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Digital technologies professional supports

Teachers working on a computer together

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.

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 ten 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 September 2018

Tahi Rua Toru Tech has had around 2000 students participating in the challenge, with amazing projects emerging:

  • a robot to scare birds away from the school deck to decrease the amount of bird poop
  • an app to help new kids find their way around school
  • an app to promote local stores who do not use single-use plastic bags
  • an app for students who want to share their leftover lunch at school with someone who doesn’t have any food.

The primary challenge was also launched in term 3 – a collection of eight activities aimed at 5–10 year-olds to teach the fundamentals of computing and computational thinking. The primary school activities use the CSUnplugged programme.

Regional championships will be held in October, with a national championship on 5 December.  

  • Students undertaking project based activities will be judged on their innovation, creativity, and effort. 
  • Students who undertook the activity based challenge will compete against teams to see who can complete similar tasks learnt in the classroom.

For more information or to register your interest: 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 will provide 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

  • It is designed for years 3–8 and available to decile 1–3 schools.
  • The programme has six modules. Each module has three one-hour workshops. Each module is loosely related to the corresponding year group.

There are several facilitators assisting with the programme implementation. There are three English medium facilitators and one Māori medium.

Update August 2018

  • Years 7–8 modules are now available for students in decile 1–3 English medium schools.
  • Māori medium workshops are launching this month in applicable schools along with associated resources.
  • Regional delivery of the programme is almost completely booked for the Bay of Plenty, Manawatu, and Southland this term.
  • The programme for years 3–6 is operational in schools and bookings are now open for 2019.

For more information or to register interest: 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 September 2018

The Raranga Matihiko programme is 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. We currently have limited places in Waitangi during term 3 and 4 this year.

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.

Update August 2018 

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko, the National Digital Readiness Programme, is available online. The complete package supports teachers, leaders, and kaiako as they prepare to be ready to implement the new digital technologies and hangarau matihiko curriculum content in 2020.

Check the website for dates of the regional face-to-face meetings and for useful resources and more information: Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko | Digital Readiness

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

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

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 are being developed, including two digital technologies standards translated into te reo Māori.

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

Update September 2018

Three modules will be available in 2018, with three more available for term 1, 2019.

From term 3 2018, complete learning modules are available to support the delivery of:

  • AS91886 Demonstrate understanding of human computer interaction (also translated into te reo Māori)
  • AS91887 Demonstrate understanding of compression coding for a chosen media type

Modules are being developed for kura and Māori medium and will be available later in 2018/2019.

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.

Register here: DT & HM Online for NCEA courses

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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