Generous gift will boost learning

Monday October 05, 2015 Written by Published in Weekend
Papaaroa College principal Greg Taikakara and students hold on tightly to their brand new iPods - a gift from the Hong Kong Chinese International School teachers Toni McNickle and Anita Chen. Papaaroa College principal Greg Taikakara and students hold on tightly to their brand new iPods - a gift from the Hong Kong Chinese International School teachers Toni McNickle and Anita Chen.

Students from Apii Te Uki Ou and Papaaroa College have the right gear to become more tech-savvy thanks to a generous gifts from a Chinese school.

 

On Monday Apii Te Uki Ou welcomed Hong Kong Chinese International School teachers Toni McNickle and Anita Chen who donated 100 iPods to the two schools.

Papaaroa College principal Greg Taikakara and several of his students attended a special assembly at Apii Te Uki Ou to check out their new gadgets.

Chen toured Te Uki Ou’s classrooms where she gave students and teachers of both schools hands-on tutorials to help them get the most out of the 21st century-style of learning.

Taikakara said he was “overwhelmed” by the gift of the iPods, and said they could be fantastic learning tools when put to good use.

Apii Te Uki Ou teacher James Keen said iPods and similar devices were great for improving literacy and maths, while also fostering students’ creativity.

“You can make movies and stop-motion animations as well as record your voice so students can more easily share their work with their peers.”

The generous gift was based on a longstanding relationship Apii Te Uki Ou has with the City of Hong Kong through school board president Nadine Newnham, who lived there for many years.

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