Manaiakalani - Technology across high schools

Nau mai haere mai, welcome to the Manaiakalani online resource hub for teachers of Technology.

Our Department Discussions are running again in 2024 so if you're a teacher interested in high school technology, we'd love you to join us.  This is an opportunity to network with specialist subject teachers across the country, to collaborate and share best practice.  

Click here to register and we'll keep you informed of any upcoming events.  

Upcoming Meeting Dates

Hamish Johnston, the National Chair for TENZ joined us at this term's Department Discussion.   Hamish shared with us valuable information about the upcoming NCEA  changes for the Technology Curriculum including Achievement Standards and Vocational / Pathways amendments.

Links to numerous resources are in Hamish Johnston's slide deck and the full recording is available on the right.  

There are some excellent speakers and workshops at the TENZ Conference coming up on the 2nd and 4th October.  

Click here for more information. 

Hamish Johnston 2023 - Department Discussion
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Our guest speaker at this term's Department Discussion was Marc Milford.  Marc is the Literacy Advisor at Tamaki College and brings with him a wealth of experience to help teachers engage students with literacy across the curriculum.   If you missed this meeting, you can watch the recording and review the slides on the right.  If you'd like to join us at the next Department Discussion for teachers of Technology, register here. 

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Literacy Skills for Technology 

Marc Milford - Tamaki College

Literacy Advisor

In this presentation, Marc shared with teachers an extensive range of literacy strategies to help students understand text.  These strategies can be applied across all subject areas and year levels.   Key highlights included;

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Teaching reading skills in curriculum classes at secondary school.


Blogging is the ideal platform for students to share with an authentic audience and practice their Cybersmart skills.  

Ian Rees, from Hornby High School, makes use his students' expertise by having them create 'how to' blog posts for their peers.  See what it looks like by clicking here.  


In this Department Discussion, we talked about how creativity is key to developing students' understanding in any subject area.  Technology however, naturally lends itself to engage with Create.  David Miller from Levin Intermediate School, showcased Tinkercad and how he has been using 3D printing to engage and hook students into their learning.   


Our first online meeting for 2023 focused on how we can amplify Learn in Technology in the classroom and online using various apps.   Phil Margetts shared the potential of using student created Podcasts as a way to engage students and Matt Harrison from Westland High School outlined the STEM approach they are using with their years 7 - 10.  

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Create in Technology - Manaiakalani Secondary School Department Discussions
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EdPuzzle brings an interactive element for students to help show their understanding.  Teachers can add multi-choice and open-ended questions at various time points throughout the video.  Create your own, or repurpose other teacher's resources.  With a premium education account, you can add your own voice overs.  A great rewindable learning tool.  

The videos below are examples of how EdPuzzle videos look in a Google site.  Students can interact with them directly in your class site which helps to keep them focused.