E Whiti! E Whiti!
Real-world problem solving by ākonga
Tackling digital inequity with E Whiti! E Whiti!
E Whiti! E Whiti! is a call to action, tackling digital inequity, with ākonga leading the way.
"Learners are not the leaders of tomorrow, but are the leaders of today." - Dr Hana O’Regan
What is E Whiti! E Whiti!
E Whiti! E Whiti! is for years 11-13 students in Ōtautahi. Taking place in February and March 2023, the programme is NCEA aligned and provides rich contexts for ākonga to use against their NCEA standards. It is free to sign up, funded by Ministry of Education, and delivered by CORE Education.
Across six days, ākonga will collaborate to tackle issues affecting local businesses and organisations. Through these hands-on workshops, ākonga are given the tools to confidently problem solve as they work towards developing effective solutions.
Through E Whiti! E Whiti!, students are empowered to solve real-world problems. At the end of each cohort, ākonga will pitch their solutions back to the organisations that set them the challenges.
Shape the leaders of tomorrow through E Whiti! E Whiti!
Places are limited to nine schools (three cohorts of three schools in each cohort). Each school will need to provide six ākonga.
What the programme will include
- Culturally located design experiences
- Digital equity wero (challenges) provided by local business and civic representatives
- Multiple in-person design sprints
- NCEA teacher resources
- One-to-one kaiako support to connect the learning experiences with the curriculum
- A virtual metaverse collaboration space to ensure sustainability
- A celebration event in May 2023 including a video
- Impact stories including photographs of participants
The programme has its roots in the Technology learning area and provides rich opportunities to gather evidence against a range of standards. The programme aligns with both the current Digital Technology Achievement Standards and the Big Ideas in Learning from the new Digital Technology revisions – although there may be opportunities for teachers to find links to other learning areas as well.
Students can make the most of their E Whiti! E Whiti! experiences via support from school to gather the required evidence during sprints, and to collate and reflect on it between sprints.
The programme includes support for kaiako to use E Whiti! E Whiti! as an evidence-gathering opportunity for NCEA standards. These supports are offered for free as part of the programme and include:
- A programme-to-curriculum guide for educators that clearly ties the learning experiences to NCEA Standards
- A facilitator to work with you to help you integrate the programme into your local curriculum (up to 3 hrs per school).
Participation in this project will require:
- 4 days for educators, plus an Igniter Hui in 2023 (time and date to be advised)
- 6 days for ākonga
What is a cohort?
E Whiti! E Whiti! is divided into three separate cohorts. Each cohort will be made up of three schools and provide opportunities for focused and hands-on learning experiences.
Cohorts consist of six full days across February and March.
What does E Whiti! E Whiti mean?
E Whiti! E Whiti! can be translated as “Let’s cross over!”, evoking the metaphor of a bridge between students and the professional world. The programme encourages collaboration and allows professional organisations and schools to learn from each other.
Listen to the podcast
Josh Hough and Karl Summerfield discuss examples of students solving real-world problems using our programme, E Whiti! E Whiti!
You provide ākonga, we provide everything else! Makerspaces, training in design and innovation mindsets, cultural grounding, kai, authentic wero, community and business mentors, a wrap-around support system, and a celebration are all on us.
Term 1 2023, date TBC - Igniter hui for educators
- 20 - 21 February 2023 - Design days
- 22 - 23 February 2023 - Sprint 1
- 13 - 14 March 2023 - Sprint 2
- 27 - 28 February 2023 - Design days
- 1 - 2 March 2023 - Sprint 1
- 20-21 March 2023 - Sprint 2
- 6 - 7 March 2023 - Design days
- 8 - 9 March 2023 - Sprint 1
- 27 - 28 March 2023 - Sprint 2
What is the igniter hui?
Taking place in Term 1 2023 (date TBC), the Igniter hui kicks off the E Whiti! E Whiti! programme by going through the logistics. It’s an opportunity for kaiako to ask questions and get a sense of what to expect for themselves and their students.
Celebrate the hard work and bravery of our E Whiti! E Whiti! rangatahi. Join with friends, whānau, community partners and guest speakers to chat over a cup of tea and hear groups pitch their ideas. Planned for the end of the first term, dates to be announced.