Stephen Eames (DP Raroa Intermediate School) explains, they've worked hard over the last few years to create a set of principles and fundamentals that are all about personalisation, innovation, connecting, communication, and critical thinking. These underpin their local curriculum development. Classroom teachers work collaboratively with the design production education (technology) area of the school. By using specialist knowledge, tools, and technologies students are developing skills they can use in the workplace. Working on authentic, practical problems where they’re looking at a range of solutions and using a design framework is resulting in improved student learning outcomes.
Integrating technology across the curriculum at Raroa Intermediate School
Filmed at Rāroa Normal Intermediate School
Stephen Eames, Deputy Principal|
I work in a school that fosters creativity and innovation.
|The front of Rāroa Normal Intermediate School.|
|The way we do that is that we're continually looking at ways of increasing the creative confidence in our teachers.||Stephen, seated, facing camera.|
|So, we've worked hard over the last few years to create a set of principles and fundamentals.||School staff talking around a table.|
|I believe that they’re the bit of the change maker in how we deliver curriculum at Raroa.||
Teacher writing on whiteboard:|
1: ASPIRE Mindset Goal
How are you going to do it?
2: Finish Challenge 1
|Those P and Fs are all about personalisation, about innovation, about connecting, about communication, about critical thinking.||Document titled "Our principles and fundamentals of learning "|
|Now our programs are changing from what they look like.||Stephen, seated, facing camera.|
|We have the teachers working in collaboration with our design production education area of the school.||Students in the design production area.|
|They're using specialist knowledge and specialist tools and technologies to really lift the lid on what's possible in learning.||Stephen, seated, facing camera.|
|The laser cutters, the 3D printers, the VR equipment, but also the design that's going into the art rooms, the food rooms, the hospitality, and the performance, all these areas are taking the learning from the classroom and creating that authenticity. And taking it to that next level.||
Laser cutters, 3D printers, VR equipment.|
Students at coffee machine.
Five students seated at two laptops, smiling.
|What we're seeing now is, and I strongly believe, that the skills that the students are developing, and the skills that they already possess supersedes what the abilities in the workplace right now.||Students with teaching looking over lasercut wooden game pieces.|
|The technologies that the students are working on and the ability to program or develop or create a product is definitely quite outstanding.||
Student controlling robot via tablet.|
Student holding wooden game piece.
|And what they're producing is at top industry level. And at the end of the day it is with our students as well.||Students working in design production area.|
|We want them to be working on authentic, practical problems where they’re looking at a range of solutions and working through that wonderful design framework to really stretch the limits of what they're capable of.||Stephen, seated, facing camera.|