Frances Valintine is an Education Futurist committed to shifting education practice, policy and understanding to contextualize it within a contemporary global environment. She is the founder of The Mind Lab by Unitec, a learning laboratory commitment to technology, science and discovery.
Frances has been an education leader for the past 20 years with a focus on creativity, innovation and digital and the alignment between education and industry. In 2014, she won the best social enterprise award in the Asia Pacific judged by Sir Richard Branson and Steve Wozniak. The Mind Lab by Unitec has been recognized by multiple awards for its contribution to education, teaching and student progress.
Frances sits on the Education New Zealand board, the NZ Tech board and leads the national EdTech and New Zealand ‘Women in Technology’ initiatives.
The Mind Lab
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.