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NZ e-Learning pedagogy: What does a New Zealand teacher in 2014 and beyond look like?

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Started by Nathaniel Louwrens 08 Sep 2014 10:50am () Replies (5)

This is the second in a series of 3 discussions focusing on a New Zealand e-Learning pedagogy.

  1. What does a New Zealand student in 2014 look like? (please continue to contribute to this discussion)

  2. What does a New Zealand teacher in 2014 and beyond need to look like?

  3. Can we develop an e-Learning pedagogy or a list of teaching practices that are specific to teaching in New Zealand’s multi-cultural, ever-changing society in 2014 and beyond?

This second discussion is focused on the teacher.

Our first discussion asked What does a New Zealand student in 2014 look like?

From this discussion we could see that one size does not fit all:

  • We have a very diverse, multi-cultural society. Janet McQueen highlighted that “One in every four New Zealanders (25.2 per cent) on Census day was born overseas.” This brings about challenges including a growing number of students who do not speak English.

  • Children develop and learn at different rates. MeganCroll1 suggested that the parent-child relationship may have an impact on self-direction in learning.

  • LEAST highlight that students can appoint champions amongst themselves to which they can go and get help.

Knowing what a New Zealand student in 2014 looks like, but does a New Zealand teacher in 2014 and beyond need to look like?

  • What do they need to be able to do?

  • What skills do they need?

  • What would make them successful as a teacher?

Here are a couple of videos to help your thinking.

A fun one:

And a slightly more serious one:

There are also a range of resources about pedagogy and future-focused learning available on the Enabling e-Learning website.


  • Rebecca (View all users posts) 08 Sep 2014 2:01pm ()

    Gosh, this is a hard one.  Sometimes it feels like we need to be superwoman or superman! 

    I think what makes a successful teacher hasn't change fundametally.  We still need to be passionate about what we do, be caring, nurturing and reflective but the skills that we need now have changed.  A teacher definitely needs to be digitally literate and has to keep up with whats happening out there.  There's so many new programmes popping up all the time and things move quickly so you need to keep in touch and keep up with the kids themselves.   

    I like to try new things in my classroom and am constantly trying new ways of keeping my students engaged and motivated.  They love anything digital but I think you need to have a balance.  There was an interesting article in Saturdays paper about oral language skills and how children are coming to school lacking due to over use of ipads, i phones etc so there definitely needs to be balance so children don't miss out on these vital skills.

    If we are passionate about how the world is moving then I think it's easy to pass this on to students.  Leading the way and giving them the skills they need to achieve is what I really want to be able to do so in order to do this I know that I need to be one step ahead! 

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