Nurturing Curiosity


Paula Jamieson

Te Akau ki Papamoa

For me teaching and learning is all about nurturing curiosity, I see technology as a powerful vehicle to drive this. I feel that it is imperative to ensure that schools encourage more open-ended problem solving, inviting curiosity and discovery rather than activities with pre-determined outcomes. For me technology fosters “Engagement, Motivation and Transformation” and in turn “Makes the Learning Stick”.

I am an ADE at Te Akau ki Papamoa School and am part of a highly effective e-learning team and staff who are at the forefront of the digital landscape in NZ. I work in classrooms role modelling and working alongside teachers to infuse technology and transform learning in each of their spaces. I hold workshops and ‘Insights’ (Open Days) at our school to share with a wide network of educators, I regularly present at conferences locally and nationally.

I use a range of technologies and a vast range of apps to nurture thinking and collaboration. I use apps to foster and support Maori Language, ensuring that confidence and motivation is supported.

The introduction of iPads opened up whole new worlds for our learners - they have made what was once impossible possible, our 5 year olds blog independently without barriers of passwords, they watch video’s created by their teachers delivering learning experiences explicitly targeted to meet their individual needs, they record, reflect and post in real time. Our senior students share their thinking using Explain Everything, they craft their writing within Google Classroom using Google Apps where their teachers provide feedback and feedforward while roving the room. Our students are self managers who inquire, explore and create.

I use a range of technologies and a vast range of apps to nurture thinking and collaboration. I use apps to foster and support Maori Language, ensuring that confidence and motivation is supported. I create and use blogs school wide to engage writers in real world contexts and to allow the sharing of rich media content. We create soundtracks to summarise learning and share learning journeys and we create Multitouch books to teach Cybersafety and Digital Wisdom to equip students in today’s digital world. I support teachers to collaboratively create iTunesU courses to deliver rich interactive learning opportunities.

Our students continue to win, and be placed in the National MADE (Movie and Digital Excellence) awards. They are regularly featured in newspapers and publications. They are developing an international audience on their blogs and their work has been showcased at conferences around the country. School has become an engaging, but more importantly, a transformative and powerful place of learning.