Nau mai, haere mai!
Grow Waitaha invites you to enter DigiAwards 2019!
The DigiAwards enables primary and intermediate students from throughout Waitaha to design, develop, and showcase their digital outcomes. The event encourages and celebrates the digital creativity of our ākonga.
This year students can submit entries for the DigiAwards in te reo Māori as well as English.
Find out more about DigiAwards 2019 under the headings below.
Who can enter?
All Year 0–Year 8 students from the Canterbury region can enter the DigiAwards, including home-schooled children and students who attend Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu in the Canterbury region.
Grow Waitaha encourages ākonga from Māori medium schools to submit entries in te reo Māori.
Entries will be categorised in the following year groups:
- Year 0–Year 2
- Year 3–Year 4
- Year 5–Year 6
- Year 7–Year 8
If an entry is created by students from a range of ages, please select the year range that the oldest student falls into.
- 22 July – Entries open
- 20 September – Competition closes
- 13 November - DigiAwards 2019 celebration evening
The DigiAwards 2019 celebration evening will take place in the Charles Luney Auditorium at St Margaret's College from 7:00 pm.
All participants will receive a certificate and a range of prizes will be awarded to the schools of successful winners.
The theme for DigiAwards 2019 is Innovative Ōtautahi!
This theme was chosen to:
- celebrate the many amazing initiatives happening in Christchurch as our city regenerates
- encourage our ākonga to become creative innovators themselves.
Students and supporting educators can interpret the 2019 theme in their own way. Ākonga may choose to share stories of Ōtautahi innovations or they could showcase their own innovative and creative products and solutions.
Educators and students who wish to submit entries under a self-chosen theme can identify their own special concept to focus projects on.
They may like to use this student hack to develop the theme (pdf).
Students can enter a project under one of the following categories:
- Storytelling (movie, animation, 3 mins max)
- Commercial (30 secs max)
- Coding (3 mins max)
- Open (For the innovators and entrepreneurs–3 mins max)
In 2019 students can submit entries in te reo Māori in any of the above categories.
To view previous entries, please see our 2018 winners and runners up.
To ensure the DigiAwards are fair, all entries must meet the following criteria:
- All entries must be the original work of the student/s submitting the entry.
- All entries must reflect the DigiAwards 2019 theme or a self chosen theme.
- Any other media content, such as images and sound, need to adhere to appropriate Creative Commons licensing. See our list of supporting Creative Commons websites.
- All entries must be created after 1 February 2019.
- The entry form needs to be completed in full.
- An adult needs to be identified on the entry form.
- If an entry is created by students from a range of ages, the year range that the oldest student falls into must be selected.
- A link to a public file/resource needs to be provided for each entry. Please do not send in source files. For example, entries can be uploaded onto a YouTube account with the privacy option on ‘Public', or be able to be viewed independently.
- The person completing the entry form will need to indicate they have read the DigiAwards terms and conditions.
18 June – Digital learning for teachers and students 1 (Tūranga Library)
25 June – Digital learning for teachers and students 2 (Tūranga Library)
23 July – Digital learning in Christchurch East (Aranui Library)
These hands-on, fun, and FREE workshops will explore elements of computational thinking and digital story-telling with you and your students to support your DigiAwards entries. Each workshop runs from 1.00-3.00 pm.
For more information please visit our events page.
DigiAwards and the National Curriculum
By participating in the DigiAwards, schools can help realise the New Zealand Curriculum vision of our young people being confident, creative, connected, actively involved, lifelong learners.
The DigiAwards provides an opportunity for our learners to:
- experience learning that is underpinned by the high expectations and future focus principles
- explore the values of excellence, innovation, inquiry, and curiosity
- develop key competencies
- achieve learning outcomes described in the English and Technology learning area, in particular the digital technologies areas of the Technology learning area.
Find out more about DigiAwards and digital technologies learning (PDF).