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Teaching primary & secondary in NZ: Strategies and resources

Registered Teacher Criteria (NZ) and eLearning

Rochelle Jensen and Suzie Vesper have been working on a resource to help registered teachers in NZ. It's well worth having a look at, even if you are not a registered teacher, as there is a great range of annotated links to resources, each under a descriptive title.

The description from the site reads:

"This wikihas been created to illustrate how e-learning examples can be used to support the Registered Teacher Criteria. The slides from the presentation below relating to each of the twelve criteria have been 'unpacked' on the pages of this wiki with examples provided for each point on the slide. You are able to click on 'Examples' for each point on the slide when on the individual pages and this will drop you down to corresponding section of the wiki page."

Offerings from Digistore


Subscribe to the online newsletter, provides regular updates on the Digistore initiative. Also access past issues which include valuable support for Digistore content and how it is being used by teachers. Next issue will be posted shortly, if you subscribe now it will be delivered straight to your in box.

Learning Paths

Recent blog post on Digistore's Golden Egg, includes links to examples of learning paths

Learning Path support page on the Digistore wiki

Digistore is Delicious

View digital content recommended by other teachers. Also join the Digistore Delicious network and recommend your favourites.

Software for Learning Recent discussion includes some useful feedback on the use of Twitter - just for your PLN or can it support student learning?

You can get an overview of these services in video form by clicking HERE.

Knowing your learners and cultural responsiveness

Developed as part of the Literacy and Numeracy for Adults Te Ara Ako initiative, these two sets of multimedia resources are invaluable if you are involved in education in New Zealand. Although aimed at the tertiary sector many of the points covered for both Māori and Pasifika learners are relevant to all age groups and sectors. The series of videos are split into segments that cover specifics.

For "Engaging Māori Learners" these are:

  • Introduction
  • Te Whare Tapa Whā
  • Being Māori
  • Pōwhiri
  • Tuakana Teina
  • Poutama

And for "Engaging Pasifika Learners" these are:

  • Introduction
  • Knowing Pasifika
  • Pasifika Learners
  • Pasifika Worldview
  • Supporting Pasifika
  • Making It Work
  • .

    Assessment Resource Bank

    The Assessment Resource Banks developers describe their main aim as providing "an important tool for assessing students against the National Standards. While potentially you could use most of the tasks in the English and Mathematics Banks, we have identified those existing tasks that are likely to be the most useful. We have then mapped these against the standards so it is relatively quick for you to identify the tasks that are relevant to your needs. It is important to remember that ARBs enable you to investigate a particular aspect of a standard rather than give a broad overview. The formative focus of these resources also helps you make teaching decisions to facilitate learning".

    The Resource Banks are regularly updated and cover English, Maths and Science. To check out new and existing content:

    For existing resources for English click HERE, and for new resources click HERE.

    For existing maths resources click HERE, and for new resources click HERE.

    For existing science resources click HERE, and for new science resources click HERE.

    You can register at the site and apply for a password if you work in a New Zealand educational institute or are undergoing teacher training in New Zealand.

    ESOL Online

    ESOL Online is a community funded by the Ministry of Education, that offers a wide range of quality resources and tools for teaching ESOL. Other languages are sometimes covered, as evidenced by the link to this superb Kids Web Japan site. All resources are annotated, and many are reviewed, so you know before you look whether something is likely to be what you are looking for.

    There is also a vibrant community within ESOL Online that shares effective practices and resources, discusses approaches to learning and teaching ESOL, and contribute ideas. This site is well worth looking at even if you don't explicitly teach ESOL, as it has a wealth of strategies for all learners.

    NZ Interface Magazine

    ICT's in Education

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    The NZ Interface Magazine: : Supporting the use of ICT in learning

    You may well have seen the Interface Magazine in your staff room, and hopefully will have had time to have a read. It is full of ideas, stories of effective practice, and suggested resources. If, however, you have not been lucky to get hold of a copy they have a great online site, where, in addition to being able to read the magazine and the back copies, you can also access:

    • A review of a range of blogs related to education and ICT enhanced learning and teaching;
    • The 'pick' of recommended videos;
    • Lesson plans;
    • Teacher blogs;
    • Free tools;
    • Event diary.

    Moodle in Schools

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  • If you are an educator in New Zealand or further afield, you may find the Moodle for New Zealand Schools Newsletter of interest (click the link to download the .pdf file). It is a new initiative, and this is the first issue talks about the growing Moodle in Schools community, which, amongst other things is sharing effective practice via stories from schools who have implemented Moodle, sample courses and screencasts, and is also developing self-directed learning materials for installing and using Moodle. The newsletter also describes what the Moodle for schools version is, and also what it can offer. Well worth having a look if you are already using Moodle or are keen to do so.


Studyit ( is the free, safe online resource that has been supporting NCEA maths, sciences and English students since 2004. Achievement standards for maths, science, biology, physics, chemistry, and English have been repackaged specifically for students and include detailed explanations and links to revision material.

There are 15 forums where students can ask questions and get accurate answers from teachers. Studyit employs expert teachers who respond to questions on the forums in the weekends, at night and in the holidays.

Ministry of Education funded research found that,

"What is also unique about Studyit is that it encourages a participatory culture where participants believe that their contributions matter, and feel some degree of social connection with one another. Studyit is a community that provides strong incentives for active participation through a communal problem solving approach." (Trewern and Wenmoth, 2008, p. 41)

For more information about Studyit email:

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