The report Future-focused learning in connected communities recommends 10 strategic priorities for 21st century skills and digital competencies. They are:
- commit to meeting the needs of 21st century learners
- achieve equitable access to digital devices for every learner
- invest in people and innovation
- create future-focused learning environments
- invest in high-quality digital content and systems to make content easily accessible
- build regional capability through collaboration
- build a robust evidence base
- implement a coordinated, system-wide effort to align curriculum, digital technologies, property, infrastructure, funding and legislation
- design a coherent, flexible and robust funding structure to support 21st century learning
- implement a comprehensive five-year plan from 2014
Empowering digital teaching and learning
These strategic priorities have guided the Ministry of Education to make the most of the digital environment to empower teaching and learning by implementing a range of initiatives including:
- state-of–the–art information communication technology (ICT) infrastructure to ensure learning can occur anytime, anywhere
- 21st century teaching and learning through digitally literate teachers and students and innovative practices
- easy and safe access to quality digital content, resources, and tools
- equitable access to digital technologies to enable every student to learn "regardless of location, learning needs, or family background'.
In looking ahead to the future, the Ministry of Education has also produced a draft vision as Lifelong learners in a connected world that provides a snapshot of education in New Zealand in 2025 as 'a highly connected, interdependent education system' that:
- equips students for the future
- fosters students' identity, language and culture
- prepares students to participate as successful citizens in the 21st century.
This future focus means there is a need for schools, and school libraries, to provide students with access digital technology and the development of digital literacy skills so that they can use them to greatest effect to support their learning and development as citizens.
Future-focused Learning in Connected Communities — a report by the 21st Century Learning Reference Group.
Lifelong learners in a connected world — an illustrative vision of New Zealand education in 2025.