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How can Computational Thinking be infused into Māori Medium contexts for learning?

For the first time since 2009, both Marautanga o Aotearoa and NZC have a new addition to the curriculum - Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko. Digital technologies is about using technologies to create solutions for real-world problems. Knowing how to do this is an important part of equipping our young people for a digital future.

So what does this look for Kura Kaupapa Māori?


Last year, several PLD providers in the Strengthening Digital Technologies | Hangarau Matihiko project created stories and content in readiness for the new curricula. Two of those stories focused on how kura are embarking on this journey. Ruapehu College Tech Hub: Partnering with local iwi and sharing expectations and Strengthening engagement with kura and whānau – a consultative approach

In this video from Technology Online, the ICT tutor, principal, and students discuss the success of the approach used to engage students, and in particular girls, in digital technologies.  

These stories not only centred on raising the confidence and competence of kaiako in providing digital learning experiences with a Māori world view, but also had a strong priority focus of engaging with whanau and iwi throughout this process. 

In Strengthening engagement with kura and whānau – a consultative approach, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Mangatuna were introduced to opportunities to learn through play using a variety of digital technologies such as; claymation, stop frame animation, electronic kits, coding and programming possibilities. As a result, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Mangatuna valued applying Hangarau Matihiko platforms that gave expression to kura values, ancestral identities, and pūrākau and creating space to discuss what “Māori digital fluency” means for the community.

Coding kids

Opportunities in Kura going forward?


The facilitators of this pilot project have identified several challenges and opportunities that can; further enhance ākonga and kaiako use of digital learning technologies into the future which include:

  • Develop culturally appropriate methods of understanding how digital technologies impact on ākonga and whānau learning.
  • Ensure equitable access to high-quality and relevant reo and tikanga Māori digital resources for kaiako, ākonga, and whānau. This includes sourcing and designing digital mediums platforms that can be linked to curriculum areas and the diversity of the Māori medium sector; and
  • Provide ongoing and tailored professional learning and development opportunities to assist kura to initiate, embed, and sustain effective Māori-medium content, pedagogy, and infrastructure. HANGARAU MATIHIKO — E TIPU E REA 

English-medium schools might also find these stories inspirational when engaging with their Māori community around the development of the digital technologies Hangarau Matihiko curriculum.

Do you have any questions or stories about what readiness looks like for you? We'd love to hear more.

For more supportive PLD pathways towards digital fluency and readiness to implement Hangarau Matihiko, go to:

Thank you to Ānaru White (CORE Education) for portions of this post.

Image source: public domain


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