Dig­i­tal school shake-up

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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’’.

DIANA WOR­THY/FAIRFAX NZ

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­tor Nikki Kaye an­nounced the pro­posal on June 28.

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