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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.

Tahi Rua Toru Tech! NZ’s Digital Challenge

Tahi Rua Toru Tech is a team-based challenge about creating solutions for real-world problems. It is for students in years 1–13 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.

Resources and industry mentor partnerships will be provided to support teachers and their students.

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 May 2018

The materials for the years 6–13 challenges were released to schools in week 1 of term 2. There are 218 teachers signed up – some with multiple teams entering the challenges. The materials and support provided include:

  • a facility for signing up teams to get the programme cracking
  • resources for the 10-week programme to help the teachers and students to progress their projects
  • assessment criteria
  • a teacher handbook that includes links to many helpful resources.

Register your school now for term 2 (it’s not too late), or register now for the term 3 challenge.

The Primary Challenge will be launched in term 3. Register your interest.

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

The intent behind this project is to deliver programmes to engage children and young people with limited learning opportunities in innovative digital technologies learning.

The project is looking to provide for 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 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 there is one Māori medium.

Update May 2018

  • A pilot programme for modules 1–3 was run in two South Auckland schools at the end of term 1.
  • Modules 3–6 will be launched in May and modules 7–8 at the beginning of term 3.
  • The programme is fully booked in Auckland for term 2. Bookings are being taken for the programme for term 3 and beyond.
  • A Māori medium programme and roadshows for the regions are planned for term 3.

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.

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.

Using Te Tokorima-ā-Mahuika, the online self review tool, educators can identify their current level of “readiness” and plan a personalised learning pathway to grow their confidence and ability to implement the new curriculum content.

The programme is made up of several other components:

  • Pīkau | Toolkits
  • Te Pā Pouahi | The Digital Leaders programme
  • Ngā Kiriahi | Online communities of practice
  • Ki Te Ahikāroa | Local meet ups
  • Te Tahu Ahi | Digital showcase

Update May 2018

  • Look out for Te Tokorima ā Mahuika | Self Review Tool and introductory Pīkau | Toolkits in week 7, term 2.

Find out more and register your interest: Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko | Digital Readiness

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 the new digital technologies curriculum content at senior secondary levels. The TA teaching guide will help teachers and students get the most out of the modules.

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

Update May 2018

From term 3 2018, complete learning modules will be 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

Three more modules will be available for term 1 2019. All content will initially be hosted by The University of Auckland and available free of charge to all New Zealand students and teachers.

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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