Exploring App Prototyping to Promote Te Reo Māori

Recently I delivered a workshop for teachers that explored App Prototyping using Keynote. During the workshop I showed a simple app concept that my students came up with, designed for younger students learning te reo Māori. The language focus was learning the Māori kupu for selected animals and responding to the question 'He aha tenei?' (What is this?)

Below is a short demonstration video, showing step-by-step how to create this outcome using Keynote. For my students, this was a good starting point that they could then build on. 

I also shared a number of useful resources and weblink as a part of the session. I have pulled them all together in a Padlet – should anyone be interested to explore further! 😊

In addition, I highly recommend visiting this resource posted by APLS Trudi Fausett. As a part of her 'Get the most out of your MacBook series, she provides a video tutorial taking you through the process of creating a Keynote app prototype using your Mac. She also uses a te reo Māori context, showing the potential for promoting the learning of languages through the app design process.


You can also visit Teach Code with Swift Playgrounds on the Learning Centre to discover fantastic resources to not only support you and your students in the app design process but to also learn how to use Swift Playgrounds to develop the skills to bring your app concept to life!


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Posted on December 06, 2023

Really lovely project Mandy. This could be used to teach multiple languages!

Posted on December 12, 2023

Ngā mihi for sharing Mandy! This will be really helpful for our ākonga to practice and apply their Te Reo skills.

Posted on December 20, 2023

This is a great app prototyping project, Mandy!

So simple, but so impactful, and so well explained! 🙌

And, I’m a big fan of app prototype templates that fill the screen of the iPad — like a real app! (Not just a smaller view inside a device frame). It may seem like a small difference, but it always make the prototype feel more real for students and allows them to consider the UX design in a more realistic way.

Great job! 👏

Posted on January 12, 2024

Thank you so much for this amazing idea! Please do share more te reo māori resources! :-)

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