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  • Mātauranga and science – building knowledge

    The New Zealand Curriculum refresh – Te Mātaiaho – places mātauranga Māori at the heart of learning areas. We are excited to help educators make this happen!

    We’d like to introduce Simone Marsters, Kaihautū Māori for the Science Learning Hub – Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao. Simone is helping us build on our existing resources – with some great new content on its way.

    The Hub team would like to hear from educators, whānau, hapū and iwi about how we could further engage your learners in understanding and learning about our world. If you have any questions, suggestions or comments relating to the mahi you have seen on the Hub, please email us.

    Planning for Matariki – free PLD webinar

    Join Greta and picture book expert, Associate Professor Nicola Daly in our free online professional learning session Picturebooks for Matariki. Greta and Nicola will use a selection of picture books to explore Matariki and the connected science concepts.

    • Date: Thursday 25 May
    • Time: 4:00–4:45 pm.

    Register here

    The Hub has an array of resources on Matariki, including:

    Freshwater in Aotearoa

    Science and mātauranga combine to inform the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ’s Our freshwater 2023. The report considers freshwater connections and whakapapa, and the pressures our actions place on freshwater systems. This activity features an interactive storymap, which explores these concepts from the perspective of a migrating tuna.

    The Hub has a wealth of resources featuring freshwater in Aotearoa. With an eye on Te Mātaiaho, we’ve created planning pathways along with pedagogical support.

    AI and ChatGPT

    Artificial intelligence continues to make headlines. Large language models like ChatGPT raise a number of ethical concerns – making them an ideal context for diving into the nature of science. ChatGPT and other generative text models, like predictive text used in search engines, use sophisticated algorithms. Want to know more? The Connected article Amazing algorithms is a great place to start!

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    Science Learning Hub – Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao

    Published 27 April 2023 Referencing Hub articles
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