State of the art learn­ing at Wai­tangi

The Northland Age - - Local News -

The Wai­tangi Treaty Grounds is one of only three lo­ca­tions na­tion­wide to be se­lected by Te Papa Ton­garewa Mu­seum of New Zealand to de­liver the dig­i­tal learn­ing pro­gramme Raranga Mati­hiko — Weav­ing Dig­i­tal Fu­tures.

The pro­gramme de­liv­ers in­no­va­tive dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies to stu­dents with limited ac­cess to new learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, while in­creas­ing ac­cess to na­tional and lo­cal ex­hi­bi­tions and col­lec­tions. Through­out the pro­gramme, stu­dents solve re­al­world prob­lems while en­rich­ing their knowl­edge of their com­mu­ni­ties and re­gions.

No two pro­grammes will be iden­ti­cal, each class hav­ing one of its own de­signed for them, en­sur­ing that their needs are met, and pro­vid­ing sup­port to each child as they de­velop dig­i­tal flu­ency skills in a cross­cur­ric­u­lar ap­proach.

That in­cludes build­ing stu­dents’ un­der­stand­ings of com­pu­ta­tional think­ing, dig­i­tal ci­ti­zen­ship and lit­er­acy.

“This is an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents in the Far North to ac­cess state of the art learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties that most schools could only dream of,” Wai­tangi Treaty Grounds CEO Greg McManus said.

“We are very proud that Te Papa has cho­sen Wai­tangi as the first venue out­side Wellington to in­tro­duce the pro­gramme.”

Schools which had used the lab were equally en­thused, O¯ haeawai School deputy prin­ci­pal Ali­cia Craig say­ing it of­fered an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that was in line with the school’s vi­sion ‘Learn, cre­ate, share.’

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for the stu­dents to be ex­posed to dif­fer­ent dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies that they wouldn’t oth­er­wise have the chance to use,” she added.

The pro­gramme is fully funded by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion, and is pro­vided at no cost to schools. The costs cov­ered in­clude teacher re­lease days, trans­port to and from Wai­tangi and use of all the tech­nol­ogy avail­able.

The Treaty Grounds has a con­tract with Te Papa to run the dig­i­tal lab for two years, in­clud­ing a salary to en­able a teacher to be based at Wai­tangi and ded­i­cated to the lab full-time.

PIC­TURE / SUP­PLIED

Two Year 5-6 Ohaeawai ¯ School pupils at work in the Wai­tangi Treaty Grounds Dig­i­tal Learn­ing Lab.

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