16 Jul 2014

Plea for more digital immersion in kura

9:01 am on 16 July 2014

A former kura kaupapa teacher says digital technology is not being used enough in total immersion Maori schools.

A teacher for more than 15 years, Robin Ohia said more work in getting digital technology would help isolated kura kaupapa to collaborate with each other.

He said there wasn't enough emphasis on the benefits of it for students and how it would engage tauira to get more involved, such as through e-learning.

Mr Ohia said the e-learning concept was educational content created collaboratively with teachers around the country, which could be accessed by tamariki at home and at kura using a laptop or tablet device.

He said another example would be students being taught from remote locations, because there weren't enough Te Reo speaking teachers.

Mr Ohia said kura would have to look internally and externally for putea (funding) for such projects.

Kura are set to expand digital technology use

The National Association of Kura Kaupapa Maori says total immersion schools are set to expand their use of digital technology.

Te Runanga Nui O Nga Kura Kaupapa Maori O Aotearoa tumuaki (principal) Toni Waho said there were projects underway to incorporate more technology in schools.

He said students were so well-versed with technology that kura needed to move with the times to ensure they weren't left behind.

But he said it must ensure that can happen while maintaining Te Reo tuturu.