Computational Thinking in the Junior classroom

This post originally appeared in The Belbird blog written by Monika Kern. The other day on Twitter I came across Victoria Macann’s post on the Learning Architects’ blog about implementing CT into the classroom. I agree with many of her thoughts, there is a lot of unplugged computational thinking already happening in classrooms (this previous post contains… Read More

Creation vs Consuming

As teachers around the country gear up for the implementation of the revised Technology curriculum, more and more of our classrooms are stepping into the digital world. Many teachers believe that having apps within their literacy or numeracy rotations is achieving this. However, digital integration goes beyond just using apps and is more about students… Read More

Stop Motion Animation by Mayfield School

Year two students from Mayfield school participated in the Raranga Matihiko Programme delivered from Auckland Museum. These students are studying movement and performance as part of their in-school inquiry. At the museum, they were learning more about this while exploring what computational thinking is through non-computerised contexts. In this short stop motion animation, you will… Read More

Museum learning brings tech to life in Te Papa’s Raranga Matihiko programme

A programme combining museum treasures with high tech is proving a hit with children across New Zealand. Raranga Matihiko is offers schools a two-year programme involving visits to their local museum, access to the museum treasures, and the chance to tell their own stories while accessing the latest technology. Te Papa created the programme working… Read More

Te Ika a Māui

The students from Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Ara Hou focus was around kaitiakitanga and the story of Māui fishing up the North Island as a way of looking at their whenua origins. Learning to create with digital technologies, the students chose stop motion animation to retell the story of Te ika a Māui.