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EOTC: Learning through Covid-19 Alerts

 

Last updated 28 May 2020

The material here provides information and guidance to support our steps through Covid-19 Alert Levels brought on by the virus outbreak. 

There are also editable resources, activities and ideas to support teachers during this extended period. The material covers a range of contexts across age groups, curriculum and cultural perspectives. 

 

 

 Guidance on Managing Covid Alert levels

 

Government: New Zealand COVID-19 Alert Levels Summary


Ministry of Education:

    • Education Gazette 15 April Special April Covid-19 issue Distance learning, the importance of staying connected, and making wellbeing a priority

EOTC:  EOTC and OE at Alert Level 2: Downloadable guidance detailing what this means for EOTC and Outdoor Education. 

Find advice including:

    • Key considerations
    • Working with external providers
    • Links
    • FAQs   

EOTC and OE at Alert Level 2 Presentation

Here is a recording of a presentation is made by Fiona McDonald who leads EOTC Support for the National EOTC Coordinator Database. Fiona unwraps the above guidance with a short slide show followed by question time. 

Direct further queries to Fiona via eotcsupport@eonz.org.nz 


Outdoor Recreation:  Guidance for personal outdoor recreation during COVID-19 A dedicated website coordinated by the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council


Sport:  Sport and recreation activities at Alert Levels 1 – 4


Physical Education: 

COVID-19 Alert Level 2 Guidelines, prepared for Physical educators in Primary Intermediate and Secondary school environments and compiled by Physical Education New Zealand (PENZ)

COVID-19 Alert Level 3 Guidelines, Physical distancing at Alert Level 3


 

Student Learning Resources:

Kids Greening Taupo

An online nature classroom that provides superb thematic and sequenced material with many supporting links such as this video about fungi.


 Mountain bike skills

A video series of Practice at Home skills for mountain biking from New Zeland Mountian Biking. Really good for NCEA-level outdoor education.


 Citizen Science

Great activities from the Science Learning Hub Pokapū Akoranga Pūtaiao that can be adapted for home use as EOTC home projects and experiments.


Sparklers

Check out the material that can be taken outdoors on this super site, originally set up to support learners from ECE to yrs7-8 in Canterbury. Go to the Activities page, also see the Well-being walkabout and Sense of the Day.


 Time in Nature has not been Cancelled

See this PDF with 25 activities to do in social isolation. While not New Zealand based, this NatureplayWA site has excellent covid-19 self-isolation resources for families.


 WMO for Youth

The World Meteorological Organization website has superb material focused on a youth audience that can be adapted for home. It's not NZ=specific.


 Adventure Reels Kids

Adventure Reels offers uniquely curated film festival programs to committed and dedicated audiences in Australia, New Zealand and beyond. Currently, 'Kids - Specific' Adventure Reels Kids content is being offered.


The Ecologist School

From the USA, Families in Nature offers a range of awesome activities on a wide range of weekly themed topics that can be adapted for New Zealand contexts.


 Captain Planet

This site seeks to engage and empower young people to be problem-solvers for the planet and has good material for adaptation to your programs. Select from the range of topics and type.


 Bringing Outdoor Learning Home

USA-based Green School Yards offers stunning Math and Art activities and more. These are easily adapted to home and local outdoor contexts.


 Maths Outdoors

57 different mathematics activities for out of doors. Activities can be adapted to suit a range of curriculum levels from primary through secondary. Download here  Student worksheet copy masters


From EOTC on TKI

13 potential activities that could be adapted for home learning These are in WORD, so content, learning intentions and learning areas can easily be adapted for your students.


50 Mini Nature Adventures

From Little Kiwis Nature Play. And go to www.littlekiwisnatureplay.com for more ideas.


Bamff Mountain Film Festival

Free online films Make cool connections to your programmes and your students. 


Apps for backyard plant identification

Flora Finder  iPhone iPad use only

NZ Trees  Compatible with all devices

Plant snap For plants world-wide.  iPhone iPad use only


Kā Huru Manu, The Ngāi Tahu Cultural Mapping Project

A superb resource website and atlas that can be used in a range of contexts (South Island)


Where are we today?

Go to the Mountain Safety Council Facebook page and take a guess at where in the country the photo/graphic, updated daily, is located.


Nature Tasters

Explore the DOC Conservation Education pages. Check out the Nature Taster resource pack.


Wild your Child 

Check out the Craftlap NZ Wild Child App 


 

 

 

EOTC Management:

National EOTC Coordinator Database 

Find out if your school EOTC coordinator is registered on the good practice EOTC Coordinator database yet. Check out what it's all about and why it's important. 


EOTC Support

Dedicated email support for EOTC coordinators and those with queries about school EOTC management processes.


Online EOTC Management Learning Modules  

An opportunity to familiarise, upskill, update on key aspects of current good practice EOTC management

 

 

 

Readings / Professional learning:

Colouring in your VIRTUAL White Spaces

This blog by renowned New Zealand educationalist Ann Milne follows her thinking as we've moved into remote learning brought on by the pandemic. It is a MUST READ.  You can access a Webinar by the same name, audit your school's white spaces and delve into other material such as this  Colouring in the White Spaces: The Warrior-Researchers of Kia Aroha College piece. 


Leading through Disruption

Webinar#5 - Leading through disruption, from a series from Deploy Learning and Unstruck Learning Design

Disrupt ED Inverviews - Check these out! Join Claire Amos from Albany Senior High School talking to a range of teachers from Hobsonville Point Secondary School, Rototuna High School, Point Chevalier School, Wellington High School, Taranaki Diocesan School for Girls and more.


 Outdoor education: what are we educating for?

Thinking critically about the place of outdoor education as it relates to the BIG ISSUES of our time.

Te Whakatika - Issue 38 (P6-9)  Find other back issues of the publication here.


 Toro Mai 

Free online courses in Te Reo Māori and Tikanga Māori from Massey University. 


Toku Reo

 Half-hour Te Reo lesson broadcasts from Māori Television. Full 5 series 


Place-based education 

Professor Wally Penetito speaks on placed-based curriculum, pedagogy, and the idea of challenging your “taken-for-granted” world


Pūtātara

Dig into this call for action, a rich resource for schools and teachers to incorporate sustainability and global citizenship across their school curriculum. Start here


 

 

NCEA & Assessment

13/05/20 Changes to address the COVID-19 impact: postponement of NCEA exam schedule by a week to allow a longer teaching period and more - from the Beehive and NZQA.

https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/news/ncea-changes-to-address-covid-19-impact/

http://www.education.govt.nz/news/changes-to-ncea-address-impact-of-covid-19/

https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/changes-ncea-address-impact-covid-19


 

NZQA: Find dedicated guidance for school assessment. Check out Managing Assessment during COVID-19 Update #5


 Skills Active Aotearoa: Guidelines for Schools and Providers: Assessment during Covid-19 alert levels

Also, Lockdown/Upskill information sheets, designed to support Skills Active trainees during this period with practical tips and ideas on continuing their professional development at home. The sheets include Bushcraft, Mountain Biking, and Rock Climbing. 



 

 

Wellbeing:

Education Gazette Special April Covid-19 issue Support for Educators during covid-19. Well worth reading.


 30 Days of Yoga with Adrienne

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWBfQjuwp4E


Five Ways to Wellbeing

Find more wellbeing strategies you can share with others at the Mental Health Foundation 

Five ways to wellbeing copy