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News of March 2019

Digital technologies questions and answers

25/3/2019

On this page you can find answers to the most common questions educators have been asking about digital technologies within the revised technology learning area.

What"s changed? How do we get started? How do we continue? What's mandated?

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko Digital Readiness – free workshops

25/3/2019

Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko will be in your region offering free workshops to support teachers, kaiako, and leaders to better understand and implement the revised DT & HM curricula content.

Find out more and register at https://ahikaroa.kiatakatu.ac.nz/ 

Support in the wake of Christchurch

Support in the wake of Christchurch

19/3/2019

Tips for parents and educators: Supporting children and young people

In the wake of Friday’s shocking event in Christchurch, the Ministry of Education is providing support to schools, kura, and early learning services. This is a really tough time for New Zealanders and it is critical our children and young people get the support and care they need as they return to schools and other learning institutions. We also need to look after our teachers and staff.

The Ministry is very focused on Christchurch but we know children and young people around the country have been impacted by Friday’s events and we are ensuring everyone is provided with the support they need.

Tips for parents and educators on supporting conversations with children and young people have been circulated to all New Zealand schools and early learning services and can be found on the Ministry's website

Other Ministry resources that focus on resilience and diversity

Curriculum in Action: Change loss and grief 

This resource helps students develop knowledge, understanding, and skills to support themselves and others in times of stress and loss. 

School Journal Story Library: Home: Stories from New New Zealanders 

Students share memories of what life was like in the countries where they were born and discuss what it has been like adjusting to life in New Zealand.

Resilience and mental health resources provided by other organisations

My FRIENDS Youth Resilience Programme

This aims to help students in years 7–11 become confident, lifelong learners. It has been shown to help build students’ resilience – their ability to overcome anxiety and cope with difficult and challenging situations. 

Mental health education and hauora: Teaching interpersonal skills, resilience, and wellbeing

This NZCER resource supports teaching children and young people about mental health, wellbeing, resilience, and interpersonal skills.

Common Ground 

Common Ground helps adults to support young people in years 1–13 to manage hard times and enjoy happier lives. It includes tips on how to get help, initiate difficult conversations with young people, and identify a young person in need of help.

Strengthening Local Curriculum Design workshops

14/3/2019

As part of a wider programme of support for schools and kura to develop their own local curriculum, two-hour regionally based workshops are being organised for interested kura and schools during March, April, and May this year.

These workshops are targeted at principals and curriculum leads and are available for English-medium and dual-medium (NZ Curriculum focus), or for Māori-medium (TMoA focus).

Please note that there are limited spaces available so we encourage you to register as soon as possible.

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Webinar: Using Scratch in the primary classroom

14/3/2019

When: 10 April, 3.45-4.45 pm

In this webinar we share practical examples and discuss the implications for coding using block code with links to other text-based programming languages.

There will be an opportunity for you try this yourself on your device or computer.

2019 Smart Alex creative writing competition for secondary school students

14/3/2019

For a second year, the Friends of the Turnbull Library are running the Smart Alex creative writing competition to celebrate the centenary of Alexander Turnbull and his legacy. 

Secondary students are required to respond to or interpret an image from the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library and produce either a piece of creative writing, an illustrated graphic story, or a written song/waiata. 

  • Entries can be in English or te reo Māori.
  • Open to all secondary school and secondary home-educated students in NZ and the South Pacific 
  • Age-group categories for entries: Years 9-10, and Years 11-13.
  • The official entry form and competition details on the Friends of the Turnbull Library website.
  • Posters available on the National Library Services to Schools website, as well as tips to help students find images and kick start their writing.
  • Entries must be received no later than 5pm Sunday 21 July 2019.

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