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Understanding HīAko

From a young age, Māui-tikitiki-a-Taranga was a nanakia visionary, inquisitive and he accomplished a number of great feats helping others to live better lives. HīAko aims to enable Māori learners to discover their potential, ‘te pitomata’ and promote kaupapa Māori ways of engaging with self, others, and knowledge. The HīAko challenge itself is fast paced,
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Innovation is in our DNA: engaging Māori students in design thinking

Te Mako Orzecki reflects on this podcast from Janelle Riki-Waaka CORE Education · Innovation Is In Our DNA – Engaging Māori Students In Design Thinking   In this podcast, Janelle Riki-Waaka explains how employing the good old number 8 wire mentality is at the heart of innovation using design thinking frameworks. She draws on the

Opportunities to push the boundaries: How a little achieves a lot

Every year CORE Education offers a fellowship to kaiako from all sectors in education and throughout Aotearoa to follow their passions and push the boundaries of educational possibility. There are some big words in there – “passions”, “pushing boundaries”, “possibility”. The whole concept of the eFellowship is to make a difference by disrupting current ways
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Powerful storytelling using Google Earth for Web

Most people would tell you they love a good story. Stories can change our attitudes, help us form opinions and even inspire us. Many educators use storytelling to create engaging and emotional connections for learning. LEARNZ has been creating and sharing great stories through virtual field trips for over 20 years. Our stories are about
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Imagine a rainbow – the Arts and learning

By Rachel McNamara – inspired by uLearn20 keynote Peter O’Connor Have you ever watched a group of 3-year-olds dance? It’s gold! I laugh. I cry. It’s better than any Dancing with the Stars episode I can tell you. They don’t care who’s watching – they’re in boots and all. My daughter is honestly beside herself

Good teaching is like good cooking!

With a background as a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts, Pedro Noguera was an inspired choice of keynote to open day two of the uLearn20 (virtual) conference. He didn’t
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Wellbeing and resilience in Aotearoa – act now!

Dr Lucy Hone’s keynote at #ulearn20, What do we need to learn for lifelong success? was all about reimagining success, learning and tomorrow. In this blog I share some insights from Lucy’s kōrero. As director of New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing & Resilience Lucy cited evidence of the high levels of distress among our tamariki
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Reimagine tomorrow for tamariki

By Alicia Ngaropo-Tuia –  inspired by uLearn20 keynote Janelle Riki-Waaka If you hadn’t heard already, uLearn20 was epic! After 15 years of phenomenal, boundary pushing, innovative and disruptive face-to-face learning, uLearn went online for the first time. Transforming this event from a physical to a virtual space was no mean feat, but for our people
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In pursuit of ora

This blog is about my approach to life, wellbeing, and ora. What I share is my personal understanding, and the understanding of those who have shared knowledge with me. Some information comes from the study of Māori health at university. The blog is designed as a taster, hopefully highlighting aspects of ora for you to

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