New app to support Pāngarau learning and achievement

An exciting new app Te Aka Matua Pāngarau has just been launched to support and accelerate Pāngarau learning of students in Māori and dual medium settings. The launch was hosted by Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Tupoho in Whanganui on Wednesday 30 March 2016.

App launch 1The app was developed as part of Mauri Tū, Mauri Ora - Programmes for Students (P4S) Pāngarau - a Ministry of Education project led by the Institute of Professional Learning: Te Whai Toi Tangata. In this project, expert facilitators provide additional Pāngarau lessons for identified students at least 2-3 times each week. There is a deliberate and unrelenting focus on ensuring students experience success and achieve in Pāngarau.

The idea for a Pāngarau app came from a small group of students at Tupoho who were involved in this Programme for Students last year and so it was only fitting that the app launch was held at their kura.

Facilitator, Elaine Dyason (Ngāti Raukawa/Ngāti Kikopiri, Ngāti Tamaterā/Ngāti Kiriwera), worked alongside these students to shape the development of the app and was excited by their genuine interest and creativity.

“Our ākonga need to have a voice in what interests them, what challenges them, and what will motivate their learning. We are grateful to these students and their kura for supporting this awesome initiative.”

App launch 2Even during the activities organised for the launch, students continued to provide suggestions and feedback about how the app might be enhanced in planned updates later this year! Leeana Herewini (Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Kahungunu ki te Wairarapa) is the Deputy Director Māori Medium at the Institute of Professional Learning and highlighted the critical importance of student engagement and success in Pāngarau:

“Pāngarau is so much more than just numbers - there are many different facets and potential within Pāngarau that we must all continue to explore. This app will contribute to realising that potential… ākonga and kaiako can use the app within their learning at kura, but parents and whānau can share the learning experience with their tamariki at home as well.”

About Te Aka Matua Pāngarau

This app is designed to supplement in-class Pāngarau teaching and learning, in particular for students who are Stage 4 or 5 in Number and need to practice and consolidate their knowledge. The app is also a useful tool for whānau to play and work alongside their tamariki at home. Play games from different parts of the motu (island). Complete 3 levels of Meka Matua (Basic Facts), Uara Tū (Place Value) and Tauira me te Pānga (Patterns and Relationships).

This app is free and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or the Apple Store.