Teacher, Darren Royal, and e-learning coordinator, Sandy Bornholdt, explain how they integrated a subject lesson with a digital technology lesson. The students learnt how to use Scratch to tell the story of Te Kōauau o Tamatea.
Darren: Mō te mahi kaupapa i tērā wāhanga i aro atu mātou ki te pukapuka, “Te Kōauau a Tamatea”. Ko taua pukapuka e hāngai ana te kōrero ki tētahi tūpuna, ko Tamatea Pokaiwhenua tōna ingoa. Ko Tamatea Pokaiwhenua he tangata haerere i te whenua. He tangata nuku i te whenua, he tangata tapaina i te whenua. Ko te mea anō hoki, ko ia te tangata nō Takitimu waka, ko Takitimu waka tētahi waka o tēnei takiwā.
Sandy: Te reo matatini is all about the context and then every week they’re coming to me and we’re unpacking the design part of our design learning process. So this is where we teach the skills and the processes.
Darren: Whakaarohia mātou me pēhea rā te hono atu i ngā akoranga e rua. Ko te akoranga kaupapa me te kaupapa Hāngarau Matihiko. Ko te mahi tuatahi ka rangahaua e ngā tamariki i tētahi kiripuaki, o tētahi mea o te pukapuka, o te kōrero.
Student: We’re learning about the characters so we know everything about the book and then we go onto the back drops.
Darren: Ka rua ka whakaraupapahia e rātou i aua wāhanga kia pai ai te māramatanga o te kōrero.
Sandy: The kids were like, they had been learning Scratch so they were like, “Can we tell it in Scratch?”. That whole term it was just all about breaking it down, learning how to use Scratch.
Student: Scratch is this game where you can make stuff. I’ve already made one and this is, I called it ‘E’ because I used an ‘e’ and see look, it’s like there, I made it so small and if you press it, see it goes big like that.
Sandy: We can’t expect them to create something incredible unless they’ve had multiple shots, multiple goes at unpacking, how do you code something? How do you make something move? How do you draw in Scratch? How do you make a quiz in Scratch? All of these were mini inquiry questions that we had along the way and drove each little learning sprint that we did.
Darren: Nō reira, he rawe te hono atu i taua pukapuka ki te hāngarau matihiko.
Student: There’s also different jobs so some people were doing this, some people were with whaea Sandy doing the voiceover, and some people were drawing. In Scratch we call them sprites, so they’re the same as puppets and actors.
Darren: I tēnei wā tonu, kei a rātou te iPapa, te rorohiko, ko te waea pūkoro, ko ērā momo taputapu o naia tonu nei. I mea atu au ki a rātou tēnei te ao e noho nei tātou. Ko te ao o te matihiko.