Using game design across the curriculum.

Term Four

Thursday, 25 November

9:30 - 2:30



Booked Out

Teachers are welcome to bring 2 students to these workshops. 


Year 5-13 Canterbury kaiako are invited to join us for a one or two day workshop to build confidence in using game design in the New Zealand curriculum alive. 

The workshops are for anyone from beginner to advanced, using digital technologies.

Come along to hear of how we can engage students using the fundamentals of game design, and help them to tell their local stories, and stories about them that they can share with the world. 

You will learn about the fundamentals of game design and how this links to the wider curriculum. We will look at the Digital Technologies curriculum content, and how game design links to DDDO and CTDT.


Kaiko will come away with a robust plan to integrate this into teaching and learning.

There will be time to have a play, design your first game, and also plan for this in the classroom.

Kai provided.

Facilitators: Arnika Macphail and Dan Milward

Delivered in English, suitable for kaiako teaching in Māori medium, other languages, or bilingual settings. 

You will need: A device (please let us know if you need a device during the registration process)


Limited to 20 participants per event.


There are options to attend a one day workshop or a two day workshop. Both will cover the same material to support you in game design across the curriculum.


Hui for 2021 Rubber Duck Awards

All kaiako welcome to join in on a hui. 2021 awards entries for Canterbury ākonga only. 


Girls in Games:
School holiday digital game design for ākonga and kaiako.

Learn how to design and develop a digital game to tell a story about your mahi. Your game can be a story about your family or your local community. 

Students will go away with

  • An understanding of how to develop a storyline and then translate that into a game

  • How to use Gamefroot to create their story from page to device

  • Increased confidence in using technology as a tool to express their creative selves. 


Who is this hui for 

  • If your class is participating in the Rubber Duck Awards, then this is for you.

  • If you are totally into Gamefroot and designing your own games for family and friends, you will learn new skills while working with the creator of Gamefroot. 

  • Students who love to play games and are ready to learn how to create them. 

We welcome anyone who is supportive of girls in digital technologies to come along. We would love to see more girls feeling as though this is a pathway for them, and building their confidence to feel comfortable in this space. 

9:30-2:30 - Facilitated day to support ākonga to develop knowledge and skills to design digital games to tell local stories.

3:00 - Community welcome to see student creations

Delicious kai will be provided.

For ages 10 - 17 

Girls under the age of 14yrs need an accompanying person 14yrs or over.

Wednesday, 13 October
9:30 - 2:30

Venue: Te Hapua, Halswell

Registration Timeline


Submissions for the 2021 awards open from  Monday, 3 May until Friday, 22 Oct. 


2021 awards announced Friday, 29 October 2021. 


Submissions for 2022 will open on Monday, 8 Nov 2021