Life Education sees its recognition as a finalist in the World Summit Awards as a vindication of what it’s achieved so far.
Life Education is one of eight New Zealand organisations selected as finalists in the 2013 World Summit Awards for creativity and innovation in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
In announcing the finalists today, Communications and Information Technology Minister, Amy Adams, said they demonstrate the potential for ICT to stimulate innovation, increase productivity and grow New Zealand’s international profile.
"Fresh teaching and learning experiences are part of the Life Education Trust project," Amy Adams said.
CEO of Life Education, John O‘Connell, in expressing pleasure at the recognition, says it’s "an endorsement of the quality and calibre of what we’ve created."
"It’s the key platform for a whole range of content we’re developing to enable children in schools to go forward," he says.
In the last three months the Life Education Trust unveiled its new prototype classroom which is equipped with the latest Microsoft Kinetic technology and software. This technology is intended to propel the Trust into the next 25 years as a relevant and essential force in the dynamic school technology market.
John O’Connell explains the software replicates the human skeleton and organs and demonstrates to children how they work so they have a greater understanding of their own body.
As children react and move in the mobile classroom the "augmented reality" of the images becomes their own skeleton and organs. They will then be able to download the programme and use it as part of their learning and assessment experience back in the classroom.
Life Education will progressively equip its 44 mobile classroom with the latest technology.
"Our challenge in remaining relevant is to integrate our programmes into the school’s needs and learning outcomes," John O’Connell says.
"The digital classroom is an example of how we’re developing our resources and content to support the school teacher in the classroom environment. Becoming a World Summit Award finalist endorses what we’ve achieved so far."
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