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Friday, 26 June 2015

MIT Update 7 - Mana: The power of knowing who you are

If there was a way for me to articulate the kaupapa of my inquiry at its deepest level, it would be this TEDx talk, presented by one of my favourite New Zealanders, Tame Iti. 

This quote in particular, sums up my ideologies and aspirations in teaching:

"At home, I learned about my tipuna, ancestors, mountain, the river - why these things are important to the mana of Tuhoe. school...I learnt 'Hey diddle-diddle, the cat and the fiddle, the cow jumped over the moon.'"

I am aiming to not only grow the digital skills of the students, but build their mana.  Their sense of self.  So that no matter where they go in the world, they can stand tall, knowing who they are and where they come from.  

Please watch this - I've watched it a million times and am so obsessed by everything this bilingual human says.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

MIT Update 6 - Exciting News!

Just a boast-post because I'm so excited!  I have just registered to attend the Core Education's:  Ako e - Te whakamahi taputapu hangarau hei hāpai i te ako o tō tātou reo‘Using technologies to support Te Reo Māori’  Edventure!

They describe the event as:

Ka āta tirohia e tātou ētahi rautaki me ētahi tūmahi mā ngā kaiako e ako ana i ngā kura Māori, waihoki, ngā kaiako e ako ana i ngā kura auraki me ērā e kaingākau ana ki te reo Māori. Ko ēnei taputapu hangarau he taonga, ehara i te taniwha, koirā ō tātou tūpuna i tere mau ai ki te pene me te pepa. Me mau tātou o tēnei wā nei ki te rorohiko, ki te iPapa tae atu ki te waea pūkoro. Tēnā kia tirohia e tātou ētahi rawa matihiko, ētahi taputapu hangarau e hāpai ana i te ako o tō tātou reo.

This wānanga is designed to support teachers who are working in immersion Māori kura or settings and will also benefit those who teach in English medium and have a passion for te reo. Many teachers are already capable with different devices, but let’s look at what technology is out there to support te reo Māori language development.

I am really excited because:
  1. I have been wondering about this very thing, in this inquiry - what technology can do to support language acquisition for bilingual learners.
  2. It's great to see more and more people are thinking about this issue as much as I am!  And probably long before I started!  
  3. I am looking forward to meeting interesting people who can help me on this journey.
Thanks to Core Education for putting this on and for your future focussed thinking.  

I can't wait to share my learning from this event with you!

Interested in registering?