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The wickED website was primarily intended to help students in Study Support Centres develop good study habits through using digital technolgies. The themes, hot topics, and activities are readily available for use by schools and students throughout New Zealand.
How can I use wickED to support my classroom programmes?
Activities included in the wickED website may be aligned using the intent of the NZCurriculum. In your classroom programmes you are expected to plan using contexts, concepts, and levels relevant to your students. The activities in wickED may be adapted to fit in with those contexts and concepts for learning.
wickED's activities may be used in your classroom to support a range of delivery approaches including inquiry learning and integrated curriculum themes, or for individualised study and skill practice. Links between learning areas may lead, for example, to units of work or broader programmes designed to further develop students’ study habits and support their literacy and numeracy capability.
In wickED themes and hot topics, students explore and research concepts and contexts. They investigate problems and come up with solutions. The activities have curriculum links to the technology, health and physical education, science, social studies, mathematics and statistics, and English learning areas, and may be available in English or te reo Māori.
In keeping with the findings of Effective Pedagogy in Social Sciences/Tikanga ā iwi: Best Evidence Synthesis the activities in wickED may be used to:
- make connections to students’ lives
- align learning experiences to important outcomes
- build and sustain a learning community
- design experiences that interest learners.
The learning activities on wickED integrate the use of digital technologies with links to quality-assured websites. They provide opportunities and support to students as they use digital technologies in their learning activities.
Key competencies underpin learning and teaching. Throughout the themes and activities on wickED there are many opportunities for students to develop the key competencies identified in The New Zealand Curriculum. Two key competencies have particular relevance:
Students who manage themselves are enterprising, resourceful, reliable, and resilient. They establish personal goals, make plans, manage projects, and set high standards. They have strategies for meeting challenges. They know when to lead, when to follow, and when and how to act independently.
As a consequence of managing their own study through wickED activities, it is envisaged students will be supported to develop good study habits that will improve their academic success.
Using language, symbols, and texts
Using language, symbols, and texts is about working with and making meaning of the codes in which knowledge is expressed. Languages and symbols are systems for representing and communicating information, experiences, and ideas. People use languages and symbols to produce texts of all kinds: written, oral/aural, and visual; informative and imaginative; informal and formal; mathematical, scientific, and technological.
Students who are competent users of language, symbols, and texts can interpret and use words, number, images, movement, metaphor, and technologies in a range of contexts. They recognise how choices of language, symbol, or text affect people’s understanding and the ways in which they respond to communications. They confidently use ICT (including, where appropriate, assistive technologies) to access and provide information and to communicate with others.
As a consequence of using language, symbols and texts within the wickED website it is envisaged students will further develop literacy and numeracy skills that will support their academic success.
Many of the literacy activities have been developed for use by students with ESOL.
The various themes and activities in wickED may provide opportunities for assessment. The activities within the themes allow students to form opinions, research, and critically analyse ideas. Each theme develops key conceptual understandings related to learning areas of NZCurriculum. You may adapt the activities and develop learning intentions and success criteria to suit the needs and interests of your students.
Throughout the site common values as identified in the New Zealand Curriculum are encouraged, modelled, and explored.
Students will be encouraged to value:
- excellence, by aiming high and by persevering in the face of difficulties
- innovation, inquiry, and curiosity, by thinking critically, creatively, and reflectively
- diversity, as found in our different cultures, languages, and heritages
- equity, through fairness and social justice
- community and participation for the common good
- ecological sustainability, which includes care for the environment
- integrity, which involves being honest, responsible, and accountable and acting ethically
and to respect themselves, others, and human rights.