Future-focused learning report

The Future-focused learning in connected communities report from Associate Education Minister Nikki Kaye's 21st Century Learning Reference Group was released on Friday 30 May 2014. Download the full version of the "Future-focused learning in connected communities" report at the bottom of this page.

The report suggests ten priorities to help inform government planning around 21st century skills and digital competencies. The Associate Minister intends to provide a formal response to the report. Access the press release on the Beehive website.

If you have any questions about the report, please contact Brett O'Riley, Chair, 21st Century Learning Reference Group, email: brett.oriley@aucklandnz.com

Ten strategic priorities for 21st century skills and digital competencies

The 21st Century Learning Reference Group suggests ten priorities for equipping learners with 21st century skills and digital competencies.

  1. Commit to meeting the needs of 21st century learners
    Prepare learners with the knowledge, skills and digital competencies to actively participate in New Zealand’s rapidly changing 21st century economy and society.
  2. Achieve equitable access to digital devices for every learner
    Ensure all learners have access to suitable digital technologies, regardless of location, background, abilities or socio-economic status.
  3. Invest in people and innovation
    Build digital learning capability across the education system. Foster innovative teaching and leadership. Support leaders to manage change and stimulate innovation. Establish an Education Innovation Hub to nurture new and emerging approaches to teaching and learning.
  4. Create future-focused learning environments
    Design vibrant, technology-rich, cyber-safe learning environments. Make these environments flexible enough to serve multiple learning contexts, including one-to-one, small groups, collaborative and community learning. Put learning at the heart of the system.
  5. Invest in high-quality digital content and systems to make content easily accessible
    Design systems and policies that make it easy for students and educators to access online content, create and share knowledge, and collaborate across local and global networks of educators and learners.
  6. Build regional capability through collaboration
    Invest in regional networks of educators to create, foster and spread innovative practice. These networks could also include tertiary providers, local government, communities and business.
  7. Build a robust evidence base
    Establish an ongoing programme of research and evaluation to promote innovation and improvement across the whole education sector. Include exemplars of effective teaching and learning with digital technologies.
  8. Implement a coordinated, system-wide effort to align curriculum, digital technologies, property, infrastructure, funding and legislation
    Integrate the core elements of digital learning with a relentless focus on promoting learning in safe, future-focused environments. Integrate curriculum, effective teaching and leadership practices, technologies, property and system infrastructure.
  9. Design a coherent, flexible and robust funding structure to support 21st century learning
    Support with effective funding the new approaches to teaching and learning made possible by digital technologies. Align initiatives, reprioritise existing resources, establish public-private partnerships and create flexibility in funding policies.
  10. Implement a comprehensive five-year plan from 2014
    Work with educators, education agencies and community leaders on an implementation plan for learning with digital technologies, with agreed goals and progress measures. Use the expertise that exists nationally and internationally to assist with implementation planning, oversight and evaluation.

Content last updated: 10 June 2014