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Understanding what the digital technologies curriculum is, and what it is not! Most schools know that the changes to ‘Technology in the New Zealand Curriculum’—namely the introduction of Digital Technologies (and Hangarau Matihiko in Te Marautanga o Aotearoa)—must be implemented in years 0–10 by 2020. There are, however, quite a few misconceptions about what this […]

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Co-written by TTS and Cedric Edwards from HPE “The priority is to ensure that the skills people develop in education are well matched to labour market needs. This includes addressing new and emerging shortages in specific areas, such as information and communications technology (ICT) and the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills needed for […]

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What Does Digital Storytelling Look Like in the Classroom? Click here to read part one of the Digital Storytelling article The process of creating a digital story in the classroom follows steps similar to creating any large-scale technology project. Create Foundations Digital storytelling is a way for students to think critically and apply knowledge about […]

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There are many definitions of digital storytelling, but they all coincide in pointing out that digital stories combine traditional means of telling a story with different types of digital multimedia: images, audio, and video (graphics, text, recorded audio narration, video and music to present information on a specific topic). It is a good way to […]

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Digital technology comes with great promises of “improving teaching and learning” or “revolutionising the system”, but in reality, technology seems just to be making teaching busier, more complicated and, often, less personal. Simplifying digital learning, and using technology effectively in our classrooms, comes down to three key considerations: Minimising digital distractions Encouraging digital citizenship Promoting […]

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Being Census year, statistics, data, and number crunching are front and centre in many minds. In the same way that many New Zealand government departments, organisations and groups use Census information to best provide resources and support for Aotearoa, so too should student data or assessment data be used to best improve educational outcomes for […]

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I’ve been thinking about how we, as teachers, model best practice online, and how we can explicitly teach digital literacy to our students. TTS Launchpad is an online application that can assist teaching and inquiry learning in a number of ways. Here are five ideas for getting the most out of TTS Universal‘s Launchpad. Flipped […]

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Spring has sprung and classrooms are humming! Here are a few ideas to support your planning at the first 4 levels of the curriculum. Level 1: Spring is coming! The days are getting longer, the weather is more settled, and the natural world is waking up. Your students will be observing some of these changes, […]

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