Orientation Day 2019

The Kaikohekohe Orientation contributes to a programme of professional learning that supports our teachers to confidently connect with the goals of the Manaiakalani Outreach education programme, including raising educational outcomes for our young people through effective teaching in future focused communities of learning.

Orientation day - Paihia School

2019 Digital Immersion PLG

What digital tools will I need to use?

Basic digital tools - link here for self-paced tutorials

  • Chrome web browser
  • Google Drive and Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs, Drawing, Slides, Sheets, and Forms
  • 'New' Google Sites
  • Hapara Teacher Dashboard
  • Blogger
  • Screencastify
  • Chromebook

Kawa of Care

The 'Kawa of Care' is an agreement between students, parents and schools to ensure the best care and responsibility is exercised with Chromebooks. Familiarising yourself with the document and referring to it with your students will help build a positive culture around appropriate use and care when students are learning with their Chromebooks.

Click this link to open, view, or download a PDF copy of the Kawa of Care agreement. View this link to see a Google Doc of the Kawa of Care.

You can learn more about the Kawa of Care by clicking here.


Visible Learning

Visible learning means that what you teach and what students learn, create and share is accessible online by anyone via your class site. Think of your class site as your virtual extension of your classroom. It's where students go to 'rewind' previous lessons for deeper understanding, to know what's coming up, and to access learning resources. Students away on school trips or family holidays, or sick at home, can still see exactly what's going on, and can catch up.

Parent involvement

Parents can see exactly what is going on in your classroom, at any time of the day. Some schools have set up a Hapara Parent Portal which enables parents to look through their child's folders in the same way they might look through a physical school book. They might even see their child working on a doc in real time.

Ideally parents will regularly check their child's blog because here they can give direct feedback through the comments section at anytime. They can see the teacher's professional learning blog too.

Teaching as Inquiry -

'Learn Create Share' is central to teacher practice in the Manaiakalani Outreach programme. Expect to develop a professional blog (publicly visible) to share your inquiry work. When we share our own learning digitally and publicly, we are modelling the digital immersion learning process that we are asking of our students, and students are better able to value and make sense of their own learning in a future-focused context. Explore the links below:

"For many teachers a reluctance to share is mostly about underestimating their own competence, shyness, fear of the ‘tall poppy’ syndrome or simply never having been told how good their ideas and practice are. I don’t think it is a competitive streak in most cases". "One significant barrier to teachers feeling empowered to share has been the term 'Best Practice' that is used by government, academics and senior management in education. We need to get away from this mentality which emphasises if something is being shared by a teacher it is considered to be an exemplary model of teaching for all to follow. Sharing (within the bounds of ethics, common sense and good taste) should be a snap shot of what I have learned today and I am putting it out there so you can learn from it too". Dorothy Burt