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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.

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.

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.

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

Ki Te Ahikāroa | face-to-face regional meetups and Te Pā Pouahi | facilitated digital leaders

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.

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:

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

Update May 2019

We are now months into implementing Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko | National Readiness Programme. Thousands of teachers and kaiako have registered for our programme. We are excited about supporting more teachers and kaiako to engage with us in their digital technologies and hangarau matihiko journey! Remember to share with colleagues and join our Facebook page for more details and regular updates.

Meetups | Ki te Ahikāroa update

  • 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.

Pīkau | Toolkit update

Current LIVE pīkau | toolkits online are:

  • Hangarau matihiko:
    • Pīkau 1: He Whakatakinga
    • Pīkau 2: Hangarau Matihiko i Te Marautanga o Aotearoa
    • Pīkau 4: Tangata me te Rorohiko 1a
    • Pīkau 5: Whakaaro Rorohiko 1
    • Pīkau 6: Tangata me te Rorohiko 1e
    • Pīkau 7: Whakaaro Rorohiko 2
    • Pīkau 8: Whakaaro Rorohiko 3a
    • Pikau 9: Tangata me te Rorohiko 2a
    • Pīkau 10: Tangata me te Rorohiko 2e
  • Digital technologies:
    • Pīkau 00: Intro: Why Digital Technologies?
    • Pīkau 01: Intro: Getting the most out of pīkau
    • Pīkau 02: Intro: What is Computational thinking for digital technologies?
    • Pīkau 03: Intro: What is Designing and developing digital outcomes?
    • Pīkau 04: Intro: CT- The international perspective
    • Pīkau 05: CTDT PO1: First steps in programming
    • Pīkau 06: CTDT PO2: Programming with sequence and output
    • Pīkau 07: CTDT What is programming?
    • Pīkau 08: CTDT PO3: Making the computer do the work: programming with loops
    • Pīkau 09: CTDT PO4: Getting programs right: the end-user and fast algorithms.
    • Pīkau 10: CTDT PO5: Communicating well when programming
    • Pīkau 11: DDDO PO1: Digital outcomes - getting started with progress outcome 1
    • Pīkau 12: DDDO PO1: Challenge yourself with PO1

Visit our website to register and then access all the pīkau in Te Reo Māori or English.

Pā Pouahi | Digital Leaders update

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

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 May 2019

123Tech is ramping up with some great student projects underway. Look out for us at Techweek events up and down the country (particularly Interface Xpo) and take part in some fun games that teach computational thinking.

Some great project ideas coming through:

  • a drone that can pick up rubbish around the school with a gamified app to control it  
  • a website idea to help students catch up on school work when they are absent
  • a random generator to decide who will be the class reporter each week.

There is only a couple of months left in which you can sign your students up for 123Tech.  

This FREE programme is designed to support you to introduce the new DT&HM curriculum content to year 0–13 students and akonga and is available in English and Te Reo Māori.

For more information so that you can get involved for 2019, go to: Tahi Rua Toru Tech

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

The programme includes professionally facilitated digital technology workshops for years 3–8 students in deciles 1–3 schools, fully mapped to the new digital technology curriculum and available in English or Māori Medium.

  • The programme is 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.
  • The content is fully mapped to the DT and HM curricula.
  • Workshops are available for English medium or Māori medium schools/kura free of charge. 

Update May 2019

Remaining term 2 bookings are almost full; term 3 bookings are now open.

Year 9/10 secondary school based Digital Ignition | Māpura Matihiko pilot module bookings have two remaining spots available in Auckland, with delivery commencing 27 May.

Digital Ignition | Māpura Matihiko continues to be freely available for full immersion Te Reo classes and kura in the Rotorua and Bay of Plenty regions.

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.

More information is available through our website or contact our team at support@digitalignition.co.nz to register.

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 May 2019

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. Our programme is full for term 2 so please contact the team to enquire about booking for term 3 and 4, 2019.

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:

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

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.

Update March 2019

NCEA level one modules are available, and an additional DT & HM Online for NCEA module for level 1 has recently been 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 digi.tech@education.org.nz


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

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 – Professional Learning and Development

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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