To be curious, to wonder why and to want to change the world around us - is what makes us human. The challenge for teachers is to provide authentic learning opportunities, so that our students can do what comes naturally for us all - be inquisitive problem solvers.
As previously discussed in, FORUM: 7 principles of learning | Building horizontal connections, 16th August - 16th September the challenge for teachers is to ‘build horizontal connections’ between subjects and knowledge as well as wider into society, the community and across the globe. Some areas that teachers should consider (amongst others) when designing learning to build horizontal connections include:
Provide authentic activities and tasks
Provide access to expert performances and the modelling of processes
Provide the opportunity to collaborate
Provide the opportunity to reflect
Tasks are seamlessly integrated with assessment
Röyksopp - Remind Me - music video features a day in the life of a woman working in the London's Square Mile solely through infographics; this includes labelled close-ups of everyday objects, product lifecycles, schematic diagrams, charts etc.
How this can this video be used to inspire an authentic learning experience (more localised to NZ)?
An Innovative learning pedagogy is driven by understandings around how authentic, personalised learning that can enable our students to have more engagement, ownership and agency over their learning. Some delivery models and frameworks to support these theories include:
Student-led inquiry - action-based learning
Problem-based learning - exploring real world problems
Passion projects - like genius hour
Curriculum for the future - child-centred curriculum design
The Portal Unity Project- Enabling e-Learning
In this video, Year 13 student Daniel Cowpertwait describes his Portal Unity Project and how the authentic real world context has provided many opportunities for learning across the curriculum.
One resource that enables students to engage in authentic learning at their place, when they haven’t left their place (global, national, local issues) is LEARNZ virtual field trips. In the following interviews, Barrie Matthews tells us more about LEARNZ:
1. Tell us about Learnz
2. Why go on a virtual field trip?
3. How do the children engage with the Learnz teachers?
4. How do these relate to the NZ Curriculum?
5. What do we need to pack and how do we get organised for a virtual field trip?
In this event, we’re lucky enough to hear from Fleur Knight (Murrays Bay Primary School) who’s passionate about making learning real for kids. She shares an important initiative for her students locally and nationally.
Equally passionate secondary science teacher, Tony Cairns shares Wellington High Schools’ collaboration with community and professional experts and the fun and powerful learning connections that have resulted from this. See a snippet of Tony's story below.
Feel free to Register now.
We'd love to hear from you. More problem-based learning resources coming from Enabling e-Learning very soon. Watch this space.
Using digital technologies to support learner agency (Enabling e-Learning)
Self Directed Learning in MLE - VLN thread
Child-centred curriculum design - google search
Place-based curriculum - NZC school story
Kia ora koutou,
The NZC Online team are excited to launch NZC spotlights.
NZC spotlights are mini professional learning sessions that focus on a specific aspect of The New Zealand Curriculum. Presented on Google Slides, NZC spotlights include short readings, videos, and follow up activities.
Further resources are suggested at the end of each session for those who want to access more information.
Our first NZC spotlight takes a closer look at the NZC principles, helping school leaders and teachers decide which principles require greater consideration at their schools.
Please feel free to use with your staff and give us feedback at @nzcurriculum on twitter or email us firstname.lastname@example.org
And let us know if you have requests for future spotlights! We are working on our next ones now, MASAM and Learner Agency for next term.
Yesterday's webinar on authentic learning across the curriculum was inspiring. Big thank you to Fleur Knight (Murray's Bay Intermediate), Tony Cairns (Wellington High School) and Barrie Matthews (LEARNZ) - all passionate educators connecting with the wider community to create authentic, open-ended learning opportunities for our tamariki (primary and secondary) so that they too can become productive, connected, responsible learners and citizens.
You can view the webinar recording here.
All feedback about this event is welcome. We'd like to hear more about what you'd like to hear more about...
GATE and PLD Opportunities Term 1 2017
27/01/2017 9.00 - 3.30 Teachers Only Day International Departments Staff Presentation
01/02/2017 3.00 - 4.00 PISA and Alliance for Excellent Education Webinar on new testing
07/02/2017 3.30 - 5.00 Curriculum Focus Group Wellington High School (WHS)
07/02/2017 6.00 - 8,00 Seph Beath Singularity University Conference Review BizDojo
08/02/2017 5.30 - 7.00 EdTech What we do: sharing lessons learned BizDojo
16/02/2017 9.00 - 10.00 Google Webinar Back to school : Retake your time! Webinar
23/02/2017 6.00 - 7.00 Dame Georgina Mace: How should we value nature Te Papa
02/03/2017 9.00 - 10.00 Google Webinar Transforming Learning with G Suite Webinar
03/03/2017 7.30 - 8.30 Tim Bell Digital technologies & NZC - What's it all about? CoreEd
07/03/2017 5.00 - 7.00 Auckland Council Product Development Experiment Skype
11/03/2017 9.00 - 10.30 Hinatore Learning Lab Launch Te Papa
17/03/2017 6.30 - 11.00 Te Papa Talks: Virtual Realities Te Papa GATE
20/03/2017 12.00 - 2.00 Educanz Consultation on Code of Practice Online
20/03/2017 5.00 - 7.00 Transformative Tech for Learning Workshop Te Papa GATE
21/03/2017 8.30 - 9.00 Report on PD to Faculty WHS
21/03/2017 11.30 - 12.30 Connected Learning Advisory Meeting WHS
21/03/2017 5.30 - 7.00 EdTech Meeting Enspiral Dev Academy BizDojo
22/03/2017 12.30 - 1.15 Technology and Game Design Meeting GATE
22/03/2017 4.00 - 6.00 Te Papa Advisory Council on Art Gallery Redevelopment Te Papa
23/03/2017 12.30 - 1.15 Nathan Mikaere-Wallis on the Teenage Brain WHS
23/03/2017 1.30 - 2.15 Marty Taylor Sustainability Education WHS GATE
23/03/2017 3.45 - 4.45 Authentic Learning in Communities My Webinar Core Ed
23/03/2017 7.00 - 8.00 Google St. Patrick's College Wellington: Chromebooks Webinar
23/03/2017 8.30 - 9.30 Edchatnz, Devil's Advocate and Questions on knowledge EdChatNZ
24/03/2017 12.30 - 12.50 Play to Play Careers in Technology & Gaming Meet WHS GATE
28/03/2017 8.30 - 9.00 Report on PD to Faculty WHS
29/03/2017 12.30 - 1.15 Technology and Game Design Meeting GATE
29/03/2017 6.00 - 7.30 IYNT Inaugural Meeting for Competition in China GATE
30/03/2017 4.00 - 7.30 Tournament of Minds.Hutt Intermediate, Lower Hutt GATE
04/04/2017 12.00 - 1.45 Meeting with Fulbright Scholars Zealandia
04/04/2017 12.30 - 1.00 Generation Zero’s ‘Zero Carbon Act’ campaign launch
05/04/2017 9.00 - 5.00 GATE Roadshow at Massey in Wellington Massey GATE
06/04/2017 09.00 - 5.00 MWC Biology Teachers Day VUW tbc
07/04/2017 11.20 - 12.20 Futureintech Ambassadors for G&T WHS GATE tbc
08/04/2017 7.30 - 11.00 Robin Ince, Josie Long, NanoGirl and other top NZ Scientists
11/04/2017 10.00 - 12.00 MWC Diabetes Day Free and no need for Relief
11/04/2017 12.30 -2.30 Hinatore Discovery of Pacific Navigation (& VR,AR) GATE tbc
12/04/2107 6.00 - 7.30 Play to Play Careers in Technology and Gaming WHS GATE
15/04/2017 Online Course Antarctica: From Geology to Human History EdX GATE
20/04/2017 9,00 - 5.00 Mahuki Startup Day at Te Papa tbc GATE
27/04/2017 1.00- 4.00 Queen Elizabeth II Pukeahu Education Centre, Enviroschools
28/04/2017 10.00 - 5.00 2017 Victoria University Maths Challenge. VUW GATE