Overview of the Ministry of Education

The MoE is New Zealand’s main state education organization.

Originally there was a huge state department covering all aspects of educations, aptly named The Department of Education. This DoE was disbanded in 1989 and converted into more specialized organizations.

The Ministry of Education does not teach per say but tries to set education standards in New Zealand as well as develop and expand policies.

The ministry offers many services to education providers, parents and the government.

They offer a wide range of services as well as information. Some of areas are listed below;

Help for Education Organization

They get involved with education organizations to help ensure they are following the teaching guidelines and policies.

They also provide support to these organizations to make sure they have all the information they need to provide a quality teaching experience to their students.

Helping Parents

They also do a great job helping parents directly.

They help the parents make the right decision regarding which education organization is right for them and showing them all their options to help them make an informed decision when it comes to educating their child.

Researching Education

They also are very much involved with researching the current and future state of education systems in New Zealand. They can use this research to better help them make the right policy decisions and other aspects of education leadership.

Developing Policies

Another responsibility of the ministry is to develop policies for the education systems in New Zealand. The aim of these policies is to help raise the standards of education.

Resources for Teachers

They also provide an immense offline and online research resource for teachers. The teachers can refer to this information resource to ensure they are following the correct standards of education, ways to determining their progress as a teacher and learning about how they can further themselves by taking part in advanced scholarships.

Providing Help for Students

They also help students directly especially for students with special learning needs. This can be a great help to the student who is having problems keeping up or following a particular education program.

As well as the areas listed above they also offer a number of useful resources online including a directory listing of early childhood education and childcare providers.

This is useful for parents as they can choose a certain location (region and city) and the type of service they are looking for (playcentres, casual education providers etc) and it will show them a list of providers in that area.

Why Should You Introduce Technology in Education?

There has being a lot of talk regarding why educational organizations should introduce technology in classrooms. This year, New York City’s Department of Education plans to increase its technology expenses to $542 million for setting up internet connections and giving wireless access to all the city schools.

There is absolutely no reason to believe that the ‘brick and mortar’ classrooms didn’t help students get the kind of education they deserved. Prior to technology, students still learnt and came through tests with flying colors. However, technology has brought in some significant benefits that even the most vocal critic can’t disagree with.

I will share with you some crucial points in support of implementing technology in educational organizations. Let’s figure them out.

Expansion of Time and Place

In technology minus classrooms, students had a fixed time to meet their teachers and exchange ideas and notes. A normal class period would be around 40 to 45 minutes in duration. However, technology has erased the time and place constraint. Now, a student can easily chat and discuss with a teacher whenever he/she wants to. Skype, online forums, etc. have made it possible to connect with the school faculty, 24×7 at their convenience.

Depth of Understanding

You can expand your knowledge base about a specific subject or lesson via interactive simulation and illustrations. Using a projector, a teacher can now demonstrate and explain a topic far easily to a large group of learners than just sitting in the class and giving lectures.

Learning at Your Own Pace

You can readily access and download learning materials as and when needed. Technology has eliminated the physical barrier of collecting notes and coursework only from the campus library or from the teacher. Now, all you need is a computer with an internet connection to get the information from anywhere and at any time.

New Media for Self-expression

In traditional classrooms, students had to write every assignment and homework in notebooks to let the teacher review it. Using modern technology, students can create several online slide presentations, videos, and set up a website or blog to make their assignments or projects accessible to the teacher, 24×7.

Collaboration Online

Students can at anytime add, remove or edit information online. They don’t need to carry textbooks to school, as e-books can easily be viewed and downloaded from the internet. Large chunks of coursework can be organized and stored in a computer database for future usage. Educational projects can be collaboratively done by small groups of students residing at different locations. Online tools such as the web, email, text messaging, etc. helps you to complete homework in conversation with your classmates, without anyone’s physical presence.