Effective Digital Learning Pedagogies & Environments

This site provides summaries and resources related to Manaiakalani research and evaluation conducted by the Woolf Fisher Research Centre in partnership with the Manaiakalani schools and the Manaiakalani Education Trust . We have created this site for Learning & Change Networks (LCN) across New Zealand and we believe that the resources will be particularly useful to LCN Leaders, Teachers and Facilitators.

"The digital environment allows for a much closer match between what teacher and learner are doing – much closer pacing. For example, a teacher can quickly respond to learner demonstration of learning through viewing their work live through a digital display and giving immediate feedback - a closer dance” 

Prof. Stuart McNaughton

The video below is a 12 minute slideshow presentation of the key findings from Manaiakalani-Woolf Fisher Research Centre research and evaluation in 2012-2013. It provides you with an overview of the information you will find in this site. A transcript is provided to the right of the video if you would prefer to read this information.




Kia ora

 This site provides information on some of the key findings that emerged from the Manaiakalani Evaluation Programme in 2012 and 2013. 
The Manaiakalani Evaluation Programme is being implementation by the Woolf Fisher Research Centre in partnership with the Manaiakalani Education Trust and the 12 schools that are part of the Manaiakalani cluster in Tamaki, Auckland.

 These schools share the vision to lead future focussed learning in connected communities. Their young people are actively involved, lifelong and literate learners who are confident and connected; ready for employment in tomorrow’s market and contributing positively to their community. Learners who are at home in the digital world...

 Originally, seven schools formed the Manaiakalani Cluster in 2007. 

 The initial cluster of schools wanted to find a way to engage the students in their mostly low income community. eLearning proved to be the ‘hook’ to guide their whole community to better educational outcomes. 

 In 2012 Glen Innes and St Patrick's joined the cluster and from 2013 Stonefields, Sommerville Special School, Ruapotaka and Te Kura Kaupapa Maori O Puau Te Moananui A Kiwa have joined.

 You can find out more about Manaiakalani here: http://www.manaiakalani.org/our-story
The Woolf Fisher Research Centre is disseminating the knowledge that is coming out of the evaluation of the Manaiakalani cluster of schools. We want to do this in a way that makes the findings as useful as possible for other interested networks of schools.

 Our partnership with the Manaiakalani Education Trust has been in place since mid-2012 and this is a commitment of at least four years. This is a very privileged partnership because the Woolf Fisher Research Centre can bring resources to this network that few other networks can access. We have Dr Rebecca Jesson, Professor Stuart McNaughton, doctoral students, and other researchers - all of whom are working alongside the teachers, principals, whānau/families, and students to try to figure out what is working and what is transferrable. Here are some of the questions that we ask. We develop our own tools and methods for surveys and observations and the e-asTTle tool is used across the cluster to measure progress and achievement.
The evidence that we consider is not just related to student achievement. We are interested in achievement as a valued student outcome, but we also consider student engagement, digital citizenship and a range of features of children’s learning. We are interested in the nature of pedagogy through observations and we are interested in the role of the family through interviews and surveys. We use a range of evidence to try to understand from all sorts of perspectives - student voice, teacher voice, principal voice and so on.