Congratulations! You have completed the first ‘Thing’ by being open to learning ….. 

This free online professional learning series will help you to :

  • create links between effective teaching and learning theory, the NZ curriculum, digital competence and the role of digital tools.
  • use digital tools for teaching and learning
  • find and make online resources for learning
  • include e-learning in your teaching practice
  • discover different ways of ‘teaching‘ your students

About 23 Teaching Things:

Who is it for?

This professional learning series was designed for pre-service teachers, current teachers and anyone else interested learning more about the potential for digital tools for teaching and learning.

How does it work?

A facilitated version of this professional development programme finished in October 2016. The site is now open and available for you to engage in on your own at your own pace.

Each post shares a few ‘Things’ about digital tools and how they could be used effectively as part of the teaching and learning process.  As you progress through the content, try some of the tools and links in Try This, then reflect on how they may be useful for your teaching in your own blog. (We show you how to blog in Thing3).  Each Thing takes about 30-60 minutes.

The Explore Further section allows you to explore some concepts which are of interest to you in greater depth – this is not a requirement.

As you go through the Things and share your reflections via blog posts, you are creating a record that you can use to demonstrate your learning.

Why learn about digital tools and the changing landscape of education?

It is an essential part of the vision for education in New Zealand:

NZ Education in 2025, is the Ministry of Education’s 2015 draft vision about ‘lifelong learners in a connected world‘, and the need to ‘lead with pedagogy, accelerate with technology‘. This includes key attributes of 21st Century Learning: Self-directed, Empathetic and inclusive, Innovative, Collaborative, Authentic problem solving and STEM foundation for all. The Ministry of Education is also committed to Digital Fluency“the digital environment has the power to transform teaching and learning in our schools.”

Digital technology is to become part of the New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga o Aotearoa by 2018 according to It is hoped that formally integrating digital technology into the curriculum will support young people to develop skills, confidence and interest in digital technologies and lead them to opportunities across the IT sector. According to the New Zealand Education Gazette, the new content “will support students to develop a way of thinking, and to consider their own and others’ learning opportunities and wellbeing in digital learning environments.”

Teachers need to be lifeLong learners – reflecting on and adapting the way we teach:

Learning To Change, Changing to Learn has international educators speaking about the changing face in education and the importance of the teacher in this process.

Understanding the Digital Generation co-author, Lee Crockett, discusses the difference between digital learners and those who are educating them. Lee believes that we need to provide students with a fundamentally different set of skills. “We don’t need four year degrees anymore, we need 40 years of learning and relearning.”

RSA Animate – Changing Education Paradigms  Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools’ dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD.

The skills needed to flourish in our world are changing:

The Adaptable Mind (11 mins) from the Let It Ripple Series explores the skills we need to flourish in the 21st Century:

  • Curiosity
  • Creativity
  • Initiative
  • Multi-disciplinary thinking
  • Empathy

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Explore why it is important that we (teachers and learners):

  • should be open to being a ‘lifelong learner’
  • should use digital tools as part of teaching and learning
  • rethink the way we teach our learners and the way learners learn

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Watch an overview of a digital learning environment at Freemans Bay School on Breakfast TV.

In this 2015 Ed talk, Mark Osborne from Core Education discusses the need for learner orientation and personalising learning.

A Vision of Students Today summarises some of the most important characteristics of students today – how they learn, what they need to learn, their goals, hopes, dreams, what their lives will be like, and what kinds of changes they will experience in their lifetime.

In Imagining Tertiary Education in 2025 Christian Long imagines the possible future for tertiary education institutions, looking at building design and educational implications.


23 Teaching Things is by Lucie Lindsay and Bronwyn Edmunds at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Education and Social Work.  It is updated from 23 teaching things 2015, which was adapted from 23 Things for Research, also from CreATE.  The format and some content is adapted from   23 Things for Research CC By-NC-SA 3.0, 23 Things for Research Oxford / CC By-NC-SA 3.0,  23 Research Things @ Melbourne / CC By-NC-SA 3.0, 23 Things for ResearchCC By-NC-SA 3.0, and others as attributed in individual entries.