Pupils are pos­i­tive about new tech­nol­ogy

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL FEATURES - By MARY-JO TO­HILL

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.

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