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HUKARERE GOES HITECH Hukarere College

September 2004
Vol. 1, Issue 3

Inside this issue:

NEVER SAY DIE*
TE AUTE COLLEGE (p1)


HUKARERE GOES HITECH
Hukarere College (p2)


FROM ZERO TO HERO*
HATO PETERA COLLEGE (p3)


YOU CAN DO IT!
TURAKINA MGC (p4)


BOARD ROOMS, CORPORATE OFFICES TO PARLIAMENT
Hato Paora College (p5)


LEGENDARY LEADERSHIP
St Joseph’s Māori Girls’ College (p6)

HUKARERE Girls' COLLEGE IS CHANGING WITH THE TIMES AND HAS A NUMBER OF KEY PROJECTS UNDERWAY THAT AIM TO MODERNISE LEARNING AND ACHIEVEMENT AT THE SCHOOL.

Kaiawhina is one such project that came about through discussions on Teacher ICT professional development and the need for students to extend their work in ICT. The school worked out that the best way to help teachers is to give them assistance at the time it is needed, not a week or month later in a group training session which does not cater for individual needs. Of course, it is almost impossible to help teachers at the time they want help, because the school has only one ICT support person who is also a full time teacher.

However, it is possible to achieve that just-in-time goal in another way. Hukarere have started using the ICT curriculum itself to teach ICT-literate students how to operate a helpdesk to support teachers in all areas of the school.

The students carry out their normal school activities and when a teacher needs assistance, a member of the Kaiawhina team is usually on hand to take ownership of the problem.

This way, teachers get help for what they need and when they need it. The students get extra tuition in helpdesk techniques which include people skills, troubleshooting techniques, and of course, the very necessary skills of explaining to teachers how things work.

The Kaiawhina project is being monitored by the University of Otago, as it is a pilot case study which may be of benefit to other similar schools.

Some of the school programmes are also changing to give students more responsibility for their learning. In some subjects, students now choose from a range of options units of study (or Road Maps) for the year. They elect more subjects than required, so that they have the flexibility of changing as their learning develops.

The integration of computers in all classrooms is proceeding as computers become available. Teachers can now look forward to their students using computers in all subject areas in their home classroom.

The current supply of computers at Hukarere is nowhere near what they

require, but with the help of the Kaiawhina team, and some new thin client technology, the college is managing to keep the old machines running.

WiFi, or wireless connectivity,is also available at Hukarere. This project was initiated to solve the problem of having desktop computers in areas which had a lack of bench space and in which cabling and wiring was difficult. It is operational in the Science laboratory and will soon be running in the Art room.

The WiFi system runs on laptops which only require a power point. The radio system controller links directly into the school LAN’s (local area networks), giving students the same facilities as they would on the other school computers. The Science teacher has reported that this facility has considerably expanded the resources and that the students are using it constantly.

In short, Hukarere is keeping up with the times and ensuring its pupils are able to ride with confidence on the new knowledge wave!

*This article is an edited version of text supplied by Hukarere College.


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