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Digital technologies professional supports

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What support will teachers receive?

Teachers and kaiako can access a range of supports to build their confidence in ensuring that students have access to rich learning opportunities in digital technologies and hangarau matihiko curriculum content.

See below for information, resources, and regular updates on digital technologies professional supports.

For information about other professional supports for technology education, see Technology professional supports.

Tahi Rua Toru Tech! NZ’s Digital Challenge

Tahi Rua Toru Tech is a national team-based challenge about creating solutions for real-world problems using digital technologies. It is for students in years 0–13 and will take place in ten regions over 12 weeks. Regional winners at a range of levels will then compete for the national championship in November.

A “people’s choice award” will go to students who provide the most compelling content – such as photographs, videos, and blog posts – to support their entry.

Tahi Rua Toru Tech is especially effective for students without high-level digital skills. Students can learn and strengthen skills in research, teamwork, written communication, design, and development. Resources and industry mentor partnerships are provided to support teachers and their students. Resources are available in English and te reo Māori.

Tahi Rua Toru Tech is being delivered in partnership between the Ministry of Education and not-for profit organisations led by IT Professionals and Royal Society Te Apārangi. 

Update December 2018

The Tahi Rua Toru Tech National Finals were held in Wellington on 5 December. A huge congratulations to all of the winning teams, and everyone else who was involved. This was a fantastic event that showed how innovative kiwi kids are! 

In 2019 you will be able to run the 12 week challenge at anytime during terms 1–3. The only conditions are that it must be done in no more than 12 weeks and be completed by the first week of term 4.

For more information on the challenge so that you can get involved for 2019, go to: Tahi Rua Toru Tech Challenge.

Digital Technology for All Equity Fund – Digital Ignition and Raranga Matihiko

The Digital Technologies for All Equity Fund delivers programmes to engage children and young people with limited learning opportunities in innovative digital technologies learning.

The project provides up to 12,500 student places per annum for 2018, 2019, and 2020. There are two programmes being offered under this initiative. 

Digital Ignition | Māpura Matihiko Programme

  • Designed for years 3–8 and available for decile 1–3 schools.
  • The programme has six modules. Each module consists of three one-hour workshops delivered by professional facilitators. Each module is loosely related to a corresponding year group.
  • Content is fully mapped to the DT & HM curricula.
  • Workshops are available for English medium or Māori medium schools/kura free of charge. 

Delivery is centred mainly around Auckland and Christchurch regions. Visits are planned to regional areas over the year.

Update November 2018

  • Digital Ignition | Māpura Matihiko is now fully operational across both English medium and Māori medium decile 1–3 schools, years 3–8. Bookings are open for 2019.
  • Resources for all schools are now available free of charge on our website (Māori medium available soon.)
  • Regional locations for term 1, 2019 include: Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua for Māori medium schools, and Bay of Plenty and Manawatu for English medium.

For more information or to register for a booking: Digital Ignition | Māpura Matihiko programme

Raranga Matihiko | Weaving digital futures

Raranga Matihiko are museum-led workshops that weave student and ākonga learning through digital technologies, creative exploration, and collaboration.

Inspired by museum taonga, primary and secondary school students, and kura ākonga will share their stories through a range of digital products.

Te Papa is working in partnership with Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi, and MTG Hawke’s Bay to deliver Raranga Matihiko to students across Aotearoa New Zealand.

In a Technology Online webinar, Project Director, Tara Fagan, talks about using Te Papa museum's taonga with primary and secondary school ākonga to develop understandings of digital technologies:

Update November 2018

We are now taking bookings for term 1, 2019 for year 1–10 students in decile 1–3 schools and all kura in Waitangi, Auckland, Hawke’s Bay, and Wellington regions.

Students will have an opportunity to explore a range of digital technologies through project-based learning and their teachers will strengthen their understandings about the new digital technologies and hangarau matihiko curricula content.

To book or inquire about this programme, please contact rarangamatihiko@tepapa.govt.nz

For more information: Raranga Matihiko | Weaving Digital Futures

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko Digital Readiness

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko | Digital Readiness is a three-year national programme that includes services to support educators in both English and Māori medium schools and kura.

It is a uniquely Aotearoa programme based on the traditional story of how Māui discovered the source of fire from his grandmother Mahuika.

Learners are guided by Māui and Mahuika to engage with face to face and online supports to learn about this new digital content. This comprehensive programme enables individuals and groups through a Te Tokorima-a-Mahuika | self assessment tool to gauge their current level of digital readiness.

Learners can complete Pīkau | online toolkits in computational thinking/whakaaro rorohiko and designing and developing digital outcomes/tangata me te rorohiko; as well as engage in an Ngā Kiriahi | online community of learning. 

Ki Te Ahikāroa | face-to-face regional meetups, Te Pā Pouahi | facilitated digital leaders, and Te Tahu Ahi | digital showcases provide every level of learner the opportunity to develop their digital readiness.

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko has a resource to help you understand the differences between e-Learning/ICT capability and digital technologies:

e-Learning/ICT Capability versus Digital Technologies (PDF, 1 MB)

Update November 2018 

The Pīkau | online toolkits, the online learning base of Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko, are currently being loaded. Fun and full of practical ideas and resources for use in the classroom, the toolkits can be completed where and when it suits, taking 30–40 minutes each. New Pīkau will be added regularly. 

The Pīkau are supported by open discussion on Ngā Kiriahi | online community of learning. It’s a safe, open place to share wonderings, ideas, and expertise. There are groups associated with different Pīkau, as well as discussions about a range of digital technologies and hangarau matihiko areas.

Sign up to Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko to access the Pīkau and Ngā Kiriahi.

Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko Online for NCEA

The University of Auckland and Ministry of Education have partnered to make the online learning modules "Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko for NCEA".

These modules support teachers, particularly those who are not subject specialists, to teach digital technologies and hangarau matihiko curriculum content at senior secondary levels. The modules provide student activities and teacher guides. Each module is divided into sections that focus on one NCEA achievement standard. Teachers can pick and choose parts of the modules to use for learning and/or revision.

Six modules at NCEA level 1 have been developed, including two digital technologies standards translated into te reo Māori.

View this short introductory video which provides an overview on the resources.

Update January 2019

NCEA level one modules are now available with more modules coming for Term 2, 2019. Nearly 1,300 students and 200 teachers are currently using the new online modules.

Register here: DT & HM Online for NCEA courses

The Ministry of Education is keen to hear feedback on this approach to support teachers in other learning areas; contact digi.tech@education.org.nz to share your experience.


Networks of Expertise

Networks of Expertise support subject associations and broader networks used by teachers and school leaders. The focus is building teacher capability at school/kura and Kāhui Ako at regional and national levels to deliver rich, locally relevant learning experiences across the curriculum.

There are four networks specifically established to support digital technologies:

Digital Technologies Teachers Aotearoa (DTTA)

For more information, contact: admin@nzacditt.org.nz

Robotics and Computer Science in Education

For more information, contact: contact@CS4STrust.org.nz

MIE Experts

For more information, contact: mieexpertsnz@outlook.com

Southern Microsoft Cluster

For more information, contact: nikkiel@opaheke.school.nz

Digital fluency

This national priority Professional Learning and Development has been available since 2016 and may be the best place to start for some.

Digital fluency support is designed to ensure teachers and kaiako can confidently use digital technologies, programmes, and devices to support their curriculum teaching and learning programmes.  

It is important for teachers and kaiako to build their confidence and use of digital technologies as we move into a world that is increasingly digital for many students. The foundations built here will also help teachers as they engage with the new digital technologies and hangarau matihiko curriculum content more extensively.

Education Services – Digital Technology Professional Supports

Tailored digital technologies and hangarau matihiko PLD for Kāhui Ako

As Kāhui Ako | Communities of Learning, schools, and kura consider how to integrate the curriculum materials into their teaching and learning programmes, they will be able to apply for centrally funded support.

Schools, kura, and Kāhui Ako will be able to select a suitable accredited facilitator who will work with them to build a professional learning and development plan which is responsive to their needs, priorities, and approach to delivering the new curriculum content, in a manner tailored to their individual needs and context. It will commence during term 1, 2018.

Education Services – How can I access centrally-funded PLD?

Other curriculum supports

More curriculum supports will be provided over time to support the implementation phase.

Other curriculum supports such as exemplars and lesson plans can be accessed through the technology and hangarau matihiko curriculum content support websites:

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