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Finalists showcase strength of locally created educational resources

27 October 2016

The New Zealand Content Counts Education Awards celebrate the quality and diversity of educational resources released in the past year by New Zealand companies to support classroom learning. The awards recognise the standout contributions made by New Zealand resource providers in both New Zealand classrooms and overseas.

The variety of entries to the awards this year highlights the quality and innovative contributions that New Zealand home-grown resources can offer the education space. While determining the finalists, the judges recognised the energy and effort invested by our local publishers into developing resources that support our teachers in their classroom. The judges further praised all entries for their usefulness in the classroom supporting teachers in their work with students.

The educational publishing industry not only contributes significantly to learning in this country but is also an important contributor to employment and GDP. A recent PwC report* valued the New Zealand publishing industry total impact on gross domestic product at $308 million, attributing $69 million of this to educational publishing.

The New Zealand Content Counts Education Awards judging panel has named the following resources as finalists in 2016:

Best Resource in Primary

NZ Curriculum Mathematics - Connecting All Strands - Level 3B, Maryanne Tipler and contributing authors Susan Timperley and Jenny Holland, Caxton Education Ltd

Toitoi: A Journal for Young Writers and Artists. Issue 1, Issue 2, Special Anzac Issue, Various authors, Editor - Charlotte Gibbs, Toitoi Media Ltd

LEARNZ - virtual field trips, CORE Education

Best Resource in Secondary

LEMMA: Mathematics tasks that promote higher order thinking, Caroline Yoon, NZCER Press

Treaty of Waitangi - Te Tiriti O Waitangi Level 5 Learning Workbook, FJ Gibson, ESA Publications (NZ) Ltd

Geography in focus: Teaching and learning in issues-based classrooms, Mike Taylor, Louise Richards and John Morgan (Eds), NZCER Press

Best Resource in Te Reo Māori

Whanau Fun Day on the Train, Auckland Transport, Kiwa Digital Ltd

Te Huakore Te Muna O Te Whatu, Helen Pearse-Otene & Scotty Morrison (translation), Huia Publishers

Hui E ! Term 1 2016, Various Authors, Huia Publishers

He Kupu I Kore (board game and application iOS/Android), CORE Education Ltd

Whakamiharo Mai, Rangi Matamua & Hemi Whaanga, Huia Publishers

Best Resource in Higher Education

Coaching leadership: Building education leadership capacity through partnership (2nd ed.), Jan Robertson, NZCER Press

Autism Spectrum Disorder in Aotearoa New Zealand: Promising practices and interesting issues, Jill Bevan-Brown and Vijaya Dharan (Eds), NZCER Press

Elwyn Richardson and the early world of creative education in New Zealand, Margaret MacDonald, NZCER Press

Best Resource for Export

Key Links Poetry (USA), Jill Eggleton and Tracy Strudley, Global Education Systems

Key links Afrikaans Language, Jill Eggleton and Tracy Strudley, Global Education Systems

Key Words, Joy Cowley, Wendy Pye Publishing Ltd

The 2016 judges’ selection winners and the results of the Teachers’ Choice voting will be announced at a ceremony in Auckland on Thursday 24 November.

*Employment and National GDP impacts of music, publishing, games and film and television in New Zealand, PwC, 2015.

For more information please Copyright Licensing New Zealand: Phone 64 9 486 6250; email awards@copyright.co.nz