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How do you select and use commercial and other resources to meet student learning needs?


There are a large range of resources which have been selected for teachers within this site. If you are searching more widely for new resources, such as up-to-date newspaper articles, video clips, games, and other teaching resources, use the selection criteria below to assist your selection process.

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Selecting resources for teaching and learning

The provision and effective use of high-quality learning resources facilitates students’ construction of understanding through inquiry so that they are better able to explore, question, identify, organise, analyse, synthesise, and evaluate information. These processes and skills enhance deeper understanding of the subject matter and promote information literacy and lifelong learning.

Learning resources play a significant role in shaping students’ views about themselves and the world. Therefore, it is important that teacher-selected resources are inclusive of students from different cultural groups and those with additional learning needs.

A variety of learning resources is needed to support individual and group instruction, to permit both teacher-directed and student-directed activities, and to meet the varying needs of students and educators. Providing a variety of high-quality learning resources offers students the opportunity to choose, to explore, and to discover.

When selecting learning resources to build financial capability, consider the content, format, and learning design.

Select learning resources that:

  • are well organised and user-friendly
  • offer content that is current, accurate, and authentic
  • include accurate and relevant New Zealand content or information
  • provide inclusive language and approaches
  • are age-appropriate
  • relate to The New Zealand Curriculum and foster deeper understanding of the subject being addressed
  • encourage students to question, think, react, reflect, and decide in ways that develop critical-thinking and decision-making skills
  • offer choice and flexibility to meet your students’ learning needs in relation to individual abilities, learning styles, and interests
  • have been developed by qualified, reputable sources.

Take time to preview and select materials that best meet the needs of your students, school, and community. 

Published on: 01 Dec 2013