Digital Fluency for Teacher Aides

Time & Location

16 Jun, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Christchurch, Christchurch, New Zealand

About the Event

There's nothing worse than a whole-day workshop full of stuff you don't need!

The Digital Fluency for Teacher Aide workshop is fully customized to the needs of the workshop attendees, to help them improve their knowledge and skills in using Digital Technologies for their professional development.  

Just bring your device and your questions. 

How the day will work

We start the day by looking at the needs of the group: what platform your school uses (Google, Microsoft or other), what areas of your digital work would benefit from being strengthened, and what questions you've brought with you. If you don't have any specific questions, that's OK too! Our facilitators have a broad knowledge and will be able to design a useful workshop for you after you've had a chat about the kind of digital tools you use in your mahi.

To give you an idea, previous workshops have covered 

  • Google Classroom & Microsoft Teams for assignments - supporting students to find resources and work on assignments set by their teachers
  • Forms and surveys using both Google Forms and Microsoft Forms
  • Getting the best out of iPads, Chromebooks and Windows 10 - tips and tricks to make your life easier as you support students
  • Tools for supporting students with specific learning disabilities 
  • Tools for supporting neurodivergent students
  • Creating a Bitmoji Classroom as a visual "home base" for the students you work with to find what they need
  • Excel/Google Sheets tips
  • PowerPoint/Google Slides tips
  • MailMerge
  • Using KAMAR to set up Groups to reduce your admin workload
  • Saving documents to PDF
  • Introduction to OneNote, both for your own work and for supporting students with their Class Notebooks 
  • Miscellaneous bits and pieces that people have needed!

Who are these workshops for?

These workshops are for Teacher Aides who want to begin using or upskill their knowledge in DigiTech to support their work and professional development. 

This hui is not about assistive technologies for students, although we will look at what can be used on computers to support learning.

Event dates

There are five workshops throughout 2021 to choose from, you are welcome to attend one or all events. 

Wed 16 June, Thurs 22 July, Mon 4 October, Wed 17 November, the final date is TBC.

During booking please let us know if you are interested in attending other events and we will save a place for you. 

Investment and Funding options

Each workshop is $250.00 p/day which includes 1-day training, delicious catering, and follow-up resource development.

You are able to apply for funding from the Teacher Aide MoE PLD pilot fund. These funds cover your release costs (to ensure you are paid for the day) and travel costs for the day.

As a Teacher Aide, you are able to apply for approximately $1,500 per course and time costs, plus up to $500 for travel and accommodation costs. To learn more about applying for funds Click here. If you would like support in applying for funds please contact Arnika at arnika.macphail@gcsn.school.nz

Therefore there are two payment options available for you, which are selected during booking.

- Book me in and invoice my school when approved.

- Please reserve my spot, I will look into the Teacher aide MoE PLD pilot fund

What to bring

There is no minimum requirement of skill using a computer. We would require though that participants come along with a device and a school email address they can use. It may be helpful to bring the type of device used with students to support learning.

Spaces are limited to ensure every voice is heard.

Facilitated by Stephen McConnachie from think elearning. To learn more about the workshops and how they can support you, please contact Stephen at stephen@thinkelearning.nz 

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