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Teaching the teachers in digital age
Teaching teachers: From left,
students Judith Klein, Conal Lewes
and Christine Probert teach AUT staff
how to implement their iPads in the
classroom. Photo: DANIELLE STREET
By DANIELLE STREET
An initiative by an Auckland uni-
versity to teach lecturers how to
use iPads is causing a stir across
The LATTE, or Learning and
Teaching Technology Enablers, are
a small group of students employed
part-time by AUT University to
familiarise school staff with the
Around 950 iPads have been rol-
led out to AUT academic and allied
staff since August 2011.
To help teachers deal with this
digital leap the director of the
school s Centre of Learning and
Teaching Stanley Frielick devel-
oped the LATTE team.
Mr Frielick says the biggest chal-
lenge universities face in today s
computerised environment is devel-
oping the digital capability of staff.
Technology is just not an option
anymore, everything is online. The
students grow up in that world and
they expect it, he says.
The best placed people to teach
the lecturers is our wonderfully
LATTE Christine Probert says
the group holds regular drop-in ses-
sions for staff to come and ask
There are a few levels of how to
use the device. The first point of
call is becoming confident and
knowing how the device works, Ms
The next step is around content
creation and how you can use the
device solely for videoing, editing
and putting stuff online and that
becomes part of your learning
The LATTE group has also put
together an extensive series of
iBooks to guide staff through
things like using cloud based
services, document management
and syncing your iPad to your
The school s approach to closing
the digital divide between teachers
and students has impressed Ste-
phen Atherton, who is responsible
for higher education development
for Apple Australia.
Mr Atherton started recommend-
ing the approach to other univer-
sities and as a result AUT has
agreed to make the raw materials
for their iBooks available for any
universities to customise.
Last month a Massey PhD
graduate released her study into
mobile technology in the tertiary
Kathryn MacCullum found that
many educators feel out of their
depth when adopting new tech-
nology for the classroom.
Students are increasingly
demanding mobile learning.
Dr MacCallum says students
enjoy the ability to share resources
and collaborate on projects.
Stair climbing firefighters bag a record-breaking funds haul
Puffed out: Firefighters Josh
Harrison and Paul Gerritsen take a
break after racing up 51 storeys of
the Sky Tower. Photo: FRANCES OLIVER
Around 550 firefighters climbed
the Sky Tower stairs to raise more
than $471,000 for Leukemia &
Blood Cancer New Zealand.
The impressive figure is a new
record for the annual Firefighter
Sky Tower Stair Challenge that
took place on May 10.
For the challenge firefighters
race up 51 flights, a total of 1103
individual stairs, wearing full fire-
fighting kit and breathing appar-
atus weighing up to 25kg.
LBC chief executive officer Pru
Etcheverry says the organisation
is extremely grateful for the sup-
port from the firefighters.
It has been truly amazing to
see all the wonderful effort fire-
fighters from across the country
have put in on our behalf, and as
we provide a national service the
money they have raised will go
back into their communities.
One hundred and forty brigades
and firestations took part in the
event, which also had firefighters
from Australia and the United
States taking part.
Josh Harrison from Otara Sta-
tion set a new event record reach-
ing the top of the tower in 8
minutes and 37 seconds.
The fastest woman up the tower
was Sandy Hearn from the Metro-
politan Fire Brigade in Melbourne
with a time of 14 minutes and 12
The day before the firefighters
climb the Corporate Sky Tower
Stair Challenge raised a total of
The funds raised go towards the
LBC s Support Services Pro-
gramme to provide core services --
patient support, research, infor-
mation, advocacy and awareness.
Every day six children and
adults in New Zealand are diag-
nosed with leukaemia, lymphoma
Visit skytowerstairclimb.org.nz for
full race results.
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