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Digital Technology Guidelines. Ministry of Education.

Digital Technologies Guidelines

Regional interest groups

Key purpose of the ‘Regional Interest Groups' (RIG):

  • Foster school and industry engagement.
  • Collaborate on purposeful interaction.
  • Develop meaningful and reciprocal relationships.

RIG meetings are designed to:

  • bring representatives together from schools, industry and tertiary
  • encourage support and dialogue in the digital technologies field
  • develop support networks that will provide authentic learning experiences for teachers and students.

The approach:

  • Set up a RIG numerous group in regions.
  • Develop an online collaboration platform.
  • Bring together representatives from schools, industry and tertiary in each region to engage in purposeful dialogue twice a year.
  • Build a process for long-term sustainability.
Location of regional interest groups

Regional interest group locations are Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Hawkes Bay, Taranaki, Wellington, Canterbury and Otago.

What else?

  • Our focus is on providing a place for engagement.
  • Creating a place for school and industry exchange is a key driver.
  • Tertiary will be invited to attend professional development days where appropriate and may not necessarily attend the RIG.

Possible support

The type of support envisaged includes:

  • content support for teachers
  • resource support for teachers and students (such as the creation of briefs for students to work to; development of career pathways material; development of materials outlining technological practice; videos that could be used to show work within a classroom environment; student mentoring)
  • facilitation of workshops for teachers and/or students
  • development of activities for teachers and students to engage in (such as competitions, online games, discussions, industry hot seats …)
  • development of virtual tours of workplaces and discussion of the types of jobs and activities they involve
  • infrastructural support.

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