Kia ora tātou!
Welcome to the Te Reanga Ipurangi Ōtaki Education Trust.
We believe in our Rangatahi, our kids! We want them to have wider opportunities to learn and excel!
So we got together in 2014, to help promote digital teaching and learning for them. In the process, we also help the wider Otaki community to access learning and have fun through WIFI. Our name in te reo Māori embraces the Digital Generation.
What we do
Research is showing us that when our rangatahi start school with little or no reading experience, access to digital technology can make a difference to their success.
Sparking children’s imaginations and getting them excited about learning with take-home technology like Chromebooks is one way we can help narrow the education gap for young learners.
We work with Ōtaki schools and their whānau to provide equal access to Chromebooks (portable digital devices) for all pupils – for learning both in school and at home. Our aim is for Chromebooks to be affordable for every family in our community.
With a high proportion of our local rangatahi speaking te reo Māori at home and school, another of our aims is develop the conversation on the need for high quality, relevant digital teaching and learning resources in te reo.
How does it work?
The Trust buys the Chromebooks and enters into credit agreements with parents and care-givers, who elect to pay for them over one, two, or three years. Parents are therefore a major contributor to the digital teaching and learning strategy. Getting families involved with the technology, sometimes for the first time, through their investment in their children’s learning – can be a boost to children’s confidence, helping them hone their learning skills, and to thrive at school. And the parents get involved in fostering the learning process at the same time.
We act for Ōtaki’s school community.
Our trustees are volunteers committed to supporting inclusive teaching and learning – a level playing field for all our rangatahi. This extends to finding ways to support:
- innovative, digitally-significant teaching programmes, within a robust curriculum
- a seamless teaching and learning experience between home and school that bridges learning gaps and accelerates achievement
- whānau positively investing in their children’s home and school learning
- the extension of WIFI to areas of Otaki not presently covered
Our sister Trust in Porirua, Te Mana o Kupe, has similar aims to support digital teaching and learning in their community.
We are hugely grateful to all our funding partners, notably the Todd Foundation and the J R McKenzie Trust. Thanks also to our technology and legal advisors. Our teachers are the vital nexus between the Trust and whānau and their newly acquired digital teaching skills are fundamental to the success of the whole program.
Working together makes it possible to achieve our goal – the best digital teaching and learning experience for our rangatahi – from school to home to school.
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