Mallard pushes ICT in education plans

Education Minister Trevor Mallard has launched a government strategy for learning through information and communication technology.

Education Minister Trevor Mallard has launched a government strategy for learning through information and communication technology.

Although the aim is said to be using ICT to assist with “lifelong learning”, most of the strategy relates to schools.

Key sections of the population and other factors are singled out for action:

  • "learners", who must have “systematic opportunities” to become digitally literate;

  • teachers, who should become confident and capable users of ICT to support “professional growth and administration”;

  • educational sector leaders;

  • Maori students, who should “enjoy using ICT to embrace tikanga and te reo Maori" -- perhaps after persuading Microsoft to put a macron in Word; and

  • families, communities, businesses and other stakeholders, who should act as partners in these endeavours.

The announcement promises no new funding, but the covering media statement points to several initiatives outlined in this year’s Budget, such as the broadband initiative, lease funding of laptops for teachers and funding for “professional development clusters”.

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