E-learning at Oranga School
What is e-learning?
E-learning is the term used to describe teaching and learning that is supported by Information and Communications Technology (ICT). The New Zealand Curriculum states that, “e-learning (that is, learning supported by or facilitated by ICT) has considerable potential to support teacher actions promoting student learning”.
At Oranga School, we use a range of ICT equipment to support teaching and learning. These include Chromebooks, ipads, TV’s, Apple TV, Chromecasts, coding and robotics equipment, Macbooks, Mac OS and Windows devices. We use a variety of online tools to support learning. Teachers will regularly use different online tools to engage students, inspire innovation and facilitate collaboration. Some of the key online tools that we use across the school are listed below with information about how we use them.
*We pay subscriptions to access many of these websites and this is covered by the donation scheme for schools so there is no cost to whānau.
At Oranga School we use Seesaw as part of our classroom programmes. Seesaw provides an online space for students to share their work with teachers and whānau, get feedback on their learning and learn how to communicate in the digital world. Students can complete Seesaw activities to support their learning. Teachers and whānau can also use Seesaw to communicate easily through messages.
Seesaw Blogs are also used to share student work. These Blogs are public and accessible through the school website. We seek permission from parents as part of our enrolment process in order to be able to post students' work, photos and videos in public spaces such as the Seesaw Blogs, the Oranga School Facebook page and the Oranga School website.
Google Apps for Education and Hāpara*
Students in Year 3-6 have school Google accounts that allow them to access Google Apps for Education. This includes; Gmail, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Slides and Google Meet. Students use GAFE to store files and collaborate on documents, share and collaborate on spreadsheets, and presentations in real time from school, or home, all within a secure “closed” online environment. The students have an email account that can only send and receive emails from within the Oranga school domain. Students can send emails to each other and their teachers and are aware that email is for educational use and purposeful communication only.
Hāpara Student Workspace enables students to access their Google Drive and Gmail as well as weekly tasks, both at home or at school. Students login using their school email and password.
Teachers use Hāpara to support student learning online. It allows teachers to set tasks, share links and documents as well as keep track of students’ online activity to support cybersafety.
Zoom has been a main component of our Distance Learning plan during the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently Zoom is being used to enable teachers who are at home to connect with their students as well as for students who are learning from home to access their peers and teacher in the classroom. This allows everyone to be part of the learning in the class regardless of their physical location. Zoom links are not shared publicly to protect the privacy of students and teachers. The Zoom links are shared via email or Seesaw directly to the students and families.
Minecraft Education Edition
Minecraft is a fun, game-based learning platform that promotes creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving in a digital environment. Minecraft Education Edition is free for schools and all students with school Google accounts. At Oranga, students in Year 3-6 have Google accounts that they use for their school work and therefore have access to Minecraft Education Edition! Minecraft Education Edition allows teachers to set tasks and challenges as well as monitor students while they are online.
If you would like your child to be able to access Minecraft Education Edition from home, you can download it for free here.
Other Online Learning Websites
*Matific is an online programme for maths. Students are regularly assigned tasks on Matific by their teachers that they can complete at school and at home.
Sunshine Classics is an online reading programme that teachers use to support the teaching of reading at Oranga School. Students are assigned books on Sunshine Classics. After reading the book they will be able to complete activities to supoprt their understanding.
*Oranga School is trialling Reading Eggs this year (2022). Reading Eggs is another online reading programme that is designed to support the teaching of reading and develop the necessary skills students need to be confident readers.
Oranga School online library
*Accessit is a library management system that we use at Oranga School to manage our library books and the issuing of books to students and staff. As part of this, we have an online library that students can use to browse and access books online. Use 'guest' to login without a password.