Owairaka District School Celebrates Technology Win
Owairaka District School in Mount Albert, Auckland has won a state-of-the-art education technology package, after entering a Trans-Tasman school competition. The Promethean Grant was an initiative across Australia and New Zealand where schools were asked to submit creative entries as to why they deserved to receive a Promethean ActivPanel – an advanced interactive front of class display. The school has been chosen as one of the 11 winners from a total of 76 entries.
The competition – launched at EduTECH 2017 – closed in September and entries were judged by a local panel of experienced educators and edtech specialists. The winners’ new ActivPanels were installed in time for start of the next academic term. Each school received a fully installed ActivPanel package, the total Promethean Grant package has been valued at approximately $50,000 NZD.
Joanne Green, teacher at Owairaka District School said: “We are so thrilled to have won an ActivPanel – something that will significantly strengthen the collaborative side of our learning. Digital devices provide great tools for our students in their day to day tasks, which include their own learning blogs. So, having access to an ActivPanel will allow groups of students to work together on learning activities, whilst also allowing students and teachers to share and model work.
“Importantly, it will help to engage all students, no matter what their learning needs are. We are so excited!”
Melissa Grant, eLearning Leader at Takapuna Primary School and Promethean Grant Panellist, commented: “The standard of the entries has been phenomenal. It was a privilege to be part of the judging process and see first-hand how creative schools were in demonstrating how the technology would transform teaching and learning in the 21st century. However, we did have to make some very tough decisions.”
“As a company we are really pleased that we could ease the financial pressure of 11 schools across Australia and New Zealand and deliver next-generation technology for both staff and students. We firmly believe finances shouldn’t be a barrier to accessing technology which enhances teaching and learning experiences, and that is why we chose to launch the Promethean Grant,” added Alistair Hayward, Promethean’s Head of UKI and ANZ markets.
Owairaka District School has been using its ActivPanel since the start of the school year and has received ActivPanel training as part of the win. As a front of class display, the ActivPanel acts as a collaborative learning centre, and can connect with other devices in the classroom such as laptops and tablets; enabling students to complete tasks from the screen on a handheld device, or even take turns at the front of the classroom using the touchscreen functionality.