July 05, 2016
Ruaumoko stirs deaf learners
Technology innovator Kiwi Digital has released an app for Te Wiki o Te reo Maori specially designed for deaf Maori learners.
Ruaumoko: The Rumbling Voice is a digital book built over an intensive 5 day workshop involving the company, Kelston Deaf Education Centre, the Ministry of Education and CORE Education Ltd.
Kiwa chief executive Steven Renata says the story follows the whakapapa of Te Kore, Rangi and Papa and their separation, Ruaumoko, and the battle of his brothers where he sent earthquakes to signal his feelings about the separation.
The narrator explains the connection with the deaf community and their identification with the way Ruaumoko sends vibrations through the ground to gain the attention of others.
The story familarises the deaf students with their whakapapa and gives them the sense they are associated with one of Nga Atua Maori, demonstrating they are powerful and valued.
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