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May 12, 2022

Making the most of Tech Week 2022!

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Kia ora,

Ehara taku toa i te toa takitahi, engari he toa takatini. 
My strength is not mine alone, it comes from the collective.  

We hope that the first couple of weeks of Term 2 have gone well for you and your school. Each term provides an opportunity to focus on new areas of learning for your ākonga and this term presents many with Tech Week, Matariki, and International Languages Week all just around the corner!

This month’s newsletter is slightly different than past editions, focusing on the exciting opportunities offered within the wider digital technology education community in Aotearoa and shining a spotlight on the up and coming GCSN initiatives that we can’t wait to share with you! Tech Week 2022 (16 May – 22 May) is just around the corner and showcases all that the digital technology sector of Aotearoa have to offer you and your school. During Tech Week GCSN will launch two new digital technology education opportunities for kaiako, schools, ākonga, and their whānau; Lunch Break – Learn & Create and new Digital Wellbeing modules.

We hope you find these opportunities inspiring and as exciting as we do!

Noho ora mai rā,

The GCSN Team

Cyberbullying: A new Digital Wellbeing module
Our latest set of digital wellbeing resources cover what cyberbullying is, how it manifests, and how it relates to the psychological principles of social identity theory. Focusing on how cyberbullying relates to the “us vs. them” mentality, the resources investigate how group norms play a large role in cyberbullying behaviours. Drawing on this analysis research-based solutions for combatting cyberbullying are offered.
Access these resources here!
The Digital Wellbeing modules are designed to support kaiako and whānau in ensuring students’ digital wellbeing remains high. The resources include slides for teachers’ professional development, information for whānau, and a self-directed module designed for teachers wanting to go through the material at their own pace and reflect on their teaching practice.
Tech Week 2022
16 May – 22 May
Pathways to Tech
Thursday 19 May, 12.50pm – 1.30pm (Virtual)

Hosted by Canterbury Tech, this session is aimed at secondary school students interested in pursuing a career in the tech industry. It provides insight into what a career in the the tech industry looks like from the perspectives of 3 young professionals based in Canterbury.

Demystifying Data Sovereignty for Nan & Koro
Monday 16 May, 6.00pm – 7.15pm (Virtual)

This discussion panel features Te Matarau members who are experts in Māori Data Sovereignty. It aims to explain the whats, whys, and importance of Māori Data Sovereignty so simply that Nan and Koro can understand, making it perfect for ākonga of all ages!

Filling the gap: Why improving diversity is key to NZ’s tech sector 
Monday 16 May, 12.00pm – 1.00pm (Virtual)

Diversity is an issue across Aotearoa’s growing tech sector. This panel discussion will focus on challenges facing the industry, what needs to be done to bring more women into the sector, and how increasing racial diversity is being addressed across the sector.

Find more exciting Tech Week opportunities here
Coming up at GCSN!
Lunch Break – Learn & Create

In partnership with CORE and Cyclone, GCSN will be launching a series of webinars on the kaupapa of Hybrid Learning. Loosely based around establishing whanaungatanga in digital spaces these sessions will support you to utilise digital tools to create engaging digital outcomes for your ākonga.

The sessions will support ākonga to:

  • Be creative in Google
  • Integrate Google Suite to support quality teaching and learning
  • Build their confidence
  • Promote their creativity
  • Use iPads and online tools more effectively
New Digital Wellbeing modules

To complement our existing modules GCSN will launch two new sets of resources focusing on Video games and Technoference.

Focusing on the negative effect imposed on interpersonal relationships by the intrusive use of technology. This module will provide suggestions about creating healthy boundaries with devices.

Video games
Often considered dangerous, video games can also have positive outcomes for young people. This module will investigates both views and provide suggestions around practical controls that can be adopted to keep tamariki safe.

We can’t wait to share these opportunities with you soon!
Kōrero – A Learning City Christchurch Event
GCSN were proud to partner with the Spark Foundation to deliver a panel discussion event last Monday evening as part of Ōtautahi Learning Days, an Ako Ōtautahi Leaning City Christchurch festival. The wānanga was really well attended and featured an amazing group of panelists including – Elle Archer, Sina Cotter Tait, Kendal Flutely and Hori Te Ariki Mataki.
The panelists engaged us all in a thought provoking, insightful, challenging and solution-focused kōrero. They shared their expertise and personal experiences of inclusion, diversity and more importantly shared ideas about how businesses can prepare their organisation to attract and retain diverse rangatahi into careers in tech and engineering.
A special thanks to Kate from the Spark Foundation, Brianna our event organiser and of course, our amazing panelists.
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May 9, 2022

Kōtuitui May Pānui

The third of three items for my Kiwi readers.


Be in to win with NZ Sign Language!

The second of three items for my Kiwi readers.

Please note that I am a member of the Governance Group for this e-learning cluster.

Equity and respectful relationships — grow your skills

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The first of three items for my Kiwi readers.

Build respectful relationships

Kia ora Michael

Respectful relationships are the foundation for equitable outcomes where ākonga experience educational success, regardless of who they are, where they live, or the challenges they face.

Take a step towards building respectful relationships with these upcoming professional learning experiences.

Connecting through Talanoa

Webinar, 1 June, 4 — 5 pm,

Learn more about Talanoa, the Pacific approach to building empathy and trust.

Te Whakamānawa: developing cultural competencies

Online programme, 9 June  — 17 November (20 weeks)

Explore how to better reflect our bicultural heritage and give mana to Te Tiriti o Waitangi in your teaching.

Coaching and Mentoring Part 1

Online programme, 25 July — 26 September (10 weeks)

Learn how to intentionally listen, connect with others and support them to make meaningful changes in their lives.

Further professional learning

Integrate te reo Māori into everyday learning with Te Reo Puāwai Māori, a five week online programme starting in August.

Make meaningful change in your professional and personal life with He Waka Unua, personalised coaching and mentoring. Start any time.

Develop collective wellbeing in your setting with the Hauora | Wellbeing programme. Start any time.

Professional learning can be customised to suit your needs, regionally-allocated PLD funding may apply.

You can also access funded PLD support for hybrid learning.

Discover More

If you have questions about any of these opportunities, please email — we’re here to help!

Ngā mihi nui,
CORE Education

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May 5, 2022

Deadline approaching for PLD funding

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An item for my Kiwi readers.

Access FREE support and expertise with your funded PLD applications

Kia ora Michael

With regionally-allocated PLD applications due by Friday 20 May, you may be keen for some free support. CORE’s experienced facilitators help you design and submit a successful application to the Ministry of Education.

Working across Aotearoa in Māori, Pacific and English medium contexts, and in all learning settings, we work with you to develop a customised PLD plan.

Find out more

Priority areas

English medium

Cultural capability
Local curriculum design
Assessment for learning

Māori medium

Mātauranga and
te reo Māori
Marau ā-kura

Digital fluency remains a priority in all settings.

CORE works with you to make sure your application:

  • meets your needs and those of your ākonga

  • addresses equity for tamariki and rangatahi

  • meets Ministry of Education requirements, and

  • is clear on what you’ll achieve.

Enquire about free support

Contact one of our regional managers

Angela Clemens
Northland, Auckland and Hamilton
027 208 8803
Kathe Tawhiwhirangi
Central North Island
021 527 004
Ngaire Shepherd-Wills
021 166 0158
Greg Carroll
South Island
027 415 3921

Rosalie Reiri
Māori medium
021 919 764

Please note, funding only available to early learning services through a Kāhui Ako application.

Working with CORE is easy. A mixture of techniques can be used including face-to-face and online tools – whichever works best for you and your learning environment.

Ngā mihi nui,
CORE Education

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