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Te Kete Reo o Tāmaki Makaurau

The Department of Conservation’s new Māori pronunciation app Te Kete Reo o Tāmaki Makaurau, is designed to help people identify and pronounce the names of some of our most loved places, animals, and plants in the Tāmaki Makaurau/Auckland region in Te Reo Māori. Also included is a small selection of common phrases that you can … Continue Reading →

Reaching diverse audiences

We have launched the first in a series of ten digital puzzles for pre-schoolers that will introduce tamariki to te Reo Māori in a playful way, helping normalise the use of the language in New Zealand. This first release is a fun matching pairs game that introduces pre-schoolers to te Reo Māori words and phrases … Continue Reading →

Beat.fever launched

A storybook app aimed at raising awareness of rheumatic fever in at-risk communities in South Auckland was launched today. With the help of poet and performance artist Daren Kamali, health and education experts, and the team at KIWA, a group of 25 local students have created an interactive storybook app that takes a fresh approach … Continue Reading →

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Recent research

Brave new digital world of the classroom

Evelyn Lewis with Massey University’s Institute of Education and an educator with over 25 years of experience in the classroom writes of the challenges the introduction of digital technology into classrooms bring. We need to teach kids digital life skills. By teaching these behaviours we can do our students a service. How many of us, … Continue Reading →

Strategies to “go deep” when reading digitally

Students are doing more reading on digital devices than they ever have before. Not only are many teachers using tablets and computers for classroom instruction, but many state tests are now administered on computers, adding incentive for teachers to teach digital reading strategies. But casual digital reading on the internet has instilled bad habits in … Continue Reading →

Māori in the ICT sector

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has released an insightful report into Māori use of information communications technology. A key finding of the Māori me te Ao Hangarau 2015: Māori in the ICT sector report is that Māori, particularly those aged 15-24, are high users of mobile technology to access the internet. “We should be … Continue Reading →

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