Tuesday 9 February 2016

Volume 95 Number 2

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Strategies for science engagement

Team Solutions, part of The University of Auckland’s PLD division, is working with schools to encourage the use of contexts that get kids excited about science. The Ministry of Education has contracted the science facilitators within the Secondary Student Achievement PLD contract to work with schools currently assessing NCEA Level 1 science students against unit standards. As part of this …read more


Award winners reach for the stars

Award winners reach for the stars

Winning a Prime Minister’s Education Excellence Award in 2014 gave full Māori immersion centre Nōku Te Ao a huge confidence boost – and they certainly haven’t been resting on their laurels since. In 2002, Dy Stirling was part of a kapa haka group of parents who came together to form one of the South Island’s few full Māori immersion early …read more


Board game teaches students about their own backyards

Board game teaches students about their own backyards

The rich history of the Bay of Plenty is coming alive for a new generation of Kiwis through a board game. Books have been put aside in 60 Tauranga schools in favour of the hands-on ‘Koha: The Culturally Cool Card Game of Tauranga Moana’. The brainchild of Tommy Kapai Wilson (Ngati Ranginui/Pirirākau), Koha is designed to strengthen players’ knowledge of …read more


School network upgrade project comes to an end

School network upgrade project comes to an end

CHURTON SCHOOL CONNECTS TO THE BIG WIDE WORLD Students from Whanganui’s Churton School are regularly sharing their latest creative writing efforts with young people throughout the world. The 100 Word Challenge tasks school students with putting together pieces of writing, no longer than 100 words, on a particular topic. Once they post their pieces to a class blog they link …read more


Airpoints for Schools

Airpoints for Schools

     We know you have great aspirations for your students. What if you could offer them an opportunity to travel and get experiences which would further inspire their learning? Or perhaps you’re looking to enhance your teaching skills and there’s a world-class conference coming up that might normally be out of reach? Air New Zealand’s new AirpointsTM for Schools …read more


Know your copy-rights!

Know your copy-rights!

In this digital age, sharing resources is easier than it has ever been before. Teachers can collaborate with colleagues not just around the country, but around the world. Sharing can save time and money: maybe someone has already made what you need and put it online. But what about copyright? If you’ve created a teaching resource, who owns the copyright? What …read more


An Hour of Code a day…

An Hour of Code a day…

The Hour of Code movement is a worldwide phenomenon designed to show teachers and students that anybody can get stuck into coding, not just ‘techy’ people. Centred around the website hourofcode.com, Hour of Code is providing the tools for teachers to introduce students to the world of coding with a wealth of tutorials that can ground students in the basics …read more


Wellbeing tools for schools and young people

Wellbeing tools for schools and young people

Most young New Zealanders have the resilience required to thrive during their adolescent years, but a significant proportion – 20 per cent – struggle to deal with behaviours, emotions, or experiences that could put their wellbeing at risk. Research has shown that students who feel more connected to their school are more likely to experience positive health and education outcomes. …read more


Ask the Connected Learning Advisory

Ask the Connected Learning Advisory

The Ministry of Education’s Connected Learning Advisory – Te Ara Whītiki is committed to supporting schools and clusters as they plan for, manage and use digital technologies for learning. This month we look at how the advisory supports schools to make strategic decisions around the right sort of device to choose for effective learning.  WEIGHING UP DEVICES BY TYPE “Adding …read more


Remote West Coast school gets early jump onto information highway

Remote West Coast school gets early jump onto information highway

When the Ministry found out that one of New Zealand’s smallest and remotest schools did not have wireless internet access in its classrooms, it jumped in to see what could be done. With a pile of iPads and notebooks sitting unused in the corner of the classroom, Barrytown School principal Katrina Hampton was despairing whether her students would ever get …read more


Huge energy savings for John Paul College

Huge energy savings for John Paul College

Turning lights off at lunch time and computers off after school are just a few of the things that are saving John Paul College thousands of dollars a year on its energy bill. Thanks to its energy-saving teachers and students, the Rotorua secondary school was named the winner of the first annual Torque IP Conservation Cup. John Paul College …read more

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