e-Learning, Mathematics and the New Zealand Curriculum
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Mathematics and Statistics Leaders Symposium 2011
Digital content for Maths
Integrating digital content and web based tools provide teachers with opportunities to design teaching approaches that can have a positive impact on student learning. In this session we will explore e-learning examples and consider how they might be applied to support mathematical learning across the curriculum.

Mathematics and Statistics Leaders Symposium 2007
e-Learning has considerable potential to support the teaching approaches outlined in the NZC 2007 under effective pedagogy. In these sessions we will explore how teachers and students can access quality digital content including digital resources and learning objects that have been developed specifically to support students' learning of key concepts and skills detailed in the curriculum.

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What are learning objects?

Digital Content and Effective Pedagogy
"The design of learning objects are based on the most recent research into how children learn and how teachers can facilitate learning. They provide opportunities for multi-modal learning (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic ) not normally possible in the standard classroom because of complexity, safety, time or cost"(The Learning Federation).
e-Story: The Monster Choir
Penny Thomson teaches a year 3 class at Douglas Park School, Masterton. She used the ‘Monster Choir’ learning objects to assist her students learn about repeating patterns as part of her mathematics programme.

  1. Read Effective Pedagogy, NZC (p.34-35)
  2. View video clips on Digistore Identify Teacher actions in the video that promote student learning and record. external image pdf.png Video Activity.pdf
  3. Identify links to Effective Pedagogy, NZC (p.34-35) and record under column "Students learn best when
  4. Explore Learning Objects through NZMaths matrix and use what you know about effective pedagogy and effective use of digital content to: identify a scenario from your classroom, select a learning object and describe how it might be integrated to promote student learning.
Refer to the Teaching as Inquiry Cycle ( NZC, p.35):

What strategies (evidence-based) are most likely to help my students learn this?
Links that you may find useful to support integration of Digistore Resoures

View links to register and access digiSTORE plus support material available online here.

Each Learning Object has an individual URL or address online. Once you have identified the LO, copy the URL and save to your school intranet, web favourites or bookmarks or paste into your planning. This enables easy access for both yourself and students. Use the Password Manager on your computer to remember the digiSTORE password if possible to allow easy access by students from your classroom computers.
The Learning Federation catalogues
Descriptions of all learning objects released to date are available in these catalogues. Some catalogues also list samples from the digital resources and collections ranges.

Access Learning Objects through NZMaths

Access to the maths LOs is available through TKI and NZMaths. I recommend you use the NZMaths access, especially as you familiarise yourself with what is available, as the matrix and the Curriculum Units provide direct links to recommended LOs for each Strand and Level.

NZMaths Units of Work - Links to Learning Objects and Exemplars recommended for each level and aligned with Units of Work can be accessed here on NZMaths


Both the Exemplars and the ARBs include valuable support for teachers and I recommend you access these at the planning stage to identify key resources and strategies to support teaching and learning.

Mathematics Exemplars

An exemplar is an authentic piece of student work, annotated to illustrate learning, achievement, and quality in relation to the levels in the national curriculum statement. The purpose is to highlight features that teachers need to watch for, collect information about, and act on to promote learning. Exemplars help to answer the question, "What is quality work?" ( tki.org.nz)

Assessment Resource Banks (ARBs)

The ARBs consist of curriculum-based assessment resources designed for students working at levels 2-5 for use in New Zealand schools.
Access and registration
To access the ARBs you need a username and password.
If you don't have a password, you need to register to use the ARBs. You can view samples of resources before registering.

Recomended e-Resources

Maths Learning Objects recommended by teachers
Maths Learning Objects for Juniors
Online Maths Tools

Further e-Resources for NZ Schools