Digital technologies professional learning
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.
- Education Services provide information on the professional learning support initiatives at: Digital Technologies & Hangarau Matihiko
- This MOE brochure is a guide to finding support: Digital Technologies and the New Zealand Curriculum.
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.
Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko National Digital Readiness Programme
Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko – the National Digital Readiness Programme, 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.
This tool is now updated with a group function. The group function collates individual's results so schools, kura, and groups can get an overview on readiness to roll out the revised curricula content for digital technologies and hangarau matihiko. This new function supports leaders to make decisions about how to best support each other into 2020 and beyond.
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Pīkau | Toolkits and Ngā Kiriahi | Online community
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.
The Pīkau | online toolkits, are 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.
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.
There are over twenty Pīkau currently LIVE for both Hangarau Matihiko and Digital Technologies. We are about to release more Pīkau for both English and Māori medium.
Watch examples of Pīkau video content and gain further understanding of digital technologies in the revised technology learning area.
Ki Te Ahikāroa | face-to-face regional meetups
Check out our meetups dates and locations around New Zealand.
Come along and interact with other teachers and kaiako to learn about the new digital technologies and hangarau matihiko curriculum content. All our meetups are FREE to attend.
If you're interested in hosting a meetup in 2020 as a school, kura, or Kāhui Ako, email:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Te Pā Pouahi | facilitated digital leaders
Have you been asked to lead your school or kura in digital technologies or hangarau matihiko? Don’t do it by yourself, we can support you to do this through our Pā Pouahi | Digital Leaders course.
For further information and to register, go to: Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko digital leaders
The differences between e-Learning/ICT capability and digital technologies
Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko has a resource to help you understand the differences between e-Learning/ICT capability and digital technologies:
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 takes place in ten regions over 12 weeks.
Regional winners at a range of levels for 2019 will compete at the national finals in Wellington on 5 December 2019. The prizegiving and announcements will be live-streamed on the 123Tech Facebook page starting at 3 pm.
Just over 6 000 students took part in 2019. Now is the perfect time to sign up for 2020.
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.
This FREE programme is designed to support you to introduce the new DT&HM curriculum content to year 0–13 students and ākonga and is available in English and te reo Māori.
Watch the Technology Online webinar with teachers talking to project leader Joy Keene about how they are using the digital challenge in their classrooms:
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.
The programme includes professionally facilitated digital technology workshops.
- The programme is designed for years 3–10 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.
- The content is fully mapped to the digital technologies and hangarau matihiko curricula content.
- Workshops are available for English-medium or Māori-medium schools/kura free of charge.
Teacher resources for all schools are available on our website – www.digitalignition.co.nz.
The programme has shown itself to be an effective demonstration of the DT&HM content at work, both for students and teachers.
Bookings are open and filling fast for all terms in 2020 for both English-medium and Māori-medium classes in decile 1–3 schools.
New for 2020 are workshops for year 9 and year 10 students (based on availability) and applicable across all class subjects to help introduce digital technologies concepts into learning.
Regional visit locations are being confirmed for 2020, register to indicate interest.
More information is available through our website.
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.
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:
The Raranga Matihiko | Weaving Digital Futures programme is available in Northland, Auckland, Hawke’s Bay, and Wellington for all decile 1–3 schools and kura.
Programmes are designed specifically for learners in your classroom, to build on your inquiry, and involves at least 16 hours face-to-face facilitation.
The website has a growing range of resources available, including:
- A beginner’s guides to Computational Thinking progress outcomes 1–3 and Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes 1–2
- Ngā Tupuruanga o hangarau matihiko
Bookings for 2020 are now being accepted. To book or inquire about this programme, please contact email@example.com
For more information, go to: Raranga Matihiko | Weaving Digital Futures
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.
NCEA level one modules are available, and an additional DT & HM Online for NCEA module for level 1 is published.
The new module supports the curriculum teaching and learning underpinning 91880: Develop a digital media outcome. It challenges students to develop their digital media skills while tracking down the source of a mystery smell.
Teachers and students can access the modules by registering 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. To share your experience and feedback, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- For information on the update to standards and resources, go to: DT & HM Level 2 and 3 achievement standards and resources now available
Networks of Expertise for digital technologies
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:
For more information, contact: email@example.com
For more information, contact: contact@CS4STrust.org.nz
For more information, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern Microsoft Cluster
For more information, contact: email@example.com
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.
Other curriculum supports
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