#33 Weekly Update

Friday 1 November 2019

Rāmere, 1 o Whiringa-ā-rangi 2019

In this week’s update:

  1. Rōpū Pāngarau/ Maths Group: Digital Technologies in NZC: Top 10 Tips
  2. Te Reo Me Tikanga Māori: Learning Kapa o Pango – All Blacks Haka
  3. Tuhituhi/ Writing: Digital Resource links for literacy
  4. Rōpū Taunaki Ako/ Learning Support: Help Me With Transition Please
  5. Pānui ngaio/ Professional Reading: Appreciative Inquiry
  6. Ted Talk: Looks aren’t Everything

1. Rōpū Pāngarau/ Maths Group

Are you a teacher of students in years 1 to 10? Then you will no doubt be well aware by now of the need to deliver the two new Digital Technologies areas of the curriculum to your students by 2020. These are Computational Thinking for Digital Technologies and Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes. You may be well prepared and already delivering the necessary skills and competencies across the curriculum, or have no idea where to start, or be at any point in-between. Regardless of your current situation, here are ten tips that you may find helpful. Link to full article here

Have you completed our Digital Curriculum survey? If yes, Thank you! If no, please find the link here.

2. Te Reo Me Tikanga Māori

After wiping our tears after last weekend’s loss to England it became apparent that our men in black may need our support as they rebuild.

To help encourage them as a Kāhui, why not learn the All Blacks haka, “Kapa o Pango”, film it, and send it to our heroes. If a group of Japanese school kids can do it, then so can our kiwi kids.

The challenge: Learn it with your class; film it; send it to Mark Ralston so we can stitch together a video that includes our whole Kāhui.


3. Tuhituhi/ Writing – Digital Resource links for literacy

Do you use visual prompts to motivate your writers?

Once Upon A Picture is a site full of illustrations, digital art and animation to support writing and use as writing prompts. All of the work shared here is done so with the permission of the artist. Using pictures in the classroom can help stimulate the imagination and promote creativity in our students. The images and questions can be used to stimulate discussion and develop vocabulary, as a prompt for creative writing, a reading comprehension activity (with a mix of literal, inference, deduction and prediction questions), or as a starting point for a wider curriculum lesson. Some teachers have set an image and questions for homework, while others have organised whole-school writing competitions based on a picture.

www.shaunsgameacademy.co.uk is an awesome free resource developed by Aardman Animations, makers of the ‘Shaun the Sheep’ animated movie. The Game Academy teaches children how to code games using Scratch software. Use this as a base for developing creative story writing with your students.

National Geo for Kids is big on education, and the site is full of information about the world around us, like an online magazine for kids, full of articles, and competitions, and educational videos.

www.youngoceanexplorers.com is an amazing website made by a Father and Daughter team from New Zealand. If your kids are into the deep blue sea, rather than the skies above, this is your new go-to website.


How Stuff Works for older kids, probably 12 and up, but perfect for kids working on school projects / inquiries, explaining how things work, or looking for ‘stuff’ to do during the holidays.

4. Rōpū Taunaki Ako/ Learning Support Group:

5. Pānui ngaio/ Professional Reading:

Appreciative inquiry is a transformative force that supports individuals, teams and organisations to always be positively future focused. It is underpinned by five principles:

  • Our words create our worlds. Our conversations create the reality we desire.
  • Questions create change. The questions we ask direct the way we move forward.
  • What we choose to study/ learn is the world we are creating.
  • Our image of the future drives us towards that destiny.
  • Positive questions create positive change.

Interested in reading more? Find the full blog link here.

6. Ted Talk: Looks aren’t everything

If you teach teenagers, or have teenagers in your whanau, this Ted Talk might be of interest.

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