Smart Learners

Smart learners are at home in a digital world

The Manaiakalani  Kawa of Care was co-constructed between schools and whānau. This agreement covers the responsibilities of students, parents and schools. It ensures that students will get the best use of their device during their time on the programme, and that schools and families understand how they can best care for the devices.  

Smart Learners focuses on connecting learners with elements of the Kawa of Care and responsible use agreement. We recommend teachers take time to familiarise themselves with the Kawa of Care and identify how best they can empower learners to make connections with  being Cybersmart.  

Smart Learners

To make the most of their Chromebook or iPad and Google Apps, Smart Learners follow the Kawa of Care and learn to use their device confidently and in clever ways to Learn Create Share.  

While each Cybersmart category has specific learning outcomes, how teachers engage learners  will be in response to the school community and interests of their learners.

To empower learners it is critical that learning sites are visible and accessible and that learners are able to confidently navigate the site to access learning.

Be cognisant of the vocabulary  used  to describe actions or tools.  Be consistent when using specific terms and encourage learners to do the same.  e.g.  If you are in the right place and the right time I will see you... 

Consider elements of the Digital Dig and identify and chunk learning in response to your learners' needs. 

Elements of the Digital Dig include links to examples that can be copied and repurposed for your learners. 

Include opportunities for learners to create with their chromebooks and connect with new learning within existing programmes of learning. 

This means practising what they are learning , everyday. It is critical to establish routines and expectations of a Cybersmart Learner early, to support future learning and empower learners to connect with their responsibilities as a Digital  Citizen.

Reference the resources below when  you are planning,  and identify opportunities for learners to create and share DLOs in response to their learning.

Links below include navigation to examples and suggestions that you are invited to repurpose and develop further for your learners.  

Google has partnered with the educators at Pear Deck to create custom, interactive presentations and vocabulary flashcards to accompany the Be Internet Awesome curriculum.

We recommend previewing lessons and considering how best to use with your learners. Because lessons are created using Google Slides they can be copied and repurposed in response to your learners. Copies can also be used independently of the Pear Deck app.