Date
14 October 2019

Use technologies to support learning

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Building an inclusive, culturally responsive classroom environment’

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Support literacy skills

Support literacy skills

Susan Lee describes the impact of using Storybird on literacy development. The tool removes the barrier of handwriting, freeing up students to write.

Useful technologies

Useful technologies

Break writing processes into a number of discrete activities that are done one at a time, and remove barriers by using appropriate technologies. 

  • Support students by using speech-to-text so that they can communicate their ideas effectively.
  • Use recording devices to record ideas orally.
  • Use planning tools and mind maps, such as Inspiration, to organise ideas and provide a structure.
  • Use apps, such as iWordQ to support reading text, word selection, spelling, and grammar.

Ideas for improving boys’ writing

Ideas for improving boys’ writing

Anna Swann, from Holy Cross School, explains how using Google docs in class supported students’ writing.

Take a multi-sensory approach

Take a multi-sensory approach

Offer students multiple opportunities to build understanding using all their senses.
  • Take a multisensory approach – use real experiences, physical activities, and manipulatable objects to support understanding.
  • Support text and spoken information with photos, graphics, audio, and video.
  • Present digital text rather than printed text, so that students can personalise it (for example, by enlarging it or listening to it).
  • Use blogs, wikis, and online tools such as Moodle to bring together different versions of content in one place (for example, a YouTube video, a graphic, and some text within a webpage).
  • Make instructions, demonstrations, or key content rewindable and accessible 24/7.

Share learning using technology

Share learning using technology

Students from Point England School use technology to learn, and share their movies with the wider community

Useful resources

Useful resources

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Supporting Māori students through ako-e (e-learning)

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Next steps

More suggestions for implementing the strategy “Build a culturally responsive environment”:

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