Rāmere, te 24 o Mahuru 2021

21st Century Learning/Ako Ināianei Tonu

For decades, education reform has been focused on curriculum, assessment, instruction, and more recently standards, and data, with these efforts only bleeding over into how students think briefly, and by chance.

This means that the focus of finite teacher and school resources are not on promoting thinking and understanding, but rather what kinds of things students are going to be thinking about and how they’ll prove they understand them. (TeachTaught).

Bloom’s Taxonomy underwent a review at the beginning of the 21st century, and emerged with a new title: A Taxonomy for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment. The new title is significant because it moves away slightly from Bloom’s original idea of “educational objectives”. The psychologists, researchers and theorists involved in the revision of Bloom’s Taxonomy aimed for a more dynamic idea of classification, which included testing, instruction, and assessment.

Here are 6 strategies on how you can use Blooms in your 21st Century classroom.

Te Reo Māori on Social Media – Hemi Kelly

There are a number of great Māori experts on social media who are changing the way te reo Māori is taught, shared and celebrated. For those of you who would like to keep learning in lockdown and beyond we have picked Hemi Kelly’s A Māori Phrase a Day to share with you via Facebook or  Instagram.

Hemi Kelly teaches Te Reo Māori at AUT and is well-known for his book of the same name. This is a real favourite with the team as he breaks everything down and caters to all ability levels in bite-sized pieces. If you buy the book, you can follow along with his posts, both past and present.

Kia kaha te reo Māori

Hauora/Learner Support

How cool did the Sky Tower look!

We were so excited to see the Sky Tower glowing our colours 💙💚💜 (Mental Health Foundation). The Sky Tower was swirling in a kaleidoscope of purple, blue and green to support MHAW

“We want to encourage Kiwis to take time to kōrero, because we know that a little chat can go a long way. He waka eke noa, we’re all in this together!” 

Sky Tower

Top Tips for Mental Health these holidays:

Future Ready/Digital Curriculum/Anga Whakamua

Looking for an activity which encourages students to look after themselves? 

Here is the first activity in the ‘Look after yourself’ pathway.

Use Scratch to create a stress ball app that you can click to squash!

You will:

  • Turn a ball sprite into a stress ball by adding details in the Paint editor
  • Add Looks and Sound code blocks to squash your stress ball when you click on it
  • Add a backdrop to the Stage to make your app more colourful

Each step is laid out and easy to follow. Check out the lesson here. This lesson can be used with all ages.

The ‘Look after yourself’ pathway continues with the following lessons;

Teaching Snapshots – Technology Online

Outstanding Scholarship in Technology:STEELBRO Bluetooth Application

Digital technologies teacher Ruth Davey based in Christchurch advises students to begin exploring project ideas in year 12 if they want to do scholarship in year 13.

MacKenzie Parker (her student) developed a Bluetooth application to retain and share information on container weight for STEELBRO.

The ability to retain and share container weight information would mean STEELBRO is ready for proposed international safety convention changes.

This scholarship project demonstrates outstanding planning for practice and technological modelling.

MacKenzie’s father works at the company and suggested that developing a solution to the problem of retaining and sharing container weight information to meet a possible new Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) convention could suit a scholarship project.

A meeting with MacKenzie, his father, and the STEELBRO General Manager, Peter Dobbs, confirmed that the company was keen to support MacKenzie for this scholarship project.

Full article here

Kāhui Ako Calendar/Maramataka 

Fortnightly Hui @ Wainui School – 3.45pm

Rāpare, te 30 o Mahuru / Thursday 30 September

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