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Digital Opportunities Pilot Projects

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This page provides evaluations of the Digital Opportunities Pilot Projects (2001-2003)

Author(s): Various

Date Published: Various


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Evaluation of Generation XP

Evaluation of Generation XP The progress of the Generation XP Digital Opportunities Pilot Project is reported for the period January 2002 to December 2003. During this time, eight low decile secondary schools in Auckland and Gisborne piloted running Microsoft Office Specialist and other industry level IT courses with their senior students. The pilot proved to be a successful ‘proof of concept’ with nearly 1000 students studying the MOS courses during the two years. By the end of 2003, the evaluator had been notified of a total of 107 students passing one or more component units. Between them they gained over 200 passes.

Author(s): Michael Winter

Date Published: August 2005

Evaluation of Notebook Valley

Evaluation of Notebook Valley The Notebook Valley project provided a range of benefits for the teachers, students, and schools. These benefits included: increases in teacher and student knowledge and confidence using ICT; changes in school “ICT culture”; the acquisition of useful ICT software and peripheral ICT equipment; the development of school and departmental intranet systems; and the beginning of more ICT-based teaching schemes for some junior science and mathematics classes.

Author(s): Rachel Bolstad

Date Published: August 2005

Evaluation of Project FarNet Learning Communities in the Far North

Evaluation of Project FarNet Learning Communities in the Far North FarNet is one of four Digital Opportunities Pilot Projects that aimed to “bridge the digital divide” by introducing information and communications technology (ICT) into various educational settings with the ultimate aim of improving student achievement and increasing participation, particularly in maths, science and technology. The Far North was chosen as an area because the isolated nature of the schools there made it an ideal candidate area for electronic links, yet geographically challenging in terms of bandwidth provision, and because it had been identified as an area requiring support.

Author(s): Judy Parr and Lorrae Ward, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland.

Date Published: 2005

Evaluation of Digitally Boosted Study Support Centres

Evaluation of Digitally Boosted Study Support Centres The progress of the Digitally Boosted Study Support Centre Pilot, one of the four Digital Opportunities projects, is reported for the period January 2002 to December 2003. The project involved four study support centres located in three low decile schools and one marae in Christchurch and Invercargill. These centres piloted the use of a computer based boost to their after school activities.

Author(s): Michael Winter, Christchurch College of Education.

Date Published: 2005

A Summary of the key findings of the Digital Opportunities Pilot Projects (2001-2003)

A Summary of the key findings of the Digital Opportunities Pilot Projects (2001-2003) This report is a summary of the key findings from evaluations of the Digital Opportunities Pilot Projects (2001-2003)". It includes findings related to students, teachers, project structure, ICT infrastructure and sustainability.

Author(s): Janet Rivers and Lewis Rivers, Research Division, Ministry of Education.

Date Published: 2004

Literature review for the evaluation of the Digital Opportunities Projects

Literature review for the evaluation of the Digital Opportunities Projects This report describes ICT initiatives and evaluations of them since 1990, focusing on ways of lessening the 'digital divide', in particular by providing students of low socio-economic status and those in isolated areas with increased access to technology. Major initiatives conducted in the USA, Australia, the UK and Canada are described and links to key web sites are included. The report also has extensive annotated bibliographies. The report focuses on studies similar to those called the Digital Opportunities Projects which are part of the government's ICT strategy. Other ICT research documents can be found on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) publication home page.

Author(s): Sally Boyd, New Zealand Council for Educational Research.

Date Published: 2002


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