Lessons learned during lockdown

The period of school and kura closures during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 saw educators, learners, parents and whānau suddenly confronted with the need to think differently about how to engage in their learning when no longer operating within the familiar physical learning spaces.

Many turned to some form of technology to ‘bridge the gaps’. Here’s some useful resources that came out of it:

  • The Kia Takatū ā-Matihiko, National Digital Readiness Programme continued at pace. The programme supports schools or kura to implement the new Digital Technologies and Hangarau Matihiko curricula.
  • CORE’s professional learning workshops and seminars scheduled for the remainder of 2020 are to be delivered online as webinars.
  • uLearn20 conference delivery turned virtual for the first time ever, meaning all sessions were recorded and available for participants to access until 18 December.
  • LEARNZ Online Field Trips offered fun and free distance learning ideas for students during lockdown. Using their huge back catalogue of virtual field trip resources, they created a range of ‘At home activities’ for learners to virtually explore our backyard.
  • What were the lessons we learned about the power of technology to support learning during Aotearoa New Zealand's COVID responses?
    A TechWeek 2020 webcast discussed just that. Featuring a panel of CORE Education experts including Derek Wenmoth, Josh Hough and Janelle Riki-Waaka.