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Re: [ICTs in English] Literacy with Māori learners Update Thursday 13th March 2014

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  • From: Jason Ruakere <jason.ruakere AT>
  • To: ictenglish AT
  • Subject: Re: [ICTs in English] Literacy with Māori learners Update Thursday 13th March 2014
  • Date: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 19:42:02 +1300

KIa ora Jenny,

Super response and great strategies for learning vocabulary. Our six year old is enrolled at the Correspondence School and started learning to read and write in English for the first time last year. Te Reo Māori is his first language and is spoken in our home 80 percent of the time. My wife is his main teacher at home and each day involves her planning his lessons and taking the boys over to the marae to conduct their lessons. My wife teaches both boys through the medium of Te Reo Māori and English and this has helped our boys immensely as they can think, calculate and formulate their ideas in both Māori and English. Great for their developing brains!

We have integrated technology such online learning through Reading Eggs and Mathletics and utilised certain ipad apps to develop his story writing and oral skills. This extra support has helped our son to read and write at a level comparative to other children, but more importantly has helped to develop his confidence and his love for books. He is now loving the opportunity to teach his three and a half year old brother to read and write. 

Ipad apps I have used are as follows:

Educreations which is great for writing and maths 

Book Creator for writing

Tellagami is great for speech and oral skills 

Bitsboard is one of my favourite because educators, learners and caregivers can customise this app to learn anything. I use it with my boys to learn vocabulary and phrases in both Te Reo Māori and English. The best feature of this app is that it allows learners to create their own story boards, by taking their own images and recording their voice. This is one of the best language learning apps out!

Sock Puppets is a super fun app to encourage dialogue between learners of all ages. It is easy to use and creative. 

Comic LifeComic Book and Strip Design are apps that my son enjoys using to write stories. 

Kia kaha e hoa,

Jason Ruakere
Literacy Online Facilitator for Māori Learners

On 30 March 2014 21:15, Jenny Booth <jwbooth AT> wrote:
Kia Ora Jason,
Kia kaha! I think you are on the right track. Whatever you do with you tamariki, talk about it in Maori, introduce new vocab, recount the event, write about it and then talk some more. The new vocab needs to be used and revisited. There is so much learning in just looking after te whenua. I believe our tamariki need to be able to do this before they step out into the big wide world.


Sent from my iPad

On 19/03/2014, at 11:11 am, Catriona <catriona.pene AT> wrote:

Literacy with Māori learners Update Thursday 13th March 2014

Kia orana!

I would like to welcome new members and take this opportunity to introduce myself.

I’m based in Taranaki and live on my marae with my wife Rachael and our two son’s Te Para and Hiona. I am affiliated to Taranaki and Te Atiawa on my father’s side and Ngāti Porou and Te Aitanga a Māhaki on my mother’s. My family is committed to sustainable living, language revitalisation and supporting the marae community. Outside of work I enjoy camping with my boys, surfing and playing golf.

In terms of this role I’m interested in how we can best support literacy with our Māori learners in English and Māori medium settings from early childhood through to secondary schools. Together we will explore strategies, current research and resources, while encouraging educators throughout the country to share and celebrate good practice that supports Māori to achieve as Māori.  

As we reach the end of term I invite you to share any strategies, resources or activities that you are using with Māori learners in your context. I also invite any questions or wanderings that you have related to Māori learners.

Have a great week everyone and I look forward to your contributions over the next couple of weeks.


Kia manuia!


Jason Ruakere

Literacy online Facilitator for Māori Learners

Ngā mihi nui

Jason Ruakere

Learning with Digital Technologies Facilitator  l  Te Toi Tupu  l Central South Region  l  New Plymouth

CORE Education Ltd, PO Box 13-678, Christchurch 8141, New Zealand

Mob: 021 222 0925 
Twitter: @JRuakere

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