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Criterion 1

Fully certified teachers establish and maintain effective professional relationships focused on the learning and well-being of ākonga.

Key indicators:

  • Engage in ethical, respectful, positive, and collaborative professional relationships with:
    • ākonga
    • teaching colleagues, support staff, and other professionals
    • whānau and other carers of ākonga
    • agencies, groups, and individuals in the community.
Students in the classroom

Guiding question

How do I/can I embrace e-learning to establish and develop working relationships with my ākonga, their whānau, and my colleagues to support the learning of those I teach?

Students can use e-learning tools to share information about themselves providing a way for the teacher to connect with them and discover some insights into who they are.

Students at Burnham School found the process of creating and sharing a mihi using a blog a valuable experience.

Point England School student, Toreka’s mihi
Example of a student’s digital mihi.

Support students to develop their own learner profiles
Develop learner profiles by using blogs, videos, and presentation tools.

Use tools such as as Answer GardenPadlet , and Survey Monkey  to provide students with opportunities to contribute ideas and opinions. 

Digital tools and social media can be used to share information, news, student work, and classroom experiences with whānau. Communication platforms like Skype and Twitter can be used to reach audiences beyond the classroom and make connections with the wider community.   

Mike Crawford, teacher at Woodend School, discusses how his students are using Twitter as a vehicle to raise awareness of local environmental issues.

Collaborating to support learning using Blogger
This school snapshot reveals how Melville Intermediate School used a combination of blogging, Skype, and other digital tools to engage support and receive feedback from audiences outside of the classroom.

Building horizontal connections using digital technologies
VLN forum discussing principal number 7 of the 7 Principals of Learning: Building horizontal connections.  

Using social media to connect with your community
This guide offers schools and teachers starting points and support for using social media to engage with their communities. 

e-Portfolios enable parents/whānau to participate and provide feedback on their child's learning anytime. The school stories on the e-portfolios page, supported by information and resources, provide examples of different tools and approaches to setting them up and engaging parents/whānau and the wider community.

Engaging with the community
Use the information and examples of ways schools engage with their communities using ICT to plan and develop your own relationships.

Online Communities of Practice provide teachers with access to discussions, shared expertise, and resources.

Josie Woon talks about the potential of enabling e-learning community groups to impact on teacher practice.

Professional learning communities
Use the information, resources, and school stories to identify and develop professional learning communities that share e-learning understandings and practices focused on improved student learning outcomes. 

Enabling e-learning VLN group
The Ministry of Education’s online ‘hub’ for ICT-related education resources and programmes in New Zealand.

Connected Educator Aotearoa NZ
Connected Educator Aotearoa NZ is an initiative designed to support and promote networked approaches to educational professional learning.  

Find other educators in your neighbourhood that share your interests. Use Meetup to find, join, and organise face-to-face professional development groups and communities. 

10 ways teachers can use Twitter for professional development
This post by Educational Technology and Mobile Learning outlines how to use Twitter to connect with the wider educational community.

e-Learning community discussions

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