School curriculum gets digital shakeup
The school curriculum is in for a shake up with the Government proposing to shift education into a ‘‘digitally oriented system’’.
Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced the proposal on Wednesday and said it would break new ground.
But she acknowledged it could be controversial given there were already concerns about the amount of time children spend online.
’’I recognise it’s important to understand how digital technologies are impacting society and our education system. I’ve asked the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor Sir Peter Gluckman, and the Education Science Advisor Professor Stuart McNaughton, to undertake work to ensure we continue to fully understand this impact, including how digital technologies may affect young people’s writing and communication skills.’’
Kaye launched the Digital Technologies-Hangarau Matihiki curriculum in Auckland Wednesday morning with Prime Minister Bill English.
The curriculum changes include ’’unique Maori content, learning that can be shaped according to students individual needs and future proofing so it can adapt to new technology as it arises’’.
The Government will spend $40 million upskilling teachers to deliver the new curriculum.
‘‘Robotics, artificial intelligence and advances in connectivity are all revolutionising our world, including our businesses, industry and community.
‘‘From New Zealand’s work in movie-making to Rocket Lab launching rockets into outer space, world-class technology is playing a major role.
‘‘The new curriculum content is about ensuring that students across all year levels have access to rich learning aimed at building their digital skills and fluency, to prepare them for this world.’’
Digital technology is among New Zealand’s fastest growing export sectors.
‘‘An Australian report indicates that around 40 per cent of jobs are considered at high risk of automation over the next 10 to 15 years, and this trend could be expected to apply to countries such as New Zealand.
The new content is expected to be available for use from 2018, with a transition period of two years and the new curriculum in full use from the start of 2020.
Education Minister Nikki Kaye acknowledged it could be controversial given there were already concerns about the amount of time children spend online.