Wintec takes alternative teaching approach to schools

Teachers from the North West of Hamilton Community of Learning - He Waka Eke Noa Kāhui Ako participate in a design-thinking workshop.

Teachers from the North West of Hamilton Community of Learning - He Waka Eke Noa Kāhui Ako participate in a design-thinking workshop.

Waikato teachers became students for a day at Te Kowhai Primary School recently to learn alternative teaching approaches to raise student engagement and achievement with Wintec.

The teachers from early childhood to secondary level, are part of the North West Hamilton Community of Learning - He Waka Eke Noa Kāhui Ako. They are from 14 primary, intermediate and high schools and 15 early childhood centres. Together, they teach more than 6,300 students with 40 per cent identifying as Māori. The teachers attended two Wintec-led workshops during this professional learning day, one dedicated to design thinking and the other to learn to use digital technology to share stories.

Wintec is an early adopter of engaging with the communities of learning.

Wintec joined this Community of Learning last year, which is one of the many that comprise of local groups of education and training providers working together on agreed achievement challenges with the goal of improving educational outcomes.

“Wintec is supporting the transition of students, by working alongside them early in their schooling career. We also work with on professional development with teachers across all areas of the education pathways,” Wintec’s Centre for Education and Foundation Pathways director Margaret Naufahu.

The design thinking workshop was facilitated by Wintec product manager Dallas Snape.

“Design thinking offers an alternative approach to work through challenges and it’s a highly effective tool to develop teaching practice. Participants used personas to gain empathy, came up with lots of different ideas, prototyped their best ideas and then shared back with others,” says Dallas.

“The art of storytelling is an essential tool for teachers and this approach combines the oral tradition of storytelling with the visual and sound capabilities of digital multimedia,” says Wintec academic Malcolm Roberts who conducted the digital storytelling workshop.

“In other words, it’s a short multimedia tale told from the heart.”

“These workshops are all about building learning environments in which learners can be creative, critical and constructive, and become producers of their own perspectives informed by audience and identity,” says Malcolm.

The schools below (along with an additional 15 early childhood education (ECE) providers) are included in the North West of Hamilton Community of Learning (CoL) - He Waka Eke Noa Kāhui Ako.

  • Aberdeen School
  • Crawshaw School
  • Forest Lake School
  • Frankton School
  • Fraser High School
  • Fraser High School Teen Parent Unit
  • Horotiu School
  • Maeora Intermediate
  • Newton School
  • Rhode Street School
  • Te Kowhai School
  • Vardon School
  • Whatawhata School
  • Whitiora School