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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Started by Anaru White 11 Sep 2017 1:59pm () Replies (6)

Kia ora tātou e whakanui ana i tēnei wiki o tī tātou reo.

Links to resources to support Te Wiki o te Reo Māori. If you have any to add please comment below.

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  • Rachel Whalley (View all users posts) 12 Sep 2017 11:41pm ()

    Kia ora Sam

    You may have noticed that i tried to comment on your blog post, but somehow i lost in the ether. Anyhow i thought it was important to follow up on this with you so here is my second attempt :)

    So firstly we have Networked Nannies / Konnected Kuia teaching children all around NZ online through the VLN Primary. Koka Jules has been teaching te reo Māori online since 2011. Here is the info about our Virtual Rumaki. Our model is not a volunteer model but one where the schools collaborate to provide a teacher to share from their own schools or to contribute funds to bring an expert in to teach across our schools. The VLN Primary developed to meet that need by providing the support for this collaborative network, the coordination and the professional development for teaching and learning online. Any children from any school are welcome to participate.

    I don't want to pop your bubble on Sugata's model and no doubt you might have a good crack at it and enjoy some success with it, but here are a couple of insights from our experience.

    We have had a couple of awesome teachers who were happy to volunteer their time to teach our children. One was a Science teacher, the other taught Cook Islands Māori They were amazing, amazing teachers. Retired, hugely knowledgeable, passionate about their subject and keen to connect with our children. We were in the end unable to sustain those connections because of the amount of wrap around support they needed to be able to teach online. I was co-teaching with them both for a couple of terms which was a privilege, but one I didn't have the time for. It is a rare thing to find a person with the knowledge and the willingness to teach our children in their area of expertise, it is even rarer to find that combined with a minimum level of digital skills needed to teach online. Even with today's easy technology, our volunteer teachers were struggling to teach independently.

    My second insight - or opinion, if you like is - education should not be a voluntary pursuit. The government should ensure that children are able to access the curriculum & in this case te reo Māori. By relying on the goodwill of volunteers you are not building the capacity of teaching te reo māori in schools in a sustainable way. 

    Te reo Māori is our schools' greatest area of need and the VLN Primary would welcome any support Microsoft can provide to strengthen our programmes. If you work for Microsoft you probably know Michael Brick? He is on our Governance team. He could fill you in some more on what we do.

    BTW if your daughter's school doesn't offer te reo māori or any other programmes that she needs you should look at the opportunities the VLN clusters, NetNZ or the VLN Primary can provide.

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