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There is an opportunity for schools or kura without a current PLD application (or who are unable to repurpose a current PLD application) to receive up to 25 hours distance learning PLD support. This is to fund any immediate needs you may have for distance/remote learning due to COVID.

If you want the support, you need to first contact your Regional Education Advisor – see contacts here.

If they decide to allocate your school some funding, we will be happy to help you draft your application.

As listed in How we can Help, we can support your digital and technical needs, as well as provide a variety of leadership support options.

Hybrid learning
support for your needs

Examples of hybrid learning support:

Supporting student/family learning and engagement

We provide support student/family learning and engagement using a wide variety of digital tools and platforms, including:

  • Google Classroom – helping students engage and learn successfully online
  • Google Suite – setting up resource banks for schools, checking the setup for Google Meet/Hangout to ensure it is safe.
  • Hāpara – set up and/or optimising of Teacher Dashboard and Workspace to differentiate learning for students.
  • Microsoft Office 365 – set up and/or optimising of Teams, OneNote, Office.
  • Supporting the effective use of various sharing and narrative-based, real-time assessment platforms including Seesaw, Educa, and others.
  • Supporting teachers with a wide variety of online tools to enthuse, engage, challenge and personalise learning.
  • Supporting teacher and staff hauora through effective planning and delivery for online learning.

Supporting leaders to manage complex challenges

Our experienced facilitators and leadership consultants can support you and your leaders to manage complex challenges and COVID related issues.

  • Helping you devise a communications plan for all stakeholders.
  • Managing rapid communications with the community.
  • Supporting staff as they deal with moving quickly to distance learning or changing class makeups.
  • Fast induction for new staff into school IT systems on behalf of the school.
  • Identifying which aspects of the curriculum are critical to maintain and how to adapt these to suit online learning.
  • Support for community and whānau to make online learning successful and safe.
  • Mentoring and critical friend support for principals and senior leaders.

Our team can help you further clarify your thinking as you complete your draft application.

This area has curated resources designed to help you and your staff quickly learn new skills and make distance teaching and learning easy, fun and manageable.

Learning Architects resources

We have a variety of options for supporting you and your staff.

  1. QuickTips – this is an email bulletin which gives you tips and tricks for working remotely – sign up to the right.
  2. Leadership bulletin – is focused on leadership issues, PLD best practices and learning design – sign up to the right.
  3. Class planning template + tutorial – our most populate resource of all time, this template is great for teachers who want to move their planning online using a Google Sheet.
  4. – example site we have put together for clients. You are welcome to take a copy of this and adapt/customise it as you wish. Te Kura o Whare Pā has made theirs here:
  5. Online Community – we are offering all schools one month free and full access.
    1. Click here to sign up and grab this offer.
    2. This includes online courses, curated resources, templates, access to our QuickTips archive, and more.
    3. Select pay by: ‘Distance support’ (we won’t send an invoice).

MOE resources

  1. Learning from home – a wide range of resources from MOE
  2. Kauwhatareo – practical advice, guidance and resources for parents to use with tamariki. It’s also intended to support the learning plan prepared by kaiako for ākonga.
  3. Ki te Ao Mārama – resources to support learners from kōhanga reo, through to senior secondary/wharekura.

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The 4 parts of computational thinking in the digital technologies curriculum

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5 ways to develop staff culture

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Best wishes for a happy festive season 2019

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4 tips to get started with stop motion animation

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How to migrate Google data with ease!

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Great updates for the Google Drive interface

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New ways to collaborate with Activity dashboard

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How to use search to find files quickly inside Google Drive

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How Google protects privacy inside G Suite for Education

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How to facilitate awesome collaboration using Trello

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Transfer tool for unmanaged Google users

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Start the year with goal setting

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How to use Google Keep

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Free planning template for teachers

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How to use Google Calendar on iOS devices

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Gmail gets a whole lot better on iOS

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How to use Hāpara workspace

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Want to help kids engage in complex issues?

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How to enable safe search on Google

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How to use Hāpara Highlights

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Dayna Hill Testimonial

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How to insert page numbers into your table of contents in Google docs

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Amazing uses of nanotechnology

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How to bring your vision to life

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The triple filter test – Is it true? Is it good? Is it useful?

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Make interactive slideshows with Slides Q&A

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Strengthening feedback with technology

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Take time out

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How to turn your phone into a projector

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Special opportunity for educators with this great knowledge mapping tool

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Changing the world starts with us

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How might social media drive real change?

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How to restore lost contacts in gmail

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Learn how to use groups in Hāpara teacher dashboard

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Attending the Google for Education Moonshot Summit

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Engage your audience with blogs

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4 tips for teaching digital citizenship

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GEG NZ spotlight from the classroom

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How sharing works in Google

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Google Apps Essentials 1 – Rotorua 6 May

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Overcoming conflicted Google accounts

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GEG NZ Hangout on Air – maker culture

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Google Discovery Day – Christchurch

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1:1 and device theft

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Search using the Chrome omnibox

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How to use the SAMR model

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How the design thinking process can be used in education

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Google Discovery Day & Masterclass – Wellington

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GEG NZ second Hangout On Air – blogging spotlight

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The future of augmented reality

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GEG NZ first Hangout On Air – what’s this about?

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Google Discovery Day & Masterclass – 20 August @ Banks Ave School

Learning Architects in association with Mike Reading are offering another Google Discovery Day & Masterclass in Christchurch. This day offers an experience for educators who want to learn more about the power of Google Apps for Education. Choose one of two strands and go in depth for a whole day!

Augmented reality

Augmented reality (or AR as it is sometimes referred to) is a fascinating new form of technology which has great potential to transform many facets of life. AR refers to the physical world with digital data or information transposed over it. Some good examples of this include Google Maps which show live traffic feeds, or the new Google product Glass.

The Google Discovery Day

Learning Architects in association with Teachers Training International are offering a great opportunity for educators in Christchurch, the Google Discovery Day. Teachers can choose from a series of electives and leave equipped to better use Google with their students.

Leadership of elearning

Here is a presentation delivered at the First Time Principals Mentor Symposium for the Centre for Educational Leadership, University of Auckland. This presentation is focussed on the leadership of elearning.

Add-ons to power up Google Docs, Sheets and Forms

An ‘add-on’ is a small piece of software that plugs into either a Document, Sheet or Form that provides additional functionality. There are lots of them to choose from that perform all sorts of handy functions!

Create a staff portal

Here is a presentation given at the New Zealand Google Apps for Education Summit in Christchurch and Auckland focussed on developing a school or company ‘start’ page.

Tame your email

Here is a presentation given at the New Zealand Google Apps for Education Summit in Christchurch and Auckland entitled ‘Tame your email’ for school leaders and office staff.

Time savers for busy leaders

Here is a presentation given at the New Zealand Google Apps for Education Summit in Christchurch and Auckland entitled ‘Time Savers for Busy Leaders’. It focusses on various issues relating to systems and personal productivity tips – managing email flow, handy tools to speed life up and more…

Develop a shared vision

Here is a presentation given at the New Zealand Google Apps for Education Summit in Auckland and Christchurch focussed on developing a shared vision for school leaders. It is aimed at helping school leaders develop strategies for improving how they enable their people gain and deepen commitment to the vision.

Enhancing school admin for school leaders

Here is a presentation given at New Zealand Google Apps for Education Summit in Christchurch and Auckland focussed on enhancing school administration for school leaders – for those people at the summit who are viewing this post, this is part of a series of two workshops.

Collaboration in G Suite

One of the greatest advantages of working ‘in the cloud’ is the collaboration possibilities this brings. There are many ways you can collaborate within Google Documents.

Manage multiple Google accounts with ease

Are you in the position of having a personal Gmail account and a work G Suite account and keep accidentally logging in to the wrong one? Or perhaps you have a Kāhui Ako account, a personal account AND a school account! Gets confusing right?

Leaders dispositions to effectively lead elearning

Here are the results of some informal research conducted in preparation for an upcoming presentation.

GAFE Summit – 23-24 April 2014 – Early bird registration ends Feb 23rd

We invite you to join us for the first annual EdTechTeam New Zealand South Island Summit featuring Google for Education to be held at Burnside High School on April 23 & 24, 2014.

Learn how to set up mail delegation

Learn how to set up mail delegation; a really handy feature within gmail – email delegation. Gmail delegation allows one person to ‘delegate’ their email to another user, which is a great solution for busy school leaders, managers and CEOs

Tame your mailbox using priority inbox

Learn how to tame your mailbox using priority inbox. Here is a neat little video describing the benefits of Google’s Priority Inbox – which is a massive improvement to gmail that saves you time and makes you super-efficient.

Mail filtering – making life with email easier, smarter and less time-consuming

The flood of email is a major cause of stress in our digital world. This post will help you learn to overcome the flood of incoming emails and take control over your inbox! Mail filters enable you to classify and organise mail as it comes in, as well as perform various actions on email.

If you give a kid the web…

Video ‘If you give a kid the web’ featuring the students from Point England School in Auckland.

Google Summits

These two upcoming GAFE Summits in New Zealand. Learning Architects will be involved in all GAFE summits in New Zealand. These high intensity two day event focuses on deploying, integrating, and using Google Apps for Education and other Google Tools to promote student learning in education.

Social media for school leaders

In coming months I will be adding further detail to expand on some of the ideas, particularly the four ‘building blocks’ of social media usage I’ve identified for school leaders. These posts will provide details on what tools could be used for which purpose.

Gmail+ email creation

Today I came across an interesting problem – how can you easily set up a class with their own email addresses if you DON’T have Google Apps for Education for your school? This is not something I’d considered, as Google Apps is free for education and is so amazingly easy to implement and use.

Survey – social media for school leaders

This is a short survey for school leaders focussed on social media. The purpose of this is to gather information about the current issues school leaders face when dealing with social media. This survey will inform a presentation.

Learn how to use Google Apps Sync for Outlook

If your organisation has moved to Google Apps but you want to continue using OutLook as your email software, then you can. It is entirely possible to continue to use the tool you love and harness the power of the cloud through Google Apps.

Why G Suite for Education?

G Suite (formerly Google Apps) for Education is quite simply the best collaborative suite of cloud based tools there is. Here is a presentation I’ve put together to illustrate why G Suite for Education is the best solution for your school, district or Community of Learning, some of the benefits, as well as some of the possibilities.

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