Computers in Homes was recognised as one of three finalists for the IT Education Award at a gala event held in Auckland on Friday 10 October. The Award was won by Dr Tim Bell from the University of Canterbury for his work in supporting the development of Computer Science curricula and supporting professional development for teachers. Tim also won the IITP President’s Award for Contribution to the IT Profession.
The Computers in Homes team was nominated for the award by IITP Member, Bill Dashfield, and it came as a pleasant surprise to be recognised as a finalist. 100 nominations were received for the Awards across nine categories with a total of 24 finalists being selected. Computers in Homes programme chair, Laurence Zwimpfer, National Coordinator, Di Daniels, Auckland coordinator, Cara Sefuiva and 2020 Trustee, Selwyn Screen, attended the Awards event and were ready to leap to the stage if CiH had won.
Computers in Homes has provided foundation digital literacy skills to over 12,000 families during the last 14 years, providing over 50,000 students with the opportunity to develop their IT skills and become an IT professional. We don’t know how many have progressed along this path, but we have done our best to ensure that they at least have the option.