Digital school shake-up
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 June 28 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 on June 28 with Prime Minister Bill English. Curriculum changes included ‘‘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 would spend $40 million upskilling teachers to deliver the new curriculum and shift schools to ‘‘a more digitally oriented environment’’.
Education Ministor Nikki Kaye announced the proposal on June 28.