Anywhere, Anytime - Creating a Mobile Indigenous Language Platform

By Tabitha McKenzie, Rāwiri Toia and Hiria McRae.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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A group of academics from Victoria University of Wellington has developed an innovative approach to teacher professional development. In response to limited teaching reliever numbers in schools and heightened by a dearth of language specialists a model using video podcasts, online support and in-school facilitation was developed to advance areas of Māori language and language acquisition amongst teachers. This paper will examine the innovative approach to in-school facilitated language development and discuss outcomes of the project.

Keywords: Indigenous Education, Teacher Professional Development, Technology, Language Acquisition

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.167-178. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.676MB).

Tabitha McKenzie

Lecturer, Te Kura Maori, College of Education, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

I lecture in Maori education at Victoria University of Wellington College of Education. I have lectured in early childhood, primary and secondary sectors of the University. I have worked here for four years. I am also a Project Coordinator for a Ministry of Education contract delivering teacher professional development. The model used in this professional development is in-school facilitation, using multimedia to increase teachers proficiency of te reo Maori (Maori language) and language acquisition. Before lecturing I was a teacher in primary, intermediate and secondary schools teaching through the medium of te reo Maori. I am interested in improving education for Maori and contributing to the field of indigenous knowledge and education. I am also interested in the areas of technology and language acquisition.

Rāwiri Toia

Lecturer, Te Kura Maori, College of Education, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

Hiria McRae

Lecturer, Te Kura Māori, Faculty of Education, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand

I specialise in Māori education at Victoria University of Wellington, Faculty of Education. I work with pre-service and in-service teachers in the early childhood, primary and secondary sectors. Currently my main role is as a Project Coordinator for a Ministry of Education contract delivering teacher professional development. The model used in this professional development is in-school facilitation, using multimedia to increase teachers proficiency of the Māori language and language acquisition. I'm a primary trained teacher who has taught in schools delivering through the medium of the Māori language. I am interested in improving education for Māori and contributing to the field of indigenous knowledge and education, specifically science, technology and education for sustainability.