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January 2019

Whare Isaac-Sharland Kia Hīanga te Ako: HīAko

January 21

Whare Isaac-Sharland; Te Arareo Māori, describes HīAko, an innovative programme for schools offered by CORE Education. HīAko is aimed at Maori medium whānau however it will also suit Māori whānau in English medium schools. Whare explains what the programme entails, how the CORE facilitators work in the programme and how HīAko works in schools for tamariki and their whānau. Whare talks about the development of HīAko at CORE. She describes how HīAko is the first hua or fruit from Te…

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Instructional writing and digital technologies

January 22

Instructional writing, decomposition of tasks, and instructional videos Year 5–6 teacher, Dorothy Hutton, has been trialling approaches to see how she can effectively integrate the revised digital technologies curriculum content in her classroom. Dorothy used the link between instructional writing and digital technologies to introduce her class to the concepts of computational thinking and designing and developing digital outcomes.

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Astronomy and e-textiles

January 22

Making connections between a museum display and the technology learning area PLD facilitator, Pippa Lawlor, has been working with primary and intermediate schools to build connections between an annual Matariki exhibition at Kiwi North museum and the technology learning area.

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Pasi Sahlberg The power of small data in education

January 28

Although there has been a lot of discussion about big data and learning analytics recently, Pasi Sahlberg has turned his focus to small data, “those tiny little clues that can reveal big trends or ideas”. He says that school is much more about the tiny little things that only educators can see and then use their professional wisdom and raw instinct to take those clues and use them for solving problems or making making sense out of the things that…

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Selwyn House School – Developing a shared strategic plan

January 29

Selwyn House School principal Dr Lyn Bird shares the school’s story of revisioning and reviewing their school charter. To bring about change in teaching practice, school leaders needed to ensure that the teachers had ownership of the strategic plan and learners were placed at the centre. The end result of this process has been a strategic and annual plan that is owned by the school community; including teachers, students, and whānau.

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February 2019

Safer Internet Day 2019

February 5

Safer Internet Day is just around the corner on 5 February. Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people. The next Safer Internet Day is Tuesday 5 February 2019 and the theme is Together for a Better Internet. Coordinated in New Zealand by Netsafe, the day is an opportunity for people, schools, industry and organisations to unite together to raise awareness and start conversations about online…

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Dr Julia Atkin – Spaces and resources

February 5

Explore Space and resources are a key focus for school communities when developing their learning environments. During a new school build, this area is extensively explored as part of writing an education brief and then during the master planning and the design phases of a property project. Staff in existing and refurbished schools are often looking at ways they can increase the flexibility of their learning environments through the creative use of furniture and other fittings. Through this series of…

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Inclusive education

February 12

This kete provides useful links and resources to support schools to maximise inclusive opportunities for all ākonga. It will be updated as required. Our stories Grow Waitaha stories with a focus on inclusive education in schools around Canterbury: Allenvale School and Ashgrove School – Inclusive satellite provision This story describes Allenvale’s satellite provision at Ashgrove School which has resulted in benefits for students from both schools.

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Innovative learning environments and student agency

February 26

Rob Posthumus, principal of Hurupaki School, shares the findings of her recent sabbatical where she investigated systems of innovative learning environments (ILE) that maximise student agency and self regulation. Rob describes four pedagogical approaches that help to support student agency. They are: Collaboration Use of learning matrices Student initiated learning Horizontal connectedness Download Rob’s full sabbatical report.

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March 2019

Using digital technologies to support Pasifika students’ learning

March 5

Successful learning for our Pasifika students is founded on their languages, cultures, and values. It builds on what we know to be effective curriculum and pedagogy in the different cultural contexts that our learners from the Pacific Islands identify. The Pasifika Education Plan explains the importance of connecting and responding to the identities, languages, and cultures of each Pasifika group in schools. Values such as respect, service, leadership, family, belonging, and relationships are important within Pasifika cultures.

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