Learning with Te Kura
My Te Kura
We’ve called our online learning environment My Te Kura. The welcome email sent to you when you enrol will include a Te Kura ID. This ID becomes the USERNAME and PASSWORD for logging in. My Te Kura is a secure online space that allows ākonga access to their learning resources. It also provides a platform for ākonga to make connections with their kaimanaaki, kaiako and other ākonga.
Some learning resources in My Te Kura show on first login but many are added following discussions with kaimanaaki, particularly subject resources. A good place to start is with My Korowai.
My Korowai is a site within My Te Kura that supports ākonga to share, develop and reflect on their goals and their learning. It is where ākonga build their personalised learning plans in consultation with their kaimanaaki and learning community, where ākonga can set weekly and monthly targets for their learning and where they can reflect on their learning journey. It also includes opportunities to connect with their wellbeing and topics such as career planning.
My Korowai has a link to information on Leaving to Learn and a portal offering careers support, both of which are extremely useful for ākonga as they plan their Te Kura learning programme.
Leaving to Learn
At Te Kura, we believe learning can happen anywhere – not just in the classroom. Ākonga can have great learning experiences while spending time in their community or with their whānau. We call this Leaving to Learn – learning beyond the classroom.
Leaving to Learn activities can be face to face or online, and may include:
- undertaking projects based on interests and passions
- talking with mentors and experts from the community
- participating in sporting and cultural activities
- attending local events
- taking part in youth and community groups
- careers exploration
These are some of the possibilities to discuss with kaimanaaki.
Huinga Ako is the space and place where ākonga have the opportunity to connect with a small group of ākonga and their kaimanaaki. Huinga ako are held regularly (weekly or fortnightly), either online or face to face in the local community.
Huinga Ako is a collaborative and fun space where ākonga connect with their peers, plan and reflect on personalised learning plans, build skills and strategies for success and wellbeing, collaborate to design and carry out social action projects in the community and get support for planning for their future pathways.
It is a space where successes and achievements are shared, acknowledged and celebrated – for example through ākonga showcasing their most recent mahi. We know that having a sense of connection and belonging are powerful motivators for ākonga. Ākonga have told us that attending Huinga Ako makes a big difference.
Examples of online study
The following video created by Te Kura ākonga provides an example of the collaboration that can occur during online study.
Reporting on ākonga progress in learning is one of our key responsibilities. Reporting happens continuously throughout the year and will come in three forms to reflect the full range of learning at Te Kura:
- feedback on mahi submitted via Dropbox, including NCEA results
- engagement feedback, including mahi completed at huinga ako, Leaving to Learn activities, the online timetable of classes, online programmes etc.
- feedback within My Korowai on Te Kura Mātāpono. These demonstrate development of dispositions for living, wellbeing and learning.
Te Kura Mātāpono are the principles we follow when working with ākonga and whānau. These principles help ākonga develop ways of approaching the learning, work, social, sporting and cultural activities - all of the things they do in their everyday lives.
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Kotahitanga – show care for yourself and others and your wellbeing in mind, body and soul
Whaitake – be curious and take part in learning that interests you and is part of your goals and dreams
Whakamana – use your own voice to make choices and decisions about your learning
Māramatonutanga – keep working to understand and build new skills and new learning
Whakawhanaungatanga – work with others and make connections that help you to be a strong learner
We encourage supervisors to sit with their ākonga and look at their reporting together in My Te Kura. You can also log in to My Te Kura independently to look at feedback and reporting for your ākonga.
This video explains more about continuous reporting and how to access this in My Te Kura.