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Reviewing your school curriculum

Use the content in this section to find information, examples, and resources to support your development of e-learning within the whole school curriculum. Plan for your staff, students and the wider community to develop and own a negotiated curriculum in which technologies are assimilated with clear alignment to the vision and strategy. It is suggested you use this content in conjunction with the e-Learning Planning Framework .

Principals and school leaders

  • How will your vision for e-learning be integrated with your whole school curriculum plan?
  • How will the effective use of technologies support the way your school fosters the values and principles in The New Zealand Curriculum?
  • How will the effective use of technologies support authentic inquiry learning and knowledge acquisition?
  • How will the effective use of technologies support the key competencies?


  • How do you adapt the curriculum for your students’ strengths and needs?
  • How are technologies used appropriately to support all students, including those with special, or differentiated, learning needs?
  • How do you use technologies/e-learning to enable students to build knowledge, connect, collaborate, and co-construct and share their learning within and beyond school?
  • How do you ensure that Māori learners have access to high-quality culturally relevant e-learning technologies, resources, and learning opportunities?
  • What opportunities are there for your school to collaborate and network with other schools so that you can offer enhanced teaching and learning experiences?

Principals and school leaders

  • Gather evidence of what is happening, in terms of student achievement, to inform curriculum design and decision-making.
  • Assign roles and responsibilities to personnel to lead/facilitate the approach to school-wide use of technologies/e-learning in curriculum design and review.
  • Provide opportunities for staff and wider community (students, parents) to co-construct and review your school curriculum through an e-learning lens.
  • Ensure your school’s curriculum reflects the essential nature of each learning area.
  • Consider how you can use technologies to support differentiated learners’ needs, particularly your Māori students.


Plan and put into practice authentic learning experiences that will make the best use of technologies to support student-driven inquiry practices by:

  • using a range of digital learning objects, games and websites to explore and consolidate and extend knowledge
  • using a variety of presentation tools (graphics, slideshow, animation, movie making, flowcharts, mindmaps, PDF makers) to share new learning with others
  • using appropriate communication and collaboration tools to connect with others about learning (blogs, wikis, discussion forums, micro-blogging, social networking sites, video, audio, or online conferencing)
  • archiving learning digitally to help inform future steps in learning (e-portfolios)
  • investigating the opportunities available to network your school to others who are part of the Ministry of Education’s VLN programmes of learning .
Integrating digital technologies into the curriculum

Integrating digital technologies into the curriculum

The Principal of Mahurangi Christian School talks about the shift from a teacher centred approach to a student centred approach supported by 1:1 iPads.

Transforming teaching and learning

Transforming teaching and learning

Staff at St Hilda's talk about the difference using technology has made to teaching and learning.

Passionfruit – a curriculum integration project

Passionfruit – a curriculum integration project

Sam Cunnane, head of the arts faculty at Fraser High School, talks about an experiment in cross-curricular teaching at secondary school level.

Passion projects

Passion projects

At St Hilda's Collegiate, every Year 9 student is mentored with someone from the local community and they work throughout the year on their Passion project

Fraser High School curriculum integration project – students reflect

Fraser High School curriculum integration project – students reflect

Senior secondary students reflect on how their learning has changed at Fraser High School through curriculum integration and the use of authentic contexts as they produced the first issue of Passionfruit magazine.

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ICT and Curriculum design resource screen shot

ICT and curriculum design
A resource designed to help schools think about the elements for designing a localised curriculum.

Reviewing your curriculum
This section of the NZC Online website supports school and curriculum leaders, and professional learning and development providers with the process of curriculum design and review. It includes information, research, tools, suggested areas of focus, and inspirational stories to help schools make decisions about how to give effect to the national curriculum.

English and e-Learning
Relevant, up-to-date information, resources, stories, and readings from English Online that provide practical support on the use of ICTs in the classroom.

This report looks in detail at the learning practices in nine secondary schools where ICTs for learning are well embedded. The study reports that ICTs create the opportunity for a wide variety of learning practices and make new forms of classroom practice possible. The key changes include:

  • the opportunity to share rich images, video, and plans
  • independent research is extended by the availability of internet search opportunities
  • construction of content and knowledge is made possible by ready-to-hand ICT-based tools
  • the reconfiguration of space, allowing mobility, flexible working, and activity management
  • new ways in which class activities can be triggered, orchestrated, and monitored
  • new experiences associated with the virtualisation of established and routine practices – such as using multiple documents in parallel or manipulating spatial representations.

This article by Tessa Gray, ICT Adviser, University of Waikato, describes how ICTs can be effectively integrated into the classroom.

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