Parata names student winners of digital technology funding

The projects are part of a broader package to support schools when the digital technologies curriculum content starts to roll out in 2018

Education Minister Hekia Parata has named the nine successful applicants for funding under a $1 million contestable fund for projects that will engage students in digital technologies.

The projects are part of a broader package to support schools when the digital technologies curriculum content starts to roll out in 2018.

Following July’s announcement by Parata that digital technologies will be included in The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa from 2018 she announced in August that her department would make available $1 million to strengthen digital technology education through collaboration between schools, kura, communities of learning and industry.

Announcing the winners, Parata said funding would go to “providers who have innovative and smart projects that will capture teachers’ and students’ imagination and help them get skilled in using and developing digital technologies.”

She said the Government had received 74 proposals from education and digital technologies providers from around the country. “Among the successful proposals are Communities of Learning-based local projects, a project that will grow digital fluency in kura Maori, and a project that will support students to solve problems by generating digital technology solutions.”

The nine providers receiving funding are: The Ministry of Inspiration; King’s High School in Dunedin; The Technology Hub Ltd; Core Education Ltd Tech Futures; Core Education Ltd - He Hui Matihiko a-Takiwa; University of Canterbury; Online Education Limited, working with Code Avengers; Ruapehu College; Pam Ferguson Charitable Trust, working with OMG Tech.

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