Nikki Kaye, Associate Minister for Education, welcomed delegates to the conference. During her speech, she discussed:
How the theme of "disruption" is so relevant world wide.
The changing nature of education. This change is not just the physical environment.
How innovation will be required to meet the educational needs of the future.
Ways in which the government will contribute - significant investment in building, high speed internet and online environments.
The provision of equitable opportunities for all.
The development of appropriate learning environments for communities and the need for communities to be involved and have ownership.
How students can be involved in the design process and decision making.
Safety challenges - both physical and online.
Raising the profile of digital literacy and online environments.
The Ministry of Education is certainly facing interesting times, with the Canterbury rebuild, intensification in Auckland and the movement of our population due to these factors. Nikki's key message was that our learning environments need to be flexible, connected spaces that inspire, as schools are the centre of our community.
You can read Nikki's complete speech here.
My name is Ngaire Shepherd-Wills. This website is a record of my TeachNZ sabbatical, Term 2, 2013 and then I have continued to share my wonderings and discoveries about Innovative Learning Practices. I now work for CORE Education. Views are my own.