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16 schools chosen for ‘Pioneer School’ programme

From 45 that applied, 16 schools have been chosen by N4l for the ‘Pioneer School’ programme. They have been selected for their “diversity in roll size, age group, geographic location, socio-demographic and the variety of technologically confident staff they have on board”, according to the company. The schools […]

Labour to ‘revolutionise schools and learning’

A Labour Government will modernise New Zealand’s schools and close the digital divide by ensuring all students in Years 5-13 have access to a portable computer in the classroom and their home, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. “The world has changed but our schools haven’t. “The average age […]

Computers to replace teachers in the classroom by 2016

A new flagship ‘free school’ in the UK is planning to replace teachers with computers for some day-to-day lessons. One of England’s biggest academy chains – Ark Schools – wants to set up a new ‘blended learning’ model – which will see children taught over the internet for […]

Camera plan to beat bullies

Schools are increasingly putting students under closed-circuit television surveillance to cut bullying. The practice is suggested in new Ministry of Education bullying prevention guidelines – and some schools have already put cameras near toilet blocks after learning bullied children were avoiding them for fear of getting bashed. One […]

N4L Managed Network rollout ahead of schedule

Six months after Massey Primary became the first school to connect to Network for Learning’s Managed Network more than 500 schools have now joined N4L, representing over 157,000 students. “N4L is well on track to achieve its target of connecting 700 schools in 2014 and are now working to a new projection of […]

Isometric Solutions seeks interest in RM Unify

A new, simpler way to work in the cloud has arrived. Isometric Solutions is bringing RM Unify to the NZ education market – and is asking schools to register their interest. “RM Unify enables your school to access online services easily with just one user name and password […]

NSW Education culls 600 tech support roles

As many as 600 technology support officers working in public high schools across New South Wales will lose their jobs at the end of June after funding for the national digital education revolution program dries up. The former Labor Government announced the $1 billion DER program in 2007, […]

All-girl schooling helps tech success

Attending an all-girls college can keep women on the technology track, a panel of women investors and executives said at Bloomberg’s Next Big Thing Summit in the United States. The panelists at the Women & Tech Next Wave session in Sausalito said that being in a same-sex academic […]

10 HP digital learning scholarships up for grabs

The Mind Lab by Unitec recently launched a new Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital & Collaborative Learning) qualification. To celebrate the launch, HP New Zealand is offering 10 $1,000 scholarships towards the cost of the course for teachers wishing to participate in the programme and enhance their digital […]

500 schools connected to Network for Learning

The rollout of fast internet to schools has reached a milestone ahead of schedule, with 500 schools now connected to the Government’s Managed Network, Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye announced today. The Government is investing $211 million in the Network for Learning (N4L) programme, which will provide quick […]