A long-standing commitment to information and communications
technology (ICT) has earned Dunedin's Bayfield High School a
place at the forefront of the Government's Network for
Learning (N4L) project.
Bayfield was last week named as one of the first 21 schools
in New Zealand to transition to the managed high-speed
internet network, which aims to enhance schools' use of
digital technologies in the classroom, as well as provide a
learning hub where educational resources can be shared.
Bayfield and Mount Aspiring College in Wanaka are the only
two secondary schools in the Otago-Southland area to be
included in the first group to be connected. It is planned to
connect more than 700 schools to the network by the end of
Bayfield High School principal Judith Forbes said the school
had put ''significant effort'' into its ICT learning
structure and was already using fibre-based broadband.
''For us, going on to the N4L network is mainly a change of
internet provider,'' Mrs Forbes said.
''However, it will give us a better-managed network and
should enable us to co-operate with other schools.''
Advances in ICT technology had resulted in big changes in
both teaching and learning. Young people were now heavily
involved in creating apps - effectively designing the
technology that they then used, Mrs Forbes said.
''Our young people are so creative and capable, and they
thrive in this digital environment,'' she said.
''All we have to do is provide the right opportunities for
Having said that, the absolute focus remained on ''improving
Once the school was connected to the N4L network, staff and
pupils would ''build capacity'' to take full advantage of its
enhanced capabilities, she said.
- Brenda Harwood