About The Mind Lab by Unitec

The Mind Lab by Unitec is a unique education collaboration between a public education provider and a specialist education lab dedicated to enhancing digital literacy capability and the implementation of contemporary practice in the teaching profession.

The Mind Lab is a pioneer in digital and collaborative learning reflecting the new theoretical and practical frameworks of contemporary education. Unitec is a leader in applied vocational education with a long history in education from preschool teacher training through to postgraduate education leadership.

Together The Mind Lab and Unitec is redefining professional development for teachers through the offering of an applied, progressive and blended postgraduate qualification specialising in digital and collaborative learning. This programme of study introduces new teaching methodologies for active class engagement, practical knowledge of digital tools and exposure to emerging pedagogical practices that enhance the learning experience for today’s learner.

The Mind Lab and Unitec

This partnership is the first of its kind in New Zealand, blending highly practical postgraduate knowledge taught in The Mind Lab’s purpose built creative learning environment together with classroom-based applied practice and online learning.

“Education doesn’t need to be reformed- it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardise education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions.”
Ken Robinson, 2009

The digital landscape

Technology and the access to digital devices in every aspect of our lives has fundamentally changed how we communicate, share and teach.

The only constant in this digital revolution is the certainty of change, and the need for all people, in all industries and all sectors to embrace lifelong learning and knowledge advancement to reflect the world we live in.

A new generation of learners

As educators we need to prepare and teach students to be flexible, to be adaptable and to be technically skilled for a world that is increasingly digital, global and specialised. A deep understanding of collaborative environments, project-based work streams, design thinking, cultural awareness and global connectedness will arm students for the world ahead.

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”
Ignacio Estrada

As a teacher we want our students to make critical and meaningful connections with new knowledge, new concepts and new ideas. Contemporary teaching increasingly allows students’ to explore learning from their own personal perspective, bringing their world to the learning environment and their experience to the learning process.

Ultimately to facilitate change and to activate progress requires teachers and students to learn the tools, gain the knowledge and to be given the power to be bold, innovative, curious and flexible.

The Mind Lab Key Contacts – Auckland

Frances

Frances Valintine

Chair & Founder

Rick

Rick Ede

Director

Steve

Steve Haddock

Director

Frank

Frank Janssen

Director

Fee

Fee McLeod

General Manager

David

David Parsons

National Postgraduate Director

Milla

Milla Inkila

Postgraduate Director – Auckland

Richard

Richard Rowley

Education Director – Auckland

Melissa

Melissa Fincham

Engagement Manager

Sandy

Sandy Taylor

Accounts and Administration Manager

Damon

Damon Kahi

National Technologist

Truman

Truman Pham

Online Educator

Darcy

Darcy Vo

Online Educator

Tino

Fuatino Peilua

National Portal Manager

Tasha

Tasha Bowen

National Portal Assistant

Shahbeba

Shahbeba Ali

Specialist Programme Advisor

Coco

Coco Kim-Corey

EdTech Educator

Eros

Eros Malele

EdTech Educator

Alex

Alex Jankovic

EdTech Educator

Debbie

Debbie Armour

Lab Manager & EA

Roger

Roger

Facility Manager

The Mind Lab Key Contacts – Wellington

Rochelle

Rochelle Thorn

Postgraduate Facilitator

Malcom

Malcolm Clarke

EdTech Educator

Cheryl

Cheryl Whitfield

Front of house

The Mind Lab Key Contacts – Gisborne

Tim

Tim Gander

Education Director

Carl

Carl Altschul

EdTech Educator

Shanon

Shanon O’Connor

EdTech Educator

Moana

Moana Kerr

Lab Manager

The Mind Lab Key Contacts – Christchurch

Michael

Michael Campbell

Centre Director

Herbert

Herbert Thomas

Postgraduate Director

Shary

Shary Bakker

EdTech Educator

Manish

Manish Makwana

EdTech Educator

Rebecca

Rebecca Hambrook

Lab Manager

 

The Mind Lab Key Contact – Rotorua

Lynley

Lynley Schofield

Postgraduate Director

The Mind Lab Key Contact – Whanganui

Rochelle

Rochelle Thorn

Postgraduate Facilitator

The Mind Lab Key Contacts – Whangarei & South Auckland

Karen

Karen Baker

Postgraduate Facilitator

Join the team

Vacancies and open applications

Know someone with bags of energy, a soft spot for kids and an unbridled passion for creative/digital technologies? Are they fresh out of Uni or Tech? They sound like just our cuppa tea! We have three roles going in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch so send them our way… auckland@themindlab.com , wellington@themindlab.com or christchurch@themindlab.com.