Hi and welcome to my Manaiakalani Google Class OnAir site. My name is Chelsea Donaldson and I am lucky to teach a class of awesome year 7 & 8 learners at Glen Innes School in East Auckland, New Zealand. I am in my third year of teaching in a digital 1:1 learning environment. This means that my learners all have a Google Chromebook which they use to access their learning, through a class site.

If you watch one of our lessons, please check out my learners blogs and leave them a comment, as they love getting feedback and connecting with their global audience!

The focus group you will see in these lessons are of mixed ability - showing you how students at different proficiency levels connect with my lessons. The lessons will be focussed on literacy, and will involve elements of integrated reading and writing instruction.

Term One: The power of collaboration

This term our focus is on extending ideas through collaboration. The focus for the students is on building off each others ideas through agreeing, disagreeing, questioning and justifying.

Term Two: Tourism New Zealand

This term our inquiry focus is on tourism. I have also noticed a gap in students understanding of important cyber smart concepts. This term we are integrating our inquiry topic with cyber smart.

Term Three: The Power of Persuasion

This term we are focussing on persuasive writing. We will also be integrating our persuasive writing topic (the teacher's strike) with statistics and our film entry for the annual Manaiakalani Film Festival.

Term Four: Manaiakalani Film Festival

This term is about how we transformed our learning into a fantastic, student created movie!

Chelsea Donaldson


Glen Innes School

Auckland, New Zealand


Manaiakalani Research

Manaiakalani Education Trust

PO Box 18 061, Glen Innes

Auckland, New Zealand