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Getting set for digital learning

The Ministry of Education has welcomed a new report by the Education Review Office (ERO) that provides a range of perspectives on schools’ approaches to implementing the new digital technologies curriculum.

Deputy Secretary, Early Learning and Student Achievement, Ellen MacGregor-Reid said with all schools and kura expected to be teaching the Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curriculum content from this year, the report provided information that would help them to plan and implement the curriculum effectively.

The report, On Your Marks…Get Set…Go! was commissioned by the Ministry.

Ms MacGregor-Reid said as well as profiling the different stages of readiness and approaches to implementing the curriculum content, the report highlighted the enablers and barriers the schools faced.

“For example, it shows how leadership is critical to supporting change,” Ms MacGregor-Reid said.

“We introduced new digital technologies and hangarau matihiko learning into the national curriculum in 2017 and it’s now time for students in all schools and kura to benefit from this.”

She said in addition to being literate, numerate, problem-solvers, and critical thinkers, the Ministry also wanted to ensure young people were digitally capable when they left school.

“In today’s fast-evolving digital world our young people need to have the knowledge and skills to design and develop new digital technologies to achieve specific tasks or solve problems,” Ms MacGregor-Reid said.

“We want to move students from beyond being simply users and consumers of digital technologies to building their skills and capabilities to be technology creators and design thinkers.”

She said the Ministry had also used the findings from the ERO report to develop a new resource, the Digital Technologies Implementation Support Tool, that would provide a model process of steps for schools to follow in implementing the digital technologies curriculum content.