DigiOps projects were joint partnerships between the Ministry, ICT-related businesses, and schools covering a wide range of schools and themes. CORE Education was contracted by the Ministry to evaluate a number of the DigiOps projects.
The principal aim of DigiOps was to support the use of leading edge ICTs in teaching and learning, to help in overcoming barriers to ICT innovation both at school and national levels, and to foster purposeful use of ICT for communication and interaction between schools and communities.
The initiative was unique and innovative in several ways. These included the collaborative involvement of educators, teachers, students, communities and ICT-related businesses, and a wide representation of New Zealand schools. Schools involved represented both North and South Islands, primary and secondary sectors, private and state schools, Maori immersion and mainstream, schools in rural and urban locations, and higher and lower decile schools. The initiative was also unusual in including participant research in many projects, and in requiring the production of resources tailored to the requirements of New Zealand schools.
Findings from the initiative were encouraging. These findings highlighted cooperative relationships between schools and ICT-related businesses, between schools and communities, and between individual schools. More than a dozen school-generated research outcome reports were published as articles in Computers in New Zealand Schools. Several papers were also presented in national and international conferences. More importantly, the projects extended the effective use of the ICTs in the classroom teaching and learning process.