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News of October 2011

Ako in action: school leaders talk about their learning


In this series of  digital stories eight New Zealand school leaders talk about how they have connected the learning they undertook in three Ministry-funded professional learning programmes to their professional practice.
See more videos that support school leaders' professional learning in the media gallery

Rangiātea: case studies and exemplars


These case studies and exemplars show how five secondary schools are focusing on realising Māori student potential.
The case studies look at the strategies used by the school leadership teams, and report on key factors that are contributing towards lifting Māori student achievement in their schools. The exemplars step through how a particular programme has been used successfully in each school.

Using Photo Booth in preparing to mihi


Photo Booth, a standard app with any iMac or Macbook, is being used to help students practice and develop their mihi so they can be confident at sharing with fluency, and with a depth of understanding about the significance of this protocol. This Snapshot of learning shows how one teacher and her group of students found that by capturing their mihi digitally, they could easily review their work and reflect on the quality of their presentation. This led to increased confidence when they came to present their mihi to an audience.

Resource for gaining teacher registration revised


Towards Full Registration: A Support Kit has been revised giving clear directions on how to gain full teacher registration. The kit is for teachers in teacher-led early childhood services, primary, and secondary schools and kura kaupapa Māori.

The revised kit includes the Registered Teacher Criteria and effective induction and mentoring guidelines. 

This resource is a joint publication of the Ministry of Education and the New Zealand Teachers Council. 

Find out more

See me, Hear me: A photo essay


Unicef has provided material for a unit of work in which students create their own digital photo essay on issues that are important to them in their community.
Students are encouraged to identify issues they feel strongly about communicating to the Government of New Zealand, and discuss how these images could be communicated via digital photography to their MP.
Aimed at level 4-5 Social Sciences of the New Zealand Curriculum the resource includes teachers' notes, a unit plan, and an activity sheet for students with a link to ‘A child’s view - Do you see my world?’, a photo essay that took place in Bangladesh.

Junior Assessment of Mathematics (JAM): Pilot draft


The JAM assesses the achievement of a student in relation to levels 1 and 2 of The New Zealand Curriculum (NZC) and the mathematics standards for years 1–3. The assessment consists of 9 modules. Each module can be used as a separate assessment, or the modules can be combined to provide a broader assessment.The JAM is currently in draft to enable feedback to be provided on this assessment tool before a final version is published.

Just for kids

Shaping Education


While devastating for the region, the Canterbury earthquakes have created a unique opportunity to revisit the way education is delivered in greater Christchurch in the future - to take the best of what we already have and introduce some fresh thinking. 

The Ministry of Education and the Tertiary Education Commission have been asked to work with the community to develop a draft Education Renewal Recovery Plan that will meet the educational needs of children and young people, and support the social, cultural, and economic recovery of greater Christchurch.

The Ministry of Education is keen to hear what you think, and resource material is available to use with students to help promote discussion. 

Explore the three key themes that have been identified and send in your feedback on what you think should be retained, what should be changed, and what innovation could be introduced.

Statistics NZ: Interactive Boundary Maps


A free online resource developed for geography teachers by Statistics NZ includes interactive tools to explore population patterns, processes, and statistics. It also includes suggested activities to extend conceptual understandings.

See related teacher support material.

Arts Online

Arts Online Digistories


A collection of digital stories that shares innovative, curriculum-based Artists in Education projects in New Zealand primary, intermediate, and secondary schools and their communities.

Leading artists from a wide range of arts disciplines work alongside teachers and students, parents and wider community, to enrich arts learning through a focus on local contexts.

The stories show the process of creating meaningful arts works, the unique opportunities to learn from each other, and the positive impact on learning not only in the arts disciplines, but across many aspects of learning and school community life.

NZ Curriculum Update 14: Creating educationally powerful connections


Find out about The Virtual Learning Network Community (VLNC) involving over 180 primary and secondary schools and kura, and more than 10,000 students.

Organised web and video conferencing meets the needs of 1500 of these students.

Read about the VLNC primary community developing e-learning collaboration throughout the primary sector; the secondary community with a broad range of learning opportunities; Te Kāhui Kura o te Whaitua Mātihiko with more than 600 Māori-medium students; and ELLINZ Online the English Language Learning pilot with 35 students from six schools.