Manaiakalani - Social Sciences

Strategies for enhancing student engagement

Wednesday 4th November

Our last Secondary Connect for 2020, focused on the wonderful work being done in Social Science departments across the country. We heard from Amy Honey and Lauren Taylor from Mairehau High School. Amy and Lauren shared the extensive work they have accomplished and how it has positively aided collaboration across their department. Dot Apelu from Tamaki College shared how she developed relationships with students and whanau during lockdown and provides with an overview of the online tool Miro. Angela Seyb from Greymouth High School talked about the enhanced engagements with her students using digital storytelling and interactive mapping with the online app ARCGIS.

Secondary Connect:Social Sciences

Connecting and collaborating in a Covid world

Dot Apelu

Tamaki College: Head of Social Sciences

In this presentation Dot shares her rich experiences from the recent lockdown period and how it has influenced her teaching practice. Dot talks about creating, rewindable learning resources, class site design and how she engaged parents to maintain connections with students. Click here to see Dot's slides.

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Using Google Sites to enrich learning

Amy Honey:

Mairehau High School: Learning Team Leader of Social Sciences

Lauren Taylor

Mairehau High School: Assistant LTL of Social Sciences

Amy and Lauren shared the wonderful work they have been doing for the past three years which has led to more collaboration and shared planning with their colleagues. Together they designed a number of class sites that were more accessible and visible for their fellow teachers, their students and whanau.

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Digital Story telling and Mapping in the Social Sciences

Angela Seyb

Greymouth High School:

HOD Social Science 2017-2019, HOD Maths 2020

Angela brings a wealth of experience to her role drawing on her teaching expertise in Social Sciences and Mathematics. Using a creative arts and storytelling approach Angela invites her Year 9 students to make connections with their identity and their local community.

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Angela .mp4

Recording of Manaiakalani's Secondary Connect: Social Sciences on Wednesday 4th November 2020