Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development's Chief Executive Brett O’Riley chairs the 21st Century Learning Reference Group, assembled by the Government to provide expert advice on learning environments and digital literacy in schools.
A number of ATEED’s partners use digital technology to improve educational achievement in Auckland, which can become the world leader in digital learning. There is an emerging group of local companies which are developing world-class software, learning and network solutions, and have attracted interest from multi-national companies including Google, Apple and Microsoft.
The Manaiakalani Education Trust, a partnership involving Google and The University of Auckland, has introduced digital learning and technology to 12 low decile Auckland primary and secondary schools. Its unique programme has delivered significant measured improvements in educational achievement.
Another ATEED tertiary partner, Unitec Institute of Technology, has developed The Mind Lab. This collaboration draws on the education expertise of both Unitec and The Mind Lab to provide teachers and their students with the opportunity to learn how to integrate technology, enhance digital capability and activate new classroom teaching practises.