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“Listening to the Land”, Connected, level 3, November 2018

27 February 2019

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Pauline Harris, a scientist of Rongomaiwahine and Ngāti Kahungunu descent, is working with a team of researchers to collect and record mātauranga from iwi and hapū about plants and animals in Aotearoa.

You can find a PDF version of the story as well as teacher support material here: Listening to the Land, Connected, level 3, November 2018

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Discussion questions

These could include:

  • What were the societal and environmental issues that influenced Dr Harris to make a digital map to preserve the knowledge from Māori about climate change? How did these societal and environmental issues affect what she decided to make, how she undertook planning, the selection of resources, and how to make and test the outcome?
  • What was the knowledge that Dr Harris required to develop her digital map?
  • How has the recording of history changed over time? Why?
  • How will the digital map Dr Harris is creating impact on the social world over time?
  • How will the digital map Dr Harris is creating impact on the natural world over time?
  • What knowledge did Dr Harris identify as being useful to produce a successful digital map?        

Indicators of progression for discussion starters

Component Indicator Level
Characteristics of technology
  • describe how societal and/or environmental issues can influence what people decided to make, how they would undertake planning, the selection of resources, and how they would make and test an outcome
  • explain why particular technological outcomes have changed over time
  • describe examples of how technology has impacted on the social world over time
  • describe examples of how technology has impacted on the natural world over time
  • identify that technological knowledge is knowledge that technologists agree is useful in ensuring a successful outcome.
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