OPINION: There's no doubt that Southland schools have embraced e-learning, with technology playing a significant role, writes Bill English (National) in From the Beehive.
Many schools have integrated technology into their classrooms seamlessly, with students responding positively to the modern learning environment.
I was delighted to learn Limehills Primary School, in the heart of Central Southland, has been identified as a leading school around technology and is used as a model of success. . It is positive that a rural Southland school is achieving success in this area and shows quality education can happen right across the country.
Network for Learning (N4L) is a crown-owned company which has signed a contract with Telecom to provide a managed network for schools which will ensure quality, fast connections, and uncapped data to enhance learning.
They travelled to Southland last month to visit Limehills School to find out what makes this school so special and to ensure that what they've developed about e-learning is shared with other schools.
The Government is investing $211 million into providing access to a managed network for schools to improve the learning environment for our children.
We believe that by using digital technologies over a managed network, students will have access to a wider range of quality teaching and learning resources that can enhance their learning and engagement.
Schools will enjoy increased internet speed and quality, and reduced ICT complexity and costs, allowing them to focus on what is happening in the classroom, rather than dealing with technology connection issues.
From my experience of visiting schools, there is a huge thirst for more online learning. The managed network enables greater access to this.
The first schools will be connected to N4L's managed network by the end of this year. More than 700 will be connected by the end of 2014 and all schools will be invited to connect by 2016.
Already more than 1000 schools have registered interest in connecting to the new managed network and, with schools like Limehills leading the way, I'm positive this project is going to be a great success.
» Bill English is the electorate MP for Clutha-Southland.
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