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11 May 2012
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Inquiry into 21st century learning environments and digital literacy

Public submissions have been called on the Inquiry into 21st century learning environments and digital literacy.

The closing date for submissions was Friday, 11 May 2012

The term 'learning environment' suggests learning happens in a place and space such as a school, a classroom, or a library. However, while much of 21st century learning takes place in physical locations, in today's technology driven world, a learning environment can also be virtual, online or remote.

The purpose of this inquiry is to investigate and provide recommendations on the best structures, tools, and communities, in both rural and urban New Zealand, that could better enable students and educators to attain the knowledge and skills, such as digital literacy, that the 21st century demands of us all.

The terms of reference for the inquiry are to:

- investigate possible options for the best facilities that support teaching and learning in 21st century schools. In particular, investigate more flexible teaching spaces

- investigate possible changes to the timing of when learning can occur, given the spread of handheld devices

- investigate possible options for the best technological infrastructure that supports teaching and learning in 21st century schools

- consider how the rollout of ultra-fast broadband (UFB) will affect teaching techniques and processes, and whether additional resources or training may further enhance the positive effect of UFB on teaching and learning outcomes. In particular, investigate the role and efficiency of the Network for Learning

- consider whether current generations of learners more readily adopt new technology, and whether increasing base levels of technological proficiency may promote independent learning

- investigate the opportunities for technology to increase collaboration between neighbouring schools, and between distance learners

- investigate issues of equity of access to technology in New Zealand schools, which includes establishing the current extent of New Zealand's digital divide

- investigate the impact of increased digital literacy on learning.

The committee requires 2 copies of each submission if made in writing. Those wishing to include any information of a private or personal nature in a submission should first discuss this with the clerk of the committee, as submissions are usually released to the public by the committee. Those wishing to appear before the committee to speak to their submissions should state this clearly and provide a daytime telephone contact number. To assist with administration please supply your postcode and an email address if you have one.

Further guidance on making a submission can be found from the Making a Submission to a Parliamentary Select Committee link in the `Related documents´ panel.