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Ministry funded professional learning and development

Professional learning and development for schools, kura and Kāhui Ako to support capability in learning with digital technologies and build digital fluency.

New online PLD application system

The new cloud-based online PLD Learning System is being tested and piloted with users until the end of the year. The system is planned to go live in Term 1 2020. The Ministry will make a final announcement of the date through the School Leaders Bulletin.

The new system will replace the PLD Journal Excel-based spreadsheet, which must be downloaded and emailed between users, and some manual processes.

More information
  • Professional learning and development service – This site helps schools, kura, and Kāhui Ako access Ministry of Education funded PLD and find facilitators to work with. If you are a facilitator or provider this site has up-to-date information on the process to follow as you deliver Ministry of Education funded PLD.

The national priorities for professional learning and development (PLD)

The national priorities have been refocused to support teachers and leaders and align with the focus on curriculum progress and achievement. 

Schools, kura and Kāhui Ako can apply for PLD under the new priorities from Term 3 2020.

English medium settings priorities Māori medium settings priorities
  • cultural capability
  • local curriculum design
  • assessment for learning.
  • mātauranga and te reo Māori
  • marau ā-kura
  • aromatawai.
Digital fluency remains a priority for teachers and leaders in all schools and kura.
More information from the Ministry of Education »


Information, examples, and resources that support working toward national priorities

English medium settings priorities Enabling e-learning pages
Cultural capability
Local curriculum design
Assessment for learning
Digital fluency

Digital technology PLD supports

The Ministry have commissioned a range of resources and supports for teachers and kaiako to build their digital confidence and capability and to support them to introduce the new curriculum content into their teaching and learning programmes. These supports and resources are available over 2018-20.

More information from the Ministry of Education

Digital technologies professional supports

Regularly updated information is available from the Technology Online website.

Digital Technologies and the New Zealand Curriculum – Your guide to finding support and getting ready

Digital Technologies and the New Zealand Curriculum – Your guide to finding support and getting ready

This downloadable resource helps you and your community learn more about:

  • the new digital technologies curriculum content 
  • how you can access support to help unpack the new content.
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Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko | Digital Readiness programme

The programme is available for three years and free to NZ educators. It is designed to prepare all teachers and kaiako to teach the content in the new technological areas: 

  •  computational thinking for digital technologies 
  • designing and developing digital outcomes. 

Raranga Matihiko | Weaving Digital Futures   

As part of the Ministry of Education Digital Technologies for All Equity fund, the Raranga Matihiko programme delivers innovative digital technologies to those with limited digital learning opportunities, while increasing access to national and local exhibitions and collections.

This programme is provided at no cost to the school. The costs covered include Teacher Release Day (TRD) for one planning day, transport while visiting the museum, facilitation, and technology use.

Digital Ignition | Māpura Matihiko programme

  • Designed for years 3–8. Māori medium workshops are operational for years 3–5 and expanding to years 6–8 in term 4, 2018.
  • The programme has six modules. Each module consists of three one-hour workshops delivered by professional facilitators. Each module is loosely related to a corresponding year group.
  • Content is fully mapped to the DT & HM curricula.
  • Workshops are available for English medium or Māori medium schools/kura free of charge.
  • Delivery is centred mainly around Auckland and Christchurch regions. Regional delivery of the programme is booked for Waikato, Wellington, and Hawke's Bay in term 4, 2018.

For more information or to register for a booking: Digital Ignition | Māpura Matihiko programme »

e-Learning community discussions

Join these groups to participate in discussions with other teachers/educators about the content here, or that is relevant for you.

Enabling e-Learning
e-Learning: Leadership
e-Learning: Teaching
e-Learning: Technologies
e-Learning: Professional Learning
e-Learning: Beyond the classroom
Using the e-Learning Planning Frameworks

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