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Digital Learning at Western Spring College – Ngā Puna o Waiōrea

Our teaching and learning at Western Springs College – Ngā Puna o Waiōrea is complemented by digital devices and the excellent digital tools we have available to us. In our recent digital orientation we familiarised all new students/ākonga with the processes for using their devices at school and the suite of Google tools/apps we use to help them learn.

Google Classroom – our online learning platform

Google Classroom  allows teachers/kaiako to set tasks, share resources, give good feedback and record student/ākonga progress. It is an expectation that all learning materials and instructions will be on Google Classroom.

Caregivers can receive weekly Classroom progress updates via email. Teachers/kaiako will invite parents to receive those updates.  You will need to accept the email invitation in order to receive the invites. If your student(s)/ākonga are in Year 10-13 an invitation may have been sent already. If you haven’t received it please check email by searching ‘Google Classroom’ or look in your spam folder. In the event that you haven’t received an invitation one will come shortly, so please look out for it. The invite will be sent to the email address you have given to the school for correspondence. 

There’s more  information here about how guardian updates work and what you will be able to see on the update. 

Phones away for the day! 

Phones must stay in bags for the day or be left at home. Teachers will direct students/ākonga if phones are needed for learning activities. More information is here.

Digital Safety

During the year students learn about digital citizenship and digital safety. Through their whānau class Google Classroom and the daily notices students/ākonga can find out who to contact if they or someone they know have any online concerns. Here are the details.

Deb Thompson – Head of Digital Learning & Communications


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