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Design thinking and hangarau matihiko in a kura kaupapa setting

Te Kura o Matapihi 3Te Kura o Matapihi, a beautifully located rural kura, just 7km from Mount Maunganui is doing some amazing things with hangarau matihiko (digital technologies). Principal Tui Yeager and whānau want their ākonga to be steeped in Te Ao Māori, fluent in Te Reo Māori and also skilled with the use of digital tools.

Tamariki are taught to; collaboratively think (Te whakaaro), design (Te Tipuranga), create (Te Puawaitanga) through a process of design thinking, and use hangarau matihiko to tell and re-tell their stories. Ākonga use Māori narratives threading history, culture and reo into their digital artefacts; these include digital stories, games, animations, music videos and more.

Ākonga are also learning about hangarau matihiko and are taught computational thinking skills (te tupuranga whakaaro rorohiko) through coding and designing interactive games in Scratch. For a teaser, see one of their Scratch examples, Te Koauau a Tamatea based on the journeys of Tamatea and how Porangahau - a little place in Aoteraoa got to have the longest place name in the world. 

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Look out for the full school story, when we publish this in the Enabling e-Learning gallery. Also look out for our next featured thread on Design thinking in the curriculum7 November - 7 December in the Enabling Teaching groupFor more on hangarau matihiko professional learning, see Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko and either sign up for either Māori Medium and English Medium.

A big huge thank you to the talented kaiako and tamariki from Te Kura o Matapihi for sharing their story.

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