Connecting with nature to learn the skills of the future.
The Electric Garden is an out-of-the-courier-bag solution for teachers to deliver digital technologies education to children. Using the Electric Garden kit, children install the wireless sensors in their school garden and begin to gather and monitor readings through a secure class online portal. No coding experience required! The Electric Garden supports digital learning through gardening, and develops gardening knowledge through coding: it's hands-on, connected with nature, and solves real world problems.
To give every child the opportunity to learn to code, no matter who or where they are. In Aotearoa, all schools and kura are encouraged to implement digital technologies and hangarau matihiko as part of the national curriculum from 2020. Key to this change are the two new areas of learning:
Computational Thinking / Te Whakaaro Rorohiko
Designing Digital Outcomes / Tangata me te Rorohiko
This change aims to develop students as creators of digital technology, not just users. Importantly, it also encourages students to consider their roles and responsibilities as digital citizens.
The Electric Garden is an initiative of Digital Future Aotearoa.
My school is outside of the "Electric Garden Zone," can I still register?
Our initial pilot programme will be rolled out in Canterbury, Otago and Southland. Feel free to register your interest while you're here, and we will add you to the waiting list for our full-scale national launch in term 2 of 2019.
My school is in the "Electric Garden Zone," but not part of a Community of Learning (COL). Can I still register?
Absolutely! COLs are the method we are using to contact schools, but the Electric Garden pilot is not limited to COLs.
I am not a teacher, can I still participate?
If you work with groups of primary school students in years 5 - 8 at least once a week, we want to hear from you – please register!
What training is required?
With the Electric Garden we provide 6 hours of professional development for teachers, delivered in one day 9am - 4pm. The teacher training day covers an overview of the Digital Technologies curriculum, vege gardening, the Internet of Things (IoT), how to use the Electric Garden, the accompanying learning materials (1 hour per week, for 8 weeks in term 4, and 8 weeks in term 1), and basic troubleshooting tips.
What day and time is the training day?
Based on levels of interest and teachers' availability in each area, we will make an announcement on Friday 14 September as to where and when the training days will take place.
Do teachers need to know how to code?
The Electric Garden assumes no prior knowledge of coding for teachers and students, and provides all resources and full support for delivery of the digital technologies curriculum. If you managed to get yourself to this website, you meet the minimum requirements!