cinephiles everywhere - Orson Welles' The Other Side of The Wind, The Coen Brothers' The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and Alfonso Cuarón's Roma. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: The Rift by Rachael Craw

Rachael Craw's first series, Spark has been extremely well received by the YA community in both Australia and New Zealand (it has a hashtag, #SparkArmy), and The Rift looks like it’s going to be just as popular. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland