Posts by Diana Clement

Debate and support for new digital strand

News broke in the spring that digital technology will become a strand in the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa in its own right from 2018 requiring all primary and intermediate teachers to incorporate its teaching. But teachers needn’t be nervous, says NZEI Te Riu Roa’s representative on a government review team Jo…

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Trusts front on BYOD as sharks circle

Daryl Evans works with families in South Auckland and says vulnerable families are being driven into the clutches of mobile shops, which charge exorbitant prices. “I did a price comparison and one device that was $198 at Noel Leeming was being sold for $413 plus interest on the truck,” says Evans who is chief executive…

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Favourite apps for educators and students

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Behaviour management app ClassDojo is a favourite at Koputaroa School, says teacher Becky Ward. Each child is assigned a profile, chooses an avatar, and earns or loses points called “dojos” for behaviours. Points can also go to groups or tables, and toward goals. A “random” button gives points away for a bit of fun. Teachers…

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 The best and best of e-Portfolios

Students and teacher Rachel Foster delight in their e-portfolios

Above: Students and teacher Rachel Foster at City Kids in Wellington delight in their e-portfolios Software such as Blogger from Google, Microsoft’s Sway and smaller e-portfolio suites such as Storypark, Educa, Seesaw, and Kidz allow teachers and students to: • record their work as well as goals and achievements • work with a range of…

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Keep learning alive with art and music  

Dance, drama, music and visual arts – are all important for engaging learners. They also boost learning in literacy, numeracy, critical thinking and problem-solving. Yet the arts are being squeezed, in part, by the tentacles of National Standards. Educators can feel inadequate when it comes to lesson planning and execution due to a lack of…

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3Rs + C for coding?

Should we or shouldn’t we teach computer coding in schools? The curriculum is cramped as it is. But there is a growing belief that the 3Rs need to be supplemented with a C for coding. Protagonists say we need to teach more about digital technologies, not just with them. Universities and industries are screaming out…

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Educators scramble to replace library services

The National Library says that class sets of books will no longer be available to individual teachers. Instead it will provide “sets of high quality, curated curriculum topic resources for which there is demonstrated demand”. There is still confusion about what the National Library Service’s new Services to Schools will include. EA asked specifically if…

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Modern learning environments

They’re all the rage “you know”: modern learning environments (MLEs), that is. But are the benefits proven or unproven? Is the MLE a modern-day version of the Emperor’s New Clothes? The jury would appear to be out. The idea is that as technology has advanced and BYOD (bring your own device) has become the reality…

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The flipped classroom

Diana Clement looks at the phenomenon that’s, well, turning classroom practice on its head. Key points A new way of teaching that uses technology to reverse the usual order of teaching a topic is taking hold in New Zealand. It may have certain fad-like qualities but it’s also making a dramatic improvement in some classrooms,…

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Slamdunk for digital education

Technology writer Diana Clement accepts an invitation to trial a new portal and website for teachers. Network 4 Learning’s Pond.co.nz portal has launched and early users are giving it the thumbs up. Education Aotearoa was invited to test drive Pond under the guidance of Newmarket Primary School’s principal, Dr Wendy Kofoed, and ICT lead teacher…

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