The ‘He Whare Ako App’ is an interactive educational tool presenting a culturally responsive mobile learning framework. He Whare Ako, He Whare Hangarau (a house of learning, a house of technologies) framework underpins concepts of Ako (teaching + learning) and Kaupapa Māori (Māori philosophical values), interwoven with mobile learning theories and approaches. The framework is conceptualised into a metaphorical visual of a wharenui (Māori traditional meeting house), and is a values-based approach to understanding the role of mobile devices and learning in the context of Aotearoa – New Zealand. It engages with a range of culturally responsive pedagogies open to the possibilities of digital technologies. It was developed as part of the Ako Aotearoa National Project Fund Project “Learners and Mobile Devices.”
O-Tū-Kapua (‘what clouds see’), a glimpse of the secret world of a forest, was created by the TEMP-air project – a collaboration of F4, NIWA, UNITEC, AUT, IMERSIA and made possible through a grant from MBIE Curious Minds. This app, which is set in the Waitakere Ranges in Auckland, New Zealand, introduces atmospheric science to children, taking advantage of current innovative digital technologies to enable participation, engagement and understanding of the ecosystem in which we live, using imagery, bilingual storytelling (te Reo Māori, English), music and other creative activities.
The “Global Change app” is an interactive teaching tool for engaging students with the interrelationships between the global carbon and water cycles. It demonstrates the vital role of the stomata in leaves of plants and the impact of human activities on climate change. The app integrates scientific concepts about these ecological processes with design and animation in an engaging and educational way. The “Global Change app” was made in collaboration with Institute for Applied Ecology New Zealand.