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Criterion 9

Fully certified teachers respond effectively to the diverse language and cultural experiences, and the varied strengths, interests, and needs of individuals and groups of ākonga.

Key indicators:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of social and cultural influences on learning by working effectively in the bicultural and multicultural contexts of learning in Aotearoa New Zealand.
  • Select teaching approaches, resources, technologies, and learning and assessment activities that are inclusive and effective for diverse ākonga.
  • Modify teaching approaches to address the needs of individuals and groups of ākonga.

Guiding question

How does e-learning support me to respond effectively to the experiences, strengths, interests, and needs of individuals and groups of ākonga/learners?

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

Primary school teacher, Bridget Harrison – Kimi Ora Community School, talks about using digital stories to support students with English as a second language.

Supporting Māori students through ako-e (e-learning)
Snapshots, school stories, and resources for using e-learning tools to make a difference to ākonga Māori.

Using digital technologies to support Pasifika students' learning
Information, school stories, and resources for use in the classroom to support Pasifika students' learning.

Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning (UDL), is a research-based set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. Find out how you can plan for and support all learners using e-learning tools.

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. 

Learning and Change Networks New Zealand on Vimeo
Find videos and resources on a group of schools/kura and communities working together to grow capability and to accelerate achievement of priority learners by recognising cultural diversity.

Cultural diversity survey
The cultural diversity starter survey can be used to help you consider how you are currently enacting the cultural diversity principle, and identify next steps. 

Sharing migration stories online
Wellington High School published students' stories on Living Heritage – An online space for bilingual student voice.   

At Houghton Valley School, teacher and e-learning leader, Peter Holmstead inquired into using Google apps to improve learning outcomes. He focused on four students who were high achievers.

Gifted and talented online
This TKI site supports schools, teachers, students, and parents in assisting gifted and talented students to reach their full potential academically, emotionally, and socially.

Learning with digital technologies for gifted Māori and Pasifika learners
A space for any educators who wish to engage in the discussions and resources that are shared for gifted Māori and Pasifika learners. 

Critical evaluation of information
Students need to be able to critically evaluate the validity of what they find on the web. With an emphasis on individual research for GAT students, this becomes crucial. The resources on this page can help them to do this.

Staff and parents from Kimi Ora School share the benefits e-portfolios provide for engaging families with students' progress and for transitioning students from the school to a day base.

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

Using e-portfolios to engage with the community
These school stories focus on how the use of technologies benefit teacher collaboration and parental engagement at Kimi Ora school.

Mac OSX accessibility options
The Mac operating system comes with a number of options for supporting learners with a range of specific needs such as a built-in screen reader and the use of voice controls.

Windows acccessibility options
There are a number of options for supporting learners with a range of specific needs in Windows and Office.

Using data, transforming potential into practise
This section on Educational Leaders contains information on how teachers and leaders can use data to support decisions that lead to improved student achievement, and share that data with students and whānau. 

e-asTTle
e-asTTle is an online assessment tool, developed to assess students’ achievement and progress in reading, mathematics, writing, and in pānui, pāngarau, and tuhituhi. e-asTTle provides teachers and school leaders with information that can be used to inform learning programmes and to apply teaching practice that maximises individual student learning. Results can be analysed by ethnicity.

Three useful tips with Google Forms
This blog post by Suzie Vesper shows ways you can use Google Forms to gather and mark assessment.

5 free tools for collecting feedback
Blog post containing a list of digital tools for collecting and organising feedback data 

There are clear benefits to teaching and learning in classrooms if the wider community is engaged and has a voice in the learning process. The use of e-learning tools can help to facilitate these connections.

Wairakei School principal Shane Buckner explains the benefits of using digital technologies to build connections with parents and whānau.

Engaging with the community
Find information and examples of ways schools can engage with their communities using information and communication technologies in this section of the website.

Connecting with Pasifika families and communities
Information, resources, and snapshots for schools seeking to build effective relationships with Pasifika communities. 

Beyond the classroom – Connecting home and school
Join this Enabling e-Learning community group in the Virtual Learning Network. The group aims to support schools to empower and educate their families and whānau, with, and about, technologies.

e-Learning community discussions

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