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Education minister takes online teaching tools on tour
"The regional expos are about bringing all these changes together to inspire and challenge our education leaders"
Communities of Learning expo showcases tools for teachers
"It acts as an education hui for the whole sector, focussing us all on the goal of raising the achievement of all young New Zealanders."
Govt opens innovative new school in Christchurch
“With the flexible learning spaces and a flexible style of teaching, this stunning school is living proof of what the future of education looks like."
New sign language achievement standards and resources released
“This is all part of the Government’s ongoing work to improve the use and promotion of NZSL as an official language of New Zealand."
Education sector rejects Govt's National Standards assessment tool
"It is no secret that the national standards are a flawed measure of achievement."
Education Ministry pushes PaCT site for student achievement
"I expect teachers will make the most of digital tools, such as the PaCT, especially when we’re asking our students to upskill into the digital age."
Govt's Innovative fund opens to ECE
“Extending the fund to include early learning will encourage more innovative teaching practices to be explored and shared."
Education Minister slammed for ‘appalling’ response to principal stress review
“To be honest, I should not have been surprised with Minister Parata’s lack of caring."
N4L's Managed Network rollout complete
“This is about providing schools and students across New Zealand with access to the vast world of learning resources available online."
Govt gives further $1m for wireless technology in schools
“This is about schools having the digital infrastructure they need to make the most of online resources for learning."
Friend or foe, Education Minister Hekia Parata bows out
“Of course it is challenging, absolutely challenging. But that goes with this portfolio – people feel passionately about it, and so they should."
Govt offers $1m to engage young Kiwis in digital tech
“We’re funding providers who have innovative and smart projects that will capture teachers’ and students’ imagination."
Government launches new pathway for 'disengaged' Kiwi students
“This new approach will help because it allows young people to more fully explore career options while they are still enrolled at school."
NZ sitting rosy when it comes to education, OECD report finds
“No other OECD country spends a higher percentage of its public funding on education as New Zealand."
Papatoetoe school next in line for big govt upgrade
"This project is just one of many underway across Auckland to modernise facilities and add capacity to the school network.”
Kiwis don't have to face growing tech skills shortage alone
"As long as we maintain a focus on the children and the pedagogy , we have an opportunity to not only do well, but to lead the world."
Education Minister releases latest ERO indicators
“The insights that the indicators will provide schools will act as a catalyst for change so that every Kiwi kid can achieve educational success."
It takes a tech sector to raise a digital child
"So when and where do we learn digital fluency? It may start with familiarity with consumer technology and gadgets in the home from a young age,"
$1 million up for grabs as Govt pushes digital tech in schools
Kiwi schools & technologies providers can bid for $1 million in creative project funding, thanks to a new Request for Proposal announced by the govt.
New Zealand takes part in Trans Tasman principal exchange
“The Trans-Tasman principal exchange presents an opportunity for both principals to gain practical experience from a different education system."
Nikki Kaye speaks: Progressing 21st Century school infrastructure
"I thought it may be useful to give you an update on where we are at with the wider education portfolio, including digital infrastructure."
Govt's digital tech in schools announcement not up to scratch
"We welcome the expansion of digital tech in schools, but we are disappointed the broader changes needed in this area have apparently been dumped."
First-ever digital book for deaf Māori students launched
"The app breaks new ground in language revitalisation, interpreting the world of a deaf Māori student through art, storytelling, & mobile technology."
Further funding for NZ schools
Otago and Southland are the latest regions to benefit from funding for school property, with the Government announcing $37 million will be invested.
Online resource to help schools with teacher aides
The creation of an online guide to help schools make the best use of teacher aides has been welcomed by the Minister of Education.
Ministry announces extension of Teacher-Led Innovation Fund
“This fund supports teachers to develop excellent practice and share what works across schools so that it becomes common practice."
More government investment in Auckland schools
“These investments are testament to the Govt’s commitment to get ahead of demand, upgrade facilities and grow school capacity in our largest city."
Canterbury schools set to benefit from Budget 2016
"The announcement is great news for Canterbury’s new education network as it continues to rise from the rubble of the 2011 earthquake."
Parata: 'Most' schools to get extra funding
“Teachers and principals recognise that some schools need extra resources to meet the educational needs of their students."
PM Education Excellence Awards finalists revealed
“Their entries showcase innovative and effective teaching practice."
Green Party calls out Education Minister over ECE push
“By pushing participation rates at any cost, the Government is knowingly putting very young children at risk."
Education Minister launches digital resource to strengthen Te Reo Māori
Parata has launched a new digital graphic novel aimed to strengthen recognition of the Māori language, culture and history.
Online maths and literacy platform extends to all Kiwi schools
E-Ako is an interactive online resource currently used in primary schools. From today it will be available to all state and state-integrated schools.
Education Minister praising Kiwi students
“These figures show more young New Zealanders than ever before are entering adulthood with the skills and tools they need to succeed.”
Set us up for the future: Education Act to be updated
Kiwis want their children to receive a well-rounded education that sets them up correctly for the modern world.
NZ impresses at international education summit
NZ's Communities of Learning caught the eye of several international education experts at the annual International Summit on the Teaching Profession.
NCEA results show rising achievement rates
“We have challenged all those involved in education to continue to lift their game and they have responded in spectacular fashion."
Govt gives update on ChCh school network
“The good news for the region is that a new state-of-the-art education network is beginning to emerge that will be the envy of the country."
$1.125 million for new education research projects
Funding for six new research projects will benefit teachers and students for years to come, according to Education Minister Hekia Parata.
New Zealand to get a new education leadership centre
The Ministry of Education is funding a new centre for education in an effort to encourage leadership and growth in the sector.
Educators need to get involved in Education Act review
“It may sound a bit dry and lack the visual appeal of the flag debate, but this is arguably more important because it is about our future citizens."
Education Minister heads to Finland
Parata described how NZ has developed the Communities of Learning model to focus on how all kids can do better through collaboration between schools.
ECNZ says ‘about time’ for early learning investments
ECNZ says the Advisory Group of Learning report is welcome, and there are some standout recommendations.
Changes to NZ's early education could require significant investment
“Our kindergartens and ECE centres are facing a funding crisis due to a government driving up participation at the expense of quality."
N4L: 1815 schools and counting as connections steam ahead
More than 572,000 Kiwi students and teachers across 1815 schools can now access safe, fast internet via N4L's managed network.
Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Awards - winners
"The awards help raise the bar for the profession by identifying and showcasing quality teaching.”
Maths debacle: NZ First hits back
NZ First has hit back against a new report that has criticised teachers and how maths is being taught in schools.
Over 95% of schools signed up to Government's Managed Network
The government is investing more than $200m in this project, so that all state, state-integrated and partnership schools can have uncapped internet
New schools and more classrooms as government invests $244 million
The investment is in addition to the $700 million already being invested providing schools with ultra-fast broadband, via the N4L Managed Network.
More families to benefit from government's Computer in Home programme
Another 1500 low income families will be provided with computers in 2015/16 through the Computers in Homes programme.
School ICT review will address skills shortage, says MYOB
"Everything that takes place in business now, and in the future, relies on digital technologies, so it’s important that students get exposure to ICT as early as possible," Trevor Leybourne, NZ Director and Product Development Manager for MYOB.
Govt launches more opportunities to engage ‘curious minds’
"Lifting engagement and achievement in science education is absolutely vital and the education profession must prepare all New Zealanders to be participants, and leaders, in the 21st century," Hekia Parata, Education Minister, says.
Kiwa Digital delivers iconic tale through sign language
Children with hearing impairments are now able to enjoy one of New Zealand’s favourite stories, Hairy Maclary from Donaldson’s Dairy, as a digital book.
New direction for sign language with ebook first
Ebooks are now available for students who use New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL), the first digital resources of this kind to be used in New Zealand schools.
N4L’s ‘Pond’ provides gateway to collaborative environment
Network for Learning (N4L) has introduced its new digital portal ‘Pond’, a collaborative online environment for teachers, students and education administrators to connect and share educational content and services.
Over 200 schools signed up to N4L
"The pace of connecting schools is gaining momentum..."
Funding for Computers in Homes to benefit students
A boost in funding for the Computers in Homes digital literacy programme has been announced by the government.
Schools Network Upgrade Project (SNUP) gets more funding
Aside from the $1.35 billion being invested in the national ultra-fast broadband network, the New Zealand government has been working on an extensive school network upgrade project.