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Use of digital technology in culturally responsive practice

Started by RosL 25 Mar 2015 11:26am () Replies (9)

I am trying to unpack this phrase from the ELPF in the context of our large secondary school, for my better understanding.  

"In our school digital technologies are embedded in learning and reflect culturally responsive practice."

Can anyone help - some real life examples of this being done well at the engaging or empowering phase would be helpful.  

Ros Lee

Otumoetai College



  • Tony Cairns (View all users posts) 25 Mar 2015 10:37pm ()

    These are awesome Allanah I love your blogs and amazing use of technology in classes - you are an inspiration

    Heres some of mine but the videos are pretty raw - we have editing workshops planned for passion prject fortnights at end of terms  - tony


    ps we video and still image with 4 cameras in most junior classes up to year 11 but only rarely record senior classes as they are more static - i usually video debates, discussions, trips, experiments, events, investigations dramas, outreach, live links, visits, physics tournaments, fieldtrips and ethics workshops.  I am also doing slo mo, fast frame and greenscreen workshops and recording video flythroughs f artificial augmented and virtual worlds and games


    cheers tony


    Tony Cairns - tony.cairns@paradise.net.nz - www.nzgdb.co.nz
    42 Fortunatus Street, Vogeltown, Wellington, 6021 NEW ZEALAND
    Science Teacher at Wellington High School tony.cairns@whs.school.nz
    Home phone (644) 934 8669 Work (644) 385 8911 Mobile 022 653 4021


  • Tony Cairns (View all users posts) 25 Mar 2015 11:16pm ()

    culturally responsive to me means asking what people want and respecting their wishes

    we have no imaging or videos on marae unless cleared first and always clear speakers

    requests first for wishes. We often have kids in coloured hats, leis and decorated lab coats designated as recorders so people can say no i dont want to be imaged or simply hold up a hand to stop imaging

    to address the questions above

    • how are our priority learners using the technology in our school?
    1. advance access to all technologies with a pool of chromebooks free per year for them if they need it - also free software vis MS apple and govt deals also creative commons imaging, software and videos
    2. High needs students can access their prefered media and software to do all lessons and recording from this (gaming) background
    3. All Students get access to all school equipment all the time - equipment is bookable by teachers
    4. Special requirements, access, visibility, mobility are accessed through SMT and Special learning centres as well as ORRS and Base 1 and MOE funding 


    • are our Māori and Pasifika learners able to source information and use technology to empower them culturally?
    1. increasingly here are my suggestions for this years work for me which may shine some light on it, we are tracking Maori and pasifika and special needs and ESOl and FFP students on all assessments in all topics, subjects and levels and using the data to better assist them as much as possible




    1. Presentations for LoopEd, uLearn, CoreEd etc.Presentation 1 Hekenga a digital journey home for the LoopEd Conference is the result of my short listed but ultimately unsuccessful  bid for the  Core Education Scholarship is to create a digital online app that links Maori ako to their marae, whanau and whakapapa - an app that helps them discover their taonga, tikanga and turangawaewae, an app that sets them on a heke, hekenga, hikoi of hope.


    1. Presentation 2 a User’s Guide to PD4Ed participant observation and focus group study of the availability, quality and utility of the Professional Development opportunities: Education Conferences, Workshops, Seminars and Online, digital courses on offer from 2013 – 2015. The outcome of my research will be a peer reviewed research paper, personal presentation at WellyEd, loopEd, uLearn and WHS and a hands on user guide to choosing the most effective, reliable and valid PD for  an individual, faculty, school, regional cluster and Aotearoa New Zealand.



    1. Presentation 3 is Digital Resources for 2015 to develop and upload all digital resources used by teachers in Aotearoa New Zealand into ‘Buckets’ on The Pond, Playlists in Youtube, Google+ photos albums, Board Pins on Pinterest and maybe Moodle.
    2. Presentation 4 is to work with NZCER on the evaluation, assessment and worth of digital games as firstly a supplement then a replacement for traditional teaching i.e.: one to many, fixed assessment times and dates, Content heavy, skill light, boring, analogue, synchronous lectures, seminars and workshops.


    1. Presentation 5 How we learn and Why I Teach - I teach Science and Technology at our local High School in wellington, but I am primary trained and have taught from preschool to tertiary so that has changed the way I view teaching and students. In this short talk i hope to question the nature and future of teaching and replace it with some ideas I picked up when running playcentre and playschool about the importance of discovery, experience and fun in learning. I believe having fun, taking risks and experimenting with a wide range of materials, situations and experiences is a good way to learn - for all people and all ages.  This seminar will be fast paced, action packed provocative and slightly mad - a lot like me and the classes i teach and learn in. I look forward to discussing these ideas with you further in this session.  I am a mad, crazy science teacher and i am passionate about science, technology and learning. I think teaching science is all about passion, power and people - making connections, lighting the fires and blowing up our prejudices, preconceptions and predictions. Whatever you learn, whatever you teach at least it won’t be boring.

    Heres some other ideas on it




    • Do our students whānau have an understanding of digital citizenship and how they can be supporting this at home?
    1. I think we surveyed this a few years ago and most seem to agree on the areas issues and concerns  we need to redo this IMHO
    2. I think we need to know more on concepts of citizen, states, nations and the treaty obligations, responsibilities and opportunities for all
    3. The at home bit assumes access to machines technology and know how - we have requests and accede to preschool after school and lunchtime student access to labs, com albs and libraries ITC and with teacher supervision and oversite
    4. we have awhina clubs and kapa haka and pasifika groups and events and representation and hui
    5. We have wirless fast speed unlimited fats upload and download and 24/7 access to resources and materials and feedback online for students and whanau
    6. most parents are using parent portal and online feedback communication and survey responses.

    i think we need to do more here to see what parents think re ITC,technology and the parent, child, teen borders and boundaries 


    • can out whānau access school technology to connect with their child's learning (should there be no access at home)?

    we use hard copy reports and newsletter whenever we know there is an unmet need and ask parents and students to keep us up to date in this regard

    • do our students have the ability to use technology at school in ways that grow their understanding and knowledge of their own culture and that of others?

    yes, waka navigation, maori iwi genetics, ancestry, whakapapa, tikanga, kapa haka, plays in by and for maori, speech competitions, exams and assessments in maori on request, powhiri, poroporoaki, tangi and treading orr waking the land and space, treaties in and for and created in classrooms see also url below




    • are our teachers offering students choices about what they learn and how they learn?
    1. yes we are co constructing topics, passion projects, year long learning goals and long term career and professional goals with parents, caregivers, whanau and students

    There are many more I could pose but in short I think the question is asking two things, how responsive is our practice to the 'whole' child (in relation to academically, socially, emotionally and culturally)




    ok ish but we could do better - lots better




    AND are we using technology to support our responsive practices.




    cheers in haste need dinner now



    Tony Cairns - tony.cairns@paradise.net.nz - www.nzgdb.co.nz
    42 Fortunatus Street, Vogeltown, Wellington, 6021 NEW ZEALAND
    Science Teacher at Wellington High School tony.cairns@whs.school.nz
    Home phone (644) 934 8669 Work (644) 385 8911 Mobile 022 653 4021

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