Ako in Action - DT PLD

Staff at Wairakei Primary School undertake PLD (Professional Learning and Development) in a range of areas at weekly staff meetings. Teaching and learning through Digital Technologies (DT) is a school-wide target and facilitator Stephen Ross, from Te Whai Toi Tangata, is supporting us to implement this curriculum in classrooms. Staff members are subsequently developing their own digital fluency.

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Stephen recently supported members of the Digital Technology team to plan and lead their own DT activities. Teaching others is a great way to embed new learning and teachers are able to participate in hands-on tasks they can take back their classroom. Activities ranged from using Spheros, to exploring our whole-school inquiry of ‘Our Place’ through algorithmic thinking and directions (mapping), stop motion, and green screening. These tasks covered all levels of learning in our school, and featured CT (Computational Thinking) and DDDO (Designing and Developing Digital Outcomes).

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Teachers modelled the key competencies of participating and contributing, and using language, symbols and texts (coding).

Watch the Ako in Action - DT PLD video to see how students were able to learn about measurement and statistics through the Sphero Long Jump task, linked to our recent athletics day, after staff explored the very same lesson. This will enable senior students to teach another group of students, who are then planning to teach their buddy class in the junior school. This is tuakana teina, and ako in action.

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I would like Room 8 students to share their learning with my students. It would be ideal for a small group. - Mrs Hutton

I can’t wait to try this with my class. I really like this. Our buddy class can come and teach us. - Mrs Jackson

The mapping task is excellent. It links so well with our inquiry and the use of directional language, which we are learning in mathematics. - Mrs Griffen

Can I borrow the green sheet? I can’t wait to try the green screen task. - Mrs Flowers

It’s great we can use the Chromebooks to do stop motion as well. Students get the benefit of using different kinds of devices to become digitally fluent. - Whaea Angel

Keywords: Digital Technology, PLD, ako

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