We have developed a fun and interactive online learning journey for New Zealand students in Years 5 to 8 to develop their literacy during the Covid-19 pandemic – and beyond
Participants, with their schools and/or whānau, are invited to complete activities from our specially-curated site each week. They will be supported by an inspiring community of commenters, including students from Tikipunga High School.
What’s more, they can earn prizes throughout the programme by sharing their mahi on our Facebook page.
Te Ara Akoranga is an extension of Taitokerau Education Trust’s successful Summer Learning Journey, which ran during the summer of 2019 – 20 and saw 45 students from five Northland schools participate.
Both programmes have been developed by Whau Valley School digital learning teacher Trish Horne, and based on the University of Auckland’s summer digital literacy initiative to counteract the ‘summer slump’ that sees students’ learning decline, or reverse, during the six-week summer break.
Activities will be posted each week until July and students may start the programme at any time throughout the term.
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Students will need to have access to a device and, ideally, internet but the programme can be distributed to addresses of students on a weekly basis.
We know how beneficial learning online is. Tamariki become incredibly engaged when digital resources are opened up to them
Works to bridge the digital divide by giving students in a cluster of Northland schools equal access to online learning. This is done by making sure personal-use devices are affordable for every participant.
We also know that access alone is not enough for students to succeed, and believe a student’s combined learning environment shapes their ability. This is why our programme utilises a three-pronged approach that encourages students, their whānau and their educators to work in collaboration. Our students are successful because they are supported by a core learning network of people who participate, collaborate and engage fully with the curriculum – at home and at school.
Turou Hawaiki – Blessings