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Riccarton book club
Sally Blake, Librarian at Riccarton High School, talks about their book club, why it's been such a hit with students and the importance of fun!
Modern library learning environments in Christchurch schools
Principals and librarians in Christchurch schools share their journey of transformation from a traditional book hub to a dynamic modern library learning environment
Developing digitally literate learners
Hear a range of perspectives on the challenges and opportunities provided by digital tools, and how best to support students move from being digitally capable to digitally literate.
Creating a school-wide reading culture
Staff and students from Mahurangi College and Kingsford Primary School in Auckland share insights on reading for pleasure. The video explores the link between reading for pleasure and literacy skills.
Leading a learning community
Leaders and school librarians at Ohaeawai School, Viscount School Hurupaki School, Matarau School and Ormiston Senior High School discuss the importance of whole school collaboration.
Te whakahiratanga a nga whare pukapuka
Some people think that libraries are only for books, however they can house many forms of knowledge.
The importance of libraries
English translation of Te whakahiratanga a nga whare pukapuka. Some people think that libraries are only for books, however they can house many forms of knowledge.
The school library is the heart of the school. These kura libraries are designed to reflect the identity of their students and the communities to which they belong.
English translation of te wahi. The school library is the heart of the school. These kura libraries are designed to reflect the identity of their students and the communities to which they belong.
Resourcing your library takes careful planning and consultation with students and teaching staff.
English translation of ngā rauemi. Resourcing your library takes careful planning and consultation with students and teaching staff.
Think about who uses your library and how best to make it accessible to them.
English translation of Ngā whakaritenga. Think about who uses your library and how best to make it accessible to them.
Trained librarians can help maximise the impact of a school library on student learning.
Creating a reading culture — Windley School
The Windley School library is pivotal to creating a reading culture and supporting reading engagement throughout the school.
School libraries: Excellence in practice - Ormiston Senior College
Rose Nisbit and Diana Patience as well as students from Ormiston Senior College talk about how their library supports academic achievement.
School libraries: Excellence in practice Amesbury School
Carolyn Knight and colleagues at Amesbury School talk about how their school library supports literacy and student inquiry.
School libraries: The heart of a reading culture at Hurupaki School
Learn how school/teacher librarians and the library can promote and support a school wide reading culture, and in the process close the literacy gap.
Creating a reading culture - Matarau School
Find out how Matarau School created a reading culture where reading for pleasure is supported, encouraged and role-modeled.
Reading Together at Ohaeawai School
School librarian Liz Christensen talks about how the role school library has been a critical success factor in supporting literacy development at Ohaeawai School.
School libraries: Excellence in practice Raroa Intermediate
The library service at Raroa Intermediate serves its students better than ever through online services.
School libraries: Excellence in practice - Viscount Primary School
Viscount School in Mangere, Auckland supports students' learning and literacy through excellent library services.
Primary sources that the National Library of New Zealand collects
David Colquhoun, curator of manuscripts at the Turnbull tells us about primary sources.
The National Library of New Zealand collects the real stuff of history
Diane Woods talks about some of the ways the library acquires new items for the collections from people here and overseas.
Primary Sources: The National Library of New Zealand collects, preserves and makes them available.
Ronald Milne, Associate Chief Librarian - research collections at the Alexander Turnbull library reveals some of the library's fascinating primary sources.
Researchers use primary sources to create new works
Amy Watling, from the Alexander Turnbull Library talks about primary source materials and how researchers and others use these to create new works.
Fertile questions explained
The characteristics of fertile questions and how teachers might use them in the classroom.
The power of visual material
The power of visual material to spark discussion and interest, and make quick connections through conversation.
Ideas for exploring Te Horeta's nail
Ideas for using the curiosity card featuring Te Horeta’s nail with junior primary students.
Using the '2017 Women's March' curiosity card
Using this curiosity card to explore women’s suffrage with year 7–8 students, focusing on the fertile question 'Has the right to vote fixed inequality?'
Localising the curiosity cards templates
How you can use the blank template for the curiosity cards to create local content relevant to your students, including using the DigitalNZ.org service.
Using the 'Crook Cook' curiosity card
The surprising responses from senior primary students to the ‘Crook Cook’ curiosity card image, and how an inquiry around this card might take shape.
Ideas for research activities to explore fertile questions
How you might explore the fertile question ‘What does the red paint mean?’ in relation to the ‘Crook Cook’ curiosity card.