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All opportunities are funded by GCSN and can be attended at no cost

Te Tihi o te Mātauranga Professional Learning and Development 2023

The TToM committee work to bridge the knowledge gap around delivering a digitally inclusive curriculum and digital fluency in schools for kaikao and ākonga.

GCSN x Christchurch City Libraries team

Partnering with the Christchurch City Libraries Design and Delivery team, we are proud to support five engaging PLD opportunities designed to upskill ākonga to use digital technologies in new and creative ways. These amazing programmes will enable ākonga to access support from the Christchurch City Libraries team to further develop their digital capabilities.

To apply for funding, please fill out the registration forms below and we will consider your application. 

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Three two-hour sessions (six hours total) 

Auahatanga - South Library 

Maximum of 12 ākonga aged Years 6 - 8

​Ākonga will learn to construct a narrative for broadcast that incorporates appropriate conventions. They will learn to use podcasting equipment, field recording equipment, and audio editing software to record, edit, and export audio tracks. Ākonga will come away from these sessions prepared to lead others to produce future podcasts. 

Resources used in this programme: 

  • Audacity  

  • Adobe Audition 


  • RODECaster Pro 

  • Zoom recording 

The Gathering Dust Initiative

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Full day session (9:30am - 2:30pm) 

Auahatanga - South Library 

Maximum of 12 ākonga

Ko wai au? Who am I?


A full day programme which offers ākonga the opportunity to express their identify in a creative form. Ākonga will be supported to work through the design process and create a physical product showcasing their design. Ākonga will come away with a finished design file and a physical print of their design. This may come in the form of a T-shirt, badge, poster, or laptop skin. 


NoteThis session is recommended for ākonga ages Year 5 over. Ākonga will need to supply their own T-shirt to print on. If this is a barrier for your school, please let us know and we will explore options of support.  

The Gathering Dust Initiative

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Three two-hour sessions (six hours total) 

Auahatanga - South Library 

Suitable for 12 ākonga

Years 4 - 8 

Ākonga will plan code and create a game or an app using Scratch Jr/ Scratch or Swift Playground (depending on the age and ability of the group involved). 


Students will learn how to use coding software to make a game or an app, using Sketches Pro to make characters or other items for their games.  

The Gathering Dust Initiative

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Four two-hour sessions (eight hours total) 

Auahatanga - South Library 

Suitable for 12 ākonga

Years 6 - 8 

Learn about product design using creative software and how to print using 3D printers, design cutters, and laser cutters.


Ākonga will create a chocolate mould or their very own Snakes and Ladders game. 



This session is designed for students in Years 6 - 8 with a maximum of 12 students per session. 

The Gathering Dust Initiative

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1 - 2 half day workshops & 1 follow-up session 

Hosted at your school 

Do you have any digital equipment in your school that is not being utilised effectively and may be starting to gather dust? Perhaps a 3D printer, or a set of iPads or cameras that were purchased a while ago which you just haven't had the opportunity to explore the use of yet? 

One of the Christchurch City Libraries team will come to your school to work alongside you and your ākonga to demonstrate how these technologies could be used in a meaningful way to support teaching and learning. They will upskill a champion group of ākonga and kaiako that can then share these skills with others at your school. 

This programme would take place at your school and involve one or two teaching sessions (half day workshops) followed by a catchup session a few weeks later. 

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Applications-based PLD 

GCSN is proud to work with a range of providers to support schools across greater Christchurch. We offer funding for PLD sessions for kaiako as well as learning opportunities for ākonga to schools looking to grow digital fluency, learn new digital technologies skills, or integrate digital technologies at school and home. 

If you are looking for something specific let us know using the form below and we will do our best to match you with a suitable provider to support your school. 

Our providers

Digital Learning PLD 


Emma Planicka (MOE Accredited PLD Provider) can provide: 

  • Digital fluency PLD

  • Integrating eLearning and digital technologies PLD

  • Creative digital technologies PLD

  • PLD to support student-centred learning 

Christchurch City Council Libraries Design & Delivery Team 

"Designer in the Room" 


One of the Libraries team will come into your school to support student project work. They will provide design process and related technical skills support to help you achieve your project vision.  



The experienced team at impactED offers support in various areas such as digital fluency, digital technologies professional learning, Minecraft tournaments, and enhancing literacy through digital tools. They empower individuals and organizations to thrive in the fast-paced digital landscape.

Are you looking to create the perfect product? 

Or explore new technologies to refine your production process? 

Have you thought about how to promote your idea? 

GCSN is excited to support teams participating in the Young Enterprise Scheme across the Greater Christchurch area. If your YES team has an inspired idea and is looking for support to learn new digital fluency skills, create a product, or marketing and branding support we may be able to help out! 

GCSN can provide: 

  • Support to learn new skills and develop amazing products through the Christchurch City Council Libraries programmes  

  • Digital fluency skills development 

  • Outreach support 

  • A media kit equipped with all the essentials
    (Digital Camera, Drone, Microphone System, Condenser Microphone, Gimbal Stabiliser, Reflector, SD cards) 


If you are a YES team looking for support, let us know what you are looking for using the form below and we will be in touch soon!   

GCSN x Young Enterprise Scheme

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