was launched by Kia Ata Mai Education Trust in 2015 after a successful pilot in Term 4 of 2014. As a student-centred programme we have focused on two key areas for ākonga; engagement and achievement.
Boosting Digital Learning
The provision of iPads alongside Mauri Oho has seen kura that have otherwise been absent from the edu-tech environment come flying in with great gusto. One of the most engaged kura, in terms of ākonga logins to Mauri Oho per day, is also one of our most remote. It took some clever thinking and reorganisation to get around the barriers to online learning but their determination won through.
Recent analysis of engagement statistics has highlighted some surprising trends. As well as enthusiastic newcomers we also have long term kura, who have been with us since the very first pilot of Mauri Oho, settling into effective patterns of use and increased engagement with the system. Kaiako are reporting renewed enthusiasm and increased curiosity from themselves and their ākonga. Even the complexity of the projects is growing as ākonga and kaiako become accustomed to the opportunities that digital learning provides.
Straddling Two Worlds
Shifting from a largely paper based classroom to one that is more digital isn’t easy and one of our Mauri Oho kura are showing that it’s not always a matter of favouring one mode over another. We have seen some inspired examples of taking the digital and making it into tangible, hands on activities that are just as much fun as the online version.
In keeping with the founding philosophy of Mauri Oho which aims to provide classroom activities framed to suit the learning preferences of the ākonga, one of our amazing kaiako has created offline versions of some of the activities and turned them into engaging independent classroom activities. So even when they not online these ākonga are still working with Mauri Oho.
Examples of feedback using Mauri Oho
When I got my I-papa (Ipad), I was happy as. I started getting on with my work and thinking more and started focusing and now I’m here (smiles), in a space that I wanted to be in. My goal is to make my family happy and I want to go to University: Ākonga, July 2015
I think our tamariki are using a lot more thinking skills, problem solving skills and working together to learn better. My daughter enjoys doing Mauri Oho at home and we enjoy the mahi she is doing: Whānau, July 2015
Our tamariki are becoming more responsible for their own learning. Tamariki relish the opportunity to be more involved in the decision making, in regards to their Mauri Oho mahi, and Mauri Oho environment. Our tamariki enjoy the process of choosing a task in Mauri Oho, they feel more empowered and encouraged to give it a go, especially when they see how many whetū they have achieved for each mahi: Kaiako, October 2015.
was implemented across schools serviced by Kia Ata Mai in term 4, 2014. Utilising OpZone to assist ākonga to recognise the behavioural patterns of their mind and body, the software measures the real-time physiological state of the ākonga by recording and interpreting their heart rate patterns. In this way the ākonga is able to measure, identify and consciously strive for their optimal learning zone to achieve optimal results.
Examples of feedback about Mauri Tau
I like Mauri Tau because it’s good for your mind and I focus and concentrate on everything that I learn about. And it’s fun, and it’s a breathing test that we do all the time: Akonga, July 2015
I’ve noticed my boy is a lot calmer these days. He uses the breathing techniques. I’ve seen him do it: Whānau, July 2015
You can actually see it in their wairua, on their tinana, that they are a lot more calmer than they used to be. WHY? Because they realise they can be more in charge of themselves: Kaiako, July 2015