Lessons in Bay school mod­erni­sa­tion: Hip­kins

Hawke's Bay Today - - Local News - Laura Wilt­shire

Tech­nol­ogy has been the fo­cus for schools in Hawke’s Bay this week, with a new in­no­va­tion cen­tre open­ing at Taradale In­ter­me­di­ate and some se­nior stu­dents sit­ting their ex­ams dig­i­tally.

Taradale In­ter­me­di­ate was yes­ter­day treated to Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Chris Hip­kins open­ing the in­no­va­tion cen­tre.

Hip­kins de­scribed it as a good case study for how old school build­ings could be mod­ernised across Hawke’s Bay and New Zea­land.

“Like a lot of other places around the coun­try, Hawke’s Bay has got a lot of older school build­ings which need some sig­nif­i­cant main­te­nance and up­grad­ing.

“This shows what can be done, th­ese are ex­ist­ing build­ings which have been mod­ernised to a re­ally high stan­dard and is good case study re­ally of how we can do things bet­ter.

“I think it’s re­ally ex­cit­ing, it shows how tech­nol­ogy in teach­ing is evolv­ing.”

Taradale In­ter­me­di­ate prin­ci­pal Rex Wil­son said the build­ing was re­plac­ing the school’s old tech­nol­ogy build­ing and al­lowed stu­dents a higher level of in­de­pen­dence when study­ing their own projects.

Older stu­dents are also grap- pling with how tech­nol­ogy fits into ed­u­ca­tion, with 239 stu­dents at three Hawke’s Bay schools sit­ting their NCEA ex­ams dig­i­tally this year, as op­posed to the tra­di­tional hand­writ­ten for­mat.

“It re­flects the type of work­place that peo­ple are go­ing to be mov­ing into,” Hip­kins said.

“Portable tech­nol­ogy, lap­top tech­nol­ogy, tablet tech­nol­ogy, it’s just what we use all day ev­ery day now, so why would we not use that in ex­ams?”

The min­is­ter spent the af­ter­noon with stu­dents from Flaxmere Col­lege.

He was wel­comed into the school by a mov­ing po¯whiri, be­fore spend­ing time with the stu­dents, speak­ing about pol­i­tics and ed­u­ca­tion.

He also vis­ited ma¯hu Pri­mary School.


Prin­ci­pal Rex Wil­son and Min­is­ter Chris Hip­kins at the open­ing of Taradale In­ter­me­di­ate’s new in­no­va­tion cen­tre.

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