FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for Parents
Here you can find the answers to some of the questions you may have about the Summer Learning Journey.

Q: What is the Summer Learning Journey?
A: The Summer Learning Journey is a free digital literacy programme for school students. It was designed to encourage students to continue learning over the summer holidays. There will be 4 weeks of activities for students to complete over the summer holidays (18th December 2017 - 26th January 2018). There will be a mixture of reading and writing activities for students to choose from. This year our theme is 'A Journey Through Time', with a focus on the history of Aotearoa.

Q: Who can join the Summer Learning Journey?
A: At this stage, the Summer Learning Journey is open to all students attending school in the original Manaiakalani cluster and outreach-clusters. The programme has been designed for year 4 - 10 students. We hope to one day be able to offer this programme to students all throughout the country.

Q: How does my child register for the Summer Learning Journey?
A: 
To make sure that your child's blog is being monitored by our team, your child will need to register by filling in this form.

Q: Who created the Summer Learning Journey?
A: The Summer Learning Journey was designed by Rachel Williams in collaboration with the Woolf Fisher Research Centre at the University of Auckland in 2015. This will be the fifth time we have run the programme!

Q: What are the benefits of my child participating in the Summer Learning Journey?
A: Research has shown that students who take part in the Summer Learning Journey return to school after the summer break ready to learn, and achieve better results in reading and writing than students who do not participate. All students who participate will receive a certificate and a digital badge for their blog site. There are also great prizes up for grabs for our most active bloggers. It's also a lot of fun! Click here to read some testimonials from students who have previously taken part in the project.

Q: Where does my child complete the activities?
A: Children are asked to post their responses to the activities on their school-sponsored blog site. It's important that they include the link to their blog when they register.

Q: Who will be reading my child's blog posts?
A: Our blogging team is made up of people all over the country who come from an education background. Our team will read and provide feedback on your children's blog posts every day. To learn more about your local team, click here. Remember, your child is posting to a publicly accessible blog site, so it's important they stay cyber smart.

Q: How long should my child spend blogging each day?
A:
Each day, there are three activities for your child to complete. They can choose to do as many or as few as they would like. Each activity is designed to take just 5-10 minutes; we want to make sure they still have plenty of time to spend with whānau and friends over the summer holidays.

Q: How does my child participate if they don't have internet access at home?
A: Your child is able to download all of the activities so they can be viewed offline. Children are encouraged to complete all of the activities (even if they are not able to be uploaded straight away), and then upload them to their blog site when they have the chance to do so. We have partnered with some of our local community centres and libraries who are happy for your children to use their internet services. Please check with your local school which centres are available for your child to use.

Q: How are the top bloggers decided? How many prizes are there?
A:
Children earn points for completing the activities on their own blog, and leaving comments on the blogs of other students. At the end of the programme, the points are counted up and prizes will be awarded to the top three most active bloggers in each school.

Q: Where can I hear more about the Summer Learning Journey?
A: Click here to read the NZ Herald article about our programme, or listen to the clip below from Radio NZ.

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