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Raranga Matihiko | Weaving Digital Futures, Hundred.org, November 2021

Empowering learners & teachers to think, challenge & create using authentic integrated experiences.
Through a museum and gallery based partnership, Raranga Matihiko delivers innovative digital technologies to those with limited digital learning opportunities, while increasing access to national and local exhibitions and collections. The programme increases equity by reducing disparity.


Why did you create this innovation?

The Raranga Matihiko programme was created to support equity in education, access to rich digital technology learning and equity in access to experiences. The project is led by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in collaboration with its partners. Current partners are Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Auckland Art Gallery.

How does your innovation work in practice?

In Raranga Matihiko the pedagogy supports students, teachers and family to all be learners. Teachers are supported to build their confidence and knowledge in digital technologies and to integrate this learning throughout the curriculum. Family gain knowledge of digital technologies, the rich museum collections and how to support their children. Museum & Gallery educators facilitate, at the museum or gallery, teacher only learning days and teacher and learner learning days with whānau in support. The learning of the teachers and the family means learning opportunities for learners are maximised long after the actual programme is completed. Students are from 5-14 years of age. Each group spends two days at their location museum, with transport provided at no cost.
No single programme is identical. Each class has a bespoke programme plan designed for their learners based on their interests.

How has it been spreading?The programme builds capability within communities and is transferrable across topics and foci as well as scalable across the country/world. It has delivered over 200,000 learning hours to students.

“Raranga Matihiko is a highly effective and responsive learning system. Its success is the result of positive museum-school relationships built over time; collaboration between museums and museum facilitators; quality programme design that integrates digital technologies with local curriculum, taonga, and histories; expert co-facilitation that models Treaty partnership and caters for both Māori and English-medium settings; and proactive removal of equity barriers to school and student participation.” – Dr Melanie Riwai-Couch, Evaluation Associates, Nov. 2020

If I want to try it, what should I do?

The success of this programme has been co-designing each programme with the community; access to taonga/collection items and museum experiences, excellent facilitators and the focus on equity of experience and learning. We are always happy to talk about how the programme works and what we believe has made it successful.


HundrED Academy Review

I can imagine that educational practices like Raranga Matihiko can be valuable to any other contexts. Digital skills and personalized learning are getting more and more important while conventional school education has limits in providing them.
– HundrED Academy Member

Raranga Matihiko offers a great combination of digital technology and learning at museum to the students who may not have an easy access to them easily. The programmes are connected to real life learning as well as digital skills.
– HundrED Academy Member

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