Pupils are positive about new technology
TekRush Central Otago gave the neurons of about 125 primary school students a blast in Cromwell last week, when they gathered for the first information and communication technology (ICT) conference for children. Students as well as teachers heard about and discovered the latest and greatest in interactive technology that took hands-on learning to a whole new level. Supported by the Ministry of Education and Central Lakes Trust and now in its third and final year, TekRush had involved about 26 Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes schools, to upskill students and teachers in digital media. E-Central professional development facilitator Karla Sanders of Alexandra, who helped organise the event, said TekRush had succeeded in its aim to build ICT knowledge within the regional cluster, and that the conference had consolidated all they had achieved in the last three years. ‘‘It was an incredible day, with children engaged and positive about new technology.’’ E-Central would be re-applying for funding, however if successful the programme would be streamlined for delivery at schools, she said. Alexandra Primary School won a film-making competition held with the event, which was decided by online voting. Jack Clark, Logan Boys, James Paul and Duncan Dykes carried off a brand new I-pad as their prize.
Cute and spelly: Tek Rush students use the Bee-Bot, a robotic teaching aid, to make words on the alphabetic
grid. Getting a buzz were, clockwise from left, Tim Shaw, St Gerards School, 11. Dion Voyce, 12, Maniototo Area School, Millie Brindson, 9, Cromwell Primary School, Jordan Paranihi, 10, Goldfields Primary School, Sitech Systems tutor Simon Hubble, of Christchurch, Kathryn Smit, Clyde Primary School and Isla Dyer, Hawea Flat School, both 9. Alex Darling, 12,
Roxburgh Area School, Brooke Bennett, 11, Queenstown Primary School, Louise Conway, Remarkables Primary School, Bridget O’Brien, Holy
Family School, Wanaka and Molly Marsh, Millers Flat Primary School, all 10. Sarah Vilela, the One Day School
(Alexandra Primary), 12, and Ines Stephani, 10, Wanaka Primary School, Finn Cartman, Arrowtown Primary School and Fraser Hart, Alexandra Primary School, both 9, and Max Hall,
11, Mount Aspiring College.
Problem solving: Wanaka Primary School teacher Kerry Guise and Ashley MacCulloch, 11, of Hawea Flat School, combine youth and experience.