#18 Newsletter 2021

Rāmere, te 2 o Hōngongoi 2021

21st Century Learning

Formative Assessment Part 1

According to Scott (2015) it is not possible to address the issue of transforming twenty-first century instruction without also addressing formative assessments – assessments that enable a teacher to evaluate learning while it is occurring. 

Formative assessment in the form of continuous feedback will take the lead in twenty-first century assessment. It is especially beneficial for clarifying learning goals, ensuring continuous monitoring, providing feedback, responding to learners’ progress, encouraging adaptation and improvements in learning outcomes, and involving students in meaningful self and peer assessment.

Kupu o te Wiki

The kupu o te wiki this week is a kiwaha/idiom. These are used by those who are in the know. Hoea tō waka is a way of positively saying, “You do you”, “Go for it!” or negatively, “Please yourself”. It depends on the tone  you use when saying it.

Hoea tō waka “You do you” “Go for it!” “Please yourself”.

(Hoy-ah tore wah-kah)

Matariki Festival 2021

Matariki kicks off this weekend and there are a range of great events popping up all over Tāmaki Makaurau. Many of them are family friendly and full of kai, performances and art.

If you want to participate, jump onto the website and find something for your whānau.

Literacy – Graphic Novel

Āhuru Mōwai – Sanctuary™  is the first digital platform to provide online-reading material for Māori Graphic Novels. We created Sanctuary to visualise the tales gifted to us by kaumātua and mana whenua, and to share their wisdom in ways that would be compelling for others. Nau mai haere ki te ao Āhuru Mōwai.

Hauora/Learner Support

Future Read/Digital Curriculum

STEM – linked to Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics

STEM Online NZ is a free interactive teaching and learning resource for NCEA external standards in STEM subjects. Designed specifically for New Zealand teachers and students by subject-specialist teachers, this resource combines interactive learning content, videos, animations, quizzes, game-based content, as well as classroom experiments and activities, all with a distinctly kiwi flavour. 

The resources on the site are designed to link into current learning within the classroom and enhance current programmes for students. Each module is divided into sections and covers the content of one NCEA external standard. Check out the website here. Alternatively, visit their about page for more information.

Looking for the best graphic design platform to enhance a classroom activity? Check out the free ones below. Also – link to original blog post by Brittany Washburn.

Canva An amazing tool packed with templates for non-designers to create graphics, presentations, flyers and more.

Adobe Spark It’s easy to make science fair posters, social studies infographics, math flashcards, and so much more with Spark Post. Pick a template or start from scratch.

GIMP This is a completely free photo manipulation program similar to Adobe Photoshop.

Blender Blender is the free and open source 3D creation suite.

SketchUp 3D modeling software, free with a G Suite or Microsoft education account.

Piskel Piskel is a free online editor for animated sprites & pixel art.

WordArt.com A free online word cloud art creator that enables you to easily create amazing and unique word cloud art with your students. 

Kāhui Ako Calendar/Maramataka

Te 19 Pipiri/June ki te 11 Hōngongoi/July Matariki 

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