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Recorded Interview: Digital tools to support Māori language, culture and identity

There are a growing amount of digital tools to nurture and strengthen Māori language, culture and identity for all our learners. In this interview, Te Mako Orzecki talks about his experiences championing te reo Māori and tikanga Māori through pephea, waiata, kapahaka and noho marae in English Medium schools.

Te Mako (who works in Kia Takatū ā Matihko and TKI) also shares how culture, language and identity can be supported and celebrated through digital platforms and apps. Some of which include:

  • 1000 Māori words - Enabling e-Learning (TKI)
  • Kupu o te rā – Sign up for a service that sends email prompts o te rā
  • Māori dictionary and Google translate - Both must have on your devices to help with te reo Māori.
  • He Pataka Kupu - te kai a te rangatira - monolingual Māori language dictionary or proficient speakers and learners alike.
  • Spark kupu app - Take a photo and find out the Māori kupu (word).
  • He reo tupu he reo ora - A multimedia resource containing unit plans and teacher's notes specifically for Māori in mainstream schools.
  • Puna - An interactive app designed to test your Maori language vocab skills. Puna is the follow-up game to Kura.
  • Taringa - Podcasts in a mixture of Māori and English help you learn te reo and tikanga Māori customs and protocols in a fun and relaxed way.
  • Living heritage  - 
  • CS unplugged in te reo Māori - Resource to help teach computer science in te reo Māori from Canterbury University computer science department.
  • T.I.A - storytelling app that shares the creation story of Ranginui and Papatuānuku through augmented reality.
  • Cultural trails apps - proximity activated storytelling platform that allows you to unlock authentic story in-location at places of cultural significance.

What have you found useful for your students or yourself, to enhance te reo and te ao Māori in the classroom? We'd love to hear more. smiley


For more software, apps and digital tools to support Māori, see Enabling e-Learning (TKI):

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