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Inquiry into 21st century learning environments and digital literacy

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Started by Gerard Macmanus 07 Apr 2012 8:17pm () Replies (10)

This was in the Herald

and the link for where to make submissions.


This is a cross-party initiative, supported by Labour, Greens and National.

I think it would be important for schools and their leaders to have input. 

Quite possibly an opportunity for students in our school to make submissions also - considering they're the ones actually working in this century and this system.


from the inquiry site

Public submissions are now being invited on the inquiry into 21st century learning environments and digital literacy.

The closing date for submissions is Friday, 11 May 2012

The term 'learning environment' suggests learning happens in a place and space such as a school, a classroom, or a library. However, while much of 21st century learning takes place in physical locations, in today's technology driven world, a learning environment can also be virtual, online or remote.

The purpose of this inquiry is to investigate and provide recommendations on the best structures, tools, and communities, in both rural and urban New Zealand, that could better enable students and educators to attain the knowledge and skills, such as digital literacy, that the 21st century demands of us all.

The terms of reference for the inquiry are to:

- investigate possible options for the best facilities that support teaching and learning in 21st century schools. In particular, investigate more flexible teaching spaces

- investigate possible changes to the timing of when learning can occur, given the spread of handheld devices

- investigate possible options for the best technological infrastructure that supports teaching and learning in 21st century schools

- consider how the rollout of ultra-fast broadband (UFB) will affect teaching techniques and processes, and whether additional resources or training may further enhance the positive effect of UFB on teaching and learning outcomes. In particular, investigate the role and efficiency of the Network for Learning

- consider whether current generations of learners more readily adopt new technology, and whether increasing base levels of technological proficiency may promote independent learning

- investigate the opportunities for technology to increase collaboration between neighbouring schools, and between distance learners

- investigate issues of equity of access to technology in New Zealand schools, which includes establishing the current extent of New Zealand's digital divide

- investigate the impact of increased digital literacy on learning.

The committee requires 2 copies of each submission if made in writing. Those wishing to include any information of a private or personal nature in a submission should first discuss this with the clerk of the committee, as submissions are usually released to the public by the committee. Those wishing to appear before the committee to speak to their submissions should state this clearly and provide a daytime telephone contact number. To assist with administration please supply your postcode and an email address if you have one.

Further guidance on making a submission can be found from the Making a Submission to a Parliamentary Select Committee link in the `Related documents´ panel.


  • Karen Spencer (View all users posts) 09 Apr 2012 10:53pm ()

    Thanks so much for sharing this here, Gerard (beat me to it:-).

    It's worth noting that online submissions can also be made, and that the list of committee members is available here: http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/MPP/MPs/MPs/Default.htm?pf=CommitteeShortName&sf=Education+and+Science&lgc=0

    It would be interesting to hear from others about the kinds of issues that they feel would be important for the Select Committe to consider.

  • Karen Spencer (View all users posts) 27 Apr 2012 8:23am ()

    Here's a great opportunity, led by InternetNZ, to get round the table in three of New Zealand's main regions to discuss this Parliamentary inquiry.

    Invitation from Susan Chalmers, InternetNZ:

    I am writing to invite you to participate in a roundtable discussion on the Education & Science Committee's "inquiry into 21st century learning environments and digital literacy". The question of how to fully realise the opportunities of digital and networked learning is one InternetNZ has not previously sought to answer, but we think this area is important and that the Committee should be guided in its inquiry in the best way possible.

    InternetNZ has no expertise in this field, but others certainly do. So in lieu of making a submission itself, InternetNZ wants to host a roundtable, moderated by Nat Torkington, bringing educationalists and e-learning professionals together to share their submission ideas. The idea is to have one or two people present draft submissions and receive feedback from their contemporaries. The roundtable might stimulate people to make submissions where they wouldn't have before, or put people in touch to coordinate on a submission.

    The roundtable will take place one week from today, on May 3rd from 5:30 to 7:30pm

    The "hubs" for the roundtable will be in:

    • Auckland, courtesy of NetSafe, 
    • Wellington, at InternetNZ and in 
    • Christchurch, at the South Learning Centre. 

    Details are provided below. Remote participation is also available via phone or video conference, though as video conference space is limited to 20 different participants, we encourage you to attend the roundtable from a hub location if possible.

    If you are interested in attending, please let me know by sending me an email by Monday at 5pm [susan@internetnz.net.nz].

    If you cannot attend on that date but would still like to be involved, InternetNZ has set up an online forum for discussion at http://forums.internetnz.net.nz.

    To encourage rich discussion at the roundtable, we suggest that participants spend 15 to 20 minutes thinking about one or more of the inquiry's terms of reference (which can be found at the link above) and to post any thoughts, views or comments to the online forum before the event.

    Please note that the forum will be used to give updates on the event (including remote participation instructions) and to set the agenda for the roundtable (by and through participants), in addition to serving as a space for discussion.

    Thanks for your time, and I hope that you will join us.


    Roundtable Hub Locations


    130 Broadway
    Auckland 1149
    (09) 362 0971



    Grand Arcade building, Level 9
    16 Willis Street
    Wellington 6011
    0800 101 151



    Updated address:

    South Learning Centre,
    South Library, 
    66 Colombo St



    Susan Chalmers
    Policy Lead

    PO Box 11-881
    Manners St
    Wellington 6142
    +64 4 495 2339

  • Margot McKeegan (View all users posts) 27 Apr 2012 9:55am ()

    The ChCh Hub is now at 

    South Learning Centre , South Library , 66 Colombo St

  • Enabling e-Learning (View all users posts) 04 May 2012 12:31pm ()

    A great round table session was facilitated last night by InternetNZ, via video conference, around the country. Paul Seiler has kindly added his notes from the meeting to the InternetNZ forum. They might be useful if you are making a submission:


    Thanks, Paul:-)

  • Ed Strafford (View all users posts) 04 May 2012 1:10pm ()

    this may also be useful in rpoviding data to support submission


    have fired link to Paul S's notes up on our Yammer network - nice to see the flow of ideas between and among groups of educators

  • Karen Spencer (View all users posts) 14 May 2012 7:23am ()

    HI all,

    The submission process has now closed but a range of schools, groups and individuals - including students - have put in submissions.

    Tim Kong and Paul Seiler are pulling together a list of submissions, for interest, and these can be accessed in this shared doc: 

    Feel free to contract them and have yours added to the list, if you wish, or browse those that were added:-)

  • Tessa Gray (View all users posts) 11 Apr 2013 10:16am ()

    Great news! Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye has released a statement in response to the Education and Science Committee’s report, Inquiry into 21st Century learning environments and digital literacy, that the Government’s view is, "...that all the recommendations are helpful and worthy of further consideration."

    It is also very encouraging to read, 

    “We are aiming high for young New Zealanders to be the most digitally literate in the world so they can have every opportunity to be more innovative and better compete in a modern economy.


    “Adopting the best approach to 21st century learning will require change across the education sector. It is critical that we recognise how much of this change is being driven by students themselves, and how eager they are to learn online through new applications, tools and content.

    “We must not just respond, but join with students and their teachers in exploring the possibilities of online learning.

    Watch this space....

  • Janelle Riki (View all users posts) 11 Apr 2013 10:28am ()

    This is very encouraging to read and certainly supports the work that we Blended e-Learning facilitators are doing in schools.  Thanks for sharing Tessa!

  • Diane Mills (View all users posts) 11 Apr 2013 10:45am ()

    This is indeed wonderful to read, it fits so well with what we are doing in our schools with Blended e-Learning.  I certainly will be sharing some of these snippets with schools I am working with.  

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