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Rotorua – The future of New Zealand’s success rests largely on the importance of how school children manage technology today, one of New Zealand’s leading tech experts says.
Graeme Muller, chief executive of NZTech, the voice of the tech sector in New Zealand, told the New Zealand ULearn education conference in Rotorua today that New Zealand has to focus on making today’s children creators rather than users.
As announced by Education Minister Hekia Parata at the NZTech Advance Education Technology Summit in Auckland last month, digital technology is to be formally integrated into the New Zealand curriculum. The follow up announcement from the Minister of an immediate $1 million investment in initiatives to help schools engage their students in digital technologies sends a strong message of commitment.
NZTech has backed the Government’s move to put $1 million into digital technology projects.
The government has made a great first step to introducing digital technology into the New Zealand curricula to cope with the demands of fast-approaching digital future, NZTech chief executive Graeme Muller says.
Teaching computational thinking, digital technology and cyber security at primary school level has been identified by NZTech to be as integral as maths and English to the nation’s economy.