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Criterion 7

Fully certified teachers promote a collaborative, inclusive, and supportive learning environment.

Key indicators:

  • Demonstrate effective management of the learning setting which incorporates successful strategies to engage and motivate ākonga.
  • Foster trust, respect, and cooperation with and among ākonga.

Guiding question

How do I promote a collaborative, inclusive, and supportive learning environment that embraces e-learning and engages learners?

Digital citizenship encompasses a number of areas. It involves students being digitally literate, confident and capable users of ICT who know how to protect themselves and respect others in online spaces. The students should demonstrate values and key competencies from The New Zealand Curriculum in their use of digital tools and when re-using digital content. Teachers have a large role to play in developing these skills with students.

Digital citizenship
Use the information, school stories, and resources on this page to develop your understanding of digital citizenship and ways to integrate this teaching into your classroom. 

Digital citizenship modules
These free self-paced learning modules can be used for professional development. They contain information and useful links for teaching and learning in the classroom as well as providing information for parents and caregivers.

NetSafe has a comprehensive range of information and resources to support schools and teachers to develop policies and practices that ensure a safe digital environment.

Connected and confident: What does digital citizenship look like in our increasingly connected world?
A November 2012 Slideshare presentation by Suzie Vesper that provides useful information and links to resources.

Students collaborating

The way that e-learning tools are used can contribute to a safe and supportive classroom environment where students feel motivated to succeed. Students need to learn to how to work with others and how to respect others in a digital environment.

Inclusive classrooms
This section of the website contains information, resources and examples for including all students in learning. 

Students from Ruawai Primary School and their teacher talk about how they are developing key competencies through writing collaborations.

Google apps
Information, school stories, and resources explaining how to use Google Apps for collaborating and improving learning outcomes.   

Information, school stories, and resources explaining how to blog and demonstrating the benefits of blogging to student engagement, motivation, and learning outcomes.

Kurt Soares and Kirsty Soames, from South New Brighton School, describe how they started team teaching and constructed a collaborative space from a traditional classroom with their students.

Innovative learning environments
This section of the website offers an overview of how learning spaces can be adapted to the future-focused changes occurring in education.

New technologies and collaborative process
VLN forum discussing the tools and practises used by educators to foster collaborative approaches to the learning process.

6 Ways Google Docs Supports Collaboration In The Writing Process
This post on the Teach Thought blog outlines how Google Docs can be used for students to participate in digital writing workshops that combine peer editing with cooperative grouping.

5 examples of collaborative teaching in K-12 classrooms
Channel pro network article with 5 examples of collaborative teaching in classrooms.  

Voicethread for digital conversations
A resource looking at how the online oral language tool VoiceThread can be used to engage students in learning conversations where they value and respect each other’s contributions.

Blogging to increase writing achievement
This video contains an explanation of the Summer Learning Journey blogging project undertaken by Rachel Williams.

Teachers can harness e-learning tools and online resources to recognise and value the cultures that students bring with them to the classroom.

Irongate School has a focus on improving student literacy levels particularly for their large population of Māori and Pasifika students. The tuakana-teina relationship, an integral part of traditional Māori society, provided the model for the buddy system they are using.

Blended e-Learning for Māori and Pasifika Learners
A group in the VLN for educators to share ideas and resources, discuss practice and pedagogy, and provide support for each other with the aim of engaging Māori and Pasifika learners so that they may achieve educational success whilst maintaining their cultural integrity.

Pasifika resources
This page provides a list of Pasifika resources for use in the classroom, links to specific discussion groups in the VLN, and useful documents.

Māori resources
This page provides a list of Māori resources for use in the classroom, links to specific discussion groups in the VLN, and useful documents.

Students often find the use of e-learning tools engaging and teachers can use them to motivate students in their learning.

Susan Lee, teacher at Te Kura o Kutarere, shares how using Storybird in her classroom has made a significant impact on the literacy development of her students.

Paraphernalia – a short animation to use in literacy
In this blog post, Tom Barrett explains how a short animated story could be used to motivate and encourage students to write.

Te Pātaka Matihiko Digistore
This search result lists all the learning objects in Digistore. There are a large number of learning objects within Digistore that are "games with aims" - real life simulations that are designed to engage students in their learning. You can browse by topic or use the search to find a learning object that meets your students' learning needs.

Using Angry Birds to teach math, history and science
In this iLearn Technology blog post, a teacher in the US shares how he uses the context provided by a game to engage and motivate students in their curriculum-based inquiry.

Students have different learning needs and e-learning tools provide ways to cater for those differences and personalise the learning. Online resources can also provide support to teachers working with students with specific needs.

Felix is a Year 5 student with dyslexia. He explains how he uses iPad apps like IWordQ to make the process of reading and writing easier. 

Assistive technology
Information, school stories, and resources focused on using assistive technologies to improve learning outcomes for students.

BLENNZ Learning Library
A collection of stories written by BLENNZ educators for parents, whānau (family), and colleagues about children and young people who are blind, deafblind, or have low vision. Many of the stories show the use of technology to support student learning.

Enabling e-learning: Teaching community
Join this group in the Virtual Learning Network (VLN) to explore how and why we use ICTs to support effective teaching and learning. The discussion thread What it looks like  is focused on what inclusive practices look like.

Digital learning objects
The digital learning objects within the NZ Maths  website have different versions to allow for differentiation to meet the needs of learners. 

ICT PD reflective summaries in the VLN
Access the search results for all ICT PD cluster reflective summaries. These searchable summaries provide useful examples and insights into school and classroom practice. 

Child-led learning with ICT
In this article from Teach Primary, teacher Kevin McLaughlin outlines how he is using technology to personalise work for each of his students.

ICT and the visual learner
This wiki page by Andrew Churches looks at how visual learners can be supported with e-learning. There are pages for other learning styles on the wiki.

Multiple intelligences and technology
Resources to help explore how using technology can support learners with strengths in different areas.

e-Learning community discussions

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