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DISCUSSION POST: Place-based learning and culturally responsive practice in a localised curriculum

Posted by Tessa Gray

When: 28 Aug 2019 - 28 Sep 2019

Venue: Teaching group

Fees: Free

Organiser: Enabling e-Learning

Contact: tessa.gray@core-ed.net

smiley DISCUSSION POST: Place-based learning and culturally responsive practice in a localised curriculum 28 August - 28 September

Place-based education promotes learning that is rooted in what is local, in terms of a student's immediate schoolyard, neighbourhood, town or community - the unique history, environment, culture, economy, literature, and art of a particular place (Wikipedia). In this discussion, we look at how digital technologies can support place-based learning, bringing local school stories and cultural histories to life. Hosted in the Teaching group.

Image source: Wikipedia


  • Barrie Matthews

    Several comments are relevant to this topic, taken from feedback by Lisa Hunt, teacher at Kirwee Model School (with permission) about the recent LEARNZ "Map my waahi - discovering our shared heritage" virtual field trip.

    "It fitted in perfectly with our 'Our Place' inquiry. We are focussing on being culturally responsive in our learning programmes and this field trip supported this incredibly well. Our children have been inquiring into early NZ, and as a part of this we moved into ancestry and heritage. Having each learner research and share their cultural heritage and ancestry has been enlightening and empowering. 

    "Using the digital tool Tour Builder and Google Earth to map their waahi (ancestral journey) incorporated the new strands of the Technology curriculum with learners designing and creating using digital technology, not just consuming. High levels of engagement in this meaningful and authentic activity."

    All the material from this LEARNZ field trip remains online in its dedicated web site and can be used retrospectively. More info at http://rata.learnz.org.nz/summary.php?vft=mapping192 For further info, reply to this post or email help@learnz.org.nz

    Hope this helps
    Barrie from the LEARNZ team at CORE Education