Date
24 September 2020
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Technology tools for learning
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Access and use technologies that remove barriers and enable learner success.

Understanding technology

Key concepts and terms relating to technology and learning

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Identify technologies that enable students to access learning in ways that work more effectively for them.

Strategies for action

Five key strategies for selecting and using technologies to enable learners.

Reduce barriers to learning

Consider how your classroom feels and works for learners.Take time to talk with learners and their whānau to identify any barriers to their learning.

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Ask your learners what can help?

Use this knowledge to inform your design.

Three suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Use Universal Design for Learning

    Includes:

    • Resources
  2. Identify needs

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  3. Support implementation

    Includes:

    • Resources

Using low-technology options

When exploring technology solutions for a learner, consider whether low-tech solutions can meet the learner’s needs.

One suggestion for implementing this strategy:

  1. Offer a range of supports

    Includes:

    • Resources

Using digital technologies

Identify where digital technologies enable learners to personalise and access learning.

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Using a netbook gives Tyler the freedom to write creatively rather than being inhibited by the speed of his handwriting or his ability to form letters.

Four suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Support collaboration

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  2. Increase access to information

    Includes:

    • Resources
  3. Information gathering and sharing

    Includes:

    • Resources
  4. Support organisation

    Includes:

    • Resources

Considering Ministry of Education funded assistive technology (AT)

Assistive technology can support a student’s participation and learning achievement.

Two suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. What are funded ATs?

    Includes:

    • Resources
  2. Getting and using funded ATs

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources

Support assessment and exams, including NCEA

Ensure that all learners have equitable access and are able to participate in assessments and exams alongside their peers.

Two suggestions for implementing this strategy:

  1. Digital assessment

    Includes:

    • Video
    • Resources
  2. Special Assessment Conditions

    Includes:

    • Resources

Key resources

Website

Assistive technology

Information for schools on how to apply for and manage assistive technology. It contains forms, information sheets, and case studies.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Website

Assistive technologies

School stories, snapshots of learning, and resources to support using assistive technologies in the classroom. The Enabling e-Learning website is part of TKI.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

Website

Using digital technologies to support learning in a senior secondary context

An online guide providing information and resources to support NCEA assessment, including SAC. The Enabling e-Learning website is part of TKI.

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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