Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


New Draft ICT Strategy For Schools

The Government has released a new draft ICT strategy for schools.

Education Minister Trevor Mallard released the strategy at the Learning@School conference in Wellington today.

Trevor Mallard said the strategy reflected the Government's desire for ICT in education to extend and deepen educational experiences.

"A new Education Review Office report indicates the extent of the change. Schools are working towards using ICT to improve student knowledge, understandings, skills and attitudes. It is time to update our strategy to reflect that change," Trevor Mallard said.

"At the heart of the strategy is our vision for education. Other key elements include goals, sub-goals and action plans that will help us achieve this vision.

"The strategy uses the 1998 strategy as a base, but extends it to encompass the huge knowledge we have gained over the last few years about ICT in education.

"For example, it recognises that in order to be successful, ICT in education has to go beyond the school gate work in partnership with businesses and communities. This approach is already reflected in Government supported programmes like the digital opportunities projects and the computers in homes scheme.

"The new draft strategy encompasses what educational leaders have learnt about e-learning. There is more about student-centred learning and encouraging critical thinking.

"There is more of an emphasis on the importance of high quality leadership and a focus on professional development. That ties in with the Government's Budget announcement for principal leadership development and support.

"My vision for ICT in education is for all students, irrespective of their backgrounds, to develop the knowledge, understandings, skills, and attitudes to participate fully in society, to achieve in a global economy, and to have a strong sense of identity and culture.

"The Government is currently involved in a project called the Knowledge Wave. We want to raise New Zealand’s sights to explore new ways to create future economic prosperity and social well-being.

"One aim is to spark a broad-based national discussion on how New Zealand can benefit from the pursuit and application of knowledge-based creativity and innovation. We believe that is the key to success in the global economy of the 21st century.

"Education is a key tool in that pursuit. I'm driven by my desire to ensure that all New Zealanders get the opportunity to ride that wave.

Web links:

ICT Draft Strategy:
ERO report:
The Knowledge Wave:

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced


Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election