New tool maps Digital Divide in New Zealand

A new map that clearly shows where digital divides exist in New Zealand is now available. The 20/20 Trust and InternetNZ teamed up to build an interactive map called the Digital Divide Map.  The colour-coded ‘HEAT’ map shows the different digital divides facing New Zealanders and their communities and complements the 20/20 Trust’s existing Digital Inclusion map. You can see Internet infrastructure access, digital skill gaps and socioeconomic divides broken down by area units across New Zealand. ... Read more

Computers in Homes participant and then trainer, Ross Timpene, at a graduation ceremony.

Computer skills learnt and then taught

In 2009 Ross Tipene participated in the first Computers in Homes programme in Northland. Ross (now a qualified teacher) creates a truly personalised training experience for his own Computers in Homes class at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Rawhiti Roa. ... Read more

Left to right - Tim Davies-Colley (Executive Project Manager - e-Learning Porirua), Vailogua Futi, Vai's daughter and Foundation Trustee Wendy Betteridge at e-Learning's Graduation 70 for Computers in Homes .

Computer literacy helps Samoan family

A recent Computers in Homes student, Vailogoua Futi, a mother of four who migrated from Samoa in May 2016, tells her story: When we just arrived in New Zealand in May this year, I found out that it was really hard for me and my kids to re-settle and ... Read more

Linda speaks at her Auckland Graduation

New computer skills help Auckland mum get job

As the 20/20 Trust’s Computers on Homes programme in its current form ends, we tell the stories of some of the 19,000 participants, and see the outcome of participation for them. Today, an Auckland mum talks about her involvement and how it helped. I was a little bit lost “Before I graduated from Computers in ... Read more

Lal Cinzah with his proud parents. Photo: Fairfax Media NZ / Nelson Mail.

World Refugee Day: meet Lal Cinzah

Refugee Connect helps 130 refugee families each year. On World Refugee Day 2017, we feature the story of one of the participants. In 2007 teenager Lal and his family were helped with computer, internet and digital skills by the 20/20’s Refugee Connect programme. Lal Cinzah has since graduated with Honours from Canterbury University, the first Civil Engineering graduate from New Zealand’s Chin community. ... Read more

New 20/20 logo (white on dark blue)

New Zealand’s Digital Inclusion Challenge: Beyond Computers in Homes

20/20 Trust has outlined its view of the future for digital inclusion in New Zealand and its development and piloting of, and transition to, a new approach in its work for digital inclusion. The new approach retains the core elements of Computers in Homes that have worked well in the past – local community engagement and building digital confidence – and offers greater flexibility in how the needs of specific communities are met. ... Read more

Constant Connection 9% of the world had a smart phone in 2011, now more than 25% are connected to the internet via mobile. Robotics In 2008 the average industrial robot cost $500,000. They currently cost as little as $20,000. Solar Power In 1980, it cost $30/kW for solar power in the US, now it is as low as 4c/kW. Synthetic Meat In 2013 it cost $325,000/kg to create synthetic meat, this has already dropped to $12/kg. Autonomous Cars In 2011 the sensors in an autonomous car cost $350,000, they now cost less than $1,000. Synthetic milk Perfect Day Food add 3D printed DNA sequences to yeast to enable it to produce milk using no animals & 98% less water. In stores in 2018. Genetic Sequencing In 2007 it cost $3 billion to sequence a human genome, it now costs less than $1,000. 3D Printing 3D printers are already being used to print buildings, micro-organisms, machines, body-parts and rockets.

New ‘Digital Future’ manifesto supports inclusion

Last week, twenty of New Zealand’s leading tech organisations, led by NZTech, IT Professionals (ITP) and InternetNZ, released their manifesto of New Zealand’s Digital Future.  The non-partisan manifesto was sent to all members of parliament and to key government officials in multiple agencies. The manifesto suggests twelve goals; three of these goals have a bearing on digital literacy and inclusion and so underpin the value of 20/20’s work: ... Read more

Eight-in-ten principals rating the impact of digital technologies raising student achievement as being moderate (half of all principals) or quite significant (three-in-ten).

Digital technologies have a positive impact on student achievement

Eight-in-ten principals report that Digital Technologies are having a positive impact on student achievement, according to the latest research results from the Digital Technologies in Schools survey, prepared by Research New Zealand for the 20/20 Trust. Also, over 80% of principals agree or strongly agree that digital technologies, in their school: enable access to quality ... Read more

Digital Technologies in New Zealand Schools 2017 cover

New research on Digital Technology in Schools released

The 2016/7 Digital Technologies in Schools Survey has been released and is available for download here. Printed copies of the report and confidential individual school report cards will sent to all participating schools. Eight-in-ten principals report that digital technologies are having a positive impact on student achievement, according to the survey, prepared by Research New Zealand for the 20/20 Trust. ... Read more